Horror, The Inexplicable, Live First and Other Short Stories
Original title: L’épouvante, L’inexplicable, D’abord vivre et autres nouvelles
Please note that the texts contained in this collection are in the public domain.
50 short stories previously unpublished in book format.
We thought we knew everything about Maurice Leblanc’s work. But that didn’t account for the research of Hervé Paturle, who now gives us the result of many hours of inquiry in the archives of several newspapers to which the author of Arsène Lupin contributed.
On the menu of this collection that has not been published in book format before: fifty short stories, published in several newspapers at the time, in which we find all the talent of Maurice Leblanc.
Here we meet women, of course — the woman is an inevitable subject in Leblanc’s work — and couples, dramatic or funny stories, and hot-blooded criminals, but also mysterious and even fantastic characters. The humor is often dark; the mystery is omnipresent. Leblanc achieves perfection through eroticism and his mastery of the plot.
A marvel for those who love the gentleman-thief.