The Human Microbes
THE HUMAN MICROBES
by Louise Michel
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Daniele Serra
Once, Dr. Gael had removed a young woman from the hospital and taken her home to serve in his horrible experiments. He had attached her to the dissection-table; then, had put her to sleep and interrogated her while hypnotized during her vivisection. The unfortunate woman replied to her torturer, describing her suffering. Suddenly, she uttered a howl; shivers passed through her; she expired, giving birth to a girl...
In The Human Microbes, a man unjustly accused of a murder by an evil mastermind manages to escape the guillotine and embarks on a quest for revenge that will draw in its wake a cast of characters, including mad doctors, lost children, strange gypsies, Irish revolutionaries, Russian anarchists and Utopians.
Containing graphic scenes of vivisection, rape, pederasty and necrophilia, The Human Microbes is like Eugène Sue on speed, or Paul Féval on fast-forward.
In 1883, the notorious anarchist Louise Michel (1830-1905) was sentenced to six years of solitary confinement; effectively deprived of communication, she had had no refuge but writing. It is during that time that she penned The Human Microbes (published in 1887), as a distraction from her awful circumstances. It was followed by a sequel, The New World, published in a truncated form in 1888, due to Michel being shot in the head that year. Both are modeled on the classic feuilleton serials of the 1840s and were intended to be part of a six-novel series, in which Mankind would build a new utopia on Earth before moving out into space.