A Free Holiday Gift for Scat Lovers!


The gala December issue of Le Scat Noir is available for download. And did we mention it’s free? Of course we did, but it’s worth repeating: LSN is free for all every month.

#218 features a charming Christmas story by Alphonse Allais and is packed with festive art & texts from an international roster of mischief-makers: Paulo Brito, Pink Buddha, Norman Conquest, Hans Greunke, Terri Lloyd, Frank Pulaski, Jason E. Rolfe, Doug Skinner, and Yuriy Tarnawsky.

Treat yourself to faking news, scatological fare, and those regular features we find so addictive — the monthly horoscopes, gas from the past,  absurd musical instruments, and uplifting advice for folks down in the dumps.

So what are you waiting for? Click now and unwrap your gift. And be sure to share with friends and loved ones — spread the good Scat!

It’s like SNL, only scrambled and wiser.

Happy Holidays!



“…while the writing itself is full of compelling emotional depth, the artistic conceit that makes the novel so unique is in Arias-Misson’s regular appropriation and repurposing of famous literary characters and important passages from literature.” —Rachel Greenberg, SEIN UND WERDEN


Discover what happens when famous fictional characters surface in the life of a writer. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CHARACTER FROM FICTION is an extraordinary work of  Oulipian imagination.

Alain Arias-Misson has produced an indecently literary novel about a thoroughly picaresque Character. Passages have been plagiarized from a score of great Modernists — from Kafka and Stendhal to Joyce, Austen and Proust, from Strindberg, Constant and Mann to Michaux, Sterne and Beckett, and are woven seamlessly, unidentified, into his “autobiography.” For the Character — a budding author — is the product of those authors whose novels he has been nourished on. Characters step out of their fiction to advise and interfere with his life and he appears on stage in theirs. Where ‘le petit Marcel’s’ nocturnal terrors begin and the Character’s end, or how the Character’s boyhood lusts lead him into the Brussels labyrinth of ladies of the night and how he meets young Daedalus there, already sated in a lady’s embrace, is an open question. The autobiography ends at the age of twenty-one, when like most authors he has read his own most important authors — yet the rest of his life has already been plotted.

This second edition features an afterword by Yuriy Tarnawsky, and is available worldwide on Amazon.


CLICK HERE to read the rave review in Sein und Werden

“Waiter — another Alphonse Allais — on the double!”


Black Scat Books is proud to serve up the master absurdist’s inaugural collection,  containing his hand-picked favorites from the pages of Le Chat Noir, the bohemian journal that amused and scandalized Paris. Here you’ll find Allais in the first flush of his comic genius, spinning out elegant and hilarious gems of black humor on suicide, murder, obsession, and adultery. You will meet the philosophical cuckold, the young lady in love with a pig, the inventor of the Tumultoscope, and Ferdinand, the most resourceful duck in literature. Among the highlights is Allais’s most famous story, “A Thoroughly Parisian Drama,” a favorite of André Breton and Umberto Eco. This is the book’s first publication in English, and features seven additional stories from Le Chat Noir, as well as a sublime introduction, notes on the text, and drawings by Doug Skinner.

Belly laughs guaranteed.



The new issue of Le Scat Noir is now available.

Did we mention it’s free? That’s right, and no strings attached.

#217 features works by Samuele BastianelloPaulo Brito, Pink Buddha, Michael Harris Cohen, Norman Conquest, Terri Lloyd, Bray McDonald, Alice Pulaski, Frank Pulaski, Jason E. Rolfe, and Mercie Pedro e Silva.

You’ll also find  the complete text of Doug Skinner’s scathing satirical play, The Presidents’ Tragedy. Not since Barbara Garson‘s MacBird  has there been a provocative history lesson like this.  Astute readers will  be rewarded with several secret Oulipian  constraints.

If you’re looking for a monthly dose of art, fiction, poetry, news, spurts & opinions, plus your horoscope and an enlightening advice column for troubled readers, this pub’s for you. Share the link and pass the word.

Le Scat Noir,  where art & literature hit the fan.









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BLACK SCAT REVIEW #16: The Obsession Issue. Featuring works by Alphonse Allais, Adrienne Auvray, Paulo Brito, Violet Capers, S.C. Delaney, Tony Duvert, Farewell Debut, William L. Gibson, Rachel Greenberg, Arya F. Jenkins, Samantha Memi, Agnès Potier, Mercie Pedro e Silva, Doug Skinner, and Greg Autry Wallace.  [cover photograph by Farewell Debut]

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Hip! Hip! Allais! He Never Ages!


Alphonse Allais (1854-1905) was France’s greatest humorist. His elegance, scientific curiosity, preoccupation with language and logic, wordplay and flashes of cruelty inspired Alfred Jarry, as well as succeeding generations of Surrealists, Pataphysicians, and Oulipians. Celebrate the master’s birthday with mirth, mischief, and cocktails!

And one of his sublime books translated by Doug Skinner, from Black Scat, of course.

The Blaireau Affair

Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks

Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais


The Squadron’s Umbrella


Scat’s in the Black—We Did It!



When Black Scat’s critical hardware started to fail about 4 months ago, friends suggested I try a fundraising campaign. I resisted for several reasons—one of which was the fear of public humiliation, i.e. that  Scat might only receive a few contributions. After all, we’re a very small press in an ocean of publishing. Eventually, however,  I realized it was worth a try, because the alternative would mean putting the clown to sleep.  

It seems like a year since the campaign started, but now, 4 weeks later, I’m overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support Scat received on IndieGoGo. Sunday night—with one hour left on the clock—we scored the goal!

I’m still in a state of shock.

I  want to thank everyone who participated. Times are tough and there are many worthy causes out there, so I’m particularly moved by your generosity. Indeed, several people made multiple donations. Many friends cheered us  on and spread the word.

Now,  thanks to you, I’ll be  able to  continue publishing in 2017.

Here are the 60 angels who came to the rescue. They truly deserve a standing ovation!

Nathalie M. Andrews
Alain Arias-Misson
Mark Axelrod
Allan Bealy
Pippa Bear
Tom Bowden
Yolande Brener
Paulo Brito
Suzanne Burns
Miggs Burroughs
Tom Bussmann
Keith Carmona
Larry Deck
S. C. Delaney
Thomas La Farge
Larry Fondation
Ryan Forsythe
Jamie Tolbert Franklin
Peter Gambaccini
Eckhard Gerdes
William Lloyd Gibson
Stephen Gutierrez
James Hardy
Emily Hayes
Pamala Heffner
Buddy Hernandez
Charles Holdefer
Teri Lee Kline
Andy Koopmans
Rick Krieger
James Langdell
Barbara LaPlaca-Hardy
Lawrence M LaPlaca
Terri Lloyd
Harry McCullagh
James McMenamin
Monika Mori
Sean O’Keefe
L T O’Rourke
Nhut Pham
Frank Pulaski
Doug Rice
Jason E.Rolfe
Brian Sampley
Maria Schurr
Merceana Pedro e Silva
Nile Southern
Delecia Sydnor
Stephen F. Trull Jr.
Katherine Turner
Greg A Wallace
Dominic Ward
Jeff Weddle
Tom Whalen
Tara Whitehead
Carla M. Wilson
Rebecca Woolston

I also want to thank the artists and writers who donated special perks to the campaign: Doug Rice, Terri LloydFarewell Debut, Doug Skinner, Carla M. Wilson, and Eckhard Gerdes. You guys rock!

Finally, a special word of thanks to Carla Wilson, who donated countless hours, organized  and headed the campaign from start to finish. Without her, it would never have happened.

Are you ready for more sublime art & literature?

You can bet I am.


—Norman Conquest




Discover a world of ostensibly human specimens behaving in peculiar and unpredictable ways. However, they are often recognizable in a manner we dare not admit. Skinner’s dark humor is deceptively playful and childlike, and that makes our bursts of laughter all the more disturbing.

$14.95 /  trade paperback; 208 pp.


THE ZOMBIE OF GREAT PERU by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois. Translated by Doug Skinner
A zombie rises from the grave of French literature to stalk the earth once more! This bizarre novel – written in 1697 – marks the first mention of the word “zombie” in world literature. It is a wicked tale of lascivious lust and lunatic desires. Includes a preface by Guillaume Apollinaire.

$10.95 / trade paperback; 146 pp.




Due to the raging Ubu Trump shitstorm, we have rushed publication of the “SPECIAL INFECTION ISSUE” of Le Scat Noir.

Number 216 features a cast of luminaries: Alphonse Allais, Samuele Bastianello, Paulo Brito, Colin Dodds, Allen Forrest, Eckhard Gerdes, Derek Pell, Alice Pulaski, Frank Pulaski, Jason E. Rolfe, Erik Satie, and Doug Skinner.

Includes the complete, uncensored transcript of Norman Conquest‘s “Ubu Raw: As You Like It.”

The journal is free for all.

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