Fantômas

Marcel ALLAIN (1885 - 1969) and Pierre SOUVESTRE (1874 - 1914), translated by Cranstoun METCALFE ( - )

Fantômas is the first of 32 novels penned from 1911 to 1913 by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. The title character is a ruthless thief and killer, a bloodthirsty successor to LeBlanc's Arsène Lupin. The first five novels were made into silent film serials. The character and the movies caught the eye of the French Surrealists who admired the primal violence of Fantômas, as well as his portrayal in the films, which are considered landmarks in French Cinema. In Fantômas, the Marquise de Langrune is savagely murdered and Inspector Juve, who is obsessed with capturing Fantômas, arrives to solve the murder. (Summary by Alan Winterrowd)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The Genius of Crime Alan Winterrowd
00:23:20
Play 02 02 - A Tragic Dawn Alan Winterrowd
00:29:30
Play 03 03 - The Hunt for the Man Alan Winterrowd
00:16:27
Play 04 04 - 'No! I am not Mad!' Alan Winterrowd
00:22:10
Play 05 05 - 'Arrest Me!' Alan Winterrowd
00:13:14
Play 06 06 - 'Fantomas, it is Death!' Alan Winterrowd
00:33:25
Play 07 07 - The Criminal Investigation Department Alan Winterrowd
00:27:31
Play 08 08 - A Dreadful Confession Alan Winterrowd
00:21:12
Play 09 09 - All for Honour Alan Winterrowd
00:25:20
Play 10 10 - Princess Sonia's Bath Alan Winterrowd
00:27:49
Play 11 11 - Magistrate and Detective Alan Winterrowd
00:15:51
Play 12 12 - A Knock-out Blow Alan Winterrowd
00:17:09
Play 13 13 - Therese's Future Alan Winterrowd
00:14:13
Play 14 14 - Mademoiselle Jeanne Alan Winterrowd
00:12:25
Play 15 15 - The Mad Woman's Plot Alan Winterrowd
00:20:23
Play 16 16 - Among the Market Porters Alan Winterrowd
00:15:19
Play 17 17 - At the Saint-Anthony's Pig Alan Winterrowd
00:21:14
Play 18 18 - A Prisoner and a Witness Alan Winterrowd
00:19:47
Play 19 19 - Jerome Fandor Alan Winterrowd
00:12:38
Play 20 20 - A Cup of Tea Alan Winterrowd
00:12:15
Play 21 21 - Lord Beltham's Murderer Alan Winterrowd
00:18:05
Play 22 22 - The Scrap of Paper Alan Winterrowd
00:09:51
Play 23 23 - The Wreck of the 'Lancaster' Alan Winterrowd
00:11:16
Play 24 24 - Under Lock and Key Alan Winterrowd
00:14:00
Play 25 25 - An Unexpected Accomplice Alan Winterrowd
00:10:34
Play 26 26 - A Mysterious Crime Alan Winterrowd
00:17:40
Play 27 27 - Three Surprising Incidents Alan Winterrowd
00:20:04
Play 28 28 - The Court of Assize Alan Winterrowd
00:16:45
Play 29 29 - Verdict and Sentence Alan Winterrowd
00:21:55
Play 30 30 - An Assignation Alan Winterrowd
00:22:51
Play 31 31 - Fell Treachery Alan Winterrowd
00:25:39
Play 32 32 - On the Scaffold Alan Winterrowd
00:21:40