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Superhuman Tales

by Victor-Emile Michelet
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

The stories collected in Victor-Emile Michelet’s Superhuman Tales (1900) reveal his determined and constant ambition to push various envelopes in horror, fantasy and supernatural, which gives them a unique, particular edge.

Michelet makes considerable efforts to distance his work from the conventional formulae. His tales draw energy and charm from the earnest esotericism of their central motifs, and poignantly exploit the author’s fascination with death. Filled with the ironic spirit of the contes cruels, which dominated upmarket short fiction during the fin-de-siècle, they are visionary fantasies with a peculiar obliquity that is the hallmark of his work.

Michelet took his fantasy and symbolism seriously, especially when their extrapolation led him by convoluted paths to the strange conclusions displayed in this collection.

CONTENTS: Contes Surhumains (1900)
Amour in Error
The Isle of Joy
The Distress of Hercules
The Mystery of an Incarnation
Among all Gazes
The Redemptrix
Amorous Magic
The Disquieting Rose
The Day of Glorification
The Death of Lovers
Incantation by the Ten Divine Names
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford

Cover by Mike Hoffman

Published by Black Coat Press in September 2018
ISBN: 978-1-61227-795-0

The Brian Stableford Website