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Cora Pearl: Infamous 19th century courtesan: [Sep. 9th, 2006|01:39 am]

beyondpale
Sneaky peaks on our journal tomorrow of a brand new fragrance to be launched soon... It's called Pearl's Flourish (the name is deceptively innocent, it's quite terribly shocking when I tell you what the slang means, you know!) and is made to celebrate the infamous 19th century courtesan, Cora Pearl.

If you want to read more about her, you should certainly consider purchasing the excellent book, Courtesans by Katie Hickman. A fabulously informative yet gossipy read!

Alternatively, you could seek out Cora's very own memoirs (now sadly out of print) - I am so fascinated with her that I have done just this and cannot wait to read it. Sounds as though it may be incredibly scandalous...

The erotic reminiscences of the best known courtesan of the Second Empire, revealing the most intimate secrets of lovers from every level of society-even, she claims, the Emporer Napoleon III himself. Recently William Blatchford discovered these authentic memoirs in the private library of a German collector. Cora Pearl discusses in the most graphic detail the sexual prowess and predilections of lovers famous and humble; tells of her erotic exploits on horseback; invents, then ignores, the motto "jamais avec les domestiques:; and describes her presentation at dinner, cream-decked, as an exquisite final dish.

How marvellous. :)
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(no subject) [Jul. 17th, 2006|06:53 pm]

medusa
I am selling my copy of Denis Meikle's Jack the Ripper: The Murders and Movies on ebay, if anyone is interested?

It is a fantastic book but I thought someone else might appreciate it more than I do!
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Bawdy fragrances for brazen hussies! New Perfume from Beyond the Pale: [May. 29th, 2006|10:35 pm]

beyondpale
[mood |busy]

Mollisher's Mark:

Utterly feminine, powdery parma violets melt intriguingly into fresh rosewood and pure vanilla, infused with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and exotic sandalwood in the pure jojoba oil base. Reminiscent of decadent boudoirs, silk stockings draped nonchalantly over the dressing table- the subtle naughtiness of a bygone era; Mollisher's Mark is a long-lasting, uniquely spiced yet subtly floral fragrance, for ladies with pouty lips and a knowing wink...

The word "mollisher" is an old Victorian slang term for a woman of rather dubious moral virtue, often a villain's mistress (hence the more modern phrase 'gangster's moll').



Mollisher: A woman, often a villain's mistress.

Beyond the Pale is an exclusive perfumery based in Royal Tunbridge Wells in the UK.

Using historic recipes and pure essential oils whenever possible, all our fragrances at Beyond the Pale are hand-blended to perfection, poured into amber glass bottles and nestled in classic black sturdy boxes for posting, tied with ruby red string.

We believe that perfumes should be as individual as you are; as intriguing and bewitching as the historical ages they were inspired by. Designed for Ladies & Gentlemen of discernment & distinction, we strive never to be nondescript - always beyond the pale, for your pleasure and delectation...

Mollisher's Mark is our latest fragrance to be released and completely sold out on the day of being launched! This is our second batch, so NO DILLY-DALLYING, dahlings, if you want some!

Pictures of the perfume & packaging & ordering info!Collapse )
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(no subject) [Oct. 31st, 2005|06:06 pm]

medusa
Have just checked out the webcams for tonights Most Haunted - yet again there is a distinct lack of Jack the Ripper (it is in an abandoned Spitalfields warehouse and the Blind Beggar pub tonight) - why the hell did they advertise it as being 'on the trail of Jack the Ripper' when it most clearly was anything but?

Am seriously unimpressed! Can they actually get away with such misleading advertising?






Cross posted to my journal and victorian_whore
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(no subject) [Oct. 31st, 2005|01:03 pm]

medusa
Looks like there might be a new drama series about the Ripper sometime next year!

Most Haunted Live has been a bit of a disappointment so far but hopefully tonight's show will focus on Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel area.

Have tracked down a couple of interesting books about Mary Kelly on amazon, which look quite good.
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(no subject) [Oct. 21st, 2005|11:31 pm]

medusa
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This year's Most Haunted Halloween special is going to focus on Jack the Ripper and will be filmed in Whitechapel. Am beyond excited!

It starts next friday at 9pm on Living TV and is on for four nights. Not to be missed I think!




Most Haunted, for the unitiated is a programme in which people run around haunted places at night in search of ghosts. They usually have vigils and mediums and ouija boards and seances and stuff. All very thrilling!
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Good whore book! [Oct. 21st, 2005|11:16 pm]

naturalbornkaos
[mood |okayokay]
[music |Diary of Dreams - "The Stranger Remains"]

Just finished reading an excellent wee novel last week called "Mr Timothy" by a fellow named Louis Bayard and it's definitely I'd highly recommend this to anyone who's interested in Victorian prostitutes, so I thought I'd fleetingly resurrect the (worryingly quiet) community...

The story of the book, for anyone interested, concerns one "Tiny" Timothy Cratchit (of Dickens fame) as he grows up (not so tiny any more) and becomes a haunted, bitter adult wandering aimlessly through the scummier side of Victorian London, searching for the meaning of life and slowly becoming embroiled in a horrifying series of crimes that are destined to either redeem or destroy him... Of course, the book is frightfully dark (Tim earns a wage dredging corpses from the Thames and he lives in a brothel where he is regularly kept awake by the sounds of flagellation from the room next door), at times genuinely disturbing even, but Bayard writes with such verve and sardonic humour, that the gloom never becomes too oppressive. He also manages to whip up a frenzy of suspense during the book's innumerable action scenes, interspersing it nicely with Tim's morbidly melodramatic monologues. There are some very clever allusions to Dickens which, amazingly, are both relevant and restrained, pushing the book far above the category of 'novelty read' that I admit I'd consigned it to before actually reading it.

It's really a wonderful little novel. Nothing that'll ever be a "literary classic" but a damn fine read (and let's face it, one is every bit as good as the other) and irritatingly hard to put down. Many whores in it too, so plenty for us all to enjoy. Arr! Rar!
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Victorian Whore Book Alert [Aug. 10th, 2005|10:33 pm]

naturalbornkaos
[mood |ripper]
[music |Editors - "The Back Room"]

Thanks to medusa spotting it, I recently picked up and read a book that may be of interest to some of you fellow Victorian whore spotters...

"The Fiend In Human" by John Maclachlan Gray - anyone read it? If so, what did you think? If not, you may fancy it...

The plot concerns the one William Ryan (known to the papers as "Chokee Bill"), who is, at the start of the book, arrested and sent to the gallows for the crime of strangling five "fallen women" to death with a scarf... Meanwhile, one Edmund Whitty, an alcoholic, laudanum-addled "senior correspondent" from muck-racking newspaper The Falcon, is down on his luck and decides Ryan is (as he insists) innocent and that there may be a career-saving opportunity in uncovering and printing the story of the REAL "Chokee Bill". Together with the good-hearted street patterer Henry Owler (H.Owler - geddit?), they bite off way more than they can chew and end up embroiled in a murder-mystery caper that reaches all the way from the slums of the St Giles Rookery to the drawing rooms of Mayfair. As these things so often do...

The mystery story itself here is fairly weak and I guessed the solution quite early on but that's not why I'd recommend the book anyway. I would recommend it as, besides a keen attention to historical detail and a whole host of gleefully bizarre characters, it's a cracking good read and a wild ride getting there, even if you can predict the outcome. I've never heard of the author and it appears to be his debut novel but he writes with wit, verve and incredible confidence. His turn of phrase is quite the marvel, ranging within a matter of pages from the whimsical (ie: the comparing of the lines beneath a barman's eyes to "sacks the size of the imparted secrets he has to carry with him") to the imaginatively coarse (ie: the naming of a certain combination of circumstances designed to woo disreputable women in the dark of a carriage as "the four whoresmen of the apocalypse"). He paints a vivid picture of Victorian street life that, despite the dark and occasionally grisly subject matter, bubbles with life and humour. Even if the humour is usually very much of the gallows variety (the 'punchline', as it were, to the whole story is a corker, as shocking as it is hilarious).

[There are some great bits of conversation amongst the (many) Victorian whores who populate the tale too, so you get your money's worth on that front.]

This isn't the best book you'll ever read but compared with a lot of drab, clichéd Victorian "thrillers" that are out there, I found it quite the page-turner and I'm sure it deserves a lot more recognition than it seems to have had so far. The good news is, checking on Amazon, it seems Gray has penned a sequel to it that's out in hardback this September and, if nothing else, "The Fiend In Human" whet my appetite enough to want to pre-order it... :)
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victorian ebay whoring [Aug. 3rd, 2005|11:12 pm]

medusa
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Shock! Horror! I am selling a dvd copy of Murder By Decree on eBay if anyone is interested? ;)

Murder By Decree, for those who have never heard of it, is a seventies take on the Jack the Ripper story that pits the serial killer against Sherlock Holmes. It is rather splendid, genuinely creepy and eerie and clearly had more than a passing influence on From Hell so I totally recommend that you seek it out and watch it at some point. :)
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Whores Beware! (Of My Icon!) [Aug. 2nd, 2005|10:21 pm]

naturalbornkaos
[mood |ripper-ish]
[music |Gitane Demone and Marc Ichx - "Demonix"]

Merging my interest in cinema with my interest in Victorian whores, I am obliged to ask the question to you all - what is your personal favourite Victorian whore movie? And, as a slightly related question, who's played the best onscreen Ripper (Anthony Perkins in "Edge of Sanity" only *just* counts)?

I would very much like to know. Your answers would please me. I might give you grapes if I really like you.
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