It’s rare we announce a title that never sees publication, but it happens. Here are two Absurdist Texts & Documents chapbooks that were listed in 2012 but never released. Alas, Alphonse Allais’s astrological chart never made it into print. Too obscure, even for us.

WHITE TRUCKS ran out of gas and was replaced by Pedro Carolino’s COLD IN THE BRAIN — an absurdist classic.

In the pink…

A colorful design by Norman Conquest, but we went with his understated alternate (at right) with the lovely button.

Design 9 From Outer Space

The original design for THE SELECTED POEMS OF EDWARD D. WOOD, JR. (at left) was suitably tacky, but we decided to go with the more dramatic, black version. If you want to treat yourself to the world’s worst poetry, click on the image below.

Two titles got a facelift….

These books by Catherine D’Avis have been graced with new cover designs by Norman Conquest. The original editions for the New Urge line featured bright red uniform spines, and the typeface (Zulia) on the covers. Now the imprint — as well as its logo — has been updated.

The original New Urge logo (left) with its jagged letter U (think “cutting edge”). The updated design with its twin triangles and circular text provides a clear, less frenetic emblem. This year we began using the figures on title pages, while the circular logo goes well on back covers.

Here’s a fresh look for our NEW URGE READER OMNIBUS, which
features Pinturiccho’s classical painting Judgment of Paris,
ca 1509.

THE MAGMA CHAMBER was replaced with another novel by Petra Anne Hawk.

This cover design for THE NEW PLEASURE would probably have been blocked by Amazon’s censors. We took a chance and opted for this one:

It’s All Too Too Divine is a sublime title, but the authors decided to keep this novel in post cards private. Perhaps, in the future, they’ll change their minds.