Three Plays by D. Harlan Wilson

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Black Scat Books is proud to add D. Harlan Wilson to its list of luminaries. This is the renegade author’s first collection of plays, and it’s guaranteed to provoke  standing ovations — or perhaps we should say “fistfights in the orchestra” as Jarry’s Ubu Roi did so long, long ago.

Over the last two decades, D. Harlan Wilson has established himself as a writer of avant-garde fiction that has been called many names, ranging from speculative, literary and postmodern to irreal, bizarro, absurdist and “splatter-schtick.” Some say he defies categorization and is a genre unto himself. In THREE PLAYS, Wilson subverts traditional forms of stagecraft, unmans the helm of narrative, and exposes the nightmares that distinguish everyday life in urban and suburban America. Channeling Samuel Beckett and Jon Fosse in one scene, Russell Edson and Alfred Jarry in the next, he subjects actors as much as audiences and readers to mindless violence and torrid irrationality under the auspices of literary theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy and science. These plays belong more to an ultramodern zoo than a modern-day theater. In “The Triangulated Diner,” a Camero fishtails across the stage and runs over actors as jungle animals attack the audience. An elephant is hung onstage by a crane for stomping on the head of an abusive handler in “The Dark Hypotenuse.” “Primacy” finds a husband and wife struggling to write the perfect obituary, ideally one that includes wuxia death matches and flying holy men . . . This collection describes a microcosm that is at once uncanny and familiar, weird and ordinary, comedic and horrific. Wilson puts the human condition on trial and challenges us to view theatrics in a different light.

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The official publication date is March 15th, but ADVANCE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon. CLICK HERE to order.

THREE PLAYS BY D. HARLAN WILSON
Trade paperback; 160 pages; $12.95
ISBN-13: 978-0692631539

Cover photograph by Lodiza LePore / DESIGN BY NORMAN CONQUEST

Think Spring Fever!

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We’re ignoring the cold weather here in northern California and looking ahead to March 20th, the first day of spring, That date marks the publication of the “Pure Lust” issue of BLACK SCAT REVIEW (#14) and we can’t think of a better way to usher in some heat.

The issue introduces some exciting new voices:  Sybil Shwarzenberg, Tom BussmanTheodore Carter, Mercie Pedro e Silva,  and Eugene Schacht. (Ms. Shwarzenberg’s short story “The Jellyfish” is not to be missed. If Terry Southern had been born female, he might have written something like this. Then again, it may be too quirky even for for him.)

You’ll also find lustful fiction, art, and poetry by Tosh Berman, Elizabeth Yoo, Tom Whalen, Mylene VigerYuriy Tarnawsky, Monika Mori, and Derek Pell.

The lusty cover art is by a young Italian illustrator, Giada Cattaneo.

There will also be a few surprises.

Are you feeling warmer now?

Good. Mark your calendar.

Alphonse Allais’s Absurd “Affair”!

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Adapted to film four times, “L’Affaire Blaireau” has remained popular and in print in France since its original appearance in 1899. This is its first publication in English. It is humorist Alphonse Allais’s only novel and, in the words of translator Doug Skinner: “It isn’t quite as wild or cruel as his early stories, but I find it delicious anyway. Summer in the provinces, the shrewd but impressionable Blaireau, futile political squabbles, a ridiculous but charming love story, what more could one want? And innocence is rewarded!”

Here’s a taste from Chapter I:

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THE BLAIREAU AFFAIR is a rare find to be savored by the author’s growing circle of fans in America.

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About the author:
ALPHONSE ALLAIS (1854 – 1905) began his career in Paris during the Belle Epoque. He was particularly active at the legendary cabaret Le Chat Noir, where he wrote for and edited the weekly paper. He quickly became known for his deadpan wit and inexhaustible imagination. Among other things, he also exhibited some of the first monochromatic pictures (such as his all-white “First Communion of Chlorotic Girls in the Snow” in 1883) and composed the first silent piece of music: “Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man” (1884).

He was a crucial influence on Alfred Jarry, as well as on the Surrealists: Breton included him in his ANTHOLOGY OF BLACK HUMOR, and Duchamp was reading him on the day he died. Allais’s fascination with wordplay, puns, and holorhymes led Oulipo to call him an “anticipatory plagiarist”; the Pataphysical College dubbed him their “Patacessor.” His books have remained in print in France, and the Académie Alphonse Allais has awarded a literary prize in his honor since 1954.

Last Minute Scatastic Gifts

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Here’s our last-minute shoppers guide. There’s still time to order some sublime Scat before it’s too late. Here are our recommendations by category.

Experimental fiction:
COMIC BOOK: A NOVEL
by Alain Arias-Misson
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Ancient Zombie Smut:
THE ZOMBIE OF GREAT PERU
by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois
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Theatre of the Absurd:
VAHAZAR
by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
ORDER

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Imaginary Interviews with Artists:
IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS
by Carla M. Wilson
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Farcical Fiction:
THE BLAIREAU AFFAIR
by Alphonse Allais
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Absurdist Humor:
THE DOUG SKINNER DOSSIER
by Doug Skinner
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Literary Humor / Sports
DANTE’S FOIL & OTHER SPORTING TALES
by Mark Axelrod
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Off-beat First Novel
SWEET AND VICIOUS
by Suzanne Burns
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Absurdist Short Stories
AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE
by Jason E. Rolfe
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Photography
AN EROTICS OF SEEING
by Doug Rice
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Film Noir / Film Studies / Absurdism
REAR WINDOWS: AN INSIDE LOOK AT FIFTY FILM NOIR CLASSICS
by Norman Conquest
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Contemporary Erotic Fiction:
THE NEW URGE READER 2: EROTIC FICTION BY NEW WOMEN WRITERS ORDER

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Victorian Erotic Fiction
HIDDEN GEMS: THE BEST OF THE PEARL
Anonymous
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Reference / Humor
GUSTAVE’S POCKET DICTIONARY
by Richard Kostelanetz
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Short Stories
CROCODILE SMILES
by Yuriy Tarnawsky
ORDER  

Just in Time for X-mas

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“The written word, like any visual art, can do more than convey desire – it can be a conduit to ecstasy, a chance to immerse oneself in a fantasy and be titillated. I view the movements of a paintbrush as an intimate communion with the blank canvas. Similarly, the stories in this anthology will titillate and inflame your own imagination.” —from the introduction by Elizabeth Yoo

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THE NEW URGE READER 2
Erotic Fiction by New Women Writers
Edited by Norman Conquest
Introduction by Elizabeth Yoo

Here’s the saucy sequel to our popular anthology—featuring 12 provocative works by Jessica Alexander, Tina V. Cabrera, Catherine D’Avis, Elna Holst, Eurydice Kamvyselli, Lily Knol, Marina Kris, Pamela Naruta, Erin Pim, Val Prozorova, Amy Summers, and Tara Stillions Whitehead.

This year, give a little spice to those on your list who’ve been naughty and nice.

Trade paper, 178 pages; $12.95 / New Urge Editions

Available now in the US and Europe.

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TGIF the 13th!

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This must be your lucky day! The “Superstition” issue has arrived, and not a moment too soon.

This issue features 13 contributors: Paulo Brito, Eckhard Gerdes, Harold Jaffe, Soren James, Rick Krieger, Terri Lloyd, Monika Mori, Alice Pulaski, Frank Pulaski, Doug Skinner, Mylene Viger, Dominic Ward, and Carla M. Wilson. A sublime brew with a cover by Alice Pulaski.

BLACK SCAT REVIEW #13—innovative art & fiction that dares to walk under ladders.

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Good luck!

A Grand Buffet!

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In this sublime bilingual edition, master chef and avant-garde gourmet Richard Kostelanetz serves up a classic feast guaranteed to spark one’s mental taste buds. From the main course of a carefully carved guinea pig in the form of Gustave Flaubert’s “Dictionnaire des idées reçus,” Kostelanetz carves delicious English morsels seasoned with artificial intelligence (aka Google Translate) and his own sympathies.

GUSTAVE’S POCKET DICTIONARY is a 21st Century classic.

Trade paperback, 190 pages, 5.06″ x 7.81″
$10.95

Click here to order your copy on Amazon

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