PRESS RELEASE FROM BLACK COAT PRESS!!!-OCTOBER RELEASES
PRESS RELEASE FROM BLACK COAT PRESS!!!
From Jean Marc L’Officier, Publisher
This month: three science fiction “classics”, plus another kindle/epub release.
John-Antoine Nau’s 1903 ENEMY FORCE has the distinction of having been the very first novel to receive the prestigious Goncourt Literary Award in France. The author was a rather eccentric surrealist/poet and the novel is indeed quite surreal: its protagonist is a poet who’s been committed to a lunatics asylum by his family, following a nervous breakdown. He appears quite sane, except that he suddenly is visited, even possessed, by an entity from outer space, an intelligence from a rather fantastic and hellish planet orbiting Aldebaran. Is the entiry real, or is it a manifestation of the narrator’s insanity? The novel ends with one final twist on whether what we have been told is real or not. A rather odd, and yet interesting book, translated by Michael Shreve with a cover by Nick Tripiciano.
Nathalie Henneberg’s colorful, flamboyant THE GREEN GODS (1961), which takes place in a future, post-cataclysmic Earth where men must fight both intelligent plants and giant insects to survive, was translated in the late 1970s by award-winning CJ Cherryh for DAW books. This book reprints a slightly reedited version of Cherryh’s translation as well as several other hard to find Henneberg stories previously translated by Damon Knight, and a comprehensive Henneberg biography. Henneberg was compared by DAW to Abrahan Merritt, but I think a comparison with Tanith Lee might be more appropriate. The cover is by French artist Anne Claire Payet.
Finally, we are pleased to announce our second kindle/epub release: after last month’s release of Jean-Claude Dunyach award-winning collection of SF stories THE THIEVES OF SILENCE, we are releasing Jean-Claude’s earlier collection, THE NIGHT ORCHID (subtitled “Conan Doyle in Toulouse”) in that format. Jean-Claude is not unlike a French David Brin (who kindly wrote the intro to NIGHT ORCHID) and one of France’s best contemporary SF writers.