Theatre of Fear and Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962 by Mel Gordon

From its beginning, and before there was such a thing as horror films, the live performances of the Grand Guignol inspired everything we know about that genre.  Over 50 years after its final performance, it continues to inspire for much the same reasons.  The theater was built inside the remnants of a gutted convent and chapel, … Continue reading Theatre of Fear and Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962 by Mel Gordon

The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

This book is a reprint from 1956 that, among those with an interest in Joan, has attained an almost legendary status.  We live in an age where people are eager to dismiss the presumably supernatural out of hand and tear down heroes, giving zero credence to the idea of the "great person theory."  The idea … Continue reading The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

"The Opera Ghost really existed!"  So claimed Gaston Leroux in this famous opening line from his most famous novel. Court report, theater critic, journalist, international correspondent.  These are some of the hats that Gaston Leroux wore before turning to detective fiction in 1907.  He wrote Le Fantôme de l'Opéra as a serialized pulp adventure in 1909-1910, … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911