Marcel Schwob lived in the early 1900s and wrote mostly short fictions.

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A silhouette is seen standing as a shadow before a declining sun over a gerying sky.
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You know those One Thousand and One Nights you’ve been reading are fake, right? I mean, if the version of these book you own contains either Ali baba or Aladdin or Sinbad, then you have to know those aren’t the original text. This book had a weird history, mainly because it was first bRought to the Occident thanks to a Mr Galland who decided to translate them as a hobby and when he realized there weren’t one thousand and one nights, he began to add a few. Some Turkish epics such as Sinbad for instance, which predates the original manuscript…


This is a short story I wrote coming back from Christmas diner. For once, this isn’t horror.

A bunch of Christmas decorations and gingerbread men are hanging in the air, onto a birghtly lit background.
A bunch of Christmas decorations and gingerbread men are hanging in the air, onto a birghtly lit background.
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There was a bit of luck involved in having a good time during Christmas. First, you had to pick the good building. The Crooked Man would have told you that Xmas 07 was proof you could spend an entire night in one apartment complex and see no door ever granting you access.

There existed a trick, though. One cheat taught by the ever-distant dimension of the work place and its slave wages. Be early. …


For 10 years, the found footage craze drowned us into a fury of release but what was the first one?

A woman is seen looking terrified over a black background. Only the upper part of her face can be seen.
A woman is seen looking terrified over a black background. Only the upper part of her face can be seen.
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You remember the found footage craziness? When every studio tried to turn every movie idea, they had into a project which could be shot with a handheld camera and a tiny budget? What’s interesting is this trend started with Paranormal Activity and for a time it seemed like every executive from Hell and beyond thought this was THE way of milking spectators out of money. I mean, Romero had to do a found footage movies, there were talks of David Bruckner having to shoot a Friday the 13th found footage. Craziness, I told you.

What’s more interesting is that, despite…


The first rape-and-revenge movie directed by a female director.

A women covered in blood is seen looking upon her shoulder in a desert.
A women covered in blood is seen looking upon her shoulder in a desert.

At the beginning of it all, there’s a little girl who thinks that the feminine world is centred around avoiding danger. Thanks to her brother and grandfather, Coralie Fargeat, who would go on to direct Revenge, begins to watch genre movies: Mad max, Robocop, Rambo. Armed with a camera she even shoots a remake of Star Wars.

Coralie doesn’t instinctively direct herself towards film studies. She first enters Science Po, France’s most famous school, and after two years she wants to qui studying. But then a film production takes place in the building she studies in, she speaks to some…


Something can be said of the way the French education system treats Maupassant’s most famous fantastic tale.

The sun is fading over the French country side. Illustration. The whole picture is orange
The sun is fading over the French country side. Illustration. The whole picture is orange
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I have this distinct souvenir of having studied when I was in the 9th grade. The same year my then pal Monchâtre read the first tome of an anthology called La Dimension Fantastique. He liked it so much he asked me to read it afterwards, this was how I was introduced to Lovecraft. Being the dirt student that I am, I don’t really recall anything Mr Viget tried to teach us. Truth is, if this literature teacher is still in my mind it’s mostly because of the lecture on violence he once gave me. “You can be violent…


The survival horror with a Frank Miller’s Sin City aesthetic by Osome St…

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I recently finished Frictional Games’ and I distinctly recall the day its first trailer hit. Messaging another Amnesia: The Dark Descent aficionado, I was like: “There’s gonna be matches in it!”. Friend was like: “Why are you so pumped about this?”. I answered: “Maybe because matches will blow out as soon as we run, forcing us to play in a more grounded fashion?” This assertion was somehow right, at least for the first part of the game. Anyway, there has previously been another horror game which used a gameplay mechanic centred around matches. Enter Osome studio’s White Night.


A small fiction I wrote back in July.

A rock contains two ponds in an autumn forest.
A rock contains two ponds in an autumn forest.
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what, yeah, no, I’m not following you into that dinner, man, miss, okay, whatever, no, no, I follow nobody, you hear me, no one, you sure, you’d let me take the cheesy fries and stuff, hmm ’kay, can I have some chili fries, then, you see, I had this, ahem, friend, acquaintance, I know a guy is what I’m saying, a hobo guy, always used to say : nuthin is free, you’re being given something, you take it, yeah, I’d take the french fries with that, still not sure why you being all kind and almighty but thanks, ouuuuh, that’s…


A reflexion on The Goonies, deleted scenes and the art of editing.

On the right a computer screen is showing an editing software while on the left is a still from the movie.
On the right a computer screen is showing an editing software while on the left is a still from the movie.
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Donnie Darko stands in the list of my top 3 favorite movies. Richard Kelly’s first (and probably best) full-lenght feature stars alongside Dirty Dancing and the Goonies. Yup, weird choice for a horror fiend but that’s how life rolls. This also probably explains why I know who Franck is. You know Frank, the man in the rabbit suit. Frank is actually Donnie’s sister’s boyfriend. I distinctly recall discovering this while watchin the deleted scenes on the DVD. A single shot of the top of the stairs with Maggie Gyllenhaal holding a phone, talking to Frank.

Donnie Darko stands in the…


In 1927, Alfred Machin, director, photograph, reporter and explorer released a one-hour long horror film starring his favorite monkey: Eustache.

A stranger with a macfarlane and a big hat is seen standing in front of a cemetary of wooden crosses and a church.
A stranger with a macfarlane and a big hat is seen standing in front of a cemetary of wooden crosses and a church.
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The more I study French genre movies for this series the more I come to the conclusion that horror and fantasy have always been part of France’s dreamscape. Makes sense since a lot of modern pop culture can be traced back to the French serials of the 18th and 19th century. Yet, genre fiction have become a rare breed after WWII, and if, we except the revival of the New Wave of French Extremism, efforts have been few and far apart. A reality which collides harshly with the striving forces the genre bore in previous era.

Take for…


A small reflection about scifi and eras.

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Blue lines and red dots over a black background form some sort of tunnel. Abstract.
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Disclaimer: This paper contains spoilers for Terminus (1987), Moon (2014), The Invention of Morel.

In 1987, Pierre-William Glenn released on the French silver screen a movie named Terminus. A post-apocalyptic flick, in which Johnny Halliday — probably France’s most famous singer even though he is actually Belgian — plays a trucker with a bionic arm. Did anyone say Furiosa? Anyway, I once watched this movie in a small theatre thanks to a rare screening from an even more rare magazine named Distorsion.

This séance was presented by the filmmaker himself. I would bet you a ton of money, that I…

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