Baal / The Devil's Lovers
BAAL + THE DEVIL'S LOVERS
by Renée Dunan
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Yoz
Two reddish eyes with large green corneas were visible in the middle of the body. The tentacles were innumerable. They seemed to be generating and vanishing incessantly. From the center of the body to the periphery, the degree of reality tended toward zero. A spindle-shaped gleam was emitted along a line dividing "the thing," passing between the eyes. One might have thought that a regular spasmodic contraction was tormenting the beast. At equal intervals, the light faded and then intensified, passing from an unknown color to a degraded and liquid violet, then to a dull and effervescent red. Beneath the form, the carpet began to burn...
In Baal (1924), the great and seductive sorceress Palmyre teaches her assistant Renée the secret of her magic, including her ability to interact with creatures from other worlds, such as the unspeakable Baal, whose octopus-like form is the three-dimensional projection of an unfathomable four-dimensional entity.
The book includes The Devil's Lovers (1929), a heroic saga about Satanism and Witchcraft that follows the adventures of a poacher and his daring wife in war-torn 16th century France.
These two ground-breaking supernatural thrillers from early feminist writer Renée Dunan, also known for her crime fiction and erotic historical novels, depict witchcraft as having its psychological origins in sexuality, reflecting the repression of the sexual impulses by the social norms of the times. "Highly original works that fully deserve translation for the benefit of fans of modern horror fiction and exotic erotica." Brian Stableford.
BAAL, OR THE PASSIONATE SORCERESS [Baal, ou La Magicienne passionée, livre des ensorcellements] (Malfère, 1924)
THE DEVIL'S LOVERS [Les Amantes du diable - 1550] (Querelle, 1929)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.