from SWEET AND VICIOUS / Copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Burns
“Sweet and Vicious is an inspired exploration of Waldeinsamkeit and (post)romantic angst that turns the mundane into something beautiful and wild. Burns is a gifted writer.”
—D. Harlan Wilson
Black Scat Books is proud to present this innovative work of fiction by Suzanne Burns.
Sweet and Vicious is a provocative and relentlessly compelling new novel.
Suzanne Burns writes poetry and fiction in Bend, Oregon (and sometimes in Paris, France). She is the author of Siblings, Misfits and Other Heroes, and Love Songs for Las Vegas, among other books. Sweet and Vicious is her first novel.
ALPHONSE ALLAIS is the driving force (or should we say farce?) behind Black Scat Books. Allais was a peerless French humorist, celebrated posthumously by the Surrealists for his elegant style and disturbing imagination. In addition to composing absurdist texts for newspapers such as Le Chat Noir and Le Journal, he experimented with holorhymes, invented conceptual art, and created the earliest known example of a silent musical composition: Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man (1884). Truly ahead of his time (as well as ours), Allais is needed now more than ever. His mischievous work remains fresh, funny, and always surprising.
We hope you’ll celebrate this special day with a festive drink and a few good books!
Hip! Hip! Allais!
Poet Edith Doove reading a rare edition of Allais’s Captain Cap at Plymouth Arts Centre (UK).
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Black Scat Books will publish Ms. Doove’s collection Mince early next year.
SCAT TRAX—the audio arm of Black Scat Books—in association with MIDNIGHT GRINDHOUSE, an experimental sound project based in Singapore, is proud to present two ‘treated soundtracks’ by artist DrG Supreme: Voodoo Sister and The Handcuffed Mind.
These noirish concoctions are created entirely from original soundtracks of B-movie noir and exploitation flicks. We invite you to enjoy these on our Scat Trax page.
Admission is free.
These absurdist stories document the author’s daily commute to and from work. They are not the sort of adventures and mishaps one commonly experiences. Quite the contrary. Readers are hereby cautioned that these deceptively brief and whimsical tales contain unexpected speed bumps. Laugh at your own risk.
Jason E. Rolfe is a worthy successor to the great French humorist Alphonse Allais.
AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE by Jason E. Rolfe
Absurdist Texts & Documents – No. 30
$16 / Edition limited to 300 copies
Perfect-bound paperback, 66 pp.
FICTION / SHORT STORIES / HUMOR
Alain Arias-Misson, Allen Forrest, Alphonse Allais, Bobby Phillips, Carla M. Wilson, D. Harlan Wilson, David Macpherson, Doug Skinner, Eckhard Gerdes, Farewell Debut, Fiona Duffin, Jake Alexander, Janne Karlsson, Jason E. Rolfe, Jhaki M.S. Landgrebe, Mark Axelrod, Michael Leigh, Monika Mori, Norman Conquest, Paulo Brito, Rhys Hughes, Richard Kostelanetz, Ryan Forsythe, Samantha Memi, Sheila Pell, Teri Lee Kline, Terri Lloyd, Tom La Farge, Wendy Walker, Yarrow Paisley
Over 120 pages, featuring Jake Alexander, Alphonse Allais, Alain Arias-Misson, Mark Axelrod, Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Farewell Debut, Fiona Duffin, Tom La Farge, Allen Forrest, Ryan Forsythe, Eckhard Gerdes, Rhys Hughes, Janne Karlsson, Teri Lee Kline, Richard Kostelanetz, Jhaki M.S. Landgrebe, Michael Leigh, Terri Lloyd, David Macpherson, Samantha Memi, Monika Mori, Yarrow Paisley, Sheila Pell, Jason E. Rolfe, Doug Skinner, Wendy Walker, Carla M. Wilson, and D. Harlan Wilson.
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Black Scat’s Absurdist Texts & Documents series is divided into sets of six titles each. This year we’ll be closing out the fifth set with AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE by Jason E. Rolfe (#30) and HOROSCRAPES by Doug Skinner (#31). Both gems are imbued with the mischievous spirit of Alphonse Allais.
Indeed, we launched the series in the summer of 2012 with Allais’s story MASKS, and the great French absurdist remains the guiding light behind Black Scat Books–suitably sublime and obscure. You’ll find plenty of evidence in the just released trade paperback SELECTED PLAYS OF ALPHONSE ALLAIS.
Next month we’re publishing a novel by a talented young writer, Suzanne Burns.
“Sweet and Vicious is an inspired exploration of Waldeinsamkeit and (post)romantic angst that turns the mundane into something beautiful and wild. Burns is a gifted writer.” –D. Harlan Wilson. Coming October 15th, just in time for Halloween.
Need we say more?
Artist Terri Lloyd (THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF COMMIE PORN) returns with a new monstrosity that’s in preparation as we speak. For now, the nature of the book must remain under wraps to avoid causing panic. We can only report that it’s another collaboration with Norman Conquest. (Clearly these two don’t know when to stop.)
The grand “utter nonsense” issue of BLACK SCAT REVIEW (#9) is going to be our biggest issue yet. Publication date TBA.
Looking ahead to 2015, you’ll discover books by Mark Axelrod, Eckhard Gerdes, Alain Arias-Misson, Farewell Debut, Carla M. Wilson, Doug Rice, Richard Kostelanetz, and other luminaries.