Serge Lehman


Serge Lehman
Serge Lehman in 2019
Serge Lehman in 2019
BornPascal Fréjean
(1964-07-12) July 12, 1964 (age 57)
GenreScience fiction

Serge Lehman (born July 12, 1964) is the primary pseudonym of French science fiction writer Pascal Fréjean.


Fréjean has also written under the names Corteval, Don Hérial, and Karel Dekk. He won the Prix Rosny-Aîné with the novel trilogy F.A.U.S.T. and with such short fiction wor such as "Dans l'abîme" and "Origami". F.A.U.S.T also won the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 1998. His stories have also appeared in Tales of the Shadowmen and he worked on the script of the film Immortel (Ad Vitam) by Enki Bilal.[1]

He gained critical attention outside the science fiction field in France with The Chimera Brigade in 2009-2010. This comic book, illustrated by Gess, has been regarded by French critics as the French reply to Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

This alternative history story is set just before World War II. It describes how an elite band of superhumans, born or created during the First World War, when dubious scientific experiments took place in order to create new superweapons, have now taken control of the capital cities of Europe and try to avoid or cause total war. They are then erased from existence, making been forgotten in European popular culture since then. Its inspiration comes from the idea that the superhero concept had its roots in European pulp literature, whose codes and tropes have been modernized by the modern American comic books. The Chimera Brigade won the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2011 in the newly created comics category.

Select bibliography


  • La Saison de la Couleuvre (2007-2010)
  • Thomas Lestrange (2007)
  • The Chimera Brigade (2009-2010, English translation 2014-)
  • Masqué (2012-2013)
  • L'Homme truqué (2013)
  • Metropolis (2014-ongoing)
  • L'Œil de la Nuit (2015-ongoing)


  1. ^ New York Times movies section

External links

  • Serge Lehman's official site
  • Radium Unlimited, Serge Lehman interview on The Chimerical Brigade by Dominiq Jenvrey, video documentary by Alessandro Mercuri and Haijun Park (25min), on ParisLike, 2013 (ISSN 2117-4725)