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

Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc

In the course of delving into the Wold Newton Universe, I came across a curious crossover: Sherlock Holmes vs. Arsène Lupin.  It didn't register to me at the time why this was a big deal, but for some reason it stuck as something I should find.  I'd never before heard of Arsène Lupin.  This plays right in my … Continue reading Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc