It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

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A Damsel in Distress. P.G. WODEHOUSE
Angel of Everything. CATHERINE D’AVIS
Autobiography of a Character in 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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She’s baaaacccck….

The  perfect  treat for Halloween.

FIRST PUBLICATION IN ENGLISH!

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, a strange concoction of prose and verse, set in the sexual and racial hothouse of colonial Guadeloupe. Our narrator has his eye on the beautiful Creole Countess, who goes barefoot and serves her guests tadpoles. When she offers him sex in exchange for magical powers, he tricks her into thinking she’s an invisible zombie; slapstick, humiliation, and confusion follow. Includes a preface by the avant-garde magus: Guillaume Apollinaire.

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Take DaDa Wherever You Go!

New Kindle Edition!

We’ve just released an eBook edition of the DADA classic WHAT A LIFE! Now you can take DADA wherever you go.

On August 17 1911—seven years before Max Ernst took up scissors and paste to create his early Dada art—WHAT A LIFE! was published in London by Methuen & Co. The authors, Edward Verrall Lucas (a travel writer) and George Morrow (an illustrator and regular contributor to PUNCH), produced their satirical autobiography using illustrations cut from the pages of Whiteley’s General Catalogue. This inspired act of artistic vandalism was a precursor to many works of avant-garde art and satire. CLICK HERE TO ORDER

THE CROS FLIES!

CHARLES CROS: COLLECTED MONOLOGUES

It’s back to cool with the great French monologist,  humorist, poet, and inventor—in a trenchant translation by Doug Skinner.

***FIRST PUBLICATION IN ENGLISH!***

Born in1842, Charles Cros was one of the most brilliant minds of his generation, equally adept at poetry, fiction, and scientific inquiry. He wrote smutty verses with Verlaine, synthesized gems with Alphonse Allais, contributed wild prose fantasies to Le Chat Noir, and experimented with color photography and sound recording, only to die young, poor, and alcoholic. Not incidentally, he also invented the comic monologue for the actor Coquelin Cadet. In these strikingly spontaneous and modern sketches, he introduces a gallery of fools and obsessives—The Clean Man, The Fencing Master, The Capitalist, The Friend of the Family—all nattering away, assaulting the audience with trivia, and blithely unaware of their own failings.

This edition collects all 22 of Cros’s monologues—masterfully translated & introduced by Doug Skinner—and includes performance notes by Coquelin, plus two biographical essays by his friend and colleague Alphonse Allais.

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“The sheer playfulness of certain fanciful parts of Cros’s work must not let us forget that in the center of some of his finest poems, a revolver is aimed at us.”—André Breton