Anaïs Nin at the Grand Guignol
Paris, 1933. In the aftermath of her love triangle with novelist Henry Miller and his dancer wife June, thirty-year-old Anaïs Nin is left reeling. Stifled by her bourgeois marriage, she retreats into the midnight world of the Grand Guignol, the legendary theatre of horror and fear whose devoted patrons thrill at the macabre spectacles depicted on the black box stage. It is there that she falls under the spell of the actress Paula Maxa, known as The Maddest Woman of All Time, who awakens Anaïs to a secret realm of bewitchment and vice, of pleasure and pain. Only Maxa already belongs to Monsieur Guillard, the lustful night creature that haunts the dark streets of Pigalle. As the demon lover's insatiable hunger grows stronger by the hour, Anaïs finds herself trapped in a far more dangerous triangle, a cat-and-mouse game with Maxa's very soul as the ultimate prize.
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"Levy's disquieting erotic imagery masterfully evokes Nin's original prose. This sensual confection will enthrall readers looking for an intimate, disturbing thrill." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Readers looking for a concentrated cocktail of Années folles splendor will find that this short erotic novel quenches their thirst." - Kirkus Reviews
"Robert Levy gives us the best seat in the house for the only show that matters, the dark delirious battle of sex and death, in Anaïs Nin at the Grand Guignol. Applause!" - Kathe Koja, winner of the Bram Stoker and Locus Awards.
"Lush, erotic horror, as decadent and chilling as an overgrown garden of decaying roses. Robert Levy has created a mesmerizing tale of desire and death, just as Anaïs Nin would have written." - Livia Llewellyn, four-time finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award