The new book from Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical, Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin, is coming! Their Indiegogo campaign ended May 17th. The book curated and edited by Samm Deighan is the first to look at the career of the French horror and fantasy director Jean Rollin from the perspective of an all-female roster of critics, scholars and film historians. It has just been confirmed that Françoise Pascal, the star of Rollin’s beloved 1973 film La rose de fer (The Iron Rose) will write the foreword to the book.
This week saw the addition of a new perk that belongs to Jean Rollin himself – a copy of Alexander Eliot’s 1976 book L’Universe fantastique des Mythes for which Rollin’s wife Simone, an ardent and eloquent feminist in her own right, provided the French translation. The book was donated by the Rollin estate specifically for the Indiegogo campaign.
Special perks are still available in the campaign and include ‘Château des Enigmes’ – a limited edition Jean Rollin-themed Mystery board game featuring artwork by the book’s cover artist Jessica Seamans – and the ‘Tour de sang’, a three-day guided tour to eight of Rollin’s iconic film locations, including chateaux, cemeteries, and his beloved Dieppe beach.
The project surpassed its initial goal but has added a stretch goal, if met, will allow for an additional 40 pages of images as well as an upgrade to the boardgame that will see its weapons pieces sculpted in cold-cast metal by FX artist Dan Martin (Free Fire, High Rise, A Field In England, Human Centipede 2 etc).
Pre-Order your book and contribute to the Campain by visiting the Indiegogo page.