Slayer of Souls / The Maker of Moons
By Robert Chambers
A novel of exotic intrigue from 1920, plus a collection of weird, occult stories from the author of The King in Yellow, an inspiration for H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
THE SLAYER OF SOULS
It is the year 1920. A dedicated group of Mongol Yezidees are plotting to overthrow the governments of the world. Led by the evil sorcerer Prince Sanang, the Slayer of Souls, their ultimate aim is the triumph of evil. The only person who stands between their dark design and world chaos is a young woman named Tressa Norne. An American orphaned in Mongolia, Tressa was trained in the magical arts as a temple girl in fabled Yian. She escapes the Yezidee and comes to New York where she is enlisted by Secret Service agent Victor Cleves. Soon she is locked in a psychic life-and-death battle with the Eight Towers of the Assassins. The world begins to slide into madness. Now Tressa must face the true test and defy the Slayer of Souls himself.
THE MAKER OF MOONS
Roy Cardenhe joins Col. Franklyn Barris and Billy Pierpont in the Cardinal Woods for a thinly disguised hunting trip. What they are really after is a group of counterfeiters who seem to have figured out how to make gold. Separated from the group, Roy stumbles across a strange pond where me meets a mysterious woman named Ysonde who claims to be from a place called Yian. But danger and magic are afoot in the woods--strange crab-like creatures begin to appear --and Roy begins to wonder if he is in the midst of a dream. But no! Yue-Laou, the Maker of Moons, has returned! And the wailing Yeth-hounds are loose in the forest...
"Throughout his career, Chambers would often return to horror, often mixing it delightfully with mystery and action in the vein of Sax Rohmer. Some of his best includes...The Slayer of Souls."-From Miskatonic University Department of Literature
"Chambers' descriptions of wild locales, particularly the forests of the Northeastern United States, and the wild, barren landscapes of Brittany show both his artists' eye and his obvious appreciation for the grandeur of Nature." -George T. Dodds, SF Site Reviews