Joris-Karl Huysmans and The Damned / Down There: A History of Satanism

In 1890, the already famous French “decadent” writer Joris-Karl Huysmans wrote to a friend that he was looking for “a demoniac sodomite priest” who performed the black mass. He needed him for a new book, now known as “Là-bas” or “Down There”...

Was Louis Van Haecke, Chaplain of the Holy Blood Chapel of Bruges (on the photo above ready for the Procession of the Holy Blood) the demoniac sodomite priest Huysmans was looking for?

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