JULY HAS BEEN A BUSY MONTH here at Black Scat. We added Balzac’s comedy WAITING FOR GODEAU, translated by Mark Axelrod, to our growing list of theatrical works, with the emphasis on farce and the Theatre of the Absurd—plays by D. Harlan Wilson, Eckhard Gerdes, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, and Alphonse Allais. Avant-garde drama is alive and well here.
Now #1 on Amazon’s New Releases in French Dramas & Plays
We compiled three out-of-print volumes from our Absurdist Texts & Documents series in a trade paperback edition —OULIPO PORNOBONGO: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY. This illustrated anthology features works by 28 writers and artists from around the world, including Alphonse Allais, Alain Arias-Misson, Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Rusty Cuffs, Farewell Debut, Tom La Farge, Larry Fondation, Paul Forristal, Ryan Forsythe, Eckhard Gerdes, Harold Jaffe, Roger Leatherwood, D.S. Macpherson, Samantha Memi, Ellen Nations, Opal Louis Nations, Andy O’Clancy, Lance Olsen, Derek Pell, Shane Roeschlein, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Maria Schurr, Lucy Selleck, Kebob G. Shoon, Doug Skinner, Tara Stillions Whitehead, and Giovanni Zuniga. Fans of the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle will enjoy these works of constrained ecstasy.
Later this month we’re launching a monthly page of fiction and poetry—digital works that are not available in print. This will provide an additional venue outside our print magazine, Black Scat Review, which is issued irregularly.
The summer heats up in August with release of a new novel by Alain Arias-Misson; AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CHARACTER FROM FICTION. This innovative work of experimental fiction integrates plagiarized texts by Joyce, Beckett, Kafka, Proust, Strindberg, Michaux, Sterne, Lewis Carroll and others into an ingenious fictional “autobiography.” Here you’ll discover what happens when famous fictional characters surface in the life of a writer.
Looking ahead to the fall, we’ll release the much anticipated new novel by Doug Rice—HERE LIES MEMORY: A PITTSBURGH NOVEL, which explores the place of memory in living, daily, scarred and sacred lives. Two Pittsburgh families struggle to survive trauma and love. A man wills himself to go blind, not to forget, but to remember in new ways. Another man drinks beer after beer until he can no longer drink away what he must face directly. This novel reveals what language and photographs do to memory, desire, and love, and what gentrification is doing to the souls of families and neighborhoods.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR HERE LIES MEMORY:
“…Doug Rice loves his characters wondrously, keenly, completely, and the result is a novel at once stunningly beautiful, brilliant, fierce, crazily imaginative, and acutely wise about how the ghosts that our memories and words invent are often the last things to leave us, no matter what, how some stay so deep in our skin they become as real as its color — especially those that can damage and mend us most.” —Lance Olsen, author of THEORIES OF FORGETTING
“Covering all of the bases in this novel bent on conveying a deep love for the city and the people of Pittsburgh, Doug Rice ultimately makes our lives feel more dignified, loved, no matter if our local language and essence of being have become displaced. I’ve got no words for what Rice accomplishes. Just that, he beautifully brings to light everything in The ‘Burgh – and in places of the heart – that was done in the dark.” —Ricardo Cortez Cruz, author of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
HERE LIES MEMORY will be available September 15th.
“A badass work of concentrated hallucination.”—Nile Southern
Discover the perils of science in this bizarre classic of “imaginary solutions.” Profusely illustrated in color and b/w. This is a reprint of the rare limited edition published by Black Scat in 2013.
ADVENTURES IN ‘PATAPHYSICS
5.25″ x 8.25″ – perfect-bound paper, 64 pp., illustrated in black & white and full color
‘PATAPHYSICS / SCIENCE
Alphonse Allais (1854-1905) was France’s greatest humorist. His elegance, scientific curiosity, preoccupation with language and logic, wordplay and flashes of cruelty inspired Alfred Jarry, as well as succeeding generations of Surrealists, Pataphysicians, and Oulipians. Celebrate the master’s birthday with mirth, mischief, and cocktails!
And one of his sublime books translated by Doug Skinner, from Black Scat, of course.
“To leave is to die a little, but to die is to leave a lot.” –-Alphonse Allais
Publication: May 15th, 2015
Publication: June 16th, 2015 — Bloomsday!
There is a veritable army of zombie books out there but nothing remotely like this one. This obscure novel—a masterpiece of avant-garde weirdness—was published in France in 1697. It was written by one Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, “the Casanova of the 17th century,” as an act of literary revenge. It is not simply vengeful, but it’s the first work in world literature to use the word “zombie” and stands as an early example of bizarre black humor. This outrageous relic—unearthed & translated from the French by the incomparable Doug Skinner—is the novel’s first appearance in English and features a preface by the great Guillaume Apollinaire.
The Zombie of Great Peru rises from the grave this April—unleashed worldwide by Black Scat Books in an appropriately fetid trade paperback edition, with cover art & design by Norman Conquest.
Lock your doors and windows.
To order, click on a title in the list below.
CAPTAIN CAP: HIS ADVENTURES, HIS IDEAS, HIS DRINKS. Alphonse Allais. Translated by Doug Skinner
SELECTED PLAYS OF ALPHONSE ALLAIS. Alphonse Allais. Translated by Doug Skinner
TINTIN MEETS THE DRAGON QUEEN in THE RETURN OF THE MAYA TO MANHATTAN.
WAITING FOR GODEAU. Honoré de Balzac. Translated by Mark Axelrod
SWEET AND VICIOUS. Suzanne Burns
DON’T WORRY, IT’S NOT ABOUT HATS. Norman Conquest
THE NEGLECTED WORKS OF NORMAN CONQUEST. Norman Conquest
REAR WINDOWS: AN INSIDE LOOK AT FIFTY FILM NOIR CLASSICS. Norman Conquest
‘S A BIRD. a play by Eckhard Gerdes
THE SUGAR NUMBERS. Judson Hamilton
THE COMPLETE UNABRIDGED LEXICON. Opal Louis Nations
SURREALIST TEXTS. Gisèle Prassinos
WOMEN THAT DON’T EXIST. Frank Pulaski
AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE. Jason E. Rolfe
FISHSLICES. Paul Rosheim
THE UNKNOWN ADJECTIVE AND OTHER STORIES. Doug Skinner
HOROSCRAPES. Doug Skinner
WALLOOMSAC; A WEEK ON THE RIVER. David R. Slavitt
CROCODILE SMILES. Yuriy Tarnawsky
OULIPO PORNOBONGO 3: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY. Various
THE DERANGEMENT OF JULES TORQUEMAL. Robert Wexelblatt
THE STRAW THAT BROKE. Tom Whalen