The Misfortunes of John Bull
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THE MISFORTUNES OF JOHN BULL
by Camille Debans
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Arnaud Sohyer-Budow
"Milady, I cannot renounce conquering England. That would be to stop within sight of the goal, but I can, in favor of my wife, treat gently a vanquished people that has never been mild itself toward defeated enemies..."
In The Misfortunes of John Bull (1884)a spurned lover seeking to avenge an insult by an English nobleman, becomes a billionaire and turns an improvised nation into a global empire, ultimately defeating and conquering England. This significant future war story anticipates warfare on a global scale, especially naval warfare, featuring battles between ironclad warships assisted by various fictional inventions.
Graour the monster was determined to maintain his companions in confrontation with the original question, that of the vampire, knowing full well that the mere word "brucolaca" unhinged them, gave them gooseflesh and could drive them to the most horrible ferocities.
Graour the Monster (1903) is an extraordinary Gothic novella in which a hulkish dwarf created by the Dr. Moreau-like mad surgeon Dr Matthews returns to Romania seeking vengeance, but finds only doomed love and cpombat with one of Matthews' victims who has returned as a vampire.
Les Malheurs de John Bull (C. Marpon & E. Flammarion, 1884)
Le Paralytique (The Paralytic) (La Science Illustrée, June 1900)
L'Angoisse (Anguish) (La Science Illustrée, November 1901)
Graour le monstre (Graour the Monster) (Le Journal des Voyages, July - September 1903)
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.