WARNING: It’s Not The Sound of Music

LIVE ON PAGE!!!

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 The artist has now rounded up all these drawings (along with previously unpublished specimens) for his new collection Instrumentarium: A Book of Curious Musical Instruments. Even if you’re  tone deaf,  this book will have you humming along, snapping your fingers, tapping your feet and laughing out loud.

Jam-packed with 180 drawings in blaring black and white, this trade paperback edition is available worldwide on Amazon for only $12.95.

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Green is the New Black

Have you seen The Book With the Green Cover?

It’s a collection of verbo-visual treats by Norman Conquest. It features posters, charts, mock book & magazine covers, rectified readymades, typographic diversions, found novels, and other detritus. It’s profusely illustrated with color plates and silverware.

Available now, just in time for summer. Be the first kid on the block to take this coffee table chapbook to the beach!

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This Side Upside-Down!

“Charles Cros was a being miraculously gifted in every way, a strangely personal and charming poet, a true scientist, a disconcerting fantasist.” —Alphonse Allais

Charles Cros and Émile Goudeau were quintessential Bohemian poets of the 1880s. Cros also experimented with the phonograph and color photography; Goudeau founded the Hydropathes, who met to declaim poetry while not drinking water. Cros and Goudeau’s only collaboration was a series of five exuberant stories published in 1880, which satirized such hot topics as divorce and capital punishment with bawdy humor and wild flights of fancy. All five stories are included here, plus four solo stories by Cros that complete the series, translated and annotated by Doug Skinner.

“Émile Goudeau was a fine man, and he had a lot of talent, an original talent as flavorsome as wine.” —Maurice Donnay

“Amiable smuttiness.” —Émile Zola

These dense and nutty gems will surprise you!

CLICK HERE to order UPSIDE-DOWN STORIES — the 35th title in our seminal Absurdist Texts & Documents series.

 

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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DADA LIVES AGAIN!

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 (humorist & travel writer) and George Morrow ( illustrator and regular contributor to Punch), produced their satirical pictorial autobiography using illustrations cut from the pages of Whiteley’s General Catalogue. This inspired act of vandalism was a precursor to many works of avant-garde collage art and satire.

Long out of print in the U.S., Black Scat is proud to  bring this proto-Dada classic  back to life as #34 in our Absurdist Texts & Documents series.

WHAT A LIFE ! was  exhibited at MoMA’s 1936 “Fantastic Art, Dada, and Surrealism” show.


WHAT A LIFE! seems to have made little impression, either in England or in France, even though it has the remarkable distinction of being illustrated solely by collages drawn from the catalogue of a large department store in London (Whiteley’s), and therefore of being—as much by the images as by the text that they comment on—one of the first manifestations of that spirit we call “modern.” Raymond Queneau, Bâtons, chiffres et lettres (1950)


What a Life!
E. V. Lucas & George Morrow

Absurdist Texts & Documents – No. 34
Perfect-bound,  illustrated; 134 pages
$12
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“In” Tunes for the tuned in 

THE DOUG SKINNER SONGBOOK has arrived!

Black humor hits a high note in this grand collection of music & lyrics. “Buenas Noches, Little Roaches,” “Breeders Can’t Be Choosers,” “My Pal Satan,” and many more of Skinner’s greatest hits in one snazzY large format paperback EDITION. This compilation of hand-crafted sheet music makes the perfect accompaniment to every nuclear family gathering. SO huddle round the piano and rev up those vocal cords!


CRITICS RAVE FOR DOUG SKINNER’S TUNES

“Chillingly zany” —The New York Times 
“Deceptively dark and satirical” —Cover
“Very witty and well-written jeux des mots” —Woodstock Times 
“Scathingly witty… lullabies etched in acid” —Metro Magazine
“Clever and delightfully barbed” —Paper
  

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About Doug Sinner

Doug Skinner has contributed articles and cartoons to Black Scat Review, Oulipo Pornobongo, The Fortean Times, Strange Attractor Journal, Fate, Weirdo, The Anomalist, Nickelodeon, Cabinet, and other fine publications. Black Scat has published several books of his stories and cartoons, as well as his translations of the French humorist Alphonse Allais.

He has written music for several dance companies, including ODC-San Francisco and Margaret Jenkins; his scores for actor/clown Bill Irwin include The Regard of Flight, The Courtroom, The Regard Evening, and The Harlequin Studies. He has performed his songs (the ones inside this book) in many theaters, clubs, and cabarets. His puppet shows with Michael Smith have been seen everywhere from Caroline’s Comedy Club in Manhattan to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

TV and movie appearances include Great Performances, The ‘90s, Martin Mull’s Talent Takes a Holiday, Ed, Crocodile Dundee II, and a smattering of commercials.

He lived for decades in Manhattan, but has moved to New Paltz, a few miles to the north.


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Chat on a Hot Tin Roof

Things are really heating up and the  August issue of LE SCAT NOIR has arrived just in the nick of time. #226 has an all-star international cast of cool characters, hot fiction, art, poetry, and news you won’t find anywhere else.  Featuring Alphonse Allais, Mark Axelrod, Suzanne Burns,  Michael Cina, John Diamond-Nigh, Ian DooleyRose Knapp, Terri Lloyd, Amit NayakFrank Pulaski, Doug Rice, Paul Rosheim, Jason E. Rolfe, Gail Schneider, Doug SkinnerDominic Viti, Tom Whalen, and Carla M. Wilson.

As always the new issue is free and you can download  a copy at this LINK.

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Welcome to Blissville USA!

Take this hilarious trip back to 1970s suburbia and meet sexy Beulah Montezuma. Alas, despite her abundant charms, she’s having a hard time satisfying her well-endowed hubby. But Beulah is not a quitter, and she’s determined to give it her all in this outrageous “erotical” novel.

Originally published by Grove Press, we’re proud to bring this raunchy classic back to life in a New Urge edition. And, yes, the cat (and the pun) is out of the bag now, as the man behind the Stephanie Gatos pseudonym is none other than writer and poet Steve Katz.

Steve is the author of many  acclaimed books of fiction and poetry, including The Exagggerations of Peter Prince (recently reissued), Creamy and Delicious, Saw, Wier & Pouce, Florry of Washington Heights, Swanny’s Ways, Journalism, et al.

This Posh is his.

But this is no time for pussyfooting…CLICK HERE and order your copy today!

You can sample the first chapter for free in the special “Eros” issue of LE SCAT NOIR here

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EROS IS EROS IS EROS…

The Special “Eros” Issue of LE SCAT NOIR is now availablefeaturing titillating texts & images by Adrienne Auvray, Paulo Brito, Tom Bussmann, Norman Conquest, Esbey, Stephanie Gatos, Eckhard Gerdes, Georges Hugnut, Jim Johnson, Steve Katz, Michael Leigh, Terri Lloyd, Mantis Man, Derek Pell, Frank Pulaski, Paul Rosheim, Mercie Pedro e Silva, Doug Skinner, Nile Southern, Carol White. and Mihaly Zichy.  

***includes an excerpt from the novel POSH by Stephanie Gatos.

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