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The Tarantulas' Parlor: And Other Unkind Tales

by Léon Bloy
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Praised by Borges, the Unkind Tales of Leon Bloy were produced in a phase of literary evolution that was exploratory and experimental, and hence intrinsically exciting. Lingering on the frontiers of Decadence, Naturalism, and Symbolism, these stories of the damned and the foolish, of terrible fates and ludicrous situations, helped map out the terrain of the conte cruel and are, probably, the author's most noteworthy work.

In this, an authoritative translation of the volume originally published as Histories Désobligeantes, Brian Stableford, in both his insightful introduction and his superb rendering of the tales, shines a much-needed light on Bloy's savage genius.

The Tisane
The Old Man of the House
Monsieur Pleur's Religion
The Tarantula's Parlor,
Plan for a Funeral Oration,
The Captives of Longjumeau
A Bad Idea
Two Phantoms
The Terrible Punishment of a Dentist
Alain Chartier's Reawakening
The Obliging Stroker
The Monsieur's Past,
Whatever You Want!
The Last Firing
The End of Don Juan --
The Martyr
Calypso's Telephone
Worn Out
A Failed Sacrilege
There's Trouble Brewing!
The Silver Mote
A Well-Nourished Man
The Bean
Digestive Proposals
A Cry From the Depths
The Reading Room
No One's Perfect
Let's Be Reasonable
Jocasta on the Sidewalk
Cain's Lucky Find
The Animal-Lover

Cover by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Published by Snuggly Books in October 2016
ISBN: 978-1943813155

The Brian Stableford Website