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Thirty Hours with a Corpse

(2016)
and Other Tales of the Grand Guignol
An anthology of stories edited by

 
 
Characterized by gratuitous acts of brutality and surprise endings, these tales of obsession and violence are the creations of a twentieth-century French writer whose works were staged by the legendary Theatre du Grand-Guignol of Paris. The precursors of modern thrillers and slasher films, these stories have been specially selected for this edition and introduced by horror specialist S. T. Joshi.
Thirty-nine conte cruel ("cruel tales") include "In the Light of the Red Lamp," in which a husband's photographs of his dead wife reveal a deeper tragedy; "Fascination," the tale of a morbid passion that develops when the narrator, determined to stay at home, shoots his mistress for the sake of peace and quiet; and "The Bastard," concerning a father's suspicions about his son's paternity. Other stories include "The Taint," a view of infanticide as mercy-killing; "The Test," in which an accused murderer is forced to reenact his crime; and "A Maniac," recounting a thrill-seeker's ghoulish impulse to witness death-defying stunts gone wrong.

Genre: Horror

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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Thirty Hours with a Corpse: and Other Tales of the Grand Guignol (Dover Horror Classics)
Author(s): Maurice Level
ISBN: 0-486-80232-9 / 978-0-486-80232-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Thirty Hours with a Corpse: and Other Tales of the Grand Guignol (Dover Horror Classics)
Author(s): Maurice Level
Publisher: Dover Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA