June 1917. With time what we most ardently desire almost always comes to pass; but such is the perpetual dissatisfaction of the heart that we fail to recognize it, or else that which comes to pass no longer lives up to the dream we had of it."Mondschein-Dampfer" by Jean Ray:
You'll be taken aback and say that I'm insulting Paris, Vienna and even London: it's Berlin that I love."Sibilla van Loon" by Marcel Brion:
I wouldn't have dared enter that room if the little girl hadn't stood in front of me and taken me by the hand."Fog" by Franz Hellens:
The most extraordinary episode in my life? It's a good question. For anyone capable of feeling, of observation, the most matter-of-fact existence offers really extraordinary circumstances where meanings are as it were turned inside-out, where one's awareness goes off down a queer path and loses itself in labyrinthine hallucinations."Donatienne and Her Destiny" by Thomas Owen:
Donatienne studied the house.
"It's a really ugly house," she thought."The Watch" by Thomas Owen:
It was raining. A dirty little fine grey rain that had lasted for two days."At Bernkastel Cemetery" by Thomas Owen:
This is a true story. It features Jean Ray, who has authorized me to report it here, so that I can insert a supplementary item into the dossier of that strange man who, much more than you can imagine, lived on the margins of our everyday world."The Matago" by Claude Seignolle:
On that warm autumnal close of day crimped with russet shadows, I'd stopped at the Green Oak inn, in the little town of S***, in Sologne."The Maidens of the Night" by Jean-Louis Bouquet:
For a long time I wrote adventure stories for the enjoyment of humble souls, novels that lead them always amazed and enraptured along cleverly winding trails, across the most well-gardened and best landscaped districts of the imagination."The City of Darkness" by Jean-Louis Bouquet:
Between 1925 and 1930 several singular individuals met each evening in a pavilion, under the leafy shadows of an old, private avenue in Auteuil.
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