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The Vampire Soul and Other Sardonic Tales
"There are other beings who know the roads of life and are curious about the paths of death." So says the eccentric Doctor Tribulat Bonhomet of the Eventualists' Society, adding "if we were able to see Nature as it truly is, it is probable that we would shiver in horror," And shiver he does when he meets the Vampiric Soul of one of the savage OTTYSOR... ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Hollywood Comics
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Auguste Villiers de L’lsle-Adam (1838-1889), eccentric French literary figure par excellence, created dozens of innovative tales and novels, but none more innovative, more peculiar than his novella The Vampire Soul (Claire Lenoir). Published by Black Coat Press and adopted by Brian Stableford, this collection includes several other short tales, but for the purpose of review, I will focus on the novella, the weirdest of the weird. And, fortunately, to better enable a reader to appreciate the ...more
Imagine a writer of genius—like Nabokov in Pale Fire—who creates as his unreliable narrator another genius, a man who (in addition to his narcissism and a host of disagreeable opinions) is also stark, staring mad! Ah, but then—to move beyond Nabokov—imagine that this madman's creator is also a madman, and you will have imagined a work akin to Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's The Vampire Soul.
De L'Isle-Adam came by his madness the old-fashioned way: he inherited it. His father threw away the family ...more