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Horror Leroux, Gaston: The Man With the Black Feather (1909); v1; 21 Jan 2020
#1  Pulpmeister 01-20-2020, 10:05 PM
Translated by Edgar Jepson in 1912 from the 1909 novel "La double vie de Théophraste Longuet")

Theophrastus Longuet, a mild-mannered manufacturer of rubber stamps, tours the former Paris "Conciergerie", prison, where he appears to become possessed, recalling a previous life nearly 200 years before, in the 1700s.

Then he was "Cartouche", the notorious Parisian criminal, and soon Longuet's life is spinning out of control.

A very early Leroux, possibly his second novel. Leroux of course went on to write "The Phantom of the Opera" as well as many crime novels.
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