JK Huysmans - Down There (Là Bas) a study in satanism.
The Novelist Durtal is disgusted by the emptiness and vulgarity of the
modern world. He seeks relief by turning to the study of the Middle Ages
and begins to research the life of the notorious 15th-century child
murderer, sadist, necrophile, and practitioner of all the black arts -
Gilles de Rais. Through his contacts in Paris Durtal finds out that
Satanism is not simply a thing of the past but alive in turn of the
century France. He embarks on an investigation of the occult underworld
with the help of his lover Madame Chantelouve. Durtal’s preoccupation
with Gilles de Rais’s lascivious brutalities begets in him the urge to
find out if similar satanic practices are still performed; so he
persuades Madame Chantelouve to take him to the house of a notorious
renegade priest named Canon Docre. Together they witness there the
celebration of a Black Mass, and few finer descriptions of this obscene
ritual have ever been written. French Victorian Gothic as its best.
No 23 in Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult
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