Category Archives: Belle Époque

Secret Satan, 2019 translation edition

“We are both monarch and victim in a gothic simulation illuminated by sombre flashes of sardonic rhetoric.” Which is nice.

Secret Satan, 2019 translation edition

“We are both monarch and victim in a gothic simulation illuminated by sombre flashes of sardonic rhetoric.” Which is nice.

Secret Satan, 2019

From clean-lined architects to Dirty Helen Cromwell the potty-mouthed barkeep – let us join hands and make contact with the fabulous.

Secret Satan, 2019

From clean-lined architects to Dirty Helen Cromwell the potty-mouthed barkeep – let us join hands and make contact with the fabulous.

19 books for 2019

Who needs this many books? You do. YOU need this many books.

19 books for 2019

Who needs this many books? You do. YOU need this many books.

Secret Satan, 2018

Your essential Christmas book list – it’s naughty, it’s nice. Mostly naughty if we’re honest.

Secret Satan, 2018

Your essential Christmas book list – it’s naughty, it’s nice. Mostly naughty if we’re honest.

Colette on screen

… along with Mathilde de Morny and Rachilde *squee*

Colette on screen

… along with Mathilde de Morny and Rachilde *squee*

Death of a magus

The demise of Joséphin Péladan, the man behind the modern Rosicrucian revival, 100 years ago today

Death of a magus

The demise of Joséphin Péladan, the man behind the modern Rosicrucian revival, 100 years ago today

La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

Royally buzzed

“Even the mummies stand up and walk when they drink Vin Mariani!”

Royally buzzed

“Even the mummies stand up and walk when they drink Vin Mariani!”

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

Georges Bottini | Lorrain illustrations

Creatures of the Parisian night in a 1904 novel by Jean Lorrain

Georges Bottini | Lorrain illustrations

Creatures of the Parisian night in a 1904 novel by Jean Lorrain

The ghosts of Versailles

Did two English spinsters slip through a wormhole in the early 20th century and end up in pre-revolutionary France? SPOILER ALERT: No.

The ghosts of Versailles

Did two English spinsters slip through a wormhole in the early 20th century and end up in pre-revolutionary France? SPOILER ALERT: No.

Dress-down Friday: Loie Fuller

Step, one, two, swirl, waft, billow, step, one, two…

Dress-down Friday: Loie Fuller

Step, one, two, swirl, waft, billow, step, one, two…

Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist

“Women may have faced many limitations in nineteenth-century France, but not everyone played by the rules and Gisèle d’Estoc seems to have broken most of them at one time or another in her colorful life.”

Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist

“Women may have faced many limitations in nineteenth-century France, but not everyone played by the rules and Gisèle d’Estoc seems to have broken most of them at one time or another in her colorful life.”

13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.

13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.