Category Archives: Decadence

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.

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

18 books for 2018

Three Marcels, two Nutters and a Sissi: imaginary lives and lives beyond imagining.

18 books for 2018

Three Marcels, two Nutters and a Sissi: imaginary lives and lives beyond imagining.

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

Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

The quest for Stenbock

David Tibet on the immortal Decadent count, who died on this day in 1895.

The quest for Stenbock

David Tibet on the immortal Decadent count, who died on this day in 1895.

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!”

Pearls: Aubrey Beardsley

“I see everything in a grotesque way…”

Pearls: Aubrey Beardsley

“I see everything in a grotesque way…”

Toot toot, hey, beep beep

Jean Lorrain will take you where you want to go

Toot toot, hey, beep beep

Jean Lorrain will take you where you want to go

The Picture of John Gray

A tale of social mobility written across a map of London

The Picture of John Gray

A tale of social mobility written across a map of London

Dress-down Friday: Rachilde

Cross-dressing as subversion – or penny-pinching

Dress-down Friday: Rachilde

Cross-dressing as subversion – or penny-pinching