by Christopher Paul Carey

August 30, 2022 (Tarzana, California) The Swords of Eternity super-arc of the groundbreaking Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe series concludes with Victory Harben: Fires of Halos by Christopher Paul Carey—featuring the world of Halos from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary unpublished novel fragment, The Ghostly Script! Preorders of Victory Harben: Fires of Halos are now available directly from ERB, Inc. Softcover and hardcover editions, as well as a limited Collector’s Edition with a signed bookplate, will be available in a simultaneous release. The novel is expected to ship to customers Fall 2022.

Born in Pellucidar…Mentored by Jason Gridley…Trained to Fight by Tarzan of the Apes

Readers have come to know Victory Harben from her side storyline in the novel Tarzan: Battle for Pellucidar; her adventures in the bonus novelettes “Pellucidar: Dark of the Sun,” “Victory Harben: Clash on Caspak,” and “Victory Harben: Stormwinds of Va-nah” in the first three Swords of Eternity books; and her starring role in the comic book miniseries Beyond the Farthest Star: Warriors of Zandar. Now, at last, get Victory’s complete origin story in Victory Harben: Fires of Halos, which is written so that it can be read as either a standalone novel by new readers or the epic conclusion to the four-book Swords of Eternity super-arc!

The daughter of Gretchen von Harben from Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins by Edgar Rice Burroughs and the warrior Nadok of Pellucidar, Victory spent the first twelve years of her life at the Earth’s core under the tutelage of two of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Jason Gridley and Abner Perry. On the outer crust, she further honed her intellect at Oxford’s prestigious Darkheath College, earning an advanced degree in Theoretical Physics while she took breaks to exercise her muscles and fighting skills at Lord and Lady Greystoke’s Chamston-Hedding estate. Now all of Victory’s abilities and talents will be put to the test as she is hurled upon one of the strangest and most daunting odysseys imaginable!


When Gridley Wave contact between worlds is inexplicably broken, young physicist Victory Harben returns to her home at the Earth’s core to help solve the mystery. Soon Victory finds the riddles of her past are hopelessly entangled with the machinations of an ancient and inscrutable queen of the Mahars, the inner world’s dethroned reptilian overlords. Unwillingly hurled into the cosmic void by the queen, Victory is hunted down across space and time by a vengeful being whose flaming sword absorbs the souls of the slain, delivering them to the ravenous lords of Halos. As Victory races to track down the key to her destiny, a storm of malevolent forces gathers against her, unleashing the secret rulers of the afterlife in an unholy tempest that threatens to shatter reality itself.

Bonus Novelette: “Beyond the Farthest Star™: Rescue on Zandar”
by Mike Wolfer

When a hunting party from the village of the Ki-vaas goes missing, the tribe’s age-old customs decree the fate of its lost members to have been dictated by the gods. But the young woman Tii-laa cannot abide such hopeless dogma. Striking out on her own, she must risk both her place in the tribe and her very life, facing the planet Zandar’s deadly wilds and savage creatures in a desperate attempt to save her missing tribespeople!

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Included with any edition

Bonus Trading Card—While Supplies Last!

All preorders of Victory Harben: Fires of Halos placed directly from ERB, Inc.’s online store will come with an exclusive collectible ERB Universe trading card featuring Tii-laa of Zandar, Victory Harben’s future friend and the protagonist of “Beyond the Farthest Star: Rescue on Zandar.” Collect all of the trading cards by preordering each ERB Universe novel directly from!

Included with Collector’s Edition

Hardcover Limited Collector’s Edition

The hardcover Collector’s Edition features a special ERB Universe bookplate signed by authors Christopher Paul Carey and Mike Wolfer, as well as a facsimile autograph of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and includes a second exclusive ERB Universe trading card featuring Thabiso Mhlaba’s cover art to Victory Harben: Fires of Halos (in addition to the Tii-laa of Zandar trading card). The Collector’s Edition is limited to only 200 copies.



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About the Authors

Christopher Paul Carey is the author of several books, including Swords Against the Moon Men—an authorized sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic science fantasy novel The Moon MaidExlies of Kho; The Song of Kwasin (with Philip José Farmer); Hadon, King of Opar; and Blood of Ancient Opar . He has also written comic books featuring Burroughs’ characters such as Tarzan, Dejah Thoris, Carson of Venus, Jason Gridley, and Gretchen von Harben. He is Director of Publishing and creative director of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company founded by Mr. Burroughs in 1923, and he has edited more than 70 novels, anthologies, and collections for a variety of publishers. He lives in Southern California.

Mike Wolfer, a professional writer and comics illustrator for over thirty years, has been a key talent working on the canonical Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe comic books, including Jane Porter, Victory Harben, Beyond the Farthest Star, Pellucidar, The Land That Time Forgot, The Monster Men, and The Moon Maid. Best known for his Widow series, Wolfer is the creator of the Daughters of the Dark Oracle franchise, and has worked on numerous licensed properties.

About the Cover Artist

Thabiso Mhlaba is a Chicago-based illustrator and concept artist whose interests lie in creating compelling characters and narratives. He holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and he employs his talents at Wild Blue Studios, a worker-owned art house for entertainment, focusing on illustration, concept art, publishing, and motion graphic animation for games and film.

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Carson of Venus: The Eye of Amtor #1 releases February 2020 from American Mythology Productions. Variant cover art featuring Jason Gridley and Victory Harben by Mike Wolfer.

Tarzana, California (October 1, 2019) – Today Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.—the company that manages and licenses the creative works of novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, including Tarzan of the Apes™ and John Carter of Mars®—is pleased to present the first look at Victory Harben, the latest character to join the pantheon of heroes and heroines of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe.

Victory Harben is set to appear in the first new ERB Universe novel, Carson of Venus: Edge of All Worlds by Matt Betts, due out in Spring 2020. The novel will be preceded by a three-part, prequel comic book miniseries from American Mythology Productions titled “Carson of Venus: The Eye of Amtor” by Mike Wolfer, based on a plot by Matt Betts. The back pages of “The Eye of Amtor” will feature a bonus comic written by ERB Universe creative director Christopher Paul Carey, “Pellucidar: Dark of the Sun,” starring Jason Gridley and introducing Victory Harben. “Pellucidar: Dark of the Sun” launches the ongoing “super-arc” storyline that will run throughout the new ERB Universe novels, as a mysterious force hurls Jason Gridley and Victory Harben across space-time and they must unravel an insidious and unthinkable plot that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of the universe. Issue #1 of “Carson of Venus: The Eye of Amtor,” which includes the “Pellucidar: Dark of the Sun” bonus feature, releases this December and can be preordered today by requesting it at your local comic shop.

Victory Harben’s epic story is being transmitted to the present-day offices of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., in Tarzana, California, via the Gridley Wave, that singular method of communication between our own Earth and strange, far-off worlds such as Pellucidar, Barsoom, and others. It was by this same method that Edgar Rice Burroughs himself once received the narratives of many of his tales of wonder and adventure. The corporation has also learned much about Ms. Harben from the previously lost journals of her mentor, inventor Jason Gridley, who appeared in several works by Mr. Burroughs, including Tarzan at the Earth’s Core and a number of novels in the Pellucidar, Barsoom, and Amtor series. The following character profile of Victory Harben has been gleaned from both of these sources.

Birth Name: Victory von Harben
Birthdate: February 17, 1932
Birthplace: Sari, Pellucidar
Parents: Gretchen von Harben (mother), Nadok of the Voraki tribe (father)
Education: High school diploma; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford
Mentors: Abner Perry, Jason Gridley, Tarzan of the Apes, Mudina Macrae, Professor Aloysius P. Ralston
Fighting Styles: Archery, jujitsu, knife fighting (instructed by Tarzan and David Innes)
Weapons of Choice: Bow and arrow, “uncertainty” gun
Personal Interests: Mathematics, quantum mechanics, root beer floats
Present Location: Current whereabouts unknown; last seen in Pellucidar near the ruins of the Mahar city of Mintra, May 1950

In her early twenties, anthropologist Gretchen von Harben* journeyed to the inner world of Pellucidar on a secret expedition to deliver to Abner Perry a load of Harbenite, that rare, lightweight, ultra-strong metal discovered by her brother Erich in the Wiramwazi Mountains of Africa.** After returning to the village of Sari following a wayward excursion to the island of the Voraki far across the sea, Gretchen found she had fallen in love with the land of Pellucidar as much as she had with Nadok of the Voraki, and she decided to take up residence in the inner world with her new husband.

On the eve of a great battle against the intelligent, winged reptiles known as the Mahars and their simian Sagoth armies, during a major incursion on David Innes’ Empire of Pellucidar, Gretchen gave birth to her firstborn child with Nadok. Gretchen and Nadok named their daughter Victory, in the hope of triumph against the empire’s enemies and because of a strange dream-vision Gretchen had during childbirth of a barbaric queen of the same name. The name Victory, it turned out, was well chosen, for indeed the people of Sari and the united tribes of the empire overcame the Mahars and their fierce ape-men during the next morning’s battle.

From an early age, Victory displayed all the signs of bearing a remarkable intelligence. At five years old, she took a liking to Abner Perry, often much to her parents’ and the aged inventor’s dismay, for Abner frequently conducted dangerous experiments in his laboratory and little Victory refused to leave his side. When on three different occasions, however, the child’s cleverness and quick thinking saved the inventor’s life, both Victory’s parents and Abner decided it might be best to let the precocious prodigy have her way. Even so, Gretchen and Nadok asked Jason Gridley—inventor of the Gridley Wave and mastermind behind the O-220 vacuum airship that had traveled through the north polar opening to Pellucidar—to look after his goddaughter on the occasions when he visited Pellucidar. Before long, Victory began looking up to Jason, regarding him as both a mentor and an avuncular figure.

At age eight, Victory assisted Abner Perry in deciphering tablets recovered from the vast subterranean archives of the Mahar cities of Phutra and Kazra. Thus blossomed her interest in mathematics and theoretical physics, as she sought to understand the advanced theorems of the Mahars, who Abner claimed could project their thoughts into the fourth dimension. At age eleven, a fateful encounter with a Mahar queen in the depths of the underground city of Mintra steeled Victory’s determination to learn all she could in the fields of math and physics.*** Reluctantly, her parents bent to their daughter’s unyielding will, sending her to the outer world to further her education under the guardianship of the O-220’s skipper, Heinrich Hines, and his wife Anna.

Having spent her first eleven years in a savage inner world unknown to the inhabitants of the Earth’s surface, Victory faced many challenges adjusting to life as a high school student in Southern California. As World War II still raged on, she dropped the “von” from her surname to avoid suspicious glances. Even so, she could not avoid lingering stares, for she looked different from the other school children, bearing large, violet eyes and deep umber-hued skin that she had inherited from her Pellucidarian father. That she was also much smarter than the other kids her age, and worse, smarter than the adults, presented her with even more difficulties. Fortunately, her math teacher, Miss Mudina Macrae, recognized Victory’s talents and stepped in to encourage and support her.

When at last the war ended and Victory was able to test out of the twelfth grade at age fourteen, Miss Macrae hatched a plan to send the young prodigy to study at the university level in England. With a few strings pulled by Lord Greystoke and a little fibbing about her age, Victory Harben passed her Responsions in the summer of 1946 and entered the ranks of freshmen at the University of Oxford in the fall term. At Oxford, Victory excelled under the tutelage of Professor Aloysius P. Ralston of the Department of Theoretical Physics, where she served as his assistant and began advanced study in the field of quantum mechanics, driven to understand the mysteries of the universe after her encounter at the Mahar city of Mintra. Summers she spent at the Greystokes’ Chamston-Hedding estate, where she developed a close friendship with Jane Clayton and Tarzan tutored her in the arts of self-defense. After an intensive but rewarding three and a half years at university on an accelerated track, Victory passed her exams and graduated with honors.

The year is now 1950. Eighteen-year-old Victory has decided to return to Pellucidar, eager to visit her family and investigate why the Gridley Wave transmissions to the outer world have mysteriously ceased.

Victory Harben’s epic story continues in “Pellucidar: Dark of the Sun,” a special bonus comic in the back pages of the “Carson of Venus: The Eye of Amtor” comic book miniseries, launching February 2020 from American Mythology Productions. Visit your local comic shop today to order  “Carson of Venus: The Eye of Amtor” now! Issue #1, issue #2, and issue #3 are now available directly from the publisher. Digital editions now available at Comixology and Amazon.

Victory will also be featured in Victory Harben: Fires of Halos, a full-length novel by Christopher Paul Carey, forthcoming in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe’s Swords of Eternity super-arc.

* See Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja, the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burroughs for an early adventure of Gretchen von Harben at age twelve.

** See Tarzan and the Lost Empire by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the story of how Tarzan met Erich von Harben, and see Tarzan at the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs for more on the discovery of Harbenite.

*** See the ERB Universe novel Tarzan: Battle for Pellucidar by Win Scott Eckert.

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