Monday, 19 August 2013

Nightclub Flyer, Parisian Style: L'Enfer - Cabaret Unique Au Monde

When I ran clubs I'd hand out flyers, but none were half as good as this. I found it in a junk shop on Saturday. It must have been one hell of a night out. Should I finally get that time machine and be able to take electricity back with me I'd love to be the resident DJ. This would get an airing...

In Bohemian Paris of To-Day by William Chambers Morrow and Édouard Cucuel, from 1899, Morrow describes his experience in L'Enfer: 

'"Enter and be damned, the Evil One awaits you!" growled a chorus of rough voices as we hesitated before the scene confronting us. Near us was suspended a caldron over a fire, and hopping within it were half a dozen devil musicians, male and female, playing a selection from "Faust" on stringed instruments, while red imps stood by, prodding with red-hot irons those who lagged in their performance.
   Crevices in the walls of this room ran with streams of molten gold and silver, and here and there were caverns lit up by smouldering fires from which thick smoke issued, and vapors emitting the odors of a volcano. Flames would suddenly burst from clefts in the rocks, and thunder rolled through the caverns. Red imps were everywhere, darting about noiselessly, some carrying beverages for the thirsty lost souls, others stirring the fires or turning somersaults. Everything was in a high state of motion.'

A download of the book can be found here 

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