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The Man Who Married a Mermaid

by Alexandre Dumas & Paul Lacroix
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

The Man Who Married a Mermaid (1949) tells the picaresque story of a sailor, Père Olifus, who first marries a mermaid, then embarks upon a series of voyages to a semi-mythical Far East where he enjoys various economic opportunities, but remains plagued by the vengeful astral form of the mermaid wife he left behind.

Master storyteller Alexandre Dumas teamed up with Paul Lacroix intending to produce a series of magical tales, of which this wry, sarcastic fable of supernaturally-punished infidelity was the first. When the project failed, Lacroix expanded the story into a novella, which remains entertaining as well as intriguing, and deserves to be reckoned one of the flawed classics of its genre.

Cover by Mike Hoffman

Published by Black Coat Press in April 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61227-612-0

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