Here Abide Monsters

~ A Novel by Andre Norton


Synopsis ~

Write-up from the front flap of the 1973 dustjacket ~

Nick Shaw knew the strange reputation of the shortcut to the lake—long overgrown, but recently reopened-—when he turned his motorbike into it, directing Linda, a newcomer, to her destination. Over a long span of years, a number of people had simply disappeared from that road. And then his bike hit something and he blacked out!
With the slow return of consciousness, Nick discovered that he—and Linda in her jeep—-were no longer on the narrow country road. But it took him a long While to understand that they had been catapulted into another space-time era—into Avalon of Arthurian legend—where “reality,” as Nick knew it, and “illusion,” as he had never known it, mingled disconcertingly. From people like themselves, who had been drawn earlier into this world, they learned that alien forces were harrying the land. Evil was everywhere, yet mysterious heralds also rode abroad, offering a “true” way of life to those who would accept it. But could the heralds be trusted?
Nick—and Linda’s--final choice between the believers and the unbelievers leads to the tautly told climax of this vivid and compelling narrative by one of today’s most outstanding and creative writers of science fiction.


Write-up from the back of the DAW paperback edition ~

Have you ever wondered how much of ancient folklore is grounded in fact? Are there really unicorns, elves, magic cities?
“Here Abides Monsters is a fresh approach to myth. Most people have heard of the ‘Bermuda Triangle,’ but Andre Norton uses a similar situation to show the possibility of a two-way door that opens both on this world and on another quite unlike our own.
“Nick Shaw and Linda Durant pass through the door into a world where their nightmares are real and deadly. They band together with an English group, some of whom have been on the planet since before the turn of the century…
“Andre Norton has long been a storyteller. One cannot be acquainted with fantasy without knowing her Witch World series. She is a master craftsman of her art. Combining ancient lore and magic with her skill and imagination, she has produced one fascinating novel after another.” – Chattanooga Daily Times


Write-up from the back of the TOR paperback edition ~

Take UFO’s, parapsychology, the singing of Lorelei, Eve’s apple, Merlin, and all the folklore of the British Isles. Andre Norton has spun all these themes into this tale of wanderers from our earth who have blundered into the parallel world of Avalon. The clash of good and evil escapes the hackneyed and comes out in favor of a plurality of truth.


Write-up from a fan ~

This starts out with the premise that there are 12 spots around the world where the wall between universes is thin and where people have disappeared. Nick Shaw and Linda Durant pass through a door into a world that at first seems like our own. Then they run into "mythical" creatures, some benign and others horribly nightmarish and deadly. They join up with an English group who fill them in on the dangers of the world and they meet with what on their world would be members of the Fairy Folk who tell them to go away. Then they witness attacks by alien spaceships that are taking captives. The fairy Folk are immune to the weapons of the aliens and their cities are safe from attack. They try to get Nick and the other humans to join them and become part of the Folk, but the humans resist for fear of losing their own identities. Nick gets captured and an unexpected ally teaches him how to tap into latent psychic powers that he unknowingly possesses. Will his newfound abilities’ prove a key to his and his band's survival? Action packed right up to the last page. ~ PG


KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1973
Nick Shaw knows that the Cut-Off Road near his family's lakeside cabin has the reputation for being one of those places where people disappear from time to time -- like the Bermuda Triangle. So he's better prepared than we are when he and his new friend Linda find themselves propelled into an Arthurian Avalon full of mythical beasts, other timewarp travelers and menacing demons who attack from the air. There's no way back from Avalon, and Nick and Linda must either become eternal fugitives in the wilds or accept an offer of safety in the cities from a being known as the Herald. Deciding whether the Herald is out to save their souls or buy them sets off a chain of omen-ridden confrontations -- though, as with so many of Norton's productions, one has the sense that a vast store of mythological lore is being wasted on an unnecessarily convoluted plot and affectless characters. For confirmed believers. 


Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles Over the Years

1973 Kirkus Reviews, September
1973 in Publishers Weekly, August 27
1973 by E. Haynes in Library Journal, December 15
1973 by D. Parente in Best Sellers, December 15
1974 in Booklist, January 01
1974 by Theodore Sturgeon in New York Times Book Review, Feruary 24
1974 by Theodore Sturgeon in Galaxy Science Fiction [UK], March, reprinted in: Galaxy
1974 by L. Bloon in Luna Monthly #54 (fnz), September
1976 by J. Goldfrank in SF & Fantasy Journal #86 (fnz), February


Dedications and Acknowledgements ~

For Bee Lowry,
who suggested that Lung Hsin
be one of the adventures in Avalon.


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1973) Published by Atheneum, HC, 0-689-30422-6, 978-0-689-30422-4, LCCN 73075438, $5.95, 215pg ~ cover by Jack Gaughan {Orange Cloth Boards, Taupe End Papers}
  • (1973) Published by MacMillan, HC, $6.95, 215pg ~ Canadian printing ~ cover by Jack Gaughan
  • (1974) Published by DAW, PB, # UY1134, $1.25, 205pg - #97333-1 1977 $1.50, #97686-1 1985? $2.25 ~ cover by Jack Gaughan
  • (1985) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-54732-2, 978-0-812-54732-0, $2.95 US $3.50 Canadian, 252pg ~ cover by Victoria Poyser
  • Children of the Gates (2013) Published by BAEN, TP, 1-451-63889-2, 978-1-451-63889-9, $13.00, 512pg ~ cover by Stephen Hickman ~ Omnibus containing Here Abides Monsters (1973) & Yurth Burden (1978)

Non-English Editions ~

  • (1985) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Moewig, 38-118-3803-2, TB 3, 160pg ~ translation by Lore Straßl ~ German title Die Alptraumwelt
  • (1985) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Moewig, Moewig SF 3853 ~ translation by Lore Straßl ~ German title Die Alptraumwelt
  • (1992) Combined with "Forerunner Foray" ~ Published in St. Petersburg, by Egos, 5-864-76001-0, HC, 336pg ~ cover by N. Zubkov ~ translations by J. Pawlowski , I. Drill , Ye Voronko ~ Russian title Клуб любителей фантастики [Fiction Literature Club # 12]
  • (1994) Combined with "Eye of the Monster" ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14031-3, HC, 352pg ~ translation by A. D. Saveliev, and Y. Saveliev ~ cover by D. Avvakumov ~ Russian title Здесь обитают чудовища [Here Abide Monsters]
  • (2003) Combined with "Dread Companion" and "Huon of the Horn" ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-04540-6, HC, 480pg ~ translation by Oleg Kolesnikov and S. Sergeyev ~ Russian title Здесь водятся чудовища [Here Abide Monsters]
  • (2015) Combined with “Garan the Eternal”, “Huon of the Horn”, “Knave of Dreams” & “Merlin’s Mirror”, Published in Moscow by Eksmo, 9785699844630, HC, 800pgs ~ “Garan the Eternal”, “Here Abide Monsters” & “Huon of the Horn” translation by A. Kolesnikov and Vladimir Sergeyev, “Knave of Dreams” & “Merlin’s Mirror” translation by D. Arseniev ~ cover art by A. Dubovik ~ series: All Norton ~ Russian title Гаран вечный [Garan the Eternal]


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