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Graydon, Nicholas. Nicholas Graydon was created by A. Merritt (Walter Goodwin, Dr. Lowell) and appeared in “The Face in the Abyss” (Argosy All-Story, Sept. 9, 1923) and the story serial “The Snake Mother” (Argosy, Oct. 25-Dec. 6, 1930). Nicholas Graydon is a Harvard graduate who sets out for Peru to find the lost treasure of the Incas. But Graydon is accompanied by three other Harvard graduates, and as is their wont they turn out to be a bad sort. He catches one of them trying to rape Suarra, a native woman, and stops the man from doing so. She is a member of a Lost Race of white Peruvians, and there is an instant attraction between her and Graydon. Unfortunately, the other Harvard grads don’t believe Graydon’s story, and they bind him, at which point his soul leaves his body and enters into communication with Adana, the Snake Mother, who agrees to try to protect Graydon for Suarra’s sake. Suarra appears to the Harvard grads with various gold objects and promises them more if they follow her, which they do, to the land of Yu-Atlanchi, which is inhabited by the descendants of snake-worshipers. The Harvard grads are brought to the titular face, which is the reification of evil and which destroys them. Adana protects Graydon from a similar fate but requires that he leave Yu-Atlanchi, which he finds difficult to do. On his way out he is attacked by the invisible flying serpents which guard Yu-Atlanchi, and after his lengthy recovery in the United States he leaves to be reunited with Suarra. In the sequel the followers of the Snake Mother clash with the followers of the lizard men, and Graydon marries Suarra and goes completely native.
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