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The Secret of Zippelius and Other Stories

by Jules Lermina
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories
Jules Lermina (1839-1915), the author of Mysteryville, Panic in Paris and To-Ho and the Gold Destroyers, was one of the most interesting authors of French romans scientifiques in the latter part of the 19th century.

This collection includes The Nail (1870), featuring a prodigious detective predating Sherlock Holmes by 20 years, the classic Burn This! (1888), a novella in the vein of Bulwer-Lytton and Talbot Mundy, in which a young Parisian gifted with superhuman mental powers encounters a mysterious Hindu secret society that has inherited the occult science of ancient Atlantis, and the eponymous novella (1893), in which young Conrad Zippelius receives a letter about a mysterious inheritance from a distant relative, one that comes with a secret that could destroy the world!

A Spider's Revenge [La Vengeance d'une araignée] (1861)
The Dead Woman's Finger [Le Doigt de la morte] (1869)
The Lunatics [Les Fous] (1869)
The Nail [Le Clou] (1870)
The Titaness [Titane] (1885)
Running-Flight [Course-vol] (1887)
Burn This [À brûler, conte astral] (1888)
The Zippelius Secret [Le Secret des Zippelius] (1893)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford

Cover by Jean-Félix Lyon

Published by Black Coat Press in March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-935558-88-0

The Brian Stableford Website