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Syta's Harem and Pharaoh's Lover

by Jane La Vaudère
translated by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Presented here, for the first time in English, in fabulous translations by Brian Stableford, are two exotic novels by Jane La Vaudère, one of France's most interesting, and most Decadent, writers.

In the first, Syta's Harem, we are taken to a proto-anthropological India, to an ancient kingdom which is ruled by Princess Syta, a beautiful woman idolized by the members of her male harem over whom she exercises tyrannical authority. The novel soon becomes a surreal phantasmagoria, featuring religiously-impelled orgies, bloody sacrifices, and mysterious fakirs.

The second novel, Pharaoh's Lover, placed in ancient Egypt during the Third Empire of Thutmose I, is a bizarre masterpiece of the highest order. In it the reader learns of the misadventures of Zelinis and Hary-Thé, who, in the aftermath of the sudden loss of their perfect amour, become the subject of rather eccentric liaisons--Zelinis, as a slave, is made to be a stimulant to the effete Pharaoh by engaging in romance with the latter's sister, while Hary-Thé carries on a quasi-necrophlic relationship with a mummy.

These two exotic fantasies, in the feverish pitch of their narratives and the voluptuousness of their settings, are sure to delight and entertain all those who have sympathy for unusual expressions of passionate distress.

Cover by Johannes Frederik Engelbert ten Klooster

Published by Snuggly Books in June 2020
ISBN: 978-1-64525-032-6

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