New Releases (October 2017)

 The Mystery of the Tiger 

by Maurice Magre - adapted  by Brian Stableford - cover by Mike Hoffman. READ AN EXCERPT - 280 p. - US$ 22.95

Maurice Magre (1877-1941) was one of the most far-ranging and extravagant French writers of fantastic fiction in the first half of the 20th century, and perhaps the finest of them, because of the fertility and versatility of his imagination and the manner and purpose for which he deployed it. This volume, the fourth of a series of twelve dedicated to Magre’s works, offers the novella The Story of Confucius and the novel The Mystery of the Tiger (both 1927). The former is a clever exercise in deadly serious comedy, which details the rise and fall of the famous Chinese philosopher. In the latter, an obsessed zoo-keeper and animal tamer goes into the Indonesian jungle to experience a mystic transformation that highlights the relationship between humans and animals, and between humans and their own animality..

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 The Poison of Goa

by Maurice Magre - adapted by Brian Stableford - cover by Mike Hoffman. READ AN EXCERPT - 360 p. - US$ 26.95

This volume, the sixth of a series of twelve dedicated to Magre’s works, offers a collection of prose poems entitled Lotus Blossoms (1926) and the novel The Poison of Goa (1928). In it, the unfortunate Rachel, who is in desperate straits and has to undergo a terrifying ordeal, realizes that she has just found an unexpected opportunity to avenge the death of her mother and brutal torture of her father during a pogrom. The action unfolds in the mid-19th century in the decadent Portuguese colony of Goa in India. The tense and dramatic plot, the graphic images of the city, as it is gradually consumed by the march of time, make the novel truly remarkable in both strength and artistry.

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 The Sins of Madame Atomos

by Michel & Sylvie Stéphan based on André Caroff - adapted by Michael Shreve - cover by Jean-Michel Ponzio. READ AN EXCERPT - 212 p. - US$ 20.95

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, job with a great deal of money at the end. Because Madame Atomos is as devious and machiavellian as Richard is naive...

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