First printing of the ne plus ultra of the Avon Satanic Gothic.
Very good plus.
"I believe your husband is possessed of a devil. No, more than that. I believe he is a devil."
By Janet Louise Roberts (aka Rebecca Danton, Janette Radcliffe, J.L. Roberts, Louisa Bronte), also author of a second official Avon Satanic Gothic, HER DEMON LOVER and the unofficial (but extremely Satanic) THE DEVIL'S OWN. Roberts, daughter of an Ohio missionary, was a hardworking librarian by day, devil-romancer...also by day, most likely. Somewhat unjustly maligned by later romance historians for her undeniably violent sex scenes, Roberts was, at the same time, something of a pioneer in her context and milieu in valorizing female agency, with or without good judgment to temper it, and in bringing a respectable amount of explicitly disreputable sexuality to the gothic, at a time — the turn of the 1970s — when that genre still bestrode the paperback world like a Colossus but had begun to teeter on what would, in retrospect, appear to be its last rickety and recycled legs. The Louisa Bronte heroine would follow her libido to hell and beyond, the consequences for her soul be damned. Does LORD SATAN's Lord Satan slaughter villagers and corrupt the innocent? Well, perhaps he does and perhaps he doesn't. But does he wear a "suit of ruby red velvet, his black cloak streaming out behind him" while he does it? He does, and that's important.
A very nice copy of this scarce title, with typically gorgeous poison-green cover art by Enric Torres.
Read more: Lori Paige, The Gothic Romance Wave: A Critical History of the Mass Market Novels, 1960-1993.
(New York): Avon, (1972). 7'' x 4''. Avon V2473. Original pictorial wrappers by Enrich Torres-Prat [Enric]. All edges tinted red. 159,  pages. Light rubbing to covers; mild edgewear and spine creasing.
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