Hollow earth

One of the things that has intrigued me most throughout my research is the sheer gullibility of the Victorians. It may be a reflection on our lack of innocence or post modern rationalism – but they used to really believe in the most amazing of stories. Their imagination and acceptance of the esoteric has given me creative licence within infinitum to create the most amazing range of creatures and adventures.

Take John C. Symmes (1780-1829) – who wrote to the Times calling for fellow adventurers to join him on a trek to the North Pole in search of the entrance.

TO ALL THE WORLD!

I declare the earth is hollow and habitable within; containing a number of solid concentrick spheres, one within the other, and that it is open at the poles 12 or 16 degrees; I pledge my life in support of this truth, and am ready to explore the hollow, if the world will support and aid me in the undertaking.

What’s more he wasn’t the only one, there are many references to the underworld in Indian and Nordic creation myths. Not to mention the fact that Hitler was supposed to have sent men out looking for the fabled entrances to Hyperborea!

Map of the Hollow world

Map of the Hollow world

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