The Smoky God

or, A Voyage to the Inner World

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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,381 / 52 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,959 2510
Genre: Fantasy

A true account of the Norwegian sailor Olaf Jansen and how he sailed his sloop through an entrance to the Earth's interior at the North Pole. It is notable as an early source for the belief in underground civilizations.

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s axis would tear it into a thousand fragments.

The old Norseman also maintained that from the farthest points of land on the islands of Spitzbergen and Franz Josef Land, flocks of geese may be seen annually flying still farther northward, just as the sailors and explorers record in their log-books. No scientist has yet been audacious enough to attempt to explain, even to his own satisfaction, toward what lands these winged fowls are guided by their subtle instinct. However, Olaf Jansen has given us a most reasonable explanation.

The presence of the open sea in the Northland is also explained. Olaf Jansen claims that the northern aperture, intake or hole, so to speak, is about fourteen hundred miles across. In connection with this, let us read what Explorer Nansen writes, on page 288 of his book: "I have never had such a splendid sail. On to the north, steadily north, with a good wind, as fast as steam and sail can take us, an open sea mile after mile, watch after watch, through these unknown re


Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****
Lisa Carr

An okay yarn about a sailor who sailed with his father North, then around the edge and into the inside surface of the Earth. There he found giants (people/trees/fruits) and a "sun" that mysteriously changed colors and went dark through the "day." It is copiously footnoted, and, while believed as true by some, a little bit silly.
Verne, E.R. Burroughs, and others tried their hand at underground kingdoms, this seems to be Emerson's version.

The Hollow Earth Theory is irrefutable and represents a quantum leap in consciousness for humanity. This first hand account is well, nothing short of amazing.

Forget everything the educational system has told you and remove people like Alan here from their smug positions of power.

C. Alan Loewen

The Smoky God or, A Voyage to the Inner World, by Willis George Emerson (1856 - 1918) is a piece of fluff pulp fantasy good for a momentary diversion except that this story has achieved a sort of immortality amongst believers in the hollow earth theory who are convinced the story is true.

This is not the first time in history that a work of fiction has been accepted as reality. In 1914, Welsh author Arthur Machen published a short story entitled “The Bowmen” in the London newspaper The Evening News, inspired by accounts that he had read of the fighting at Mons and an idea he had had soon after the battle.

Within weeks, the story took on a life of its own as a World War I miracle and like Emerson’s work, is viewed even today by a few as a historical event.

Craig Alan Loewen

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