Daughter of Bruno Dey and Monique Cassert, Lorraine Dey was born on January 27, 1979, in France in Meudon-la-Forêt near Paris. Her father, a very strict Catholic, suffered from a severe form of Schizophrenia and introduced his daughter to esotericism at a very young age. For her, staring at the flame of a candle for hours on end or at the tiles on her bedroom ceiling until her perception of them changed, practising lucid dreaming, experimenting with astral journeys or just staying up all night to see the dead appear were daily exercises. She also prayed alongside her father for the souls of the damned. The father’s world was an invisible one and yet he showed her how to reach it. A chink is possible between our world and that of the dead. A state of drowsiness can create this chink. Her father told her this was how he felt their presence and saw them. You just have to resist sleep for as long as possible; do not close your eyes or go to sleep. This is when the chink opens and the invisible appears. At the grand age of seven, this explanation sparked in Lorraine a feeling that was as fascinating as it was terrifying: fear. She took on the classic childhood fears (fear of the dark, fear of the bogeyman…) and rendered them more intense. Her family thought she scared easily and did not understand some of her behaviour, especially at night time. They knew nothing of her world.
Mental illness divides and splinters the family to its core. The paternal psychic rupture grew ever wider and the day she lost her pet, killed by her own father, Lorraine’s world fell apart. The enemy, as the child perceived the mental illness, was mightier than she had thought. From the age of eight she began watching her first horror films. Mick Garris, Wes Craven, David Lynch, Robert Wise, Rod Serling, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Roman Polanski were her first cinematographic loves. One stood out in particular and fascinated her: Clive Barker. She was also an avid reader, devouring books by authors as varied as Stephen King, Victor Hugo, Freud, Erasmus and Baudelaire. The mood of the Romantic writers of the 19th century and Melancholy both crossed her adolescent path. So she took up her pen and tried, like them, to free her emotions. Cinema, on the other hand, gave her an opportunity to really experience that unique feeling of fear – as it does for all fans of horror movies. The Exorcist would give her her first cinematographic thrill and Wes Craven’s world of Freddy fascinated her. This universe where nightmares blend into reality, where evil can cut through both our worlds, gave her an insight into her father’s world where delusions also merged into reality. They became inseparable.
Could she too enter his universe and bring her father back? She hoped so and devoted all her energy to doing just that. She had to understand and save him from these invisible claws scratching at his soul.
Unfortunately the answers came too late; he passed away on June 4, 2002. After a Masters in Social Psychology, Lorraine decided to tell her tale to others and share her vision of psychological suffering. Thus was born Pa’ pas fou – Fille de schizophrène, currently available in more than 20 countries and translated into English under the title An Undivided Love, also known as The Shining Book by English speakers.
Lorraine then decided to combine her two favourite worlds: psychology and horror films. And so HEL was born, with a writing style leaning more and more towards film. The creation of these book-trailers mark a new artistic development in which the adolescent dream resurfaces: that of making a horror film. This is the spark for the MASTEMA project. The word means ‘Satan'; evil in its pure form, the evil which lies dormant in each of us and which can break us, tear us apart from within and take over…
Name: Lorraine Dey
Lives in: Paris, France