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Brian Stableford (1948–2024)

Author of The Empire of Fear

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About the Author

Author Brian M. Stableford was born in Shipley, Yorkshire, U. K. on July 25, 1948. He received an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of York in 1969 and a Ph.D. in sociology in 1979. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1988, he taught sociology at the University of Reading. He show more has published over 100 books, including science fiction and fantasy works, non-fiction, translations, and learned articles. He has written under the pseudonym of Brian Craig as well as under Brian Stableford and Brian M. Stableford. He has received numerous awards for both fiction and non-fiction including the British Science Fiction Award (1995), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (1987), the J. Lloyd Eaton Award (1987), the Science Fiction Research Association's (SFRA) Pioneer Award (1996), and the SFRA's Pilgrim Award (1999). (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Brian Stableford

The Empire of Fear (1988) 298 copies, 4 reviews
Halcyon Drift (1972) 241 copies, 10 reviews
Journey to the Center (1982) 222 copies, 3 reviews
Rhapsody in Black (1973) — Author — 219 copies, 5 reviews
Architects of Emortality (1999) 208 copies, 2 reviews
Inherit the Earth (1998) 206 copies, 4 reviews
The Fenris Device (1974) 197 copies, 2 reviews
The Florians (1976) 191 copies, 5 reviews
Critical Threshold (1977) 180 copies, 3 reviews
Promised Land (1974) 179 copies, 1 review
The Werewolves of London (1990) 177 copies, 1 review
Swan Song (1975) 176 copies, 2 reviews
The Paradise Game (1974) 171 copies, 3 reviews
The Dictionary of Science Fiction Places (1999) 169 copies, 2 reviews
The City of the Sun (1978) 157 copies, 2 reviews
Wildeblood's empire (1977) — Author — 147 copies, 3 reviews
The Cassandra Complex (2001) 142 copies, 2 reviews
Optiman (1980) 115 copies, 1 review
To Challenge Chaos (1972) 106 copies
The Fountains of Youth (2000) 101 copies
The Paradox of the Sets (1979) 101 copies, 1 review
The Dedalus Book of Decadence (1990) — Editor — 99 copies, 2 reviews
The Angel of Pain (1991) 98 copies
Balance of Power (1979) 97 copies, 3 reviews
The Mind Riders (1976) — Author — 95 copies
Day of wrath (1971) 93 copies, 2 reviews
In the Kingdom of the Beasts (1971) 91 copies, 1 review
The Gates of Eden (1983) — Author — 91 copies, 1 review
The Days of Glory (1971) 89 copies
The Castaways of Tanagar (1981) — Author — 89 copies, 1 review
Dark Ararat (2002) 82 copies, 1 review
Zaragoz (1989) 81 copies
The Walking Shadow (1979) 78 copies, 2 reviews
The Realms of Tartarus (1977) 77 copies
The Carnival of Destruction (1994) 76 copies
Plague Daemon (1990) 74 copies, 1 review
Cradle of the Sun / The Wizards of Senchuria (1969) — Author — 74 copies
The Omega Expedition (2002) 73 copies
Serpent's Blood (1995) 70 copies, 1 review
Storm Warriors (1991) 66 copies
Pawns of Chaos (2001) 55 copies
The Wine of Dreams (2000) 52 copies, 3 reviews
The Second Dedalus Book of Decadence the Black Feast (1992) — Editor — 51 copies, 3 reviews
The Last Days of the Edge of the World (1978) 49 copies, 1 review
The Face of Heaven (1976) 47 copies, 1 review
Invaders from the Centre (1990) 47 copies, 1 review
Swan Songs (1990) 45 copies, 2 reviews
Salamander's Fire (1996) 44 copies, 1 review
Seed of the Dreamers / The Blind Worm (1970) — Author — 42 copies, 1 review
Chimera's Cradle (1997) 40 copies
Cradle of the sun (1969) 34 copies
Young Blood (1992) 33 copies
The Centre Cannot Hold (1990) — Author — 32 copies, 1 review
The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires (1996) 31 copies, 1 review
Future Man (1984) 29 copies
The Dedalus Book of Femmes Fatales (1992) — Editor; Contributor — 24 copies
Year Zero (2000) 23 copies, 1 review
Man in a Cage (1974) 22 copies, 2 reviews
Streaking (2006) 22 copies
The A to Z of Fantasy Literature (The A to Z Guide Series) (2009) — Author — 17 copies, 1 review
The Way to Write Science Fiction (1989) 16 copies, 1 review
Kiss the Goat (2005) 15 copies
Ghost Dancers (1991) 13 copies
The Cthulhu Encryption (2011) 13 copies, 1 review
The Blind Worm (1970) 13 copies
Scientific Romance in Britain, 1890-1950 (1985) 12 copies, 2 reviews
Decadence and Symbolism: A Showcase Anthology (2018) — Editor/Introduction/Translator — 8 copies
Designer Genes (2004) 8 copies
Slumming in Voodooland (1998) 8 copies
The Womb of Time (2011) 8 copies, 2 reviews
The Wayward Muse (2005) 7 copies
Snuggly Sirenicon (2021) — Editor/Introduction/Translator — 7 copies
The Vermilion Book of Occult Fiction (2022) — Editor/Translator — 7 copies
Spirits of the Vasty Deep (2018) 6 copies
The Snuggly Satanicon (2021) — Editor/Introduction/Translator — 6 copies
The Snuggly Satyricon (2020) — Editor/Introduction/Translator — 6 copies
The Stones of Camelot (2006) 6 copies
Complications and Other Stories (2003) — Author — 6 copies
The Darkling Wood (2016) 6 copies, 1 review
Vampires of Atlantis (2016) 5 copies
The Devil in Detail (2016) 5 copies
Snuggly Tales of Femmes Fatales (2022) — Editor — 5 copies
New Atlantis: Volume 1 (2015) 5 copies
The Plurality of Worlds (2013) 5 copies, 1 review
Curse of the Coral Bride (2005) 5 copies
Snuggly Tales of Hashish and Opium (2020) — Editor/Translator — 5 copies
Echoes of Eternity (2016) 4 copies
A Vision of Hell (1979) 4 copies
The Insubstantial Pageant (2018) 4 copies
Following The Pharmers 4 copies, 1 review
Snuggly Tales of the Afterlife (2022) — Editor/Translator — 4 copies
Fables & Fantasies (1996) 4 copies
New Atlantis: Volume 4 (2016) 3 copies
The Quiet Dead (2019) 3 copies
The Elusive Shadows (2020) 3 copies
News from the Moon (2007) 3 copies, 2 reviews
Nature's Shift (2011) 3 copies
A Glimpse of Infinity (2013) 3 copies
New Atlantis: Volume 3 (2016) 3 copies
Living with the Dead (2019) 3 copies
New Atlantis: Volume 2 (2016) 3 copies
Further Beyond (2017) 3 copies
The Truths of Darkness (2019) 3 copies
The Tyranny of the Word (2019) 3 copies
Automata (2020) 3 copies
The Alabaster Book of Occult Fiction (2023) — Editor/Translator — 3 copies
The Cthulthu Palimpsest (2023) 3 copies, 1 review
The Tree of Life (2007) 3 copies
Who Mourns a Necromancer? (2000) 2 copies
Totentanz 2 copies
Riding The Tiger 2 copies, 1 review
Burned Out 2 copies, 1 review
Daah the First Human (2014) 2 copies
The Virgin Vampire (2011) 2 copies
The Albigensian Treasure (2017) — Translator — 2 copies
The Enchanter's Mirror (2019) — Adapter/Introduction — 2 copies
The Painter of Spirits (2019) 2 copies
The Mad Trist: A Romance of Bibliomania (2010) 2 copies, 1 review
Invisible Worm 2 copies
The Quintessence of August (2011) 2 copies, 1 review
Hot Blood 2 copies
The Eleventh Hour (2001) 2 copies
Sleepwalker 2 copies, 1 review
To The Bad 2 copies
The Picture 1 copy
The Origin of the Fays (2019) — Editor/Introduction/Translator — 1 copy
Florine and Boca (2018) 1 copy
Dieudonat (2018) 1 copy
The Bald Giants (2020) 1 copy
Illa's End (2011) 1 copy, 1 review
The Frenetic People (2012) 1 copy
The Castaways of Eros (2013) 1 copy, 1 review
The Golden Rock (2012) 1 copy, 1 review
Sheena 1 copy
Rhapsodie noire (1973) 1 copy
Tread Softly 1 copy
Vampires of Atlantis (2016) 1 copy
Casualty 1 copy
Busy Dying 1 copy
THE TRIAL 1 copy
Ice And Fire 1 copy
In The Flesh 1 copy
Out Of Touch 1 copy
Le courant d'alcyon (1972) 1 copy
Judas Story 1 copy
Changelings [short fiction] 1 copy, 1 review
The serpent 1 copy, 1 review
The Moment of Truth (2009) 1 copy
The End 1 copy
The invertebrate man [short fiction] (1990) 1 copy, 1 review
Complications {novelette} 1 copy, 1 review
Minimoments [short fiction] (1990) 1 copy, 1 review
Podróż do Centrum (1991) 1 copy
Eurydice's Lament (2015) 1 copy
L'‰impero della paura (1992) 1 copy
The Xenobiotic Invasion (2011) 1 copy, 1 review
After the Revelation (2021) 1 copy
Black Nectar 1 copy
Plastic Man 1 copy
Nephthys 1 copy
Portals of Paradise (2016) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (2003) — Contributor — 771 copies, 20 reviews
Shadows Over Baker Street: New Tales of Terror! (2003) — Contributor — 725 copies, 21 reviews
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000) — Contributor — 695 copies, 4 reviews
The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1993) — Contributing Editor, Contributor — 687 copies, 13 reviews
The Night Land (1912) — Foreword, some editions — 505 copies, 11 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection (2008) — Contributor — 482 copies, 3 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Contributor — 481 copies, 2 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection (1998) — Contributor — 438 copies, 2 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection (1996) — Contributor — 422 copies, 4 reviews
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005) — Contributor — 374 copies, 19 reviews
Shadows Over Innsmouth (1994) — Contributor — 374 copies, 1 review
Beginning Operations: A Sector General Omnibus (2001) — Introduction — 368 copies, 8 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twelfth Annual Collection (1995) — Author — 361 copies, 1 review
Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction (1998) — Contributor — 354 copies, 7 reviews
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contributor — 350 copies, 4 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992) — Contributor — 339 copies, 7 reviews
The Devil in Love (1772) — Introduction, some editions — 328 copies, 10 reviews
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contributor — 304 copies, 7 reviews
The Wandering Jew (1844) — Editor, some editions — 300 copies, 1 review
The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 286 copies, 4 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection (1990) — Contributor — 285 copies, 1 review
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contributor, some editions — 284 copies, 7 reviews
100 Wicked Little Witch Stories (1995) — Contributor — 277 copies, 3 reviews
Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (2010) — Contributor — 272 copies, 8 reviews
Year's Best SF 2 (1997) — Contributor — 267 copies, 5 reviews
Year's Best SF 3 (1998) — Contributor — 264 copies, 5 reviews
Science Fiction: DAW 30th Anniversary (2002) — Contributor — 262 copies, 3 reviews
Year's Best SF 5 (2000) — Contributor — 259 copies, 2 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection (1989) — Author — 255 copies, 2 reviews
Vampire Sextette (2000) — Contributor — 235 copies, 4 reviews
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1979) — Contributor — 221 copies, 2 reviews
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories (1995) — Contributor — 218 copies, 6 reviews
The 1976 Annual World's Best SF (1976) — Author — 215 copies, 3 reviews
The 1975 Annual World's Best SF (1975) — Contributor — 212 copies
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996) — Contributor — 208 copies, 5 reviews
Year's Best Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 207 copies, 2 reviews
The 1990 Annual World's Best SF (1990) — Contributor — 202 copies, 2 reviews
Year's Best SF 15 (2010) — Contributor — 201 copies, 3 reviews
Classical Whodunits (1996) — Contributor — 187 copies, 4 reviews
Fantasy Gone Wrong (2006) — Contributor — 175 copies, 9 reviews
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 158 copies, 1 review
Cthulhu’s Reign (2010) — Contributor — 153 copies, 6 reviews
Monsieur de Phocas (1901) — Translator, some editions — 138 copies, 3 reviews
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) — Contributor — 134 copies, 2 reviews
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) — Contributor — 132 copies
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (Anthology) (1998) — Contributor; Contributor — 125 copies, 1 review
Vampires: The Greatest Stories (1997) — Contributor — 123 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Dracula (1997) — Contributor — 115 copies, 1 review
Nightmares of an Ether-drinker (1895) — Introduction/Translator, some editions — 114 copies, 2 reviews
Tomorrow Sucks (1994) — Contributor — 110 copies
A Woman Appeared to Me (1904) — Translator, some editions — 110 copies, 2 reviews
Tarzan of the Apes: The First Three Novels (2015) — Introduction — 105 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 104 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures (2005) — Contributor — 99 copies, 1 review
The Best of Interzone (1997) — Contributor — 99 copies
Temps (1991) — Contributor — 98 copies, 1 review
The DAW science fiction reader (1976) — Contributor — 96 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 90 copies, 2 reviews
Black Wings of Cthulhu 3 (2014) — Contributor — 90 copies, 1 review
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contributor — 88 copies, 1 review
The Angels of Perversity (1992) — Translator — 84 copies, 4 reviews
The Secret History of Vampires (2007) — Contributor — 74 copies, 2 reviews
A Dream of Armageddon: The Complete Supernatural Tales (2006) — Introduction — 73 copies, 1 review
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (2000) — Contributor — 69 copies, 2 reviews
The Best of Dreams of Decadence (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
Future Weapons of War (2007) — Contributor — 68 copies, 2 reviews
Leviathan Three (2002) — Contributor — 68 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 07 (1996) — Contributor — 67 copies, 1 review
The Giant Book of Fantasy and the Supernatural (1994) — Contributor — 65 copies
Interzone: The 2nd Anthology (1987) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
Champavert: Immoral Tales (1833) — Translator, some editions — 61 copies, 2 reviews
Tales of the Old World (2007) — Contributor — 61 copies, 1 review
The Chronicles of the Round Table (1997) — Contributor — 61 copies
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
We Think, Therefore We Are (2009) — Contributor — 57 copies, 2 reviews
Moon Shots (1999) — Contributor — 57 copies
Immortals (1998) — Contributor — 57 copies
Vampire City (1875) — adaptor, translator, annotator, introduction, some editions — 56 copies, 3 reviews
Virtuous Vampires (1996) — Contributor — 54 copies
Visitants (2010) — Contributor — 54 copies, 11 reviews
Camelot Fantastic (1998) — Contributor — 54 copies, 2 reviews
Red Thirst (1990) — Contributor — 54 copies, 1 review
Eurotemps (1992) — Contributor — 54 copies, 1 review
La garçonne (1922) — Adapter, some editions — 53 copies, 3 reviews
The Weerde Book 1: A Shared World Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 51 copies
Ignorant Armies (1989) — Contributor — 51 copies, 1 review
Interzone: The 3rd Anthology (1988) — Contributor — 50 copies, 1 review
Girls Night Out: Twenty-nine Female Vampire Stories (1997) — Contributor — 49 copies
Dancing With the Dark (1999) — Contributor — 49 copies, 1 review
Genometry (2001) — Contributor — 47 copies
Narrow Houses: Tales of Superstition, Suspense, and Fear (1992) — Contributor — 45 copies, 1 review
Double Heart (1891) — Translator, some editions — 45 copies
The Madness of Cthulhu, Volume Two (2015) — Contributor — 44 copies, 2 reviews
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contributor — 43 copies
Arrows of Eros (1989) — Contributor — 43 copies
Interzone: The 4th Anthology (1983) — Contributor — 42 copies, 1 review
Wolf Riders (1989) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Scaffold and Other Cruel Tales (2004) — Adapter — 37 copies, 3 reviews
The Laughter of Dark Gods (2002) — Contributor — 37 copies, 1 review
Future Crimes (2003) — Contributor — 37 copies
Dislocations: Nine Stories of Speculation and Imagination (2007) — Contributor — 36 copies, 2 reviews
Fantasy: The Best of 2002 (2003) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Fortune Teller (1997) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Vampire Soul and Other Sardonic Tales (2004) — Adapter — 35 copies, 3 reviews
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019) — Contributor — 34 copies, 2 reviews
The Steampunk Megapack: 26 Modern and Classic Steampunk Stories (2013) — Contributor — 33 copies, 1 review
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Double Star and Other Occult Fantasies (2018) — Translator — 32 copies
Future Americas (2008) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Soul-Drinker: And Other Decadent Fantasies (2016) — Translator — 30 copies
Searchers After Horror: New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic (2014) — Contributor — 30 copies, 3 reviews
Knightshade (2001) — translator, editor, introduction, some editions — 29 copies
Isis (1979) — Translator/Introduction, some editions — 29 copies, 1 review
Top Science Fiction: The Authors' Choice (1984) — Contributor — 28 copies
SF Choice 77 (1977) — Contributor — 28 copies
Millennium 3001 (2006) — Contributor — 27 copies, 1 review
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (1995) — Contributor — 27 copies
In the Footsteps of Dracula: Tales of the Un-Dead Count (2017) — Contributor — 27 copies, 2 reviews
Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 26 copies
New Bodies for Old (1976) — Adapter — 26 copies, 1 review
Weird Fiction Review #5 (2015) — Contributor — 25 copies, 1 review
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contributor — 25 copies
Christmas Forever (1993) — Contributor — 25 copies
Weekend book of science fiction (1981) — Contributor — 24 copies
Errant Vice (2002) — Translator, some editions — 23 copies
Masks in the Tapestry (2017) — Translator, some editions — 23 copies
The Best Horror Stories (1977) — Contributor — 23 copies
Gothic Ghosts (1997) — Contributor — 22 copies, 1 review
Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories (2018) — Translator — 22 copies
The Macabre Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (2018) — Introduction, some editions — 21 copies, 1 review
The Outcast Spirit: And Other Stories (2016) — Introduction — 21 copies, 2 reviews
Balzac's Death (1992) — Translator, some editions — 21 copies
Route 666 (Anthology) (1990) — Author — 21 copies
Clarimonde and Other Stories (2011) — Introduction, some editions — 20 copies
The Blue Peril (1958) — Adapter, some editions — 20 copies
Cinema Futura (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Crocodile, or the War Between Good and Evil (1996) — Adapter, some editions — 19 copies, 1 review
Dark Voices 2 (1990) — Contributor — 18 copies
Reading Science Fiction (2008) — Contributor — 18 copies
The Last Continent: New Tales of Zothique (1999) — Contributor — 18 copies, 1 review
The Pale Ape and Other Pulses (2006) — Introduction, some editions — 17 copies
Drabble Project (1988) — Contributor — 17 copies
Lilith's Legacy: Prose Poems and Short Stories (2018) — Translator — 16 copies
The Wildside Book of Fantasy: 20 Great Tales of Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 16 copies, 1 review
Mephistophela (1889) — Translator, some editions — 15 copies
A Surfeit of Mirrors (1910) — Adapter, some editions — 15 copies
The Demi-Sexes and The Androgynes (2018) — Translator — 14 copies
The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies (2017) — Translator — 14 copies
The Tarantulas' Parlor: and Other Unkind Tales (2016) — Translator — 14 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 15: Worldcon 2008 Special (2008) — Contributor, some editions — 14 copies
Bluebirds (2003) — Translator, some editions — 14 copies, 2 reviews
From a Faraway Land (1898) — Translator, some editions — 14 copies
The Mirror of Legends (1892) — Translator, some editions — 13 copies
Monsieur de Bougrelon and Other Stories (2020) — Translator — 12 copies
LE TRESOR DES ALBIGEOIS (1955) — Adapter — 12 copies
Hauntings (1886) — Translator, some editions — 12 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 8 [August 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies
Sabbat (1923) — Translator, some editions — 11 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 66 • November 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies
Fards and Poisons (2019) — Translator, some editions — 11 copies
L'Araignée Rouge (2004) — Translator, some editions — 11 copies
Misty Thule (2018) — Translator, some editions — 11 copies
Princesses of Darkness and Other Exotica (2021) — Translator — 11 copies
Univers 1985 (1985) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Mystery of Kama and Brahma's Courtesans (2019) — Translator — 10 copies
The Latin Orgy (2017) — Translator, some editions — 10 copies
Halyartes: and Other Poems in Prose (2019) — Translator — 10 copies, 1 review
The Priestesses of Mylitta (1907) — Translator, some editions — 10 copies
Misanthropic Tales (2018) — Translator, some editions — 10 copies
Morose Vignettes (1979) — Translator, some editions — 10 copies
The Frail Soul: And Other Stories (2017) — Translator — 10 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 4 [April 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 10 copies, 2 reviews
The Antisocial Man and Other Strange Stories (2013) — Translator — 9 copies, 2 reviews
The Tale of Gold and Silence (1898) — Adapter, some editions — 9 copies
Reincarnation and Redemption (2019) — Translator — 9 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 2 (2004) — Contributor — 9 copies
My Lunatic Asylum (1860) — Translator — 9 copies
The Last Fay (2016) — Adapter, some editions — 8 copies, 2 reviews
For Reading in the Bath (1888) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
Amanit (2021) — Translator — 8 copies
The Witch of Ecbatana and The Virgin of Israel (2021) — Translator — 8 copies
The Enchanted Ring (2019) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
Hannibal's Ring (2001) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
Faustina and Other Stories (2019) — Translator — 8 copies
Three Flowers and The King of Siam's Amazon (1900) — Translator — 8 copies
The Unknown Collaborator: And Other Legendary Tales (2017) — Translator — 8 copies
The Bacchantes: A Dionysian Scientific Romance (1932) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
Babels, Balloons and Innocent Eyes (2019) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
The Bull-Man and the Grasshopper (2018) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
The Vengeance of the Oval Portrait (2011) — Adapter, some editions — 8 copies, 2 reviews
The Crazy Corner (2013) — Adapter — 8 copies, 3 reviews
The Voyage of Julius Pingouin and Other Strange Stories (2013) — Translator — 8 copies, 2 reviews
The Princess of Darkness (1895) — Translator, some editions — 7 copies
Le Sang de Toulouse (1972) — Adapter — 7 copies
Choice Words: The Borgo Press Book of Writers Writing About Writing (2009) — Contributor — 7 copies, 1 review
The Blonde Tress and The Mask (2021) — Translator — 7 copies
The Torch-Bearers (1897) — Translator, some editions — 7 copies
The Enchanted Castle (2021) — Translator, some editions — 7 copies
Wormwood, Issue 12 (2009) — Contributor — 7 copies
Syta’s Harem and Pharaoh’s Lover (2020) — Translator — 7 copies
Outlaws and Sorrows (2020) — Translator, some editions — 7 copies
The Modesty of Sodom (2020) — Translator, some editions — 7 copies
Priscilla of Alexandria (1925) — Adapter — 6 copies
A Decadent Woman (2021) — Translator, some editions — 6 copies
Stigma and the Pompeiian Fresco (2022) — Translator — 6 copies
Der Cthulhu-Mythos 1976 - 2002 (2003) — Contributor — 6 copies, 1 review
The Red Sorcerer (1910) — Translator, some editions — 6 copies
Claude Mercoeur's Reflection and Other Strange Stories (2013) — Translator — 5 copies
Interzone 093 (1995) — Contributor — 5 copies, 1 review
Jean Sbogar and Other Stories (2021) — Translator — 5 copies
Isuren and Other Stories (2022) — Translator — 5 copies
Stirring Stories (1856) — Translator — 5 copies
Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (Volumes 1-5) (1983) — Contributor — 5 copies
Isoline and the Serpent-Flower (2013) — Adapter, some editions — 5 copies
Baal (2011) — Adapter, some editions — 5 copies, 1 review
Flowers of Ether (2021) — Translator, some editions — 5 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 48, No. 6 [May 1975] (1975) — Author — 5 copies
The Last Siren: and Other Stories (2020) — Translator — 5 copies
The Gate of Ivory (1898) — Translator, some editions — 5 copies
Elsewhere and Other Stories (1889) — Translator — 5 copies
The Path of Amour (1892) — Translator — 5 copies
The Story of the King of Bohemia and his Seven Castles (2023) — Translator, some editions — 4 copies
Rapid Tales (2023) — Translator — 4 copies
The Virgin Orient (2016) — Adapter, some editions — 4 copies
Ainsi soit l'ange : 18 contes entre ciel et terre (1999) — Contributor — 4 copies, 1 review
The Temple of Gnide (2022) — Translator, some editions — 4 copies
The Wandering Jew's Daughter (2005) — Translator, some editions — 4 copies
The Confession of a Madman (2022) — Translator, some editions — 4 copies
The Ultimate Pleasure (1925) — Adapter, some editions — 4 copies, 1 review
De sang et d'encre (1999) — Contributor — 4 copies, 1 review
The Call of the Beast (2017) — Adapter — 4 copies
Decadent Prose Pieces (2020) — Translator, some editions — 4 copies
The Inn of Tears (2022) — Translator, some editions — 4 copies
Lucifer (1929) — Adapter — 4 copies
Midnight!! (1856) — Adapter/Introduction — 3 copies
Martyrs of Science (2013) — Adapter — 3 copies, 2 reviews
An Idyll in Sodom (2021) — Translator, some editions — 3 copies
The Vampires of London (2014) — Adapter, some editions — 3 copies
The Sacred Fire (2019) — Adapter/Introduction — 3 copies
Don Juan in Paradise (2019) — Adapter — 3 copies
The Angel of Lust (2017) — Adapter — 3 copies
SF Impulse 12 (1967) — Contributor — 3 copies
Love in Five Thousand Years (2013) — Adapter, some editions — 3 copies
White of the Moon (1999) — Contributor — 3 copies, 1 review
Infinity plus two (2002) — Contributor — 3 copies
A Malediction (1849) — Translator, some editions — 3 copies
Contes philosophiques et moraux de Jonathan le visionnaire (2015) — Adapter, some editions — 3 copies
Revue asphodale nø2 (2003) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Marvelous Story of Claire d'Amour (2017) — Adapter — 3 copies
The Palace of Vengeance: Tales of Enchantment (2018) — Adapter — 3 copies
Human Life (2023) — Translator, some editions — 2 copies
The Blood of Toulouse (1931) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
The Last Days of Atlantis (2015) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
The Human Microbes (1886) — Translator, some editions — 2 copies
The Novel of the Future (2008) — Translator, some editions — 2 copies
Phantoms of Venice (2007) — Contributor — 2 copies
Penelope's Secret (1920) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
The Brothers of the Virgin Gold (2018) — Adapter — 2 copies
The Second Life (1864) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
Jean de Fodoas / The Mystery of the Templars (2017) — Adapter — 2 copies
White Dwarf 125 (1990) — Contributor — 2 copies
The Centaurs (and Other Stories) (2013) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
The Magnetized Corpse (2013) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
Il compagno (2015) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
The Mystery of the Tiger (2017) — Adapter — 2 copies
The Exigent Shadow (2019) — Adapter — 2 copies
Parret (2015) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
William's Angel (2019) — Adapter/Introduction, some editions — 2 copies
The Poison of Goa / Lotus Blossoms (2017) — Adapter — 2 copies
The Perfume of Lust (2016) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
The Double Life (2012) — Adapter, some editions — 2 copies
Illusions of Immortality (2012) — Adapter — 2 copies, 1 review
The Little Fays in the Air (2019) — Adapter — 2 copies
Penthesilea — Translator, some editions — 2 copies
The Angel and the Sphinx (1897) — Adapter/Introduction, some editions — 2 copies
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“I hesitated for a long time over the possibility of producing the long-projected final volume, in spite of the nagging dissatisfaction of its incompletion, but, still having to fill in time after my supposed retirement from writing, occasioned by old age and ill-health, I finally decided to make the attempt. The race against dementia and death was a close-run affair, and the margin of victory not much more than a short head, but I limped to the finish line, sustained by bloody-mindedness and the closeness of the Necronomicon to my stubborn heart . . . and if I have contrived to persuade someone to publish it posthumously, here it is.”

No, it’s not a fictional narrator opening some Lovecraftian narration. That is the conclusion of the late Stableford’s introduction, “The Back Story”, to his final work. It is indeed the capstone of his Auguste Dupin series that opened with The Legacy of Erich Zann. Not only does the series pay homage to Stableford’s literary hero Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos but works in various historical figures from early 18th century France and elements from various 19th century works of the occult and weird fiction. These are “metaphysical fantasies” and dense works. I won’t say they are totally unique. I haven’t read every book ever written in various languages. But they are like nothing I’ve read. The series works in many of Stableford’s late career interests besides Poe and Lovecraft: evolutionary processes, French literature and culture, early scientific theories, and the effects of art on human consciousness.

Unsurprisingly, Stableford says the series has “sold miserably” in English, but it has done considerably better in French translations, and Stableford dedicates the work to the late Robert Reginald and his Borgo Press that first published the work.

While Stableford’s introduction provides a synopsis of the plots and characters of the previous seven installments, I wouldn’t advise reading this novel before them. (And why deprive yourself the pleasure of doing that?) I was glad it thematically incorporated the events of the sixth installment, Journey to the Core of Creation, which always seemed a bit of an outlier.

It’s February 1848 in Paris, and revolution is in the air with the overthrow of the monarchy and the beginning of the Second Republic mere weeks away.

It’s not entirely unforeseen. The late statistician Blaise Thibodeaux, with his theory of cycles in history, predicted years ago the upcoming regime change. The secret police are in disarray with shifting loyalties. Dupin’s friend, the Prefect of Police, has resigned, and no one knows his whereabouts.

But others have their eye on something much more revolutionary: raising mysterious Cthulhu sleeping, “encrypted”, in R’lyaieh.

They will include a scholar interested in “diabolical harmonies” which he thinks are linked to Erich Zann’s composition. A palimpsest that may be that music has been found, undiscovered on the back of a painting seized decades ago in the French Revolution. It also indicates 1848 is a significant time. Lovecraft, in “The Music of Eric Zann” and “The Dunwich Horror” suggested the importance of music and sound in dealing with his entities, but this series uses the idea much more heavily.

Our narrator, as always, is Samuel Reynolds. (Poe aficionados will recognize the name Reynolds as one shouted by Poe in the delirium of his dying days.) On his doorstep, a “Child of the Ocean” is presented to him by Jacob Pym, cousin of Arthur Gordon Pym (hero of Poe’s eponymous novel, of course, and Arthur puts in an appearance too). She was found on an island. On her back is a tattoo which may provide another way to “de-encrypt” Cthulhu. At least, Dupin’s housekeeper thinks so. She has her own secrets which include membership in an order of Breton sorcerers. She whisks the girl away from the house and the eyes of Comte St. Germain – whose claim to be an immortal still has not been resolved. Also interested is a mesmerist that St. Germain claims is one of the Nine Immortals who allegedly dedicate themselves to stopping occultist from going too far.

Earlier, on a cold night, Dupin and Reynolds investigate the music coming from a deserted house. Is it someone playing “diabolical harmonies”?

And what is Cthulhu? The devil, the Beast whose return is prophesized by a heretical Christian sect? An extraterrestrial? A product of evolution on Earth? Can he influence people? If so, how? Does he entirely exist in our dimension? And would raising him, even if it was catastrophic, be a good thing? Think of the knowledge, and isn’t knowledge always good?

And can insignificant humans make a contribution to the “symphony of eternity”?

Reynolds will encounter ghosts of several varieties including ghost pirates and their spectral ship, an Indian revolutionary, a vampire, and several occultists. Always the eternal observer, a man who, St. Germain sneers, always has to consult Auguste Dupin to know what to think, will finally play a pivotal role.

Dazzling and dense, this is a fine novel and ending to the series.

And, on the last page, Stableford leaves us with some of his sardonic humor.

The ghost of Jana Valdemar, a woman Reynolds seems to have been intimate with, tells Reynolds “You’d be wiser to forget me, but you probably won’t.”

He replies, “Probably not . . . but there’s always hope in dementia and death.”
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An adult read.

I saw this book on the shelf when I was still in high school...The DAW cover pic was enticing but when I read a bit of the back synopsis and the first couple of pages...it did not fit my desire for adventure, like say: Gate of Ivrel

Nor did it fit with the normal Sci-Fi notion of once star travel is discovered: then BOOM! Earth is suddenly surrounded by successfully colonized Star systems numbered in the HUNDREDS...

But now as an adult, I was moved to revisit some of the older books that the Kid passed over as too boring. And I must say that when you have an appreciation for good writing the Daedalus Series should be given a try.

No space battles. No Alien Empires. No Ancient mysteries. No Laser blasting...

And Most of all-- No sprawling Star Empire of Man.

Instead, the writer touches and delves into the unspoken social, technological and biological issues that underlie the whole simplistic 'Colonize the Stars' scenario.

What REALLY happens after a 'can' of colonists and materials is unloaded on a planet? What problems could evolve from humans, who are now the ALIENS, trying to transplant themselves on a world that is not Earth? What are the realistic policy issues behind the Colonizing agencies back on Earth?

A Team of 'specialists' set out to re-establish contact with colonies that went out a century before. They must ascertain the colony's current condition and possibly help correct some problems the colonists may not be aware of... Is the colony thriving or failing? Are the colonists still HUMAN or are they being changed by the planet?

...but first the Daedalus team must overcome internal disagreements as well as local hostility or worse, local politics as they go from world to world.

But most of all, the writer soberly explores the intellectual thought experiment: Exactly how HARD is it to colonize another World?

Sober, skilled writing. Technologically timeless so it avoids being 'dated'. Not as flashy or fantastic as I would have wanted when I was 17-- but a solid, contemplative read half a century later...
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After owning for thirty years and admiring the artwork of the “ Hooded Swan “on the cover for as many. It was time to read. It was tough going but I’m glad I read it. The other books in the series I’ve had for years as well may wait a few years longer to be read.
 
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