Tales of the Grand Guignol

Maurice Level


Maurice Level (1875-1926), was a French writer of fiction and drama who specialized in short stories of the macabre which were sometimes staged by le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, the repertory company in the Pigalle district devoted to melodramatic productions. Level’s short stories are strong on obsession and violence. Their surprise endings are reminiscent of the stories of Guy de Maupassant, and their gratuitous acts and mindless brutality, may be seen as precursors of thriller fiction and slasher films.
       This collection has a stamped cover by Jason C. Eckhardt and some interior black & white illustrations. The book is edited and introduced by S. T. Joshi.

edition information

  • Limited to 300 copies.
  • Two complete novels and over a dozen short stories.
  • Full color wraparound dustjacket by David Ho.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands.
  • Original book price: $60.
  • Published April 2013.
  • ISBN 978-1-933618-94-4.