||It all begins innocently enough when the corpse of a London
boxer is discovered at sunrise on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. But
the man was reportedly seen in London only a couple of hours earlier...
A great English detective and France's leading investigative reporter
team up to solve a baffling mystery that will ultimately take them to
a network of vast caverns under Paris inhabited by prehistoric monsters,
waiting to be released
Jules Lermina's Panic in Paris (1910) combines the tradition of utopian
fiction with both the scientific advances of the 19th century and the
pseudoscientific trappings of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race
(1871). It also features some intriguing anticipations of two key works
by Arthur Conan Doyle, prefiguring both The Lost World (1912) and The
Poison Belt (1913).
This volume also includes Lermina's classic vampire novella, The Elixir
of Life (1890).
Cover by Stephen R. Bissette
Published by Black Coat Press in 2009