Maurice Magre (1877-1941) was one of the most far-ranging and extravagant
French writers of fantastic fiction in the first half of the 20th century,
and perhaps the finest of them, because of the fertility and versatility
of his imagination and the manner and purpose for which he deployed it.
This volume, the second of a series of twelve dedicated to Magres
works, offers three novellas: Stabbed Doves, The Tender Comrades
and The Call of the Beast written between 1917 and 1920. Having
tried sex and opium as roads to the ideal and found them wanting, Magre
found a further potential resource, in the occult underworld of Paris
In all three works the intrusion of the fantastic is limited, confined
to opium dreams in the first two and maintained in a strictly ambiguous
fashion in the third. Thereafter, the fantastic was liberated in all of
his fiction, initially mostly in a malign role, but eventually serving
much more various functions, many of them life-enhancing.
Les Colombes poignardées [Stabbed Doves, 1917]
La Tendre camarade [The Tender Comrade, 1918]
LAppel de la bête [The Call of the Beast, 1920]
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.
Cover by Mike Hoffman
Published by Black Coat Press in August 2017