These stories celebrate the fabulous Adventure and Romance tales inspired by American author Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950). Sequels, extensions, fantasies, and humorous parody are contained herein. Our authors come from all walks of life, all professions, all age groups. What they have in common is a great affection for the story telling style of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his pulp contemporaries.
NOTES: Series tales are generally listed in suggested reading order. Otherwise (each section) the newest is at the top unless it is part of a series or collection of like-themed stories.
Horizontal rules separate standalone individual stories.
Sections are SHORT STORIES, REALLY SHORT STORIES, NOVELS, SCRIPTS, PLAYS and POETY, and PULPS. You are advised to look at everything if you don't want to miss anything.
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RAS THAVAS AND THE CALOT
Stories of the Master Mind of Mars By David Bruce Bozarth, unless marked otherwise.
EXPLORING BARSOOM WITH RAS THAVAS AND THE CALOTIntroduction to the life and times of The Master Mind of Mars. Contains Spoilers!
Suggested Reading Order:
THE NEW CITYThe Master Mind of Mars begins his second thousand years.
AMONG THE THERNSIn ancient Emphar Ras Thavas uncovers a plot to resurrect the cult of Isis!
THE BOWMANIn Faz, we learn Kar Komak's fate.
THE DESERTThe dangers of the dead sea bottoms tests both love and life!
FATAL TABLEJames D Bozarth. Mysterious deaths confound the Master Mind.
THE GREAT APEJohn Barnes. The results of hideous experiments conducted centuries earlier.
THE ARENAThasa Ras learns first hand of Green Martian brutality.
THE MORGORThe Skeleton Men invade Barsoom. Ras Thavas responds.
THE ODWAR'S WIFETavia, the wife of Odwar Tan Hadron, is kidnapped.
THE COMPETITIONRas Thavas enters an innovative flier. Comic book. Illustrated by Andy Nunez.
TREASUREAn amazing ancient treasure discovered during a sand storm!
THE MOTHERRas Thavas faces the evil hubris of his first 1,000 years.
THE HUNTEDRas Thavas must save Dejah Thoris via help of Thaandorian science.
THE SCIENTISTJohn Carter begs a dangerous favor of Ras Thavas.
LOST IN THE MARSHThasa Ras awakes in a different body!
FATHERHOODThe Master Mind meets a son he never knew!
THE MURDERESSRas Thavas investigates a strange murder.
THE KALDANETrade with the Kaldanes results in sinister deaths!
MARSH HUNTA terrible secret for Ras Thavas and his wife!
RELICA mysterious ancient artifact leads to a confrontation.
THE PANTHANRas Thavas goes undercover, trade caravans are disappearing.
OLD MANAn encounter with frightening death.
THE DUNGEONThis is the LAST Ras Thavas and the Calot tale. Read the other stories first.
THE HELPERA prequel: How Jusaj became the Master Mind's Majordomo.
Ras Thavas and the Calot (PDF)Sixteen stories in one volume with updated notes by the author. NOTE: This edition is out of date.
BLACK THURDS (A Drabble)
Ras Thavas and the calot, on one of their many jaunts exploring Barsoom, came into a lost city with no name. A desolate dead sea bottom surrounded the crumbling ruins, edged by wind eroded mountains. Digging deeper into the city heart, the Master Mind of Mars noted relics, foundations, and other things of interest.
"Aha!" Ras Thavas cried after discovering a mural in a tower basement which had survived the march of time. On the wall, illuminated by his unhooded radium torch, was a funeral scene depicting a black race setting fire to two dozen bodies.
To the calot Ras Thavas remarked: "Four and Twenty Black Thurds baked in a pyre..." *
DINNER AT 8,000 FEETDavid Bruce Bozarth. Summer, 1947, an encounter to remember at Burroughs' bungalo in Encino.
THE SWORDDavid Bruce Bozarth. A grim tale of kidnapping, assassination, and violent retribution on Barsoom.
THE TUNNELS OF GATHOLDavid Bruce Bozarth. Executions are rare on Barsoom, though in Gathol long prison terms are tantamount to a death sentence!
CONCLUSION & EMBARKATIONJames D. Bozarth. A heartfelt possibility regarding the end of life for Edgar Rice Burroughs.
THE CHATDavid Bruce Bozarth - A conversation between the Misguided Amtorian, a Lord of the Jungle and a Warlord of Barsoom.
ON THE SETDavid Allen Smith - A Slice of ERB's Life during the filming of Tarzan of the Apes.
SUMMER, 1936 - ELMO IN PARISDavid Bruce Bozarth. A tale of the ape-man 'tween the wars.
TEXAS PETE: LIFE AFTER THE GUNDavid Bruce Bozarth. Texas Pete stayed at the ranch as long as he could, then put spur to horse and lit a shuck! PDF Trade Paperback format, expanded and revised.
DEJAH THORIS: THE CHILDDavid Bruce Bozarth. The marriage of the Princess of Helium and the Warlord of Mars is tragically tested in a way unforseen.
ZANDA: THE MARRIAGEDavid Bruce Bozarth. What became of Zanda and Jat Or at the conclusion of SWORDS OF MARS? Would she be happy with the man who was not her first choice?
SANOMA TORA: JEDDARA OF JAHARDavid Bruce Bozarth. The fate of Sanoma Tora—the woman Tan Hadron of Hastor traveled halfway across the savage planet of Barsoom to rescue.
THUVIA'S TREASUREDavid Bruce Bozarth. The Warlord of Mars meets the Lord of the African jungle.
JOHN CARTER'S OLD LADYJohn "Bridge" Martin and David Bruce Bozarth. A Barsoom tale that takes place entirely on Earth. John Carter's Early Life...(pdf)
BULAN: THE CASE OF THE PLAINTIFF PIRATEDavid Bruce Bozarth. Years after a jungle island adventure Townsend J. Harper, Jr. and his lovely wife Virginia face the music in a most extraordinary fashion!
TO BALANCE THE BOOKSDavid Bruce Bozarth. Revenge is a dish best served cold, as shown by this survivor of the Rape of Zodanga. PDF VERSION New illustration, minor edits.
A FIGHT IN THE FORESTDavid Bruce Bozarth. In his youth a jungle lord fights the world's most famous barbarian.
A Day In The Life: ADVENTURE IN HOLLOWOODBozarth and Nunez explore the life and times of John Carter in Hollowood (sic). A Barsoom movie—Actor and Company. WARNING: Mature themes.
PIRATES AT XANATORDavid Bruce Bozarth. Pirates ruled the oceans of ancient Barsoom; those unable to defend themselves paid the ultimate price!
VOYAGE TO ZODANGADavid Bruce Bozarth. Millions of years ago men sailed the oceans of Barsoom when murder and treachery was common.
THE OLDER SHORT STORIES
A Gentleman of MarsJohn "Bridge" Martin - Apparently John Carter and Ulysses Paxton are not the only ones who can get to Barsoom!
Shorts by The Smiths
BACKYARD BARSOOM INVASIONDavid Allen Smith - Two urchins save the world from a Martian invasion—in 1956!
ANDERSON'S ROCKETDavid Allen Smith - Paul Anderson III embarks on the first manned space flight to Mars in 1933!
BILLY AND THE BOXERDavid Allen Smith - Billy Byrne in Old Chicago years before his adventures in "The Mucker".
MISSION TO TORQUASDavid Allen Smith - John Carter and Carthoris undertake a special mission for Tardos Mors.
A MARTIAN FANTASYJuanita Smith - A woman's exploraton of Barsoom and the adventure of a lifetime.
Greystoke Tales by Bridge
Greystoke's GuestJohn "Bridge" Martin - A Jungle Transaction with chilling overtones!
Return of the Sussex VampireJohn "Bridge" Martin - The Ape-man crosses wits with the most dealy of all creatures: Vampires!
Bladeswitch and the Tusks of TantorJohn "Bridge" Martin - Final report of Greystoke's Vampire adventures.
TIME TWIST: KORAK MEETS BOYJohn "Bridge" Martin - The Ape-man's two sons, together for the first time!
A VESTIGE OF VENUSJohn "Bridge" Martin - What happened during Ed Burroughs' last chat with Amtor Adventurer Carson Napier.
Subbersfield 2000A collection of Barsoom and Moon tales by Barry Stubbersfield. Sure to delight the ERB fan. (PDF, 597 pages)
JOHN CARTER AND THE MOUNT OF OLYMPUSSteve "Korak" Allsup and John "Bridge" Martin. An alternative Barsoom history embracing Jasoomian Mythology and the tongue-in-cheek. (pdf)
MASTER OF THE JUNGLEDarin Russell. Sabor had ruled the jungle for many years...until a little upstart Hairless Ape became an annoyance. PDF.
THE EMERALD OF MARSEd Augusts. Warlord and Thark must decipher a mysterious letter. First Appeared in Odwar #1, 1964. Reprinted by author's permission. (pdf)
HISTAH HAS A BAD DAYRobert Fester. A python has a jungle tale! (pdf)
HOW MANY APES?Lew Kaye-Skinner. In a land where physical adventure abounds, an adventure of the mind can be extraordinary! PDF
LONG TIME DYINGDavid Bruce Bozarth. Two men—one woman, a decades long triangle. PDF Corrected. Trade Paperback, 56 pages, 258kb.
THE JUNGLE GODRobert Fester. How the ape-man appeared to the primitives of Edgar Rice Burroughs' fictional Africa!
TO FIND A WIFEDavid Bruce Bozarth. Norse mythology meets Barsoom, with unexpected results!
NON-LAThomas Johnston. An Apache indian follows in the footsteps of John Carter.
SURVIVORAndy Nunez. Elmo of the Apes meets Jurassic Park.
TALES OF N'K-IMADavid A. Adams. The association between Tarzan and his ape friend Nkima in poetry and humorous short story.
BEYOND POLODAThe Brothers Bozarth - Foreword by D. B. Bozarth. Interplanetary exploration Beyond The Farthest Star.
NEW PERSPECTIVES: A Series of VingettesDavid Bruce Bozarth. Link to Tangor Responds at ERBmania! Discover how the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs affects the lives of ordinary people.
AFTER PEARL HARBOR: A War Correspondent's NotebookDavid Bruce Bozarth. A thought-provoking walk in Ed Burroughs' shoes through the Pacific Theater.
THE DEATH OF TARZANDavid A. Adams. The mighty ape man faces an advessary that even he cannot best! Originally published in ERB-APA.
A CONVERSATIONDale Robinson. Two soldiers walk in the nation's capitol as America is on the verge of civil war.
THE REVELATIONS OF A CERTAIN LORDDavid A. Adams. The life and times of a certain jungle man.
THE WELL OF TIMEAndy Nunez. A jungle lord worries about Nazis; La is in danger, and the ape-man finds an unexpected ally!
THE CAVERNS OF MARSTars Tarkas, Jason Gridley & Tangor. Answers to unasked questions — a slightly irreverent adventure beneath the surface of Barsoom.
MOBUTO'S GHOSTAndy Nunez. A modern-day African jungle lord stars in this powerful tale of revolution and revenge.
THE FACE IN THE TREESJames D. Bozarth. Two great heroes of Africa clash—one from the modern world and one from the primitive. Updated to include all three parts (pdf)
MEMOIRS OF AN APE'S CHILDDavid Arthur Adams. Madness, disassociation, and savagry plagues the feral child. The true story of Korak.
RECORD BREAKERJavier Gomez. Others had circumnavigated Barsoom. So why was it so difficult for Marga Dan?
SWORD IN HANDAndy Nunez and David Bruce Bozarth. A girl and a photographer are unlikely adventurers.
UNCLE JACKAndy Nunez. A tale of the American Civil War wherein a nephew meets a mysterious uncle.
A VISIT TO BARSOOMDavid Arthur Adams. Mark Twain visits John Carter's Mars. Link to Nkima Speaks at ERBmania!
SKIPJACK PETEAdventure Comic strip by Andy Nunez.
AMAR vs LAAn ERBList Instant Pastiche (fantasy short). David Bruce Bozarth. A fierce combat to the death between two legendary princesses.
HERSHEY, PAA Round Robin by Gridley and Tangor. The Angels of ERB embark on a dangerous mission supported some of the most colorful characters in literature.
REDEMPTTION OF SANOMA TORAVulcanus Klingen. The kidnappingo of a Princess of Helium and what came AFTER.
THE MORGOR WARS
REALLY SHORT STORIES
BOWMEN OF TERRABridge and Tangor to launch a new ERB short fiction challenge!
BAR DRABELLASThe challenge of Bowmen of Terra has been answered! (Updates frequently.)
HOWL'OWEEN HOWLERS 2020John "Bridge" Martin. Terrifying tales of Horror and Humor!
FLASH FICTIONJohn "Bridge" Martin. A collection of very short stories and poems.
JOHN CARTER OF COUNTER MARSJohn "Bridge" Martin. Life on the Planet Tars is fraught with strange and mysterious dangers!
Bugged About BarsoomA Flea. How John Carter achieved his sakking ability on Barsoom.
GRASSHOPPER PRESENTS ... DRABBLES!100 word stories in the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. These by David Allen Smith.
DRABBLES100 word stories in the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Collected from the erb-list listserve.
DRABBLES 2More 100 word stories in the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
BILLY DRABBLESYoung Billy Byrne's adventures, Drabble style!
THE SCIENTIST'S REVOLT AGAINST #13 FOR 7 YEARS IN TIBETDavid A. Adams. A visit to an unusual castle.
TARZAN AND THE THREE LITTLE HORTASJohn "Bridge" Martn - A different kind of fairy tale.
THE ANTMEN TARZAN FORGOTJohn "Bridge" Martin. A postal worker's adventures during a very strange delivery day. (pdf)
Tarzan, Nextel VersionDavid Bruce Bozarth. Entire Tarzan of the Apes in Nextel speak.
ERB MEETS MARK TWAIN IN HEAVENDavid A. Adams - An interesting converstation between two great American authors.
THE ROOT OF ALL EVILGridley and Sarah do Battle. (Animation and Cartoon)
Carrion: A TuneGhek. A very short short of Barsoom.
ESMERALDA UNBOUNDJohn "Bridge" Martin. The Adventures of Esmeralda begin! After leaving service with the Greystokes, Esmeralda makes her own way in the world.
SHE'S AT IT AGAIN!Nkima. Morning at the jungle lord's treehouse
Voice of Tarzan
On set JW, MS and ERB are waiting while cameras set up, lights, grips, last minute costumes.
"Janos," that's JW's birthname, "we need something for the victory cry of the bull ape."
"What do you suggest, Mr. Burroughs?"
"Yes, indeed," Maureen asked.
"Well, something like..." Ed threw back his head and gave a convincingly horrible roar.
The studio canteen waitress turned and asked, "More coffee, Mr. Burroughs?"
Ed scowled, "See? How to scare an audience?"
"Well, my stuff isn't scary..." JW bellows a long yodel.
Every head on the set snapped around in wonder.
"That's the ticket!" Ed cried. "Now make it scary!"
JW tried again. No shivers until a mouse ran across the set. Maureen shrieked, goats grazing nearby bleated and a pet camel named Clyde blew disgust in the middle of Johnny's yodel.
The director raced over. "Sound! Sound! Where's the Sound Man?"
The recordist, gear in hand, arrives. The director glares at the assembled cast and raises megaphone to lips. "Quiet on the set! Sound!" a thumbs up from the recordist and—
JW's chest swelled, his head went back and...
The famous cry of the victorious bull ape was recorded (though Maureen wasn't all that happy when the little mouse crawled up her leg!).
WHEN THE PRINCESS DISAPPEAREDThe Bards of Barsoom. What really happened when the Princess of Helium disappeared for two Martian months. PDF VERSION Corrected, with Tom Yeates cover and six interior illustrations by Andy Nunez. Trade Paperback format. 280 pgs. 1.7mb.
DEAD CITIES OF MARSDavid Bruce Bozarth - Two college kids end up on Barsoom—but it is not quite the Mars ERB envisioned! Mature Themes. WARNING!
HEART OF MARSJuanita Smith - On a dying world where life struggles to exist, there is one aspect that cannot be denied: the passion between a man and a woman!
THE SHADOW OVER BARSOOMSander the Panthan - The worlds of Barsoom and Cthulu collide.
FLAG OF BARSOOMJoseph L. White. A Russian soldier arrives just in time to save two princesses, and one is the daughter of Vad Varo!
TORA'S TALEJames D. Bozarth. The true story behind the famous kidnaping of a Princess of Helium and the daring rescue involved.
UNDER CRIMSON MOONSN. P. B. Barker - A Mars at war as familiar as ERB, Brackett, or Moorcock. Novel Length.
A PRINCESS OF GREATER HELIUMJames D. Bozarth. Bemused by a world where the natural spirits of his forefathers do not speak to him... Illustrated by Kurt "Jake" Jacobson
OTHER WORLD NOVELS
LA OF OPARDavid Bruce Bozarth. The life and times of the high priestess spurned by the famous lord of the jungle. Mature Themes. Violence. Strong Language. Illustrated by the author.
THE SANE KINGDavid Bruce Bozarth. Ever wonder what happened to Barney Custer, King of Lutha after World War I? You'll also find out what happened to Thandar and little Nadara! (pdf)
DIARY OF MISS JANE PORTERLew Kaye-Skinner. A young girl, a jungle god, a crisis of civilization and savage. A love story for the ages.
JUNGLE OF BRONZEAndy Nunez. A crossover pastiche where pulp icons do battle with an insidious menace. PDF.
MOON MAID AT EARTH'S COREAndy Nunez. Answers many questions about Pellucidar while posing dozens of new ones!
TROVERDavid Bruce Bozarth - A story the Grand Master might have written after Star Trek and Star Wars changed the landscape of entertainment literature. Illustrated by Kurt "Jake" Jacobson.
TROVER IV: WIN SOME...LOSE SOMEDavid Bruce Bozarth. Short story sequel to TROVER. The crew of the independent starship Maltese Falcon can't seem to stay out of trouble!
JUNGLE IN THE SKYThomas Johnston. From the Jungle to Outer Space. Each chapter features illustrations by various artists; some famous, or some about to become famous. PDF.
THE LAND THAT DARWIN FORGOTDavid Bruce Bozarth. Edgar Rice Burroughs enters the heart of Caprona on a rescue mission to a prehistoric island filled with hideous monsters! PDF VERSION Corrected, illustrated by the author.145 pgs, 714kb
FEVER!David Bruce Bozarth - A novel from Bozarth's WORLD OF TRANSITS. An adventure romance of a different sort! Mature Themes.
THE RATNAZ FILESThe Lord of the Leaves rules in a monster parody of vine swingers and adventure fiction. David Bruce Bozarth and Bill Hillman. (Very Long Download!)
SCRIPTS, PLAYS & POETRY
New stories in the style and worlds of authors contemporary to Edgar Rice Burroughs when All-Story, Argosy, and Spicy Adventures might have been on the local drugstore's shelf. Horror, Adventure, Detective, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Romance. Tales that might have appeared in the same pulp issue as any ERB story of old!
THE CALL OF MOLOCKSteve Allsup and David Bruce Bozarth. A Mysterous Inheritence, A Life Destroyed, A Lovecraftian Menace.
THE CURSE OF KOKOVAKirk Straughen. His quiet island life in the South Seas is about to become a deadly nightmare.
SANTA CLAUSEDavid Bruce Bozarth. A Christmas Adventure unlike any you've ever read before. PDF
DEVILRY IN DASURKirk Straughen. A princess kidnapped, a magician lover pursues, and an evil religion gets in the way! PDF
THE LAST MANSteve Allsup shares a story written when he was 12 years old.
THE ZULU PROJECTDavid Bruce Bozarth. Something from 1975, shared with all in 2007.
THE LUCKY SUITVirJean Potter Bozarth. FANTASY - A bedtime story Edgar Rice Burroughs might have told his children. PDF VERSION
THE CAT FIGHTDavid Allen Smith. FANTASY - A tale of rivalry that must be addressed, in a dark alley!
UHARU'S HAIKURobert Fester - ADVENTURE - A lone samauri on an obligation quest during the dark years of Japan's civil wars.
NDAGA'S GIFTGregory M. Philson - FANTASY/SF - What if the courtship gift comes at a price too high? The author's first story for Tangor's Pastiche and Fan Fiction!
THE DEMON HAUNTED REALMAndy Nunez - FANTASY/SF - A tale of Conan, wherein the world's most famous barbarian is side-tracked in a mysterious forest.
THE PASSING OF KINGSJames D. Bozarth - HORROR - a combination of Robert E. Howard's supernatural tales and H.P.Lovecraft's horror tales.
THE VISITORSerena Dubois - FANTASY - A midnight moment—an unusual glimpse into the inner workings of a young girl's mind.
CATCH OF THE DAYAndy Nunez - HORROR - In the vein of Lovecraft.
DEATH OF A LOVERDavid Bruce Bozarth - DETECTIVE - Micky Spillane from the client's perspective.
HORHAY TRIUMPHSSieve Allsup - ADVENTURE - An ancient world - and ancient gags to go along with that!
THE MEETINGDavid Bruce Bozarth - ROMANCE - As sappy as they come. Script could have been found in early Romance comic books.
NIGHTMARESDavid Bruce Bozarth - HORROR - An early work by the author, with Twilight Zone aspects.
IN THE OUT OF TIMEDavid Bruce Bozarth - FANTASY/SF - Time Paradoxes, future failures in the past. Grim!
THE PRODIGALAndy Nunez - HORROR - a tale that might have appeared in Weird Tales!.
REX FUTURUSAndy Nunez - FANTASY - an elaborate Alternate History based on a history that has already passed. PDF.
THE SKULL GOD OF TRASKOSJoel Jenkins - FANTASY/SF - Sci-Fi adventure with extraordinary ERB overtones.
TREASURE TOM (4 ADVENTURES)Andy Nunez - ADVENTURE - Tom Swift with a gun. A bit of James Bond as well.
A WALK IN DARKNESSDavid Bruce Bozarth - FANTASY/SF - That transition stage for the pulps: Writing about emotions! Short story from Bozarth's WORLD OF TRANSITS.
THE BRUTE AND A BAR OF GOLDA modern day adventurer seeks his fortune in the lost city of Opar.
VISITORA tale of Pal-ul-don and possibilities!
JOURNEY AMONG THE DONA multi-dimensional adventure in Pal-ul-don. Contains mature themes and language.
SPYThe return of the Irish Adventurer. Three interconnected short stories. Contains mature themes.
A JOURNEY IN TIMEA father's tale to a young daughter of a past encounter with Jasoomian pagans met in the Arizona desert and their trip to fabulous Barsoom!
ANDY NUNEZ'S VAMPIRES AND ERB
DESERT RATSAndy Nunez - 1991, During the First Gulf War, assassins come to Collinsport!
MOONLIGHT OVER VIENNAAndy Nunez - 1943, Mad Scientist—can Quentin Collins save the world?
BRETHREN OF THE FANGAndy Nunez - The events begun on The Maine Belle lead to an encounter with evil!
CITIZEN COLLINSAndy Nunez - Barnabas is caught up in political unrest in Paris.
ENGLISH SHADOWSAndy Nunez - The bloody origin of Collinsport.
GOOD INTENTIONSAndy Nunez - Can the time traveling Quentin save destroyed Collinswood?
LAW OF THE JUNGLEAndy Nunez - In a tale of the supernatural, the lord of the apes encounters Dark Shadows. PDF
TRILOGYAndy Nunez - Three interconnected stories which span decades of time.
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