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y Phosphor : An Ischian Mystery single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1888... 1888
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'A despondent young man, buried alive after imbibing snake venom to test an antidote he'd invented, breaks out into a subterranean kingdom, inhabited by prehistoric creatures and anthropoids who are both Latin-speaking and phosphorescent! The queen of the anthropoids, who has a good figure but the head of an ape, takes a fancy to the hero and plans to use him as breeding stock to boost the gene pool of her tribe. Rather than submit, the hero kills the queen (with a poisonous snake) and is then speedily returned to Australia after a fortuitous volcanic eruption.'

Source: University of Melbourne Library. Special Collections.


  • E. Morris Miller's Australian Literature from its Beginnings to 1935 (1940): 638 comments: 'Refers to phosphorous effects in Ischian caves, near Naples, about 1880'.
  • Dedication: Dedicated by the author to his Mother.

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Works about this Work

Digging beneath Phosphor : An Ischian Mystery Marty Young , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australian Weird Fiction , no. 3 2009; (p. 33-45)
Lost and Found Cities and Peoples : Around the World Graham Stone , 2001 single work review bibliography biography
— Appears in: Notes on Australian Science Fiction 2001; (p. 91-95)

— Review of Account of a Race of Human Beings with Tails : Discovered by Mr Jones, the Traveller, in the Interior of New Guinea E. W. Cole 1873 single work novella ; Phosphor : An Ischian Mystery J. Filmore Sherry 1888 single work novel ; Adventures in New Guinea : The Narrative of Louis Trégance, a French Sailor, Nine Years in Captivity among the Orangwoks, a Tribe in the Interior of New Guinea H. C. M. Watson 1876 single work children's fiction ; Gobi or Shamo : a story of three songs Gilbert Murray 1889 single work novel ; Isban Israel : A South African Story George Cossins 1896 single work novel ; The Nameless City : a Rommany Romance Fergus Hume 1894 single work novel
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