When Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin first appeared in the fall of 2000, it inspired wide acclaim and multiple printings. This sourcebook of hundreds of rare visual delights from the pre-Nazi, Cabaret-period "Babylon on the Spree" has the distinction of being praised both by scholars and avatars of contemporary culture, inspiring performers, filmmakers, historians straight and gay, designers, and musicians like the Dresden Dolls and Marilyn Manson. It is the visual scrapbook and inspired design source of hit television series, Berlin Babylon. Voluptuous Panic's expanded edition includes the new illustrated chapter "Sex Magic and the Occult," documenting German pagan cults and their bizarre erotic rituals, including instructions for entering into the "Sexual Fourth Dimension." The deluxe hardcover edition also includes sensational accounts of hypno-erotic cabaret acts, Berlin fetish prostitution ("The Boot Girl Visit"), gay life ("A Wild-Boy Initiation "), descriptions and illustrations of Aleister Crowley's Berlin OTO secret society, and sex crime ("The Curious Career and Untimely Death of Fritz Ulbrich").
About the Author
Mel Gordon is Professor of Theater Arts at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of twelve books, including The Grand Guignol, Dada Performance, The Stanislavsky Technique, and the Feral House titles, Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant and The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber.