Francis Lacassin, 18 November 1931 – 12 August 2008, was a French journalist, editor, writer, screenplay writer and essayist.
He's starting to work for the Jean-Jacques Pauvert's magazine Bizarre in 1964. He was writing about fantastic and detective literature in Magazine Littéraire, worked for L'Express and for Le Point. He also was responsible of the Christian Bourgois collection 10/18.
Specialist of Pop Culture, he was member of a group which help comic books to be recognize and he coined the 9th art word. He wrote prefaces for reference editions of many authors and series for the Éditions Robert Laffont. He was responsible of the Bouquins collection since 1982. He worked on authors such as: Eugène Sue, Gustave Le Rouge, Maurice Leblanc, Fantômas, H. P. Lovecraft, Jack London, etc.
That is why he was nicknamed "the man of thousand prefaces".
- Sur les chemins qui marchent (mémoires de l'auteur), éd. du Rocher, 2006
This 978-2268059891 lacks ISBNs for the books listed in it. (August 2008)
- Tarzan ou le Chevalier crispé, 10/18. L'ouvrage comprend en annexe un lexique de la langue grand-singe.
- Pour un neuvième art : la bande dessinée
- Pour Une Contre Histoire Du Cinéma
- Sous le masque de Léo Malet : Nestor Burma (éd. Encrage)
- Alfred Machin : de la jungle à l'écran, Paris, Dreamland, 2001, 223 p.
- Louis Feuillade, Anthologie du cinéma, 1966
- La société des cinéromans (1918–1930)
- Critique of the book "Family Without a Name" by F. Lacassin (work by Jules Verne)
- Preface of the book "Les Naufragés du « Jonathan »" by F. Lacassin, work by Jules Verne, adapted by his son, Michel Verne.
- (French) Décès de l'éditeur Francis Lacassin lefigaro.fr d'après AFP, 14 août 2008
- Un portrait de Francis Lacassin on the site www.bibliotrutt.lu