BSR #11 is almost here…


BLACK SCAT REVIEW  has a new look, a new size, and a new format.
Available as a trade paperback in the U.S. and Europe.

FEATURING Alphonse Allais, Sandra Boersma, S. C. Delaney, Tony Duvert, Margie Franzen, William L. Gibson, Kristien Hemmerechts, Andy Koopmans, Richard Kostelanetz, Terri Lloyd, Happy Nightmares, L T O’Rourke, Derek Pell, Bobby Phillips, Agnès Potier, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Nelly Sanchez, Doug Skinner, Mark Stewart, Yuriy Tarnawsky, and Carla M. Wilson.

116 pp.
perfect-bound, illustrated, full color
US Trade Paper edition, 5.06″ x 7.81″


How to Write the Suicide Note

The following is an excerpt from Doktor Bey’s Suicide Guidebook, just published in a Black Scat Classic Interim Edition,  part of the Absurdist Texts & Documents series. Limited to 85 copies.



Here are ten tips to aid you in writing your suicide note, a particular often overlooked.

  1. Use of the first person is generally preferred.
  2. For maximum impact and credibility, always write in the past tense. (Example:: I was a failure in business.)
  3. If you are without family, friends, or even enemies, address the note “To Whom It May Concern.”
  4. When possible, use a typewriter. Far too many notes are indecipherable.
  5. Keep a carbon copy in your pocket, in case the original is misplaced.
  6. Do not concern yourself with the “beginning-middle-end” rule. Just concentrate on the end.
  7. Keep in mind that these are your last words. They should be commensurate with your social position.  They should reverberate in the reader’s mind!  Avoid such clichés as “Goodbye cruel world” and “To be or not to be . . .” Strive for the poetic.
  8. Self-pity, slang, and obscenity are acceptable.
  9. If artistically inclined, attach a self-portrait.
  10. Be brief. Nothing is more boring than a long goodbye.

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Doktor Bey's Suicide Guidebook


The Original How-To to End All is Back!

Doktor Bey's Suicide Guidebook

Long before Dr. Kevorkian was turning off the lights and the Hemlock Society was stocking up on helium—before jihadis were blowing themselves to smithereens—there was DOKTOR BEY’S SUICIDE GUIDEBOOK—the inspiration behind the worldwide assisted suicide movement. Indeed, the SUICIDE GUIDEBOOK (originally published by Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1977) is the world’s first, lavishly illustrated how-to to end all. Written by the notorious Doktor Bey, it has everything you need to know—including tips on composing the suicide note.

Black Scat Books is pleased to make this long out of print classic available to a new generation of the chronically depressed. With the world in chaos, DOKTOR BEY’S SUICIDE GUIDEBOOK is a welcome alternative to waiting around for Armageddon.

It’s a foolproof shortcut to god knows what.


In the wings, some special things…


In addition to books on our Scatalog page and six collectible volumes coming in our Absurdist Texts & Documents series, we have these special titles in the pipeline.

Leigh began issuing his handmade, limited edition Xmas catalogues in the U.K. in the late 80s through the 90’s and “into the early Noughties.” Each  booklet was approximately 16-pages folded from one A4 double-sided sheet, published in  an editions of 100 copies and distributed to family, friends and mail art chums. “They are based  on those tacky little brochures that appear at that time of year, particularly to advertise all manner of useless festive crap — gadgets for trimming fluff from jumpers, musical key fobs, big slippers for both feet, etc.” The artist has selected the best of these hilarious items for this special anthology. Just in time for the holidays!   [November, 2012]


Fans of Norman Conquest will rejoice at this lavish collection. In addition to many new works published here for the very first time, the volume incorporates two of the artist’s scarce early books—Sartre’s French Phrase Book and Interiors: A Book of Very Clean Rooms. NEGLECTED WORKS will be available as a trade paperback. [October, 2012]

Excerpts from Nations’ classic lexicon have appeared over the years in the U.S. and Europe, in small literary magazines and pamphlets. Now for the first time, Black Scat Books will make the entire text available for use by students and scholars–not to mention the master’s millions of followers. This mammoth opus is a seminal reference every family should own.  “The final nail in OED’s coffin.”—Derek Pell   [January, 2013]

… and…

farewell debut

POP HOT AND THE DIVA.  Farewell Debut
Another mysterious work by Ms. Debut which defies description
[To be announced]