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LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN

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434 pgs. | Full Colour with over 400 images

ISBN #: 978-0-9921463-2-0

Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce a new book focused on the career of French fantasy and horror filmmaker Jean Rollin, LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, edited by Samm Deighan and penned by all women critics, scholars and film historians. Set to be released in the summer of 2017, this collection of essays covers the wide range of Rollin’s career from 1968’s LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE through his 2010 swansong, LE MASQUE DE LA MÉDUSE, touching upon his horror, fantasy, crime and sex films—including many lesser seen titles. The book closely examines Rollin’s core themes: his focus on overwhelmingly female protagonists, his use of horror genre and exploitation tropes, his reinterpretations of the fairy tale and fantastique, the influence of crime serials, Gothic literature and the occult, as well as much more.

“Lost Girls is an exquisite book about the acclaimed French film director Jean Rollin, a master of the surreal and the poetic, whose classic films with their haunting images embody a dark playful female aesthetic. The essays in this fine collection capture Rollin’s love of the supernatural, the dreamlike, poetic gore and female vampirism – to mention a few of themes that Rollin subjects to his strange subversive eye. This outstanding collection pays tribute to Rollin’s world of surreal fairy tales, sadean narratives and disturbing journeys into the dark side of the soul. Lost Girls is a must for lovers of the cinematic underworld in which female characters reign supreme.” – Barbara Creed, author of The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis

“No serious student of the cinefantastique will want to be without this beautifully illustrated collection of essays dedicated to the eerie, sensual cinema of Jean Rollin.” – Maitland McDonagh, author of Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento

The book features a foreword by Françoise Pascal, the star of Rollin's beloved La rose de fer, and cover art by Jessica Seamans, known for her work with Landland and posters for MONDO.

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Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce a new book focused on the career of French fantasy and horror filmmaker Jean Rollin, LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, penned by all women critics, scholars and film historians. Set to be released in the summer of 2017, this collection of essays covers the wide range of Rollin’s career from 1968’s LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE through his 2010 swansong, LE MASQUE DE LA MÉDUSE, touching upon his horror, fantasy, crime and sex films—including many lesser seen titles. The book closely examines Rollin’s core themes: his focus on overwhelmingly female protagonists, his use of horror genre and exploitation tropes, his reinterpretations of the fairy tale and fantastique, the influence of crime serials, Gothic literature and the occult, as well as much more.

LOST GIRLS is the third book in Spectacular Optical’s ongoing series of limited run film and pop culture books, which includes KID POWER! (2014) and SATANIC PANIC: POP CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s (2015) and will precede the previously announced YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR IN FILM AND TELEVISION, which will be released in fall of 2017.

Curated and edited by Samm Deighan (DIABOLIQUE), contributors to LOST GIRLS include some of the most important critical voices to emerge over the last decade of genre journalism: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (SENSES OF CINEMA), Kat Ellinger (DIABOLIQUE), Virginie Selavy (ELECTRIC SHEEP), Alison Nastasi (SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s), Marcelline Block (ART DECADES), Rebecca Booth (DIABOLIQUE), Michelle Alexander (CINEMADROME), Lisa Cunningham (THE LAUGHING DEAD: THE HORROR-COMEDY FILM FROM BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN TO ZOMBIELAND), Heather Drain (DANGEROUS MINDS), Erin Miskell (THAT’S NOT CURRENT), Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN), Gianna D’Emilio (DIABOLIQUE) and veteran genre critic Marcelle Perks (SHIVERS, EYEBALL). The book will also feature a foreword by Françoise Pascal, the star of Rollin’s beloved La rose de fer.

FULL LIST OF CONTENTS:

Le viol du vampire and the Last Surrealist Riot
By Gianna D’Emilio

Cults of Decadence, Cults of Rebellion: La vampire nue and Fascination
By Kat Ellinger
(Please note there was a layout error in this chapter and some text was accidentally cut. See HERE for the ERRATUM.)

Les paumées du petit matin: A View of Female Violence
By Lisa Cunningham

Blood Sisters: Female Intimacy in Jean Rollin’s Conte de fée
By Samm Deighan

Poète maudit and cinéaste paria: Tristan Corbière as Inspiration for Jean Rollin’s films Les Amours jaunes and La Rose de fer
By Marcelline Block

Disgracing the Family Name: Vampirism as Societal Rebellion in Le frisson des vampires
By Heather Drain

‘Castles of Subversion’ Continued: From the roman noir and surrealism to Jean Rollin
By Virginie Selavy

Les démoniaques: Politics, Poetry, and the Supernatural Rape-Revenge Film
By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Manifestations In The Physical Plane: Rollin, Rape, and the Effects of Sexual Assault
By Erin Miskell

Phantasmes: Jean Rollin’s Hardcore Reveries and Work for Hire
By Samm Deighan

“Final Girl” Strategies in Les raisins de la mort, La nuit des traquées, and Les paumées du petit matin
By Marcelle Perks

The Zombie-Gore-Disaster Film…Jean Rollin Style
By Michelle Alexander

Love Among the Iron Roses: The Cemetery as a Romantic Nexus in the Films of Jean Rollin
By Alison Nastasi

Les trottoirs de Bangkok and Killing Car: Serials in Soulless Cities
By Gianna D’Emilio

Ostension, Orality, and the Ogress: The (Material) Feminist Fairy Tales of La fiancée de Dracula, La nuit des horloges, and Le masque de la Méduse
By Rebecca Booth

Afterword
By Kier-La Janisse

Here is a short video of FX Artist Dan Martin sculpting one of the weapons pieces for the Jean Rollin Mystery Boardgame we made as a limited edition tie-in to the book:

 

Press on LOST GIRLS:

Los Angeles Review of Books (Ian MacAllister McDonald) – Interview – Lost Girls: A Conversation About Fantastical Filmmaker Jean Rollin – https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/lost-girls-conversation-fantastical-filmmaker-jean-rollin/

Birth.Movies.Death. (Meredith Borders) – Exclusive page - Exclusive! See An Excerpt From LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN – http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/04/25/exclusive-see-an-excerpt-from-lost-girls-the-phantasmagorical-cinema-of-jea

Rue Morgue (Preston Fassel) – Campaign launch – Indiegogo campaign for Spectacular Optical’s LOST GIRLS book gets Rollin – http://www.rue-morgue.com/single-post/2017/04/26/Indiegogo-campaign-for-Spectacular-Optical%E2%80%99s-LOST-GIRLS-book-gets-Rollin

Moon in the Gutter (Jeremy Richey) – Campaign launch - LOST GIRLS: THE CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN (Indiegogo Campaign Now Live) – http://mooninthegutter.blogspot.de/2017/04/lost-girls-cinema-of-jean-rollin.html

Horror Society (Mike) – Campaign launch – Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin Offers IndieGoGo Pre-orders and Perks. – https://www.horrorsociety.com/2017/04/25/lost-girls-phantasmagorical-cinema-jean-rollin-offers-indiegogo-pre-orders-perks/

Horreur Quebec (Marc Boisclair) – Campaign launch – Le livre Lost Girls: The Cinema of Jean Rollin de Spectacular Optical lance sa campagne de sociofinancement – http://www.horreur.quebec/le-livre-lost-girls-the-cinema-of-jean-rollin-de-spectacular-optical-lance-sa-campagne-de-sociofinancement/

Screen Anarchy (Charlie Hobbs) – Campaign launch – Pre-Order LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN Right Now From Spectacular Optical – http://screenanarchy.com/2017/04/pre-order-lost-girls-the-phantasmagorical-cinema-of-jean-rollin-right-now-from-spectacular-optical.html

Nightmarish Conjurings – Campaign launch – LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN LAUNCHES PRE-SALES ON INDIEGOGO – http://www.nightmarishconjurings.com/news/2017/4/25/lost-girls-the-phantasmagorical-cinema-of-jean-rollin-launches-pre-sales-on-indiegogo

Daily Dead (Ben Larned) – Feature (Rollin, mention of book) – Sex & Death: The Strange Gothic Poetry of Jean Rollin – https://dailydead.com/sex-death-the-strange-gothic-poetry-of-jean-rollin/

4:3 Film (Alexandra Heller-Nicholas) – Round table - Lost Girls: A Jean Rollin Roundtable – http://fourthreefilm.com/2017/05/lost-girls-a-jean-rollin-roundtable/

Dread Central (Kieran Fisher) – Campaign launch – Pre-Order Spectacular Optical’s Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin Now – https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/225776/pre-order-spectacular-opticals-lost-girls-phantasmagorical-cinema-jean-rollin-now/

Morbidofest.com (Alex Serna) – Campaign launch - Este libro acerca de Jean Rollin hará que vivas en fascinación – http://www.morbidofest.com/archivos/59706

Electric Sheep Magazine – Interview with Jeremy Richey conducted by Marcelline Block – ‘Be True to Yourself’: Jeremy Richey on Jean Rollin – http://www.electricsheepmagazine.co.uk/features/2017/05/12/be-true-to-yourself-jeremy-richey-on-jean-rollin/

Rue Morgue – Preston Fassel – Fantasia 2017 Roundtable – LOST GIRLS Authors Talk Jean Rollin (Part 1) http://www.rue-morgue.com/single-post/2017/07/13/Fantasia-%E2%80%9917-Roundtable-LOST-GIRLS-authors-talk-Jean-Rollin-Part-One

Part 2 – http://www.rue-morgue.com/single-post/2017/07/15/Fantasia-%E2%80%9917-Roundtable-LOST-GIRLS-authors-talk-Jean-Rollin-Part-Two

Part 3 – http://www.rue-morgue.com/single-post/2017/07/17/Fantasia-%E2%80%9917-Roundtable-LOST-GIRLS-authors-talk-Jean-Rollin-Part-Three

VICE Photo tribute to Rollin and the LOST GIRLS book by artists Remy and Kelsey Bennett: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa3kmn/nightmarish-photos-of-horror-femme-fatales

THE MERRY JANE  “Best Pop Culture to get Blazed To”: https://merryjane.com/culture/heady-entertainment-best-pop-culture-to-blaze-to-nov-10

PRESS COPIES: Promotional copies of our books are available to the press for review. To request a press copy of a Spectacular Optical book, please email the book’s publicist Kaila Hier at kaila.s.hier@gmail.com with the name of your media outlet and its web address, your mailing address and an approximate time when we can expect the review to be published. PDFs are also available.