Friday, July 3, 2009

The Vampires of Mars, a double novel adapted from early 20th-century French science-fiction

Vampires seem to be en vogue these days, so I would like to point out a recent double novel that has its roots in early twentieth-century French science-fiction: The Vampires of Mars (2008), adapted by Brian Stableford from two novels written by French author Gustave Le Rouge, Le Prisonnier de la Planète Mars (1908) and its sequel, La Guerre des Vampires (1909).

Published by Black Coat Press, the first volume in The Vampires of Mars involves a young engineer named Robert Darvel, who is "dispatched to Mars by the psychic powers of Hindu Brahmins. On the Red Planet, Darvel runs afoul of hostile, bat-winged, blood-sucking natives, a once-powerful civilization now ruled by the Great Brain. The entity eventually sends Darvel back to Earth, unfortunately with some of the vampires. The second volume deals with the war of the vampires back on Earth." The Vampires of Mars also contains an introduction and afterword by Brian Stableford.

Pictured: 2008 French edition of Le Prisonnier de la Planète Mars with La Guerre des Vampires.

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