Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Fantômas has ratings and reviews. Fabian said: Fantômas, written by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, was followed by no less than 42 sequels. Praise. [Fantomas is] like going on a roller coaster: you know what to expect but you scream, with fear and pleasure, anyway They don’t write’em like that.

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He is a master of disguise and impersonation, sadistic, and loyal to none but himself. The prose feels often dated and melodramatic to the modern reader, but I believe it is in line with the taste in popular entertainment of the public before the first world war.

A series of heinous crimes leads Inspector Juve of France’s Criminal Investigation Division to believe that they are all the work of a single mysterious evildoer: Juve cleverly pursues him in speeding trains, down dark alleys, through glittering Parisian salons, obsessed with bringing the demon mastermind to justice.

Trying to catch him, though, is going to be tough. Le fiacre de nuit Night cab.

It’s French, But Ooh, It’s Pulpy: The Dark Adventures Of Fantômas

His name is whispered with fear and amazement in all respectable French homes. I mean, he gets up into these elaborate disguises so he can kill one person or another, but why does he want that person dead? Context is as usual a great help to appreciate the novel for its important role in the development of the modern pulps and not to judge it based on current sensibilities.

One of their most popular literary characters is a complete psycho. And what next for Juve’? Not quite as sensationalistic as, say, The Phantom of the Operabut it’s in that general vein. The reason is never explained.

The first half of the novella, “Reign of Terror” by R. He is responsible for murders, thefts, and other various criminal activities. I am reminded of an old Star Trek episode directed by Joseph Pevney and written by Robert Bloch entitled “Wolf in the Fold,” in which Redjac and jack the Ripper are the same character traveling through time and space.


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Possibly because it features a sadistic serial killer Fantomas and the intrepid detective that tries to hunt him down. Jan 31, Nancy Oakes rated fzntomas really liked it Shelves: She is old; her killer could have dispatched her simply, humanely; instead, her neck is The question is, of fsntomas, will he solve this one?

Publish in serial form, continue on for endless novels, films, comic strips, comic books, etc. This article may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia’s quality standards. Decide to make the main character an unknowable arch-villain, the “Genius of Crime”, malevolent and unstoppable, ravaging the world with his outrageous acts He fought in the Transvaal as an artillery sergeant under the command of Lord Roberts.

Inspector Juve knows that all “One episode simply melts away as the next takes over” The New York Times in this deliciously sinister turn-of-the-century tale of a French evil genius run rampant.

Fantômas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre

The French public bought the story penned by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain in huge numbers, spawning about forty sequels in novel form, more than ten movie adaptations, a television series, comics, fanfiction, plays and art exhibitions. The listing below souvestrs give the original French titles translations in parenthesesthe English-language editions, plus links to film and e-book versions.

Hornung’s master criminal, A. I’m just saying, if you’re writing a book about a criminal genius, the criminal should do fantomsa things. Brentano’s, ; Paul, Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Perhaps as a way to make the original French character more attuned to Latin American audiences who crave justice avengers in fiction and national politics.


May 23, Ciaran Monaghan souvesfre it really liked it. Skip to content Skip to search.

The visits to the more impoverished segments of society are, for now, treated more as comic relief than social commentary. View all 5 comments.

But when Allain and Souvestre created the character he represented something souvestrf new and fresh. That’s it, on the back of my copy it says nothing at all.

Fantômas (Fantômas, #1) by Marcel Allain

Three appalling crimes leave all of Paris aghast: Another nice thing is the detective that is hunting Fantomas is also an interesting character so you find yourself rooting for both sides. I tell you frankly I am in a funk. The body fsntomas people by my recollection though I might be forgetting one or two and the gore factor are high.

Juve In Fantoas Dock. He had no real redeeming qualities. The more I read, the more I was stunned that this book was written almost a hundred years ago, since it has such a modern timeless feel to it. Fantomas is one seriously evil genius, and his nemesis, Inspector Juve, is one determined policeman. The reason I am telling you this is because when I fanyomas the book and finally looked it up on the internet I was amazed to find out that the book wasn’t written by one person but by two.

There were times when the book got a little draggy, but never for long at a time. There are no ghosts here, despite the title. Juve’s “philosophy” of detection is evidence-based, depending on keen observation, surveillance, disguises, facts, forensics, deductive reasoning and skeptical analysis that challenges and scrutinizes each theory of a crime.

I prefer to regard him first and foremost as my own personal enemy!