Sâr Dubnotal vs Jack the Ripper
SÂR DUBNOTAL VS JACK THE RIPPER
from The Memoirs of Sâr Dubnotal by Norbert Sevestre
adapted by Brian M. Stableford
cover by Gino Starace
The Morgue watchman shoved the door open and lifted up his lantern. Imagine how amazed he was when, instead of a horde of rats, he saw a man dressed in a black overcoat and a broad-brimmed hat dragging a large canvas sack. The rim of the hat was pulled down over a black velvet mask, which only allowed the sight of two gleaming, quasi-feline pupils.
From the haunted castles of ancient Brittany to the mist-shrouded streets of Whitechapel, from the palaces of Marseilles and Tunis to the back alleys of Montmartre, Sâr Dubnotal, the Great Psychagogue, his disciple Rudolph, his medium the beautiful Gianetti Annunciata, and his trio of assistants, Frank, Fréjus and Otto, pursue the beautiful but deadly Countess Azilis de Tréguilly and her Svengali-like master, the evil, sadistic hypnotist Tserpchikopf, Prince of Crime, Master of the Chessmen, who turns out to be none other than … Jack the Ripper!
Published anonymously in 1909 in a series of French pulp magazines, the Sâr Dubnotal series features one of the first superheroes of the supernatural. Like John Silence, Carnacki and Simon Iff, Sâr Dubnotal mixes modern science with occult spells and ancient mysticism, all in a horror-fraught atmosphere of grisly murders and vengeful wraiths.
Introduction by Brian Stableford
1. Le Manoir Hanté de Crec'h-ar-Vran (The Haunted Manor of Crec'h-ar-Vran)
7. Tserpchikopf, le Sanglant Hypnotiseur (Tserpchikopf, the Bloody Hypnotist)
9. L'Écartelée de Montmartre (The Quartered Woman of Montmartre)
10. Jack l'Éventreur (Jack the Ripper)
11. Haine Posthume (Posthumous Hatred) (all 1909)