Eye-Opening New Novel

When Natalie Ryder signs up to participate in a confidential study of female sexuality, it seems like a dream come true—generous financial compensation, a luxurious private house outside of Toronto, and a personal driver. The only catch: she must keep the study secret from her best friend Rachel. Then she meets Michael and Suzanne and things become more complicated… and dangerous.

“…an erotic thriller of voyeurism, repression, domination, and submission written in a fast-paced prose distinct for its minute evocations of masturbatory thrills. Singular in its dialectic between looking and being looked at, and in its urgency about sexual release, the novel retains a rare claustrophobia of sexual obsession, a flashback to Kafka if he had written erotica.”  —Eurydice

“THE OBSERVATORY is a voyeuristic telling of the burgeoning discovery of a woman’s sexual desires, yet in a quiet, sensually innocent way. The story is at once sexy and sultry, yet a journey of self-revelation. The reader is repeatedly aroused, craving and desiring Natalie, our beautiful protagonist, but also caring for her. She is at once delicate, yet has a steely core reserved for only the mightiest of heroines.”  —Vera Jones

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PETRA ANNE HAWK was born and raised in Toronto. She studied Fine Arts at York University. Her first novel, The Magma Chamber, was published privately in the UK. In 2017, she coedited the anthology The New Urge Reader 3: Erotic Fiction by New Women Writers (New Urge Editions). She currently resides in the Maritimes where she is at work on her third novel.


 

SURREALISM LIVES!

“An erotic tale that undresses genres.”
—Charles Plet 

A fairy tale of surrealist l’amour fou, Lise Deharme‘s Oh! Violette or the Politeness of Plants was originally published by Eric Losfeld in Paris in 1969. Translated from the French by Edith Doove, this Black Scat edition is the book’s first publication in English.

photograph by Man Ray

Lise Deharme (née Anne-Marie Hirtz)  was a French writer associated with the Surrealist movement.  In January 1925, she visited the Paris Bureau of Surrealist Research. As a result of an incident that occurred during her visit, which is recorded in André Breton‘s novel Nadja, she would become known as the “dame au gant,” or the Lady of the Glove. In the late 1930s, Deharme collaborated with Claude Cahun on the book Le Cœur de Pic. After its publication in 1937 Deharme, alternatively, came to be known in the Surrealist circle as “la Dame de Pique”  [the Queen of Spades]. Around this time she was closely connected to Breton, Paul Eluard, and Man Ray. [Source: Wikipedia]

 

Coming in April, 2019

LET THERE BE LAUGHTER!

Just in time for the holidays, THE ALPHONSE ALLAIS READER has arrived!

Drawn from Black Scat’s eight editions of the master French absurdist, this compendium is a sublime introduction to the wordplay and black humor that shocked and dazzled Bohemian Paris in the raucous “Banquet Years.” The READER includes the celebrated pataphysical text “A Thoroughly Parisian Drama”—a favorite of both André Breton and the Oulipians—as well as stories, plays, an excerpt from his only novel, and the classic exploits of Captain Cap and Francisque Sarcey. The translator, Doug Skinner, has added copious notes and an illuminating introduction.

Step into the funhouse! Laughs and surprises await!

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

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Alphonse Allais Reader. . ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Angel of Everything. CATHERINE D’AVIS
Autobiography of a Character from Fiction. ALAIN ARIAS-MISSON
Black Scat Review #11
Black Scat Review #13
Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks. ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Charles Cros: Collected Monologues. CHARLES CROS
Clocks. JASON E. ROLFE
Comic Book. ALAIN ARIAS-MISSON
Crocodile Smiles. YURIY TARNAWSKY
Curious Impossibilities. CARLA M. WILSON
Dante’s Foil & Other Sporting Tales. MARK AXELROD
Disordered Souls. TOM BUSSMANN
Double Over. ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Erotic Tales. CATHERINE D’AVIS
Gustave’s Pocket Dictionary. RICHARD KOSTELANETZ
Here Lies Memory. DOUG RICE
Hidden Gems: The Best of The Pearl. ANONYMOUS
I Am Sarcey. ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Impossible Conversations. CARLA M. WILSON
Le Scat Noir Encyclopaedia. VARIOUS
Long Live Life!  ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Marco & Iarlaith. ECKHARD GERDES
Masks. ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Missing Mysteries. DEREK PELL
No Bile! ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Oulipo Pornobongo. VARIOUS
Peculiar Charms. ANONYMOUS
Posh. STEPHANIE GATOS
Rear Windows. NORMAN CONQUEST
Sacred Sins. JOHN DIAMOND NIGH
Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais. ALPHONSE ALLAIS
Sleepytime Cemetery. DOUG SKINNER
Stories for Someone. AMELIE WALKER
Superman in America & Other Absurd Plays. MARK AXELROD
Sweet and Vicious. SUZANNE BURNS
The Blaireau Affair. ALPHONSE ALLAIS
The Complete Unabridged Lexicon. OPAL LOUIS NATIONS
The Detective Who Didn’t Have a Clue. ALAIN ARIAS-MISSON
The Doug Skinner Dossier. DOUG SKINNER
The Doug Skinner Songbook. DOUG SKINNER
The Man Who Walked On Air. ALAIN ARIAS-MISSON
The New Pleasure & other stories. PIERRE LOUYS
The New Urge Reader. VARIOUS
The New Urge Reader 2. VARIOUS
The New Urge Reader 3. VARIOUS
The Observatory. PETRA ANNE HAWK
The Snowman Three Doors Down. DOUG SKINNER
The Squadron’s Umbrella. ALPHONSE ALLAIS
The Straw That Broke. TOM WHALEN
The Unknown Adjective. DOUG SKINNER
The Zombie of Great Peru. PIERRE-CORNEILLE BLESSEBOIS
Three Plays by D. Harlan Wilson. D. HARLAN WILSON
Three Plays by Eckhard Gerdes. ECKHARD GERDES
Three Plus Three Makes Seven. NORMAN CONQUEST
Tintin Meets the Dragon Queen. ALAIN ARIAS-MISSON
Today Is the Day That Will Matter. DEBRA DI BLASI
Tourist. TEMENUGA TRIFONOVA
Vahazar. STANISŁAW IGNACY WITKIEWICZ
Venus in Furs.  LEOPOLD VON SACHER-MASOCH
Waiting for Godeau. HONORE DE BALZAC
What a Life!   E. V. LUCAS & GEORGE MORROW
When I Grow Up & Other Mantras. TERRI LLOYD

The Music of Fairies & More

For this fall’s second installment of Utopia / Dystopia, an ongoing series co-presented by Hauser & Wirth and Morbid Anatomy, Black Scat author and translator Doug Skinner presents a concert/talk on music attributed to fairies, trowies, spirits, aliens, and other supposedly nonhuman entities. Selections include fairy music from Norway and the British Isles, the wail of the banshee, and snippets from seances and dreams.

Thursday, November 15, 7 pm, at Hauser & Wirth, 548 W. 22nd St., NYC. It’s free, and it might trouble your dreams!

Toons of Gay Paree!

Looking for laughter? Your prayers have been answered.

LE CHAT NOIR was one of the liveliest avant-garde papers in 19th century Paris. Published by the legendary cabaret, it delivered a weekly blast of anarchism, pranks, Decadent poetry, and black humor by such luminaries as Alphonse Allais, Charles Cros, and Paul Verlaine. It was also famous for its cartoons. Here are 101 of them: the poetic fantasies of Adolphe Willette, the slapstick animals of Théophile Steinlen, the military sketches of Caran d’Ache, the bawdy gags of Döes and Fernand Fau, and much more. With an introduction, translations, and notes by Doug Skinner.

101 CARTOONS FROM LE CHAT NOIR
Early Comics from Bohemian Paris
Compiled & Translated by Doug Skinner
124 pp., large trade  paper edition; $14.95 

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“The Impressionable Model” by Henricus.

from 101 CARTOONS FROM LE CHAT NOIR

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