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After enflaming public curiosity with his lurid blockbuster Là-bas, J.-K. Huysmans went on to abet the fin de siècle’s most accomplished hoaxer, Léo Taxil, by publicizing stories about the secret Luciferian sect of Palladism, an entity whose existence Taxil had fabricated. Rewarding readers with a frisson of sacrilege, the pleasurable horror of debauchery, Huysmans incorporates into his laudatory preface to Jules Bois’s Le Satanisme et la magie an exposé of the cult that allegedly flourished in the forbidden lodges of nineteenth-century Freemasons.
KeywordsSymbolic Murder Ritual Murder Utopian Socialism Alleged Sexual Abuse Supernatural World
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