VRIL: THE POWER OF THE COMING RACE by Edward Bulwer Lytton. Illustrations by Christine Ödlund. Introduction by Carl Abrahamsson.
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Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton's cautionary tale of occult super-powers and advanced subterranean cultures have fascinated readers since 1871. Part early science-fiction, part educational tract, part occult romance, Vril keeps spellbinding readers thanks to its wide range of themes and emotions, as well as its thrilling sense of adventure.
A curious man descends into a mountain through a mine and experiences far more than he bargained for. Deep inside the mountain lies a completely different world. Its inhabitants, the Vril-ya, are human-like but physically superior and philosophically more advanced. They live in harmony made possible by their wisdom but also by the powerful and potentially destructive magical energy: Vril.
The impressed yet terrified visitor is allowed to stay and learn more about their ancient and advanced culture, something very few visitors have – it seems that all the previous adventurers have been mercilessly disposed of by the Vril-ya.
Published 2012 by Edda Publishing. 160 pages in size A5 (148 x 210 mm), printed in four colours all through, hardbound with dust jacket. The edition consists of 1000 hand-numbered copies.