The psychotopographic possibilities of an abyss at the South Pole were not limited to Poe and the sequels he inspired. An intriguing variation on the whirlpool myth occurs in an obscure story, Malcolm Ferguson’s “The Polar Vortex”, published in Weird Tales (a pulp magazine focussing on horror and the fantastic) in 1946. More than any other piece of Antarctic fiction, Ferguson’s story directly addresses the relationship between the South Pole and the human psyche. As in Poe’s Antarctic stories, the narrative moves inevitably towards a final annihilating moment of insight as outer and inner space, ego and id, spiral together. “

Elizabeth Leane, “Antarctica in fiction . Imaginative narratives of the Far South”, 2012 



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