Dian of the Lost Land
from the 1966 Chilton dustjacket (shown):
Why has Dr. Adam Weismann, a specialist in tropical diseases, been kidnapped? What is the strange goal of Karl Belgrade, the famous European anthropologist? And what lies behind the mist-shrouded hills which guard a strange land, the Moss country, lost for millennia deep in the Antarctic? Antarctica.
Following strange clues and employing the reasoning power of his steel-trap mind, Belgrade believes himself on the verge of an incredible discovery, the finding of a race of men whose very existence has been a subject dealt with in studies of pre-history, and who were supposed to have vanished from the earth far back in the dawn of human existence.
Young Dr. Weismann, snatched from his work and commandeered for Belgrade's expedition to the uttermost south, finds himself caught in a web of fantastic and terrifying adventure.
Catapulted out of his age into the primordial past, he faces the monstrous and bellowing rage of Zwei-Tag, the ravening fury of Yore, grisly haunter of the caves, and above all, the horror of the Og-Ree, the demons of our ancient racial memory, whose very name gives the word "Ogre" to the English language. And he also meets Dian.
Dian, daughter of the Sun and the Moon, priestess, goddess, and loveliness incarnate, for whom all must be sacrificed, in whose defence death is an honor.
The reader will follow Adam Weismann with tautened nerves, as he dares to cross the barrier of the great Antarctic ice floes and finds himself in a land of wonder, terror, and delight.
Internationally known as the author of Gypsy Sixpence, Cortez and Marina, Inevitable Hour and numerous other fine novels, Edison Marshall now lives and works on his own beautiful southern estate.