The Citadel of Fear

The Citadel of Fear

Francis Stevens / Jun 04, 2020

The Citadel of Fear Two adventurers discover a lost city in the Mexican jungle One is taken over by an evil god while the other falls in love with a woman from Tlapallan Back in the states the possessed man begins to us

  • Title: The Citadel of Fear
  • Author: Francis Stevens
  • ISBN: 9780881840384
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two adventurers discover a lost city in the Mexican jungle One is taken over by an evil god while the other falls in love with a woman from Tlapallan Back in the states, the possessed man begins to use magic to mutate civilians The other walks away, but the pair must duel in the end.

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    About "Francis Stevens"

      • Francis Stevens

        Gertrude Barrows Bennett 1883 1948 was the first major female writer of fantasy and science fiction in the United States, publishing her stories under the pseudonym Francis Stevens Bennett wrote a number of highly acclaimed fantasies between 1917 and 1923 and has been called the woman who invented dark fantasy Among her most famous books are Claimed which H P Lovecraft called One of the strangest and most compelling science fantasy novels you will ever read 4 and the lost world novel The Citadel of Fear Bennett also wrote an early dystopian novel, The Heads of Cerberus 1919.Gertrude Mabel Barrows was born in Minneapolis in 1883 She completed school through the eighth grade, then attended night school in hopes of becoming an illustrator a goal she never achieved Instead, she began working as a stenographer, a job she held on and off for the rest of her life In 1909 Barrows married Stewart Bennett, a British journalist and explorer, and moved to Philadelphia A year later her husband died while on an expedition With a new born daughter to raise, Bennett continued working as a stenographer When her father died toward the end of World War I, Bennett assumed care for her invalid mother.During this time period Bennett began to write a number of short stories and novels, only stopping when her mother died in 1920 In the mid 1920s, she moved to California Because Bennett was estranged from her daughter, for a number of years researchers believed Bennett died in 1939 the date of her final letter to her daughter However, new research, including her death certificate, shows that she died in 1948.


    1. The name of Francis Stevens may be little known today, but from 1916-1920, she was very well known to the readers of such magazines as "The Argosy" and "All-Story Weekly," and had fans that included H.P. Lovecraft and A. Merritt. In the introduction to the 1970 Paperback Library edition, Sam Moscowitz refers to her as "the most gifted woman writer of science fiction and science-fantasy between Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and C.L. Moore." Pretty high praise indeed, but having read what is conside [...]

    2. I read this novel for the SFF Audio podcast, and enjoyed it very much.Citadel of Fear is a fun pulp novel from 1918, an adventure based on Aztec mythology and Irish-American adventures. As a pulp, it has many scenes of action and high pitched excitement, starting with the two main characters nearly dying in a Mexican desert. From there, we leap into a forgotten city of magic and/or super-science. Around one third of the way in "Francis Stevens" (pen name for Gertrude Barrows Bennett) suddenly ya [...]

    3. Halloween is coming and I've got my annual load of catalog work, which means it's time for weird tales and audiobooks. This is narrated by Mark Nelson and available free at Librivox.This is a very enjoyable combination of lost world, Lovecraftian monsters, H.G. Wells, and (of course!) a romance. I especially liked the fact that the people who believe the supernatural reality the fastest are Irish. They are used to their Celtic gods and tales, natch!I like this summary better as it is what drew m [...]

    4. Vintage and strange. Stevens was the first American female author to find significant success and respect within the fields of SF and fantasy. This is considered by many to be her masterpiece, and concerns an adventurer's attempts at escaping the physical manifestations of Aztec mythology that follow him home from Mexico. Hailing from 1918, it's exciting, not overly pulpy, and strengthened by some eerie and effective imagery.

    5. "La ciudadela del miedo" es un relato eminéntemente "pulp", por tanto, tiene una dosis de entretenimiento muy abundante. Publicado por entregas en 1918 en la revista "Argosy", nos relata la historia de dos aventureros que dan con una perdida ciudad azteca, donde descubren un secreto que casi les cuesta la vida, y que tendrá terribles consecuencias en el futuro. En ella, se nos describe de un modo bastante insólito, una mescolanza de divinidades aztecas y celtas y de eventos aterrorizadores, q [...]

    6. Gertrude Barrows Bennett (who wrote as Francis Stevens) really enjoyed whiplash changes of scene, direction and approach. Here, we start in a Guatemalan desert, move to an eerie, underground "lost world" of near albino natives and ancient Aztec gods, snap to a modern suburban house beset by unidentifiable monsters, and end up in a near Armageddon brought on by a mad scientist in thrall to the nastiest of those old-time gods. And, as in Heads of Cerberus, the hero is a outsized Irishman, this tim [...]

    7. I could't get into this book. There was just too much of a story stretched out over too long of a time frame that it never really got to the point where anything on interest happened. The booked started out in Mexico with a thrilling discovery of a lost city. The reader is then transported years later back to America with our main character where a string of events are laboriously stretched out. There are much better pulp fiction or early sci-fi/fantasy books to explore.

    8. This was nothing like what I might have expected. Throughout most of the book I was intrigued and looked forward to the outcome. For a while it seemed to lead me towards an almost happy conclusion. In the end I was sorely disappointed. The ending felt a bit contrived and was a let down. I will not give the details as overall it was a pretty good read.

    9. I was pleasantly surprised to find out about Stevens: she's like A. Merritt in a lot of ways, but has a better sense of humor and a welcome ability to ground the wildest flights of fantasy in a recognizably normal everyday world.

    10. Old fashioned language but it works for me. I've kept this book for more than 30 years which says it all really.My copy is the one pictured a paperback library edition published in 1970 with 270 pages.

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