“No Oulipian could fail to be enchanted by his essentially ironic tales, in which he juggles the rhetorical and narrative components of writing with rigorous logic and inexhaustibly zany results.” —Harry Mathews
This collection of his rare theatrical texts includes original translations-never before published in English-of ten monologues, three one-act plays, and twelve shorter dialogues, skits and burlesques drawn from Allais’s columns in such publications as Le Chat Noir and L’Hydropathe. In addition to Doug Skinner’s fascinating notes on the texts, you’ll find an appendix of scarce photographs from the Paris production of “Le Pauvre Bougre et Le Bon Génie.” This delightful compilation is proto-Dada at its most delicious!
ALPHONSE ALLAIS (1854 -1905) was a peerless French humorist, celebrated posthumously by the Surrealists for his elegant style and disturbing imagination.
DOUG SKINNER has written many scores for dance and theater, particularly for actor/clown Bill Irwin. He has contributed to FATE, FORTEAN TIMES, NICKELODEON, WEIRDO, BLACK SCAT REVIEW, and other periodicals. His translation of G. B. Nazari’s THREE DREAMS was published in 2002 by Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks in Glasgow. Black Scat Books has published several of his translations from the French, including Alphonse Allais’s CAPTAIN CAP: HIS ADVENTURES, HIS IDEAS, HIS DRINKS (2013), as well as a collection of his drawings, THE UNKNOWN ADJECTIVE & OTHER STORIES (2014).
SELECTED PLAYS OF ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Compiled & Translated from the French by Doug Skinner
6” x 9”, trade paperback. 124 pp., Illustrated.
$12.95 / ISBN -13 9780692275085
PLAYS / HUMOR / FRENCH LITERATURE / PERFORMING ARTS
“An intriguing blend of SF, philosophy, and word play . . . Giddy fun!” —Rudy Rucker
“Call it science fiction or meta-fiction or cyber fiction . . . wonderfully funny, often exciting, always baffling, and occasionally even profound. It’s the Moby-Dick of mice!” —R.H.W. Dillard
“Pollinates post-cyber-punk with headier poetry than the genre has yet known.” —Andrei Codrescu
” Allusive, punning, intricately plotted and exponentially self-referential . . . science fiction which ultimately explores the science of fiction or, more aptly, the art of narrative.” —Brad Richard, American Letters & Commentary
“Storytelling which is subtly, wickedly funny.” —The Times-Picayune
Bulwer Zetford’s work-in-progress The Cosmic Messenger is about to take a strange turn, and the multiverse with it, when Roithamer of Relix “beads” once again and brings swirling into Zetford’s Kaduza M-mon processor the Encyclopedia Mouse, the one creature who can save the multiverse. Tale twines tale as the mouse battles his Doppelgänger in cyberspace, Heidegger in his Black Forest hut, and a hyper-crazed Roithamer. Death is everywhere, but the mouse, birling (if only barely) in his Binding Nexus Drive, is determined to narrate the universes away from their demise.
6” x 9”, trade paperback. 172 pp.
$14.95 / ISBN -13 978-0692259436
SF / CYBER-PUNK / POST-HUMANISM / ANIMAL RIGHTS
”Witty and ingenious comics from the exceptionally-talented writer, musician, performer, ventriloquist, and cartoonist Doug Skinner. It’s exciting to finally have these little-seen strips available in one beautiful book. You may be reminded of Voltaire or Ernie Bushmiller while reading these meticulously drawn stories featuring utterly hapless characters, but Mr. Skinner has a style all his own.” —R. Sikoryak, author of Masterpiece Comics
“Mr. Skinner knows many terrible, terrible secrets about us. We are once again fortunate that he chooses to share them so deftly and so altruistically.”—Mark Newgarden
What is the truth behind the “Unknown Adjective”?
Will Walter and Benny find the elusive batworm? What really goes on out in “Cowboy Country”? And can Dr. Docket find a cure for all that ails Mr. Pert? You’ll discover the answers to these and other burning questions in this profusely illustrated collection of comics and picture stories from the brilliant (albeit peculiar) mind of Doug Skinner. Take a look inside and see for yourself. Your daily dilemmas will soon seem inconsequential, and the laughter you hear may turn out to be your own.
10 x 8 x 0.3 inches, large format paperback. 112 pp.
$14.95 / ISBN -13 978-0615906096
ART / COMICS / HUMOR
“Artists Terri Lloyd and Norman Conquest have beaten pulp literature to a pulp with their new offering, The Little Red Book of Commie Porn. Imagine the average Chinese Communist, wanting to be the life of the Party, delving into the seedy underbelly of Chinese Communist sexuality (the seeding of underbellies is, of course, a big concern to the Chinese government). These images imagine what the Communist pornographer would be inclined to produce under those conditions. The pages herein are alternately very funny and very disturbing. You’ll laugh, and then you’ll feel disturbed at yourself for laughing, and then you’ll laugh at yourself for feeling disturbed. What a delightful thumb (or some other similarly shaped appendage) in the face of social dogmatism. The one complaint I have about the pages herein is that they should all be poster-size! In short, all I can say is that this is one book that really deserves to be red.” —Eckhard Gerdes
RAVES FROM READERS:
“Viva Commie Porn!” – Jim McMenamin
“Devilishly naughty and worth every yen!” – Carla Wilson
“I was laughing hysterically…it definitely is NOT for under age peeps. And I started to look at it in Black Bear diner and had to put it way…” —Kathy Bartholomew
“This has been a big hit with guests at OPEN!!!!” —Mark James, Open Gallery, KY
“”Someone actually stole my copy!” —Jeff Smith
“Shameless. The authors need to be seriously medicated.” —Sally Krarmer
“Rip-roaring hilarious. A page turner. Highly recommended!!!” —Melissa Lambert
“…made my day. Picked up my mail after vacation only to find my copy of The Little Red Book of Commie Porn. Smart & so very wrong in the most delightful of ways. ‘…for longer lasting insurrections’ ” —Rachel L. Gibson
“Wonderful graphics.” —Lodiza
“…It is not the great leap forward but rather a huge slink to the gutter. It was so disgusting and degrading and well ….prurient… that I felt affronted, confronted and a dozen other fronteds. I had to read it twice to believe it. I will read it several times more to make sure I am right. (A well done to the authors..I laughed , I cried…”
“Fantastic work from cover to cover, spot on humor and beautiful in visual.”
$24.00 / Edition limited to 100 copies – ONLY A FEW COPIES LEFT
Paper, perfect-bound, Illustrated in full color. 5.25″ x 8.25″, 50 pp.
ART / COMMUNISM / PORN / SATIRE
… rich, courageous, adventurous fiction
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR YURIY TARNAWSKY’S NEW COLLECTION OF “SHORT SHRIFT FICTIONS”
In case you have missed the voice of the rich, courageous, adventurous fiction writing of Yuriy Tarnawsky, this collection will be a great introduction. You will experience his unique ability to meld wicked humor and looming gravitas.One of the great under-recognized talents in the fiction of the 20th – 21st century. —Steve Katz
If Frankenstein had had the wit of Groucho Marx and the subtle plasticity of Magritte he might have written these magical and dangerous stories instead of Yuriy Tarnawsky.The master of short tails has struck again! Frightening, funny and baffling as ever! —Alain Arias-Misson
Yuriy Tarnawsky’s fictional world is one in which every object and every action is meaningful. Haircuts have meaning. Two refrigerators are alive with ominous activity. Kafka meets Sartre (implying hell is… other bugs!). Sweet porridge can ‘assuage the victim’s suffering.’ The stories are perfectly envisioned, as if Tarnawsky had just landed on this earth with his sense of wonder still intact, looking at everything and trying to understand. Reading these stories is like learning to see all over again! —Eckhard Gerdes
Female barbers attached to a pair of scissors that won’t stop, women who can’t conceal hard-earned wads of hundred dollar bills sticking up under their polka dot bikini bottoms, adulteresses who bludgeon their husbands to bloody deaths, Dostoyevskian prostitute virgins, compulsive seductresses who delight in torturing tall wimpy men, all shown in a blinding bright light on an absurdist stage. Are crocodiles capable of smiling if they can’t cry?
Experience cutting edge fiction in a dazzling trade paperback edition.
6” x 9”, trade paperback. 118 pp.
$12.95 / ISBN -13 9780692221358
EXPERIMENTAL FICTION / SHORT STORIES / ABSURDIST FICTION
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
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 antihero—based on his friend Albert Caperon—bullies 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
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
Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 260 pp.
FICTION / LITERATURE
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
CLICK HERE to read the featured review in EVERGREEN
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
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)
“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
Illustrated. Full color. Trade Paperback. 6″ x 9″. 68 pp.
ART / SATIRE
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?
Paper, perfect-bound booklet. Illustrated. 5.25″ x 8.25″, 28 pp.
FICTION / POETRY / ART
“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.”
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.”
Illustrated. Full color. Perfect-Bound. 5.25″ x 8.25″. 42 pp.
ART / COLLAGE / SATIRE
ABSURDIST TEXTS & DOCUMENTS SERIES – TITLES IN PRINT
Works designed to disrupt, disorient, and smash boundaries—academic, cultural, literary, and philosophical.
Oulipo Pornobongo 3: Anthology of Erotic Wordplay (No. 29)
Various – ORDER
Walloomsac: A Week on the River (No. 28)
David R. Slavitt – ORDER
Rear Windows: An Inside Look at Fifty Film Noir Classics (No. 27)
Norman Conquest. – ORDER
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
BLACK SCAT CLASSIC INTERIM EDITIONS – TITLES IN PRINT
by Paul Rosheim
Interim Edition No.10
Women That Don’t Exist
by Frank Pulaski
Interim Edition No.09
The Derangement of Jules Torquemal
by Robert Wexelblatt
Interim Edition No.07
‘S A Bird
a play by Eckhard Gerdes
Interim Edition No.06
Embryo World & Others Stripped Bare
Opal Louis Nations
Interim Edition No.05
Moo Nudes: Paintings by Monika Mori
Interim Edition No.04
Oulipo Pornobongo 2: Anthology of Erotic Wordplay
Interim Edition No.03
The Facetiae Erotica of Poggio
Interim Edition No.01
—ALL BLACK SCAT TITLES IN PRINT—
CAPTAIN CAP: HIS ADVENTURES, HIS IDEAS, HIS DRINKS. Alphonse Allais. Translated by Doug Skinner
SELECTED PLAYS OF ALPHONSE ALLAIS. Alphonse Allais. Translated by Doug Skinner
TINTIN MEETS THE DRAGON QUEEN in THE RETURN OF THE MAYA TO MANHATTAN.
THE MAN WHO WALKED ON AIR & OTHER TALES OF INNOCENCE.
WAITING FOR GODEAU. Honoré de Balzac. Translated by Mark Axelrod
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
REAR WINDOWS: AN INSIDE LOOK AT FIFTY FILM NOIR CLASSICS. Norman Conquest
‘S A BIRD. a play by Eckhard Gerdes
THE SUGAR NUMBERS. Judson Hamilton
IT’S FUN TO BE RICH IN AMERICA. Michael Leigh & Norman Conquest
THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF COMMIE PORN. Terri Lloyd & 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
WOMEN THAT DON’T EXIST. Frank Pulaski
FISHSLICES. Paul Rosheim
THE UNKNOWN ADJECTIVE AND OTHER STORIES. Doug Skinner
WALLOOMSAC; A WEEK ON THE RIVER. David R. Slavitt
CROCODILE SMILES. Yuriy Tarnawsky
OULIPO PORNOBONGO 2: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY. Various
OULIPO PORNOBONGO 3: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY. Various
MERDE À LA BELLE ÉPOQUE. Various
THE DERANGEMENT OF JULES TORQUEMAL. Robert Wexelblatt
THE STRAW THAT BROKE. Tom Whalen
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
BLACK SCAT REVIEW – Number Seven
BLACK SCAT REVIEW – Number Eight
HOW I BECAME AN IDIOT BY FRANCISQUE SARCEY
CAPTAIN CAP. Volumes I-IV
ADVENTURES IN ‘PATAPHYSICS
G. Mackenzie Bacon
WASTED ENERGIES, BAFFLED THOUGHTS
CONTEMPORARY ART FOR RICH KIDS
Pierre Henri Cami
A CAMI SAMPLER
COLD IN THE BRAIN
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ART DECONSTRUCTION
SNOWDROP IN AFRICA
BLINK: VISUAL ANTIPHONIES
IF YOU DON’T READ THIS THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN
THE OTHER SIDE: THE TRUTH BEHIND 100 CLASSIC PAINTINGS
CONSIDERATIONS ON THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF TRISTAN TZARA
KIRGHIZ STEPPES: ACCUMULATED VERBO-VISUALS
THE WORKS & LIFE OF KOSTY RICHARDS: AN AMERICAN CAREER
THE BEST OF THE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES
KATE MOSS & OTHER HEROINES
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SADE
DOKTOR BEY’S SUICIDE GUIDEBOOK
HOT HEART OF BOAR & OTHER TASTES
OULIPO PORNOBONGO: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY (v. 1)
DOLL WITH CHILI PEPPER
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