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Ouha, King of the Apes

by Félicien Champsaur
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Félicien Champsaur's Ouha, King of the Apes (1923) is the thematic "missing link" between Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes (1912) and Edgar Wallace's King Kong (1933). In it, Ouha, an exceptional ape from the jungles of Borneo, is educated and transformed into the "Napoleon of Apes" by a well-meaning American scientist. But tragically, Ouha eventually falls victim to a "Beauty and the Beast" doomed romance.

There is an archetypal quality to the character of Ouha, as there is to Tarzan and King Kong; if he is no more plausible than Jules Lermina's To-Ho, he is no less relevant as a specter at the feast of civilization and modern morality.

Cover by Gary McCluskey

Published by Black Coat Press in September 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61227-115-6

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