[Etats-Unis] Renée Dunan "Baal" (Black Coat Press - 2011)

Publié le par Fabrice Mundzik

"Baal" suivi de "The Devil's lovers", de Renée Dunan, fut publié aux Etats-Unis, en 2011, par Black Coat Press.

Les traduction, introduction et Notes sont de Brian Stableford.

La couverture est illustrée par YOZ.

Présentation par l'éditeur :

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."

Le premier chapitre peut être téléchargé en cliquant sur CE LIEN (au format .pdf).

Ce volume est proposé en version française dans la collection Baskerville dirigée par Jean-Daniel Brèque.

La position de Brian Stableford, à propos de Renée Dunan, a le mérite d'être claire :

There is, in sum, no good reason to suppose that Renée Dunan was anyone but who she said she was, and the probability is that her seeming near-invisibility was the result of discretion rather than non existence.

Je ne peux que rejoindre cette opinion. Dans la préface de Renée Dunan "Le Roman de la fin des Hommes" (Les Moutons électriques - 2015), j'ai d'ailleurs indiqué :

Il faut savoir reconnaître que nous ne possédons que peu d’informations fiables sur Renée Dunan et qu’il ne vaut mieux pas laisser son imaginaire s’emballer, afin de combler les vides, mais s’en tenir aux faits : « Il n’y a rien à gagner […] dans cette modernisation du passé. On dénature l’histoire ancienne et le présent aussi. » écrivait d'ailleurs Renée Dunan.

[Etats-Unis] Renée Dunan "Baal" (Black Coat Press - 2011)

[Etats-Unis] Renée Dunan "Baal" (Black Coat Press - 2011)

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