Astral Amour by Willy (Henry Gauthier-Villars, 1859-1931,
Colettes husband) was originally published as an eight-part serial
in the Nouvelle Revue between December 1900 and April 1901 and
was never reprinted in book form.
As an account of the social and psychological aspects of the occult revival
in the 19th century, Astral Amour does have the advantage of a unique
originality. It is more a commentary on occult fantasy than an occult
fantasy in its own right, although it is willing to use the fantastic
as a casual literary device for the purpose of that examination. Neurocyme,
the elemental woman given flesh by the novels protagonists Enogat
de Sothermès and Doctor Callidulus, is described by them as a mixture
of illusion and ironyand the same alchemical combination applies
to the text, which is simultaneously all illusion and all irony.
Cover by Mike Hoffman
Published by Black Coat Press in October 2016