Congratulations to Temenuga Trifonova—her film adaptation of her novel TOURIST has just won “Best Feature” at the Mostra Cinema Taranto film festival in Italy. Black Scat Books is thrilled to be publishing TOURIST in July.
TOURIST tells the mysterious story of Jack Sturrett, a book reviewer for a London literary magazine. Dissatisfied with his job, he makes an impulsive decision to leave the city without informing anyone of his departure. He boards a bus which takes him to a small town up north where he gets a job as a tourist guide after becoming so widely read in the town’s history that he passes for a local. Outside work he maintains the identity of a tourist, living in hotels and constantly reinventing his back-story. As his fake local persona becomes threateningly real, he finds himself a suspect in a murder investigation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Temenuga Trifonova is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at York University in Toronto. Her first novel, Rewrite, was published by NON Publishing (Vancouver) in 2014. Trifonova is the author of the scholarly monographs Warped Minds: Cinema and Psychopathology (2014) and The Image in French Philosophy (2007), and the edited volumes Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime (2017) and European Film Theory (2008). She has been a visiting scholar and/or artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Brown Foundation at the Dora Maar House (France), The Fondation des Treilles (France), the New York University Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, and the Pushkinskaya Art Centre in St. Petersburg. She is currently a Marie Curie Fellow at Le Studium Centre for Advanced Studies in Tours, France.
[This post was corrected 6-3-18]
THE SCAT’S OUT OF THE BAG and we’re starting the New Year off with a BANG —the January issue of Le Scat Noir — crammed with art, fiction, poetry, translations, advice, horoscopes, lists, inspired doodles and detritus. Featuring contributions by an international roster: ALPHONSE ALLAIS, PAULO BRITO, PINK BUDDHA, SIMON CHILD, NORMAN CONQUEST, ECKHARD GERDES, RUSSELL HELMS, HAROLD JAFFE, JAN VANDER LAENEN, TERRI LLOYD, SAMANTHA MEMI, SHEILA PELL, FRANK PULASKI, RON RIEKKI, STEPHEN SILKE, DOUG SKINNER, MADALINA TANTAREANU, TOM WHALEN, & CARLA M. WILSON.
LSN is published monthly by Black Scat Books and is available free online. You can download the new issue HERE.
Spread the good turd.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Black Scat Books wishes you all a peaceful & healthy 2016. May your new year be filled with lots of good books.
Here’s our last-minute shoppers guide. There’s still time to order some sublime Scat before it’s too late. Here are our recommendations by category.
COMIC BOOK: A NOVEL
by Alain Arias-Misson
Ancient Zombie Smut:
THE ZOMBIE OF GREAT PERU
by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois
Theatre of the Absurd:
by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Imaginary Interviews with Artists:
by Carla M. Wilson
THE BLAIREAU AFFAIR
by Alphonse Allais
THE DOUG SKINNER DOSSIER
by Doug Skinner
Literary Humor / Sports
DANTE’S FOIL & OTHER SPORTING TALES
by Mark Axelrod
Off-beat First Novel
SWEET AND VICIOUS
by Suzanne Burns
Absurdist Short Stories
AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE
by Jason E. Rolfe
AN EROTICS OF SEEING
by Doug Rice
Film Noir / Film Studies / Absurdism
REAR WINDOWS: AN INSIDE LOOK AT FIFTY FILM NOIR CLASSICS
by Norman Conquest
Contemporary Erotic Fiction:
THE NEW URGE READER 2: EROTIC FICTION BY NEW WOMEN WRITERS ORDER
Victorian Erotic Fiction
HIDDEN GEMS: THE BEST OF THE PEARL
Reference / Humor
GUSTAVE’S POCKET DICTIONARY
by Richard Kostelanetz
by Yuriy Tarnawsky
The legendary absurdist writer Crad Kilodney passed away on April 14th.
I knew Crad back in the early days when he was hawking his outrageously titled books on the mean streets of Toronto. You can imagine the reception he received with books like the one shown above. People were either completely indifferent or fist-shakingly hostile. But that never stopped him. With crazy courage he stood his ground for 17 years. He produced 32 books of brilliant humor & satire.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with him on a few pieces (circa 1979) for Only Paper Today, an avant-garde Toronto newspaper.
He was often under the influence of Alphonse Allais, for he would interrupt his texts with hilarious asides and non sequiturs. One of my favorites appeared in the middle of a paragraph, sans parentheses: “Speed-readers go to hell.”
In 2012, I reprinted Crad’s story “Ed McBain Stole My Joke” in the first issue of BLACK SCAT REVIEW.
Sad that he left us, but he has left me laughing — that’s the highest compliment I know.
Here’s a link to his obit and below a short documentary about him made in 1992 at York University .
Well we’ve added “Bookends” to our navigation bar—a new page that should excite hardcore Scat-addicts seeking the inside dope. It’s a quiet place for idle chatter, gossip, and behind-the-scenes tidbits, such as notes on our cover designs, revealing author fetishes, and the key to cryptic Black Scat nomenclature. In other words, information too esoteric for the front page.
Literary legends Yuriy Tarnawsky (left) and Alain Arias-Misson at the Emily Harris Gallery reception last night. It was a glittering & festive evening marking Alain’s return visit to the Big Apple for a series of readings & performances (see previous post here). He holds in his hand a spanking new copy of his fiction collection, THE MAN WHO WALKED ON AIR & OTHER TALES OF INNOCENCE, published by Black Scat Books.
Alain Arias-Misson reading from his new collection of erotic “tales of innocence” to a packed crowd at the Ukrainian Institute of America. Everyone’s talking about The Man Who Walked On Air. You can catch Alain tonight at the White Box for an “Avant-Garde Variety Show”—don’t miss It. 329 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002 | Tel: 212-714-2347.
Ah, the merry month of March hath arrived, and that means the “Pleasure” issue of Black Scat Review will soon be available. In addition to its provocative cover photograph by Eleanor Bennett (a British sixteen year old of astounding talent), the magazine features nearly 80 pages of pleasurable art & fiction by Alain Arias-Misson, Jonathan Baumbach, Guy R. Beining, Miggs Burroughs, Pierre Henri Cami, John Crombie, Farewell Debut, Jacinta Escudos, Stephen D. Gutierrez, Harold Jaffe, Richard Kostelanetz, Terri Lloyd, Samantha Memi, Opal Louis Nations, Derek Pell, Doug Skinner, and D. Harlan Wilson.
This is one issue you won’t want to miss, and to avoid such a catastrophe simply enter your email address in the box in the column at left (below “Join the Underground”). How hard is that?