Thierry Martens

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Thierry Martens
Born (1942-01-29)29 January 1942
Died 27 June 2011(2011-06-27) (aged 69)
Nationality Belgium
Other names Yves Varende

Thierry Martens (29 January 1942 – 27 June 2011) was a Belgian author who wrote under the pen name Yves Varende, writer of science fiction and detective novels, short stories and comics. Between 1968 and 1978, he was editor of the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou. He published several highly-documented anthologies [1] and studies about popular "Holmesian-style" crime novels of the early twentieth century in French language.[2] He also authored some dark Holmesian pastiches in the French language as well as super-science novels[3]

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The original Lord Lister was a German avatar of the French Arsène Lupin and Fantomas characters and of the English A.J. Raffles as well.

Sci-fi novels[edit]

  • Les Gadgets de l'Apocalypse (1978)
  • Les Tueurs de l'Ordre (1980)
  • Tuez les Tous (1980)

Non-fiction studies[edit]

  • Introduction to the Belgian re-edition (in French language) of the Lord Lister German novels - Claude Lefrancq Editeur Brussels 1995 (Vol.I) 1996 (Vol.II)

Holmesian novels[edit]

  • Le Requin de la Tamise Lefrancq coll. En Poche, Paris 1997
  • le Tueur dans le Fog
  • Le Secret de l'Ile au Chien
  • Les Meurtres du Titanic Lefrancq coll. En Poche, Paris 1998
  • L'otage de Fraulein Doktor
  • Sherlock Holmes et les Fantômes anthology (Fleuve noir 1999)


  • Sherlock Holmes revient  : anthology of six German anonymous short stories (translated in French) originally published between 1907 and 1911. Introduction authored by editor/translator. (1996, éditions Fleuve Noir, collection Super Poche n° 27)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ c.f. the introduction to the mentioned Lord Lister's anthology and "Sherlock Holmes revient" in the bibliography section
  2. ^ See his introduction and foreword as editor of the Belgian re-edition of the Lord Lister short stories
  3. ^ The Belgian fantasy literature

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