Drome (novel)

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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author John Martin Leahy
Illustrator John Martin Leahy
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 295 pp
OCLC 5979793

Drome is a fantasy novel, written and illustrated by John Martin Leahy. It was first published in book form in 1952 by Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. in an edition of 1,000 copies. The novel was originally serialized in the magazine Weird Tales in five parts beginning January 1927.

Plot introduction[edit]

Two explorers travel miles beneath Mount Rainier and discover a cavernous realm, filled with glowing mist, called Drome, which is home to a lost civilization and fantastic animals, including bat-apes, snake-cats, and tree-octopuses.


P. Schuyler Miller described the story as quaint by modern standards, but praised "its classical quotations, bolstering allusions to dubious science, and real warmth and humor."[1] Everett F. Bleiler faulted the novel for doing little to explain its mysteries and for being "greatly padded with 'philosophy of life', quotations from various authorities scientific and philosophical, lists of great men, and exclamations and comments in Siwash."[2]


  1. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, May 1953, p.145
  2. ^ *Bleiler, Everett Franklin; Richard Bleiler (1991). Science-Fiction, The Early Years. Kent State University Press. p. 430. ISBN 978-0873384162.