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A LITERARY LANDMARK—FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION!

COMPLETE & UNABRIDGED / PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED / FEATURING EIGHT “CAPTAIN CAP” TALES NOT INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL 1902 FRENCH  EDITION

 “…one of the great masterpieces of humorous literature.” —nooSFere Littérature

 “Congratulations and many thanks, Mr. Skinner!  Captain Cap is a fine contribution to English letters and Franco-American drinking.” —Wuthering Expectations

“[Doug Skinner] did a remarkable job in translating the text…  Black Scat Books did a great service to literature by presenting this book.” —Tosh Berman, Tam Tam Books

Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks
Alphonse Allais
Translated and with an introduction, notes & illustrations by Doug Skinner

ALPHONSE ALLAIS (1854-1905) 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.

Here, Allais’s hard-drinking, proto-pataphysical antiherobased on his friend Albert Caperonbullies bartenders, swindles prostitutes, travels the world, and offers such useful inventions as the smell-buoy, the kangacycle, the bacteria motor, and much more.

In addition to Doug Skinner’s witty drawings throughout, this special edition includes a “Cappendix” featuring rare historical pictures.

Beware of imitations and adaptations, this is guaranteed 100% pure Allais.

6” x 9”, Deluxe trade paperback. Profusely illustrated. 370 pp.
$26.95  /  ISBN -13 978-0-615-84340-7

FRENCH LITERATURE / HUMOR / FICTION

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Tintin Meets the Dragon Queen in The Return of the Maya to Manhattan
a novel by Alain Arias-Misson

A staggering work of imagination by a major force in experimental fiction.

 “The amazing palaces and pyramids that crown the skyscrapers of southern Manhattan dance fraternally with Central American jungle pyramids, the ancient Maya dance with modern intellectuals, the games of the masses and the debates of the elite, Bourbon princesses and ancestral Maya princesses, in a word a literary Apocalypse in a dance! At the start of this novel I heard resonances of the later Henry James, and in the sections on Tintin, Lewis Carroll…worthy literary companions, without a doubt! But I would like to add Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs, which does not however detract in the slightest from the originality of Arias-Misson’s style. The novel provides rare literary enjoyment and is a source of serious and enigmatic meditation.”

Ignacio Gomez de Liaño,
distinguished philosopher of Spain and novelist,
author of Iluminaciones and Extravias, recently of En la red del tiempo

The narrator and a select team of real-life friends, eminent Spanish philoso­pher, Ignacio Gomez de Liaño, German shamanic artist/poet, Carlfriedrich Claus, Dada erudite, Parisian Marc Dachy and the sophisticated American novelist, Wal­ter Abish, along with assorted cartoon figures, Tintin and Captain Haddock, in­vestigate bizarre sightings of historic Maya personages and the apparition of ghostly Maya pyramids in the streets of Manhattan. They discover that the bloodcurdling Dragon Queen and her marauding, illegitimate, campy son and S&M mate, Smoking Rabbit, who introduced bloody “axe” warfare in the Petén Penin­sula in the seventh century, are pushing through the time-boundaries of ancient Tikal. The legends and exploits of the latter are bizarrely paralleled in the marital mayhem of the dysfunctional New York couple, Augustus and his (maternal) spouse. Their risky voyage into the past climaxes with the deadly Maya ball-game, pok-a-tok, in which the captain of the losing team—loses his head! And the narrator’s romance with a Maya princess is doomed.

 “Fusing cultural milieus continents and millennia apart, Alain Arias-Misson defies gravity as well as time and geography in this brilliant phantasmagorical novel. I was hanging on to my disorientation on every page of Augustus Sykey and his childhood cartoon sidekick Tintin’s thrilling odyssey through the ritual crimes and erotic depths of a Manhattan dreamscape.” 

William Niederkorn,writer, composer, artist, and man of the theatre

$16.95
Trade Paperback.  6″  x 9″.  260 pp.
ISBN-13: 9780615865386

FICTION / LITERATURE

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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.”
—Harold Jaffe

“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

CLICK HERE to read the featured review in EVERGREEN

$16.95
Trade Paperback.  6″  x 9″.  194 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0615754376

FICTION / LITERATURE / SHORT STORIES

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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

$15.95
Trade Paperback.  6″  x 9″.  82 pp.
Edition limited to 150 copies
ISBN-13: 978-0615777634
ART / ARTIST’S BOOKS

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The Complete Unabridged Lexicon
by Opal Louis Nations

“This guy sings, draws, puns, imagines other universes, and flies to them by night. Opal’s a gem.”—Anthony Heilbut

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.”

$19.95
Trade Paperback.  6″  x 9″.  128 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0615734781
REFERENCE / HUMOR

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The Neglected Works of Norman Conquest
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)

“Norman Conquest is neglected, as a majority of difficult-to-niche artists are neglected. It is unjust. Conquest is nonpareil here and everywhere. Conquest is richly prolific.” —Harold Jaffe

$15
Illustrated. Full color. Trade Paperback.  6″ x 9″.  68 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0615703428

ART / SATIRE

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Don’t Worry, It’s Not About Hats
by Norman Conquest

A play, a poem, and some pictures.

A peculiar little chapbook by the author of What is Art?

$10.00
Paper, perfect-bound booklet. Illustrated.  5.25″ x 8.25″,   28 pp.
Second printing.
FICTION / POETRY / ART

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“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.”
—Tom Whalen

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.”
—Eckhard Gerdes

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$15
Illustrated. Full color. Perfect-Bound.  5.25″ x 8.25″.  42 pp.

ART / COLLAGE / SATIRE

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The Two Loves of Nunny
Farewell Debut

A most curious love story.

Illustrated. Full color. Perfect-Bound. Hardcover / Paperback
7″ x 7″ -   32 pp.

ART / PHOTOGRAPHY

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Tell Me a Truer Story
Farewell Debut

Black Scat / Beuyscout Editions

Found words & original images.

Illustrated. Full color. Perfect-Bound. Hardcover / Paperback
8″ x 10″ -   72 pp.

ART / PHOTOGRAPHY

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ABSURDIST TEXTS & DOCUMENTS SERIES –  TITLES IN PRINT

Works designed to disrupt, disorient, and smash boundariesacademic, cultural, literary, and philosophical.

Selected Poems of Edward D. Wood, Jr.  (No. 26)
Edward D. Wood, Jr. - ORDER

The Sugar Numbers  (No. 25)
Judson Hamilton - ORDER

Merde à La Belle Époque: Scatological Texts (No. 24)
Various - ORDER

Surrealist Texts  (No. 23)
Gisèle Prassinos - ORDER

Waiting for Godeau  (No. 22)
Honoré de Balzac - ORDER

Contemporary Art for Rich Kids  (No. 21)
Peppo Bianchessi - ORDER

Blink: Visual Antiphonies  (No. 18)
Farewell Debut  -  ORDER

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BLACK SCAT CLASSIC INTERIM EDITIONS – TITLES IN  PRINT

The Facetiae Erotica of Poggio  
Poggio Bracciolini
Interim Edition No.01
ORDER

Oulipo Pornobongo 2: Anthology of Erotic Wordplay
Various
Interim Edition No.03
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Moo Nudes: Paintings by Monika Mori
Interim Edition No.04
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Embryo World & Others Stripped Bare
Opal Louis Nations
Interim Edition No.05
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‘S A Bird
a play by Eckhard Gerdes
Interim Edition No.06
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The Derangement of Jules Torquemal
by Robert Wexelblatt
Interim Edition No.07
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—ALL BLACK SCAT BOOKS IN PRINT—

CAPTAIN CAP: HIS ADVENTURES, HIS IDEAS, HIS DRINKS. Alphonse Allais. Translated by Doug Skinner
CAPTAIN CAP (VOL. IV)  Alphonse Allais. Translated by Doug Skinner
TINTIN MEETS THE DRAGON QUEEN in THE RETURN OF THE MAYA TO MANHATTAN.
Alain Arias-Misson
THE MAN WHO WALKED ON AIR & OTHER TALES OF INNOCENCE.
Alain Arias-Misson

WAITING FOR GODEAU.  Honoré de Balzac. Translated by Mark Axelrod
CONTEMPORARY ART FOR RICH KIDS. Peppo Bianchessi
THE FACETIAE EROTICA OF POGGIO.  Poggio Bracciolini
DON’T WORRY, IT’S NOT ABOUT HATS.  Norman Conquest 
THE NEGLECTED WORKS OF NORMAN CONQUEST. Norman Conquest
THE TWO LOVES OF NUNNY. Farewell Debut
TELL ME A TRUER STORY. Farewell Debut
BLINK: VISUAL ANTIPHONIES. Farewell Debut
‘S A BIRD. a play by Eckhard Gerdes
THE SUGAR NUMBERS. Judson Hamilton
KIRGHIZ STEPPES: ACCUMULATED VERBO-VISUALS.  M. Kasper
IT’S FUN TO BE RICH IN AMERICA. Michael Leigh & Norman Conquest
MOO NUDES. Paintings by Monika Mori
THE COMPLETE UNABRIDGED LEXICON.  Opal Louis Nations
EMBRYO WORLD & OTHERS STRIPPED BARE. Opal Louis Nations
SURREALIST TEXTS. Gisèle Prassinos
OULIPO PORNOBONGO 2: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY. Various
MERDE À LA BELLE ÉPOQUE. Various
THE DERANGEMENT OF JULES TORQUEMAL. Robert Wexelblatt
SELECTED POEMS OF EDWARD D. WOOD, JR. Edward D. Wood, Jr.

BLACK SCAT REVIEW - an international magazine of the arts

BLACK SCAT REVIEW - Number One
BLACK SCAT REVIEW - Number Two
BLACK SCAT REVIEW - Number Three
BLACK SCAT REVIEW – Number Four
BLACK SCAT REVIEW – Number Five
BLACK SCAT REVIEW – Number Six

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Allais, Alphonse. MASKS (Absurdist Texts & Documents Series – No. 1)
Allais, Alphonse. CAPTAIN CAP. Volumes I-IV
Allais, Alphonse. HOW I BECAME AN IDIOT BY FRANCISQUE SARCEY
Anonymous. ADVENTURES IN PATAPHYSICS
Bacon, G. Mackenzie. WASTED ENERGIES, BAFFLED THOUGHTS
Cami, Pierre Henri. A CAMI SAMPLER
Carolino, Pedro. COLD IN THE BRAIN
Conquest, NormanSNOWDROP IN AFRICA
Conquest, Norman. A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ART DECONSTRUCTION
Forsythe, Ryan. IF YOU DON’T READ THIS THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN
Hibbard, C.S. THE OTHER SIDE
Isou, Isidore. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE DEATH & BURIAL OF TRISTAN TZARA
Kostelanetz, Richard. THE WORKS & LIFE OF KOSTY RICHARDS: AN AMERICAN CAREER
Leigh, Michael. THE BEST OF THE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES
Memi, Samantha. KATE MOSS  & OTHER HEROINES
Mori, Monika. SHATTERED RAINBOW
Nickle, John. NICKLE NOIR: THE ART OF JOHN NICKLE
Pell, Derek. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SADE
Pell, Derek. DOKTOR BEY’S SUICIDE GUIDEBOOK
Southern, Terry. HOT HEART OF BOAR & OTHER TASTES
Various. OULIPO PORNOBONGO: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY
Various. BLACK SCAT REVIEW - Number One
Whalen, Tom. DOLL WITH CHILI PEPPER
Whalen, Tom. HOTEL ORTOLAN

 

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