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Huysmans, Joris-Karl (1848-1907)
A French novelist of Dutch ancestry, who wrote several decadent
novels, including A Rebours and La Bas, which included a description
of the Black Mass. He was fascinated
with the satanic crimes of Gilles de Rais. Becoming involved in a feud between
Joesph Antoine Boullan and Stanislas de Guaita made portrayed Boullan as
Dr. Johannes in La Bas. A.G.H.