Robert Darvel, a young and penniless French engineer at the turn of the twentieth century, is an amateur astromer obsessed with the planet Mars. Transported by a combination of science and psychic powers to Mars, Robert must navigate the dangers of the Red Planet while trying to return to his fiance on earth. Through his travels, we discover that Mars can t only support life but is also home to three different types of vampires. This riveting combination of science fiction and the adventure story provides a vivid depiction of an imagined Mars and its strange, unearthly creatures that might be closer to earthly humans than we would care to believe. Originally published in French as two separate volumes, translated as The Prisoner of the Planet Mars (1908) and The War of the Vampires (1909), this vintage work is available to English-language audiences unabridged for the first time and masterfully translated by David Beus and Brian Evenson.
Gustave Le Rouge (1867-1938) was a French writer of early science fiction. His masterpiece vampire novels charted an innovative course for early science fiction. David Beus is an assistant professor of international cultural studies at Brigham Young University-Hawai'i, USA. He translated, with Brian Evenson, Christian Gailly's novel Red Haze (Nebraska, 2005). Brian Evenson is the Royce Professor of Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University, USA. He is the author of more than a dozen novels and translations, including Immobility, Windeye, and Altmann's Tongue (Nebraska, 2002). William Ambler lives and writes in Rhode Island, USA. His work can be found at the Huffington Post and Word and Film.