Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the macabre 1868 French language work The Songs of Maldoror.
As I’ve warned in the past, don’t let the 1868 date fool you. There are disturbing elements to this.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you if this really gets to you.
INDELIBLE BLOOD GLITTERING LIKE A DIAMOND
Back to the insane, taciturn and blood-thirsty Maldoror we’re used to this time around. The supernatural being has been strolling through a particular narrow Paris alley as part of the ground he covers while taking his walk. A slender ten year old girl, oblivious to the danger she’s courting, takes to following him each time until he gets to the end of the alley where she and her mother live.
Growing bolder she even takes to playfully blocking his way sometimes. On occasions when Maldoror tries to walk through at a brisker pace she speeds up her own gait to keep pace with him. On occasions when he goes slowly through the alley the little girl matches that pace, too. When she tries to start a conversation with the monstrous figure by asking him what time it is he coldly replies that he has no watch.
Initially Maldoror toys with the idea of sparing the child’s life by simply avoiding the alley from now on. Unfortunately as his disturbed mind continues mulling over the situation he slowly convinces himself the child has dark motives and might even be a youthful prostitute like the 12 year old runaways from England. Maldoror convinces himself the mother could be the child’s Madam. At the very least if the little girl lives she will eventually turn out like the rest of the human race that our vile narrator loathes so deeply.
Maldoror’s insanity and natural savagery take over from there and the supernatural figure spurs himself on to darker and darker violence. Breaking the child’s arms isn’t enough – he forces her to eat her own flesh off of them. Sewing the child’s eyes shut leaves her even more helpless before him. Vicing the little girl’s head between his unnaturally strong hands and sinking his taloned fingers into the girl’s ears follows.
As the girl’s skull begins to crack between his hands he uses the flowing blood and brain matter as an eyewash for himself. For the coup de grace Maldoror grabs the child by one leg and viciously dashes her against the alley wall with such force that her blood squirts out and splashes the horrified passers by.
Under Maldoror’s malicious power those spectators cannot clean their bodies of the child’s innocent blood, not even when they begin ripping their own flesh from their bones. “Her indelible blood, glittering like a diamond” will mark their bodies forever.
Maldoror plans to have some of his servants come to the alley to prevent the dead girl’s mother or anyone else from removing the child’s splattered, pulpish bodily remains which have stuck to the wall. Those servants will keep the gory remains there as a ghoulish decoration until the inevitable day when hungry dogs leap high enough to eat them.
I WILL RESUME THIS LOOK AT THE SONGS OF MALDOROR SOON. CHECK BACK ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK FOR NEW INSTALLMENTS.
FOR PART ONE CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2015/02/28/maldoror-a-neglected-masterpiece-of-surreal-horror/
FOR OTHER PARTS OF MALDOROR CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/category/maldoror/
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