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“Nickle is a conjurer of dread and remembrance. His works quickly bypass conscious examination and lodge themselves in the space between sleep and wakefulness. This is a book of dark joy. Welcome and beware.”
– p.g. sturges, author of Shortcut Man and Angel’s Gate
For over 25 years John Nickle has illustrated books, book covers, newspaper and magazine articles. He is well known for his noir cover art, created using colored pencils and acrylics. His moody images possess rich textured tones and eerie shadows and are marked by a dark sense of humor. This deluxe limited edition trade paperback collection features full color reproductions of this award-winning illustrator’s best work—including his classic covers for Black Lizard’s “Martin Beck” novels by Sjöwall and Wahlöö.
Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 144 pp.
Edition limited to 150 copies
Art / Illustration / Noir
The Other Side: The Shocking Truth Behind 100 Classic Paintings
by Cecil Sears Hibbard
THE CONTROVERSIAL BESTSELLER THAT ROCKED GREAT BRITAIN IS HERE TO SHOCK AMERICA.
“…a seldom seen perspective on our millennia’s most cherished art.” —from the foreword by Paul Forristal
Featuring 100 reproductions in full color, with paintings by 40 of the world’s greatest artists: Allais, Altdorfer, Bosch, Botticelli, Bruegel, Caravaggio, Chagall, Cranach, Dali, DeVries, Ernst, Giacometti, Giotto, Goya, Greco, Holbein, Klee, Klimt, Leonardo, Magritte, Memling, Michelangelo, Millet, Monet, Paolo Uccello, Raffaello, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rousseau, Rubens, Schiele, Seurat, Tansey, Uccello, Van der Weyden, Van Eyck, Van Gogh, Velasquez, Vermeer, Veronese.
Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 110 pp.
Art History / Religion / Critical Theory
Kirghiz Steppes: Accumulated Verbo-Visuals
by M. Kasper
Since the 1970′s, M. Kasper’s verbo-visual art has appeared—mirage-like—in small press magazines and journals. The artist’s exquisitely designed books—e.g., The Shapes and Spacing of the Letters (highmoonoon/Hollywood & The London Institute of ‘Pataphysics)—are legendary and highly collectible.
Kirghiz Steppes is a unique, limited edition album featuring the artist’s one-page pieces mixing words and pictures—parodies, comics, captioned collages, concrete poems, etc.—made since the 1970′s.
This collection is mysterious, witty, and—dare we say it?—rather odd.
”A Kasper a day keeps the moodles away.”
—Christopher Middleton ARTISTS’ BOOKS/GRAPHIC ARTS
Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 82 pp.
Edition limited to 150 copies
Art / Individual Artist / Artists’ Books
The Man Who Walked On Air & Other Tales of Innocence
by Alain Arias-Misson
A major new collection of short fiction by a master of literary mischief. These fifteen “tales of innocence” are erotic, poetic, mysterious, funny, and always surprising.
“The title story of Arias-Misson’s The Man Who Walked On Air is emblematic of the fiction collection. Ruminative, cultivated, formally venturesome, smoothly (but not slickly) written, and erotic—a nuanced eroticism that takes deliciously improbable turns. A daring collection in its way, yet always engaging.”
“Augustus, Alain Arias-Misson’s alter ego in the book, levitates when he has an erection. Arias-Misson levitates when he writes. Take the hand he offers you. He will lead you above the coarseness and banality of much of contemporary writing to a delightfully innocent world of erotic fantasies.” —Yuriy Tarnawsky, author of Short Tails
Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 194 pp.
Fiction / Literature / Short Stories
The Complete Unabridged Lexicon
by Opal Louis Nations
The first volume in our premier educational reference series, Black Scat Scholastic Classics. Excerpts from The Complete Unabridged Lexicon have appeared in obscure little magazines and avant-garde broadsides, but now Black Scat Books unleashes the entire unexpurgated edition in a deluxe 128-page trade paperback. This seminal (albeit eccentric) dictionary has stirred controversy among scholars and jealous lexicographers in the U.S. and Europe. The London Times described an early draft of the work as “simply appalling.”
We suggest that owners of the OED dump that dusty dinosaur and make room for this 21st century masterpiece. Indeed, The Brighton Daily Herald says “Nations gives new meaning to the word definition.”
Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 128 pp.
Reference / Humor
paintings by Monika Mori
Austrian artist Monika Mori interprets—as Goethe remarked—art as a mediator of the unspeakable. She works with bold colors and strokes allowing free elements of drips and dashes to bisect her canvases. Her subtle earth palette glows from the surface of the canvas and illuminates the striking dripped forms. Their uneven linear progress forms crowds, forests, circuitry—leading us inside the painting and beyond. The strength of the Shattered Rainbow series reflects the strength of the artist herself, and the intensity of the message she conveys.
Mori (known internationally as MOO) was born in 1960 in Moedling, Austria. Since 2008, her work has been exhibited worldwide and is included in major and private collections. This is her first book to be published in the U.S.
Full color reproductions. Paper. 8.5″ x 8.5″. 30 pp.
Art / Individual Artist / Artists’ Books
It’s Fun to Be Rich in America
Norman Conquest and Michael Leigh
A transatlantic celebration of Vulture Capitalism by artists Norman Conquest (USA) and Michael Leigh (UK). Packed with full-color collages guaranteed to break the banks of the 1%.
“Conquest/Leigh’s satirical collages are keen-witted, handsomely composed and they have teeth. They resemble an odd coupling of Grosz-Heartfield and René Magritte, with a virulent Norman Rockwell tossed in the mix. It’s the sort of satire you can laugh yourself to death with.” —Harold Jaffe
“Imagine a book celebrating the top 1% of our society, written by them and for them. The book would further many wonderful assumptions that the 1% seem to hold dear. The obvious fact that wealth is better than poverty leads to a logical declaration of a war on poverty. Thus the best way to eradicate poverty is to eradicate the poor. The collages and their messages in It’s Fun to Be Rich in America underscore the war in wonderful ways. To the 1%, the 99% are mere ants in an ant farm. To the rich, invention is a tool to protect the haves from the have nots: for example, “crypto-rubberwear lets you walk among the riff-raff with your head held high.” Undoubtedly this book would have garnered the highest praise from Thurston Howell III, though it contains no noblesse oblige to please Lovey. That the book is even available to the hoi polloi is either a miracle or a mistake. Perhaps someone thought it satirical.”
“A friend in New Orleans told me recently that the U.S. wasn’t a country, but a business, ‘and we’re ruled by bad motherfuckers.’ I find Conquest & Leigh’s savage satire equally eloquent and to the point. These guys are masterful collagists, and It’s Fun to Be Rich in America is a great, goddamn, brilliant, sorrowful book.”
Illustrated. Full color. Perfect-Bound. 5.25″ x 8.25″. 42 pp.
Art / Collage / Satire
The Neglected Works of Norman Conquest
A new collection by the “literary and visual arts prankster” & founder of the international anti-censorship art collective, Beuyscouts of Amerika. This edition includes two scarce early satirical works (Sartre’s French Phrase Book and Interiors: A Book of Very Clean Rooms) in addition to material published here for the first time.
“Delightfully engaging feast for the eyes as well as the funny bone. A must for all those who are fans of the surreal, the impertinent and the painful truth about art and politics today. Richly illustrated with dynamic collages and eye watering graphics – each page could quite easily be framed and hung in a gallery.” —Kollage Kid (UK)
Illustrated. Full color. Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 68 pp.
Art / Satire
A Beginner’s Guide to Art Deconstruction
A revised and expanded edition based on the 1995 underground classic published
by Permeable Press in San Francisco.
Perfect-Bound. 5.25″ x 8.25″. 26 pp. Edition limited to 300 copies.
Art Theory / Satire
The Two Loves of Nunny
Farewell Debut’s gorgeously designed artist book illustrated with her inimitable color photographs. A macabre love story, The Two Loves of Nunny is packed with visual shocks and haunting verbal delights.
Paperback. Full color. Perfect-Bound. 7″ x 7″. 32 pp.
Art / Photography
S P E C I A L E D I T I O N S
Cover illustration: La réanimation d’Alfred Jarry
ADVENTURES IN ‘PATAPHYSICS
Anonymous faux facsimile edition of Aventures dans la ‘pataphysique (Paris, 1951), profusely illustrated with drawings, collage, and photographs, in black and white and color. French text, with a prefatory poem in English dedicated to “A.R.” (Rimbaud?)
A very strange book — a must-have for collectors of rare, avant-garde curiosities.
Absurdist Texts & Documents #13
5¼” x 8¼”, Perfect-Bound. Illustrated. 64 pp.
Limited to 60 copies
$85 / French Art + Literature
Special edition front cover (framed)
OULIPO PORNOBONGO: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY
Special Edition of 26 copies, perfect-bound, lettered A-Z, with unique covers and a signed and numbered erotic poster (18″ x 20″) by artist Farewell Debut. The poster (not shown) is printed on 70 lb. Hanoart silk paper. The edition is shrink-wrapped and includes a limited Black Scat Books sticker.
CONTRIBUTORS: Alain Arias-Misson, Tara Stillions Whitehead, Eckhard Gerdes, Derek Pell, Larry Fondation, Harold Jaffe, Opal Louis Nations, Samantha Memi, Norman Conquest, Shane Roeschlein, Rusty Cuffs, Lance Olsen, Farewell Debut, Ryan Forsythe, Andy O’Clancy.
—BLACK SCAT BOOKS IN PRINT—
Allais, Alphonse. CAPTAIN CAP (Vol. I) Translated by Doug Skinner
Allais, Alphonse. CAPTAIN CAP (VOL. II) Translated by Doug Skinner
Anonymous. ADVENTURES IN ‘PATAPHYSICS
Arias-Misson, Alain. THE MAN WHO WALKED ON AIR & OTHER TALES OF INNOCENCE
Cami, Pierre Henri. A CAMI SAMPLER. Translated from the French by John Crombie
Conquest, Norman. A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ART DECONSTRUCTION
Conquest, Norman. THE NEGLECTED WORKS OF NORMAN CONQUEST
Debut, Farewell. THE TWO LOVES OF NUNNY
Hibbard, Cecil Sears. THE OTHER SIDE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH BEHIND 100 CLASSIC PAINTINGS
Isou, Isidore. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF TRISTAN TZARA
Kasper, M. KIRGHIZ STEPPES: ACCUMULATED VERBO-VISUALS
Kostelanetz, Richard. THE WORKS & LIFE OF KOSTY RICHARDS: AN AMERICAN CAREER
Leigh, Michael & Conquest, Norman. IT’S FUN TO BE RICH IN AMERICA
Mori, Monika. SHATTERED RAINBOW
Nations, Opal Louis. THE COMPLETE UNABRIDGED LEXICON
Nickle, John. NICKLE NOIR: THE ART OF JOHN NICKLE
Sarcey, Francisque. HOW I BECAME AN IDIOT
Southern, Terry. HOT HEART OF BOAR & OTHER TASTES
Various. BLACK SCAT REVIEW - Number One
Various. BLACK SCAT REVIEW - Number Two
Various, BLACK SCAT REVIEW – Number Three
Allais, Alphonse. CAPTAIN CAP (VOL. III): The Antifilter.
Translated by Doug Skinner
Allais, Alphonse. CAPTAIN CAP (VOL. IV): The Sanatorium of the Future Translated by Doug Skinner
Bacon. G. Mackenzie. WASTED ENERGIES, BAFFLED THOUGHTS
Bracciolini, Poggio. THE FACETIAE EROTICA OF POGGIO
Debut, Farewell. BLINK: VISUAL ANTIPHONIES
Mori, Monika. MOO NUDES
Nations, Opal Louis. EMBRYO WORLD & OTHERS STRIPPED BARE
Pell, Derek. DOKTOR BEY’S SUICIDE GUIDEBOOK
Various. OULIPO PORNOBONGO 2
—OUT OF PRINT—
Allais, Alphonse. MASKS
Carolino, Pedro. COLD IN THE BRAIN
Conquest, Norman. SNOWDROP IN AFRICA
Forsythe, Ryan. IF YOU DON’T READ THIS THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN
Leigh, Michael. THE BEST OF THE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES
Memi, Samantha. KATE MOSS & OTHER HEROINES
Pell, Derek. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SADE
Pell, Derek. SCAR MIRROR
Various. OULIPO PORNOBONGO: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY
Various. OULIPO PORNOBONGO [special edition]
Whalen, Tom. DOLL WITH CHILI PEPPER