You already know about Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan and John Carter.
You’ve seen Leigh Brackett’s handwork on the big screen.
There’s a strong chance you’ve missed out on the guy that combines the best elements of all of these creators into one tight package.
The guy was brilliant. Of all the grandmasters that have lapsed into obscurity the past three decades, Merritt is the best of the most forgotten.
Romance. Heroes. Wonders. Mind-bending terrors. Pitch perfect delivery of all the essential emotional beats. He’s awesome. And he had a major impact on establishing the norms of science fiction and fantasy as we think of it today.