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The Anatomy of Love and Murder: Psychoanalytical Fantasies

by Gaston Danville
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Although Gaston Danville was one of the earliest contributors to the French magazine, Mercure de France, considered a voice for the symbolist movement, he regarded himself as one of a new generation of Naturalists, interested in applying the relatively new insights of contemporary psychology to the analysis of human behavior.

Danville's short fiction was unique, obsessed with the supposed psychologies of psychology and murder, and the analogies between them. He called his stories "Tales of Beyond," but the beyond to which he referred was that of the Unconscious, to which he believe that all phenomena considered supernatural should now be attributed. The result was some of the most peculiar weird fiction ever produced, which still warrants the interest of connoisseurs of the bizarre.

Here are his best eighteen stories (plus an essay), edited, translated, and with notes by Brian Stableford.

The Daisy (1891)
Remembrance (1891)
Flat (1891)
The Murderer (1891)
The Deputy (1891)
Illusory Caresses (1891)
How Jacques Committed Suicide (1891)
The Clock (1891)
Adrift (1891)
Lisbeth (1892)
The Dark Angel (1892)
The Dead Man's Dream (1892)
The Lamp (1892)
In Vain (1892)
In Anima Vili (unknown)
Mousmé (1893)
The Stolen Heart (1894)
The Cinq-Bras (1916)
The Evolution of Literature (1892 essay)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.

Published by The Borgo Press in September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4794-0137-6

The Brian Stableford Website