The author's outstanding literary achievement (long in demand) is an occult story of mystery and adventure, romance, and startling psychological surprises. It is set in that secret, sacred part of the Himalayas into which few have entered. The central figure is a Lama, wise, winning, compassionate, whose story – told in his own words – on a crag by the roaring Brahmaputra will capture the imagination and reveal for some readers occult truths.
Talbot Mundy (born William Lancaster Gribbon, 1879–1940) was an English writer. He also wrote under the pseudonym Walter Galt.
Many of Talbot Mundy's novels, including his first novel Rung Ho!, and his most famous work King of the Khyber Rifles, are set in India under British Occupation in which the loyal British officers encounter ancient Indian mysticism. The novels portray the citizens of Imperial India as enigmatic, romantic and powerful. His British characters have many encounters with the mysterious Thugee Cults. The long buildup to the introduction of his Indian Princess Yasmini and the scenes among the outlaws in the Khinjan Caves clearly influenced fantasy writers Robert E. Howard and Leigh ... (more)