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Meet Arsène Lupin the Gentleman Burglar and Fantômas the Lord of Evil; Captain Nemo and Robur the Conqueror; Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte-Cristo and Cagliostro; the Phantom of the Opera and Belphegor, the Ghost of the Louvre; Monsieur Lecoq and Rouletabille, the first detectives; the gangs of the Black Coats and the Vampires; Rocambole, Judex, and the Nyctalope, the fir ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Hollywood Comics
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May 19, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
As a junkie of Victorian and early 20th century pulp/mystery/adventure fiction, this book was a treasure. I'd heard of a couple of these characters, but the others gave me a whole new list of books to hunt down.
Tons of great info on a wide variety of thieves, detectives, rogues and monsters.
The author obviously did a lot of research and even presents a couple interesting theories on how some of these characters fit together or into the larger world of fiction. Sort of the French cousins to Phil
I first became aware of Black Coat Press when I revived my interest in Philip Jose Farmer's Wold-Newton Universe concept and through Win Scott Eckert discovered Black Coat's annual Tales of the Shadowmen short story anthologies. This book is a compendium of a range of classic French pulp fiction (and some slightly older) characters. Some of the names are familiar to American audiences (The Phantom of the Opera, Captain Nemo, the Count of Monte Cristo) and some will feel vaguely familiar (Judex f ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Duane rated it really liked it
An excellent survey of French popular fiction/pop culture characters and creators primarily from the 19th Century. Very readable and informative essays on individual characters and their incarnations in other media outside the literary genres in which they originally appeared. Great reference for readers interested in the intersection of French and English/U.S. pop culture fiction in the Romance and adventure genres.
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Jean-Marc Lofficier is a French author of books about films and television programs, as well as numerous comic books and translations of a number of animation screenplays. He usually collaborates with his wife, Randy Lofficier
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