posted on Jun, 9 2009 @ 03:23 AM
In 1890, the already famous French “decadent” writer Joris-Karl Huysmans wrote to a friend that he was looking for “a demoniac sodomite
priest” who performed the black mass. He needed him for a new book, now known as “Là-bas” or “Down There”...
Huysmans made contact with Berthe Courrière, thanks to her lover, the writer Remy de Gourmont. Berthe believed in black magic and beguiled J.K. with
tales of her paranormal experiences. Huysmans also had a brief and bizarre affair with another Lady of the Occult, Henriette Maillat. Both she and
Berthe were the models for Hyacinthe Chantelouve, the heroine “down there”.
Huysmans contacted, among others, a founding member of the modern French Order of the Rosy Cross, Stanislas de Guaïta; a self-proclaimed descendant
of the Chaldean Magi, Sâr Joséphin Péladan; an expert on alchemy, Michel de Lézinier; the renegade priest and exquisitely evil Joseph-Antoine
Boullan, no stranger of prisons, who regarded all forms of sexual intercourse as acts of worship and who was accused of having slain his own child,
conceived by a nun, on the altar, after a Black Mass. Boullan provided Huysmans with all sorts of documentation on the black arts in 19th century
It was the start of a War of the Black Magicians and of an issue that is still controversial today: was the prototype of the demoniac Canon Docre
depicted in J.K.'s "history of satanism" the Chaplain of the Holy Blood Chapel of Bruges?
Down There / The Damned: A History of Satanism