When Fantômas Held All of Paris in His Criminal Thrall
FANTOMAS! The Lord of Terror and the Master of Crime! 100 years ago, Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre practically invented the modern era of pulp-fiction with their multi-volume saga of the undefeatable scourge of
. Between 1911 and 1913, all of Paris was gripped with Fantomas fever. Filmmaker Louis Feuillade used the character to create one of the first film series in cinema history. The surrealist movement adopted Fantomas as oneof their symbolic heroes. With the exception of a dozen of hard-to-find translations published prior to 1930, however, the character never caught fire in France . America
Hear Howard A. Rodman and David White talk about this fascinating character at NoirCon 2010.