New Releases February 2019

 Tales of the Fays 1

by Marie Catherine d'Aulnoy -  adapted by Brian Stableford - cover by Mike Hoffman. READ AN EXCERPT - 516 p. - US$ 39.95

This two-volume collection assembles all the known tales of the fays published by Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baronne d’Aulnoy (1651-1705). From the early 1690s onwards, Madame d’Aulnoy was an active member of a literary salon where she and the Comtesse de Murat became the most prolific contributors to the new genre of the contes de fees, which they helped invent, shape and develop. Like almost all of the other members of her coterie, she became a renegade female aristocrat writing tales for the select consumption of other renegade female aristocrats about a world the corrupt glamour of which they understood only too well, with a depth of sarcasm that the innocent could not be expected to comprehend...


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 Tales of the Fays 2

by Marie Catherine d'Aulnoy -  adapted by Brian Stableford - cover by Mike Hoffman. READ AN EXCERPT - 508 p. - US$ 39.95

This two-volume collection assembles all the known tales of the fays published by Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baronne d’Aulnoy (1651-1705). One should regard Madame d’Aulnoy and the Comtesse de Murat as significant writers of Decadent fantasy, and one wonders what they might have done had they been allowed to continue with their work. Given that both had extraordinary imaginative range, it is hard to imagine that they would have run out of inspiration, had they not been violently stopped in their tracks. We have to be grateful that they contrived to publish as much as they did during their brief window of opportunity, leaving behind fugitive material that could be recovered once the worst of the repression had blown over...


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Irma Vep and the Great Brain of Mars

by Frank Schildiner - cover by Phil Cohen. READ AN EXCERPT  - 284 p. - US$ 22.95

1914: Hurtling to Earth like a meteor comes the Great Brain, a vampiric monster frantically determined to survive the end of his reign on Mars. Seizing the mind of a human, he inadvertently prevents a catastrophic World War, but transforms Earth into a dark, horror-filled  planet with massive techno-cities and nightmarish technology. 1920: Irma Vep, the legendary cat-burglar of the Vampires, and her lover/partner, the fearsome being only known as the Eidolon, investigate a series of terrible murders that has shaken the city of Marseilles. Together, they face not only the powerful criminal empire of the Red Hand, but also demonic forces stirred by the Great Brain. The fate of the world, not to mention a little profit, lies in the balance!.

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