Zigomar

May 2, 2019

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ZIGOMAR
by Léon Sazie
adapted by Michael Shreve

“I’m accusing the one who signed these crimes with his initial… Z… I accuse Zigomar!”

Zigomar is a character dreamed up by Léon Sazie in 1909, two years before the now much more celebrated Fantômas. An evil, nefarious character, a criminal genius, Zigomar was so popular in his time that his picture could be found on bags of bread, pipes and matchboxes.

Masked, hooded, or in disguise, Zigomar constantly bedevils the law. The first of the masked super-criminals, he shares with Fantômas a taste for gratuitous, melodramatic crimes, imaginative atrocities (typhus-bearing mosquitoes being only one such example), murder, kidnapping, robbery, and torture. His inevitable escape from the clutches of the law, his perpetual evasion of justice, made him very popular with the public and he left his mark on the history of crime fiction.

Of Basque origin, Léon Sazie was born in Algeria in 1862 and died in an accident in Suresne near Paris in 1939. When he was still a child, his father committed suicide after being ruined in a bank fraud. Sazie eventually became a journalist, before turning to theater and, eventually, to serial fiction. He created Martin Numa, King of detectives, in 1908, and Zigomar a year later. He was also a brilliant fencer who fought several duels.
This volume, translated and introduced by Michael Shreve, contains a translation of the first of the six Zigomar novels, plus an introduction, bibliography and filmography (Zigomar was adapted three times for the screen in silent movie serials).

Contents:
Introduction
Bibliography
Filmography
BOOK ONE : THE INVISIBLE MASTER (1909-10)
BOOK TWO: LIONS AND TIGERS (1910)
BOOK THREE: TIME FOR JUSTICE (1910)

Available at Black Coat Press

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The Nyctalope And The Tower Of Babel

January 10, 2018

The Nyctalope And The Tower Of Babel by Jean de La Hire and Emmanuel Gorlier (adapted by Jessica Sequeira and Michael Shreve). Cover by Ladönn. Black Coat Press, 2018.

In The Cross of Blood, a friend of Leo Saint-Clair, Jacques d’Hermont, calls for his help because he and his family are slowly dying from of a mysterious disease. The Nyctalope investigates and discovers a new, deadly foe: Armand Logreux d’Albury, the so-called “Master of the Seven Lights,” lurking in the Castle of The Cross of Blood… Six years later, the Nyctalope crosses paths again with Logreux d’Albury and another of his arch-enemies, Engineer Korridès, while his son, Pierre, is on a perilous expedition in Africa searching for the legendary Tower of Babel…
Leo Saint-Clair, alias the Nyctalope, was created in 1911 by Jean de La Hire, one of France’s most prolific serial writers. Gifted with night vision, hypnotic powers and an artificial heart, Saint-Clair is a fearless hero who battles colorful super-villains.

This book includes an original novel by La Hire penned in 1941, and a new sequel written by Emmanuel Gorlier.

CONTENTS:
Introduction by Jean-Marc Lofficier
La Croix de Sang (1941)
La Tour de Babel (2015)

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The Sins of Madame Atomos

October 14, 2017

THE SINS OF MADAME ATOMOS by Michel & Sylvie Stéphan (adapted by Michael Shreve)based on the character created by André Caroff, cover by Jean-Michel Ponzio, Black Coat Press, 2017

The screams behind the door became agonizing. The men felt a grisly shiver run down their spines. Beffort’s body was now entirely buried in the sand, except for his head and shoulders…

The deadly Madame Atomos is a brilliant but twisted Japanese scientist who is out to revenge herself against the United States for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where she lost her family. Opposing her are Smith Beffort of the FBI and Yosho Akamatsu of the Japanese Secret Police.

In 1972, the US Government is preparing to return the island of Okinawa to Japan. The Atomos Organization intends to strike the American base still on the island. They approach Richard Tardif, a young American tempted by a life of adventure, for a simple mission, allegedly risk-free, a job with a great deal of money at the end. Because Madame Atomos is as devious and machiavellian as Richard is naive…

Contents:
– Introduction by JM Lofficier
– Mme Atomos joue sur les maux (2015)
– Updated Timeline

Available at Black Coat Press

Charles Malato

September 4, 2017

LOST!
by Charles Malato
adapted by Michael Shreve
cover by Mike Hoffman

The moqqadem whistled a strange tune and the folds of his burnous parted: the heads of snakes peeked out, their squirming coils twisted around his chest and waist.

Charles Malato (1857–1938) was a notorious French anarchist and revolutionary once accused of plotting the 1905 assassination attempt against King Alfonso XIII of Spain. Malato was also a distinguished journalist and the author of exotic adventures serials such as Lost! (1915).

Forced to hide in the still unexplored regions of Morocco, political prisoner and escapee Antonio Perez is caught in the grips of the most unexpected and most extraordinary predicaments. Lost! is original because of its Moroccan setting and contains the standard devices of lost world novels, each one more extraordinary than the last, piling mystery upon mystery, peril upon peril, such as an usurped throne, an enemy priestess, trial by combat, precious treasures, an ill-fated romance, but with unusual, original twists.

Malato’s heroes are not stereotypes, but subversive pariahs, marginal figures, escaping from society like Fantômas, Arsène Lupin and the real-life Bonnot Gang, bringing a radically different vision of the instability of the world around them.

This collection includes two other stories, The Rat and the Octopus, a Kanak Tale from New Caledonia (1885) and The Memoirs of a Gorilla (1901).

Available at Black Coat Press

Michael Moorcock’s LEGENDS OF THE MULTIVERSE

April 2, 2017

Michael Moorcock’s LEGENDS OF THE MULTIVERSE

edited with introductions by J-M. Lofficier; translations by Michael Shreve
cover by Michel Borderie

Foreword by Michael Moorcock. Stories by Matthew Baugh, Pierre Bordage, Richard Canal, Fabrice Colin, John Davey, Paul DiFilippo, Johan Heliot, Travis Hiltz, J.-M. & Randy Lofficier, Xavier Mauméjean, Michael Moorcock, Christian Vilà, Daniel Walther, Ehrich Weiss and Tony White. Translations by Michael Shreve. Introductions by J.-M. Lofficier.

Elric of Melinoboné… Duke Dorian Hawkmoon of Köln… Prince Corum Jhaelen Irsei of the Scarlet Robe… The unflappable English Assassin Jerry Cornelius… Time-lost Oswald Bastable… Count Renark von Bek of the Sundered Worlds… Over the years, Michael Moorcock has captivated readers with his unending versions of the Eternal Champion, the timeless warrior who serves the Cosmic Balance in the ongoing battle that rages between Law and Chaos through the many planes and levels of the multiverse.

This volume features all of the characters mentioned above and more, collecting two stories written by Michael Moorcock for the Tales of the Shadowmen series, sixteen more stories by some of America, England and France’s best-loved sf and fantasy writers , plus a foreword penned by Moorcock for an earlier French companion anthology, translated by Michael Shreve and introduced by Jean-Marc Lofficier.

Contents:
Introduction by J.-M. Lofficier
Michael Moorcock: Foreword to The Gate of Worlds
Michael Moorcock: The Affair of the Bassin des Hivers
Matthew Baugh: The Garden of Everything
Pierre Bordage: The Archivist
Richard Canal: The Child of the Future
Fabrice Colin: Eulogy for The Abyss Fish
John Davey: An Organ of Bones
John Davey: Death of a Dark Ship
Paul DiFilippo: The Stealer of Marketshare
Johan Heliot: The Music of Souls
Travis Hiltz: War on the Moon
Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier: J.C. in Alphaville
Xavier Mauméjean: Qayin
Christian Vilà: Brother of the Hyenas
Daniel Walther: Heart of Ice
Tony White: Stormbringer
Tony White: The Jet Set Girls
Ehrich Weiss: Renark’s Dream
Michael Moorcock: The Icon Crackdown

available at Black Coat Press

Edouard Dubus

November 26, 2016

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The Sacrilege by Edouard Dubus

Without an ounce of respect a drunkard took a piss
On and on before the church of Saint Sulpice.
The faithful flock ran away at the sight
Til the man in black showed up, his face turned white.
“We don’t piss here,” he shrieked and crossed himself,
“Vade retro, you swine! Go somewhere else!”

Without a word, not disturbed in the least,
The wino stared long and hard at the priest.
Then he pointed to the shrine of the heavenly throne
Where these three words were carved in stone,
Three words for everyone to see:
Liberty, equality, fraternity.

Like Napoleon standing in front of the Pyramids,
His gestures were grand and his voice became spirited:
“Liberty! So, I piss where I want to.
“Equality! You can piss here too.
“If you’d like, my friend, let’s piss here together.
“Fraternity! Come hold this for me, brother.”

Fear of Death

November 20, 2016

Fear of death? But it is because you made a mess of your life!

Source: Fear of Death

Jimmy Guieu

November 15, 2016

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THE POLARIAN-DENEBIAN WAR 2. SPACE COMMANDOS by Jimmy Guieu (adapted by Michael Shreve)

In the second half of the series, the space war between Polarians and Denebians heats up, with Earth stuck in the middle. Jean Kariven is forced to join his space friends and take part in an assault on the enemy’s cosmic stronghold. The series ends as it began, on a trip through time showing the changes wrought by the war.

Contents:
Introduction by Jean-Marc Lofficier.
4. Commandos de l’Eespace [Space Commandos] (1955)
5. Nos Ancêtres de l’Avenir [Our Ancestors from the Future] (1956)
6. Prisonniers du Passé [Prisoners of the Past] (1956)

Henri-René “Jimmy” Guieu (1926-2000) was one of the leading French SF authors of the 1950s and 60s, before he turned to the exploration of UFOs and parapsychological phenomena. In this classic six-volume saga (presented in English in two volumes), written in 1954 through 1956, Guieu introduced his signature hero, French paleoanthropologist Jean Kariven, and imagined that Earth was secretly caught in a vast space-time war pitting the benevolent Polarians against the aggressive Denebians. Guieu sprinkled the books with some of his favorite themes, such as UFOs, alien encounters and ancient astronauts, while delivering fast-paced SF adventure.

Available at Black Coat Press

Go away, Outcasts!

November 11, 2016

All-powerful alcohol incites people to dictatorial aspirations in every country.

Source: Go away, Outcasts!

24-Fascism and Finale

November 1, 2016

and the long-lamenting song of a beggar drags on

Source: 24-Fascism and Finale


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