René Thévenin

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René Thévenin
Alias(es) Maurice Chanteloup, André Valérie, Martial Cendres, Jean Sylvère, Robert Thierry
Born 5 December 1877(1877-12-05)
Paris, French Third Republic
Died 27 December 1967 (90)
Paris, French Fifth Republic
Affiliations Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

René Thévenin (December 5, 1877 - December 27, 1967) was a French naturalist and author, particularly of science fiction and weird fiction, which he often published under pseudonyms, including Maurice Chanteloup, A. Valérie, Martial Cendres, and others. In the English press, Thevenin was a regular contributor to the American Weekly, a Hearst newspaper extra, offering speculative scientific writings on subjects including future human evolution and inter-planetary exploration.

Selected Bibliography

in French


  • Thévenin, René; Coze, Paul (1928), Mœurs et Histoire des Peaux-Rouges, Paris: Payot  — [English: "Manners and History of the Redskins"]
  • Thévenin, René (1941), Les Migrations des Animaux, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France  — [English: "Animal Migration"]
  • Thévenin, René (1943), La Faune disparue de France depuis les origines jusqu’à nos jours, Paris: Payot  — [English: "Fauna Disappeared from France from Origins to Present Day"]
  • Thévenin, René (1946), "Les Pays Légendaires", Que sais-je?, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France  — [English: "The Legendary Countries"]
  • Thévenin, René (1947), "Origine de animaux domestiques", Que sais-je?, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France  — [English: "Origin of Domestic Animals"]
  • Thévenin, René (1952), Les Petits Carnivores d’Europe, Paris: Payot  — [English: "Small Carnivores of Europe"]


  • "La Cité des Tortures", Journal des Voyages (518-521), 1906  — [English: "The City of Tortures"]
  • "La Tête Ensorcelée", La Vie d'Aventures, supplément au Journal des Voyages (6), 1907  — [English: "The Bewitched Head"]
  • "Les Trois Coffrets d'Opium", Journal des Voyages, 1907  — [English: "The Three Opium Cases"]
  • "L'Auto-fantôme", Le Plein Air, 1909  — [English: "The Auto-Ghost"]
  • "Les Proies de la Sirène", Journal des Voyages (716-723), 1910  — [English: "The Prey of the Mermaid"]
  • "Le Mystère de la Bernina", La Vie d'Aventures, supplément au Journal des Voyages (2), 1911  — [English: "The Mystery of Bernina"]
  • "Le Collier de l’idole de fer", Le Plein Air, 1911-1912  — [English: "The Necklace of the Iron Idol"]
  • "Celui qui rodait dans la forêt", La Vie d'Aventures (12), 1911  — [English: "The One Who Rode in the Forest"]
  • "Le Château hanté d'Owlesfear", Journal des Voyages (829-839), 1912  — [English: "The Haunted Owlesfear Castle"]
  • Barnabé Tignol et sa Baleine, Paris: Albin Michel, 1922  — [English: "Barnabé Tignol and his Whale"]
  • Le Maître des vampires, Paris: Tallandier, 1923  — [English: "Master of Vampires"]
  • Le Mystère de l’épave, Paris: Tallandier, 1925  — [English: "Mystery of the Wreck"]
  • Sous les griffes du monstre, Paris: Tallandier, 1926  — [English: "Under the Claws of the Monster"]
  • "L'étrange croisière de la Terror", Les Romans d'Aventure, Joseph Ferenczi, 1926  — [English: "The Strange Cruise of the 'Terror'"]
  • "La Forêt sanglante", Les Romans d'Aventure, Joseph Ferenczi, 1927  — [English: "The Bloody Forest"]
  • "L'homme à la Couleuvre", Les Romans d'Aventure, Joseph Ferenczi, 1928  — [English: "The Man with the Snake"]
  • "Les Chasseurs d'hommes", Sciences et Voyages (529-557), 1930  — [English: "The Manhunters"]
  • "L'Ancêtre des hommes", Sciences et Voyages (648-680), 1932  — [English: "The Ancestor of Man"]
  • "À l'est de la route 13", Sciences et Voyages (746-765), 1933  — [English: "East of Highway 13"]
  • "La Bête sans nom", Sciences et Voyages (10), 1936  — [English: "The Beast Without Name"]
  • Le Pilote Fantôme, Paris: Tallandier, 1937  — [English: "The Ghost Pilot"]
as A. Valérie
  • "Sur l'autre face du monde", Sciences et Voyages (805-826), 1935  — [English: "On the Other Side of the World"]
as Martial Cendres
  • Cendres, Martial; Pellos (1937-8), "Futuropolis", Junior (54-110) 
  • Cendres, Martial; Pellos (1940), "Electropolis", Junior 
as Jean Sylvère
  • Sylvère, J.; Pellos (1946), "Durga Râni, Reine des Jungles", Fillette  — [English: "Durga Rani, Queen of the Jungle"]

in English

  • Thévenin, René; Redman, Ben Ray (trans.) (1923), Barnabé and his Whale, New York: R. M. McBride & Co. 
  • Thévenin, René (1929-05-19 to 1929-06-09), "Conditions of Life on the Various Planets", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1929-12-01 to 1930-01-05), "How the World Would Look if We Were Built Differently", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1930-11-16 to 1931-01-11), "What Will Future Man Be Like?", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thevenin, Rene (1931-11-15 to 1932-01-10), "A Race of Supermen Who Perished 20,000 Years Ago?", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1932-10-16, 1932-10-23), "Fantastic Difficulties of a Journey to the Planets", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1933-02-26 to 1933-02-26), "Can Man Change the Universe to Suit his Needs?", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1933-11-05), "If the Earth Suddenly Stopped Revolving", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1933-11-12), "If the Earth Speeded up its Movements", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1934-07-29), "Our Daily Life if Man Had Never Invented Fire", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1934-11-04, 1934-11-11), "If Man Had the Senses the Insects Have", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René (1936-01-19, 1936-01-26), "How Man Will Look and Live 20,000 Years From Now", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René; Rudaux, Lucien (1938-09-11, 1938-09-18), "If Man had the Natural Gifts of Animals", American Weekly (Hearst) 
  • Thévenin, René; Kenton, Noel (trans.) (1963), Animal Migration, New York: Walker