“I am the stronger and the mightier. Crystalman’s Empire is but a shadow on the face of Muspel. But nothing will be done without the bloodiest of blows...”— Krag, A Voyage to Arcturus, ch. XXI, “Muspel”
Originally titled Nightspore in Tormance, Lindsay’s most famous novel was begun after a long gestation period, and finished in March 1920. It was issued later that year by Methuen, in the UK, the first publisher to whom it was offered. (The first US edition was in 1963, from Macmillan.) It sold only 596 copies of its initial print run of 1430.
After a visit to a séance, Maskull and his dour companion Nightspore are invited to journey to the satellite planet of the binary star Arcturus by a stranger called Krag. Separated from his companions on their arrival, Maskull, who finds himself to have sprouted new sensory organs, learns that Krag is thought of as the Devil of this world. However, he soon learns that the “God”, called Crystalman, is not all he seems either...
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