About Us

dpBLACK SCAT BOOKS is the only concern of its kind in America. It was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 by Norman Conquest, Farewell Debut, and Derek Pell. We are a small, independent press dedicated to publishing books of sublime art & literature— absurdist fiction, dada, surrealism, pataphysics, erotica, and works in translation. Series & imprints include: Absurdist Texts & Documents; Pocket Erotica; and New Urge Editions.

We have published works by Alphonse Allais, Louis Aragon, Balzac, Baudelaire, Cami, Charles Cros, Isidore Isou, Alfred Jarry, Gisèle Prassinos, John Cowper Powys, Terry Southern, Stefan Themerson, Tom Whalen, Stanislaw Witkiewicz, P. G. Wodehouse, and many others.

Black Scat books are not only unique and collectible, but also Environmentally Friendly. All our titles are manufactured-on-demand, producing beautifully designed books as they’re ordered. This eliminates excess production and unsold remaindered copies. Black Scat’s printer uses chlorine-free ink, and high quality acid-free interior paper stock supplied by a Forest Stewardship Council-certified provider. Our editions are crafted to last and printed on cream paper made from 30% post-consumer waste recycled material.

We survive thanks to the kindness of strangers, i.e., donations from people who support independent small press publishing.  Here are the Angels who have helped keep us afloat:

Nathalie M. Andrews, Alain Arias-Misson, Mark Axelrod, Tom Barrett, 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 Franklin, Peter Gambaccini,
Eckhard Gerdes, William Lloyd Gibson, Stephen Gutierrez, James Hardy.
Emily Hayes, Pamala Heffner, Buddy Hernandez, Charles Holdefer, Teri 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, Shane.Roeschlein, 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, wares4art, Jeff Weddle,
Tom Whalen, Tara Whitehead, Carla M. Wilson, Rebecca Woolston.