Here’s a treat for the holidays. Enjoy!
Black Scat’s first title was published July 4th, 2012.
Today we celebrate 7 years of Sublime Art & Literature. We raise our glasses in a toast to the galaxy of artists, writers, & translators who have made publishing such a joy.
We forge on, with forthcoming books by Stefan Themerson, Alfred Jarry, and Alphonse Allais. Join our march, join the revolution!
Happy 4th of July
Onward and upward!
Here at Black Scat we never sleep. As everyone heads off on vacation, you’ll find us huddled around our Macs, bringing sublime art and literature to print. There’s plenty of excitement ahead and we’re thrilled to announce these forthcoming releases.
Watch for a collection of works by the great Stefan Themerson who, with his wife, the artist Franciszka, founded the legendary Gaberbocchus Press (London, 1948-1979).
A poet, publisher, novelist, filmmaker, composer and philosopher, Stefan Themerson was a giant force in the avant-garde of the 20th century. A magus, a magician, his books are filled with wisdom, absurd humor, and dazzling ideas. His unique vision is more relevant today than ever, and thanks to Paul Rosheim, Black Scat will be bringing you Critics and My Talking Dog: Selected Stories, Essays, Lectures & a Play.
As the force behind Obscure Publications, Rosheim (with the guidance of British art critic, and founder of the Themerson Archive Jasia Reichardt) published a number of limited edition chapbooks by Themerson. He is busy compiling this seminal introduction to Stefan’s texts. The book will also feature an introduction by noted art historian and artist Nick Wadley.
This is destined to be a Scat classic.
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Doug Skinner‘s delightfully absurd musical instruments appeared each month in the pages of our journal, Le Scat Noir. The artist has now rounded up all these drawings (along with previously unpublished specimens) for his forthcoming collection Instrumentarium. Even if you’re tone deaf, this book will have you humming along, clicking your fingers, tapping your feet and laughing out loud.
While you’re waiting, check out Skinner’s hilarious collection of comics, The Unknown Adjective and Other Stories. Originally published in 2014, it continues to be one of our most popular titles. But don’t take our word for it, look at these raves:
”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
“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
You can grab a copy on Amazon at this LINK.
Stay tuned for more details on these sublime Scat titles. We also have a few surprises in store, so be sure to subscribe to this blog in the right-hand column here and you won’t miss a gem.
We’re pleased to announce the publication of VICTORIAN VICE, a new anthology featuring excerpts from the Classics of Passion series. It includes selections from some of the Victorian era’s most notorious works, such as the infamous underground journal The Pearl; Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s startling novel Venus in Furs; “The New Pleasure” by Pierre Louÿs; as well as anonymous texts that became scandalous sensations.
Victorian scholar Lawrence Hamilton has compiled this connoisseur’s sampler of literature’s “forbidden pleasures” — over two hundred pages of naughty nostalgia.
Anthology of Forbidden Pleasures
Edited by Lawrence Hamilton
New Urge Editions
240 pp., trade paper
Available worldwide on Amazon
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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!
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
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.