In addition to the exciting books we have planned for the new year, we’re also designing a new web site which we hope to launch in the spring. This blog has served us well since the summer of 2012, but who knew our list would grow so large it requires ten minutes to scroll through. Thus, we need the power of a web site to make browsing easier and pleasurable.
Our successful fundraising campaign allowed us to perform last rites on our dilapidated Windows system and the outdated software we were struggling with. So Scat is totally a Mac shop now. Forgive the expression, but our workflow has become almost efficient, and the thousands of files in our archive have been ported over safely and backed up on the Cloud.
I should point out that we will not be tampering with our mascot logo because it’s as well regarded as the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. (No shit!)
On another front, the response to our free journal, Le Scat Noir, has been phenomenal, and we invite you to download issues and tell your friends. If we continue finding readers, we’ll be able to attract a few paid advertisements to underwrite the cost of bringing it to you every month.
Finally, despite the dire results of the election, 2016 was a very good year for Black Scat. You can be sure we’ll continue to do our part to fight the good fight and stand up against threats to our freedoms.
We trust you’ll do the same.
Onward & upward!
Amid the intensity of our ongoing fundraising drive, it’s always nice to be able to offer our readers something free, such as the current issue of Le Scat Noir. Number 215 features works by Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Paul Kavanagh, Jason E. Rolfe , and Doug Skinner.
CLICK HERE to download the PDF.
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.
Listen closely and you shall hear… the melodious sounds of a Scat-filled New Year.
- Surrealist Texts by Gisèle Prassinos
Transformative texts by one of Surrealism’s most gifted voices. Translated from the French by Ellen Nations. Includes eight original watercolor paintings by Bruce Hutchinson.
- The Unknown Adjective & Other Stories by Doug Skinner
A collection of cryptic comics and picture stories.
- The Straw That Broke by Tom Whalen
A “baffling and wonderfully funny” novel, featuring the legendary Encyclopedia Mouse.
- Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais
Rare theatrical works by the great French humorist, compiled and translated by Doug Skinner.
- Merde à La Belle Époque
Scatological texts by period luminaries, including Alphonse Allais, George Auriol, Georges Courteline, Edmond Haraucourt, Vincent Hyspa, Maurice MacNab, & Erik Satie. Compiled and translated by Doug Skinner. “Sparkling sewage!”
- The Sugar Numbers by Judson Hamilton
A kaleidoscopic novella in which two servants—Morel and Valentine—attempt to usurp their respective masters.
- Selected Poems of Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Lost poems by the enigmatic creator of Plan 9 from Outer Space.
- Crocodile Smiles by Yuriy Tarnawsy
Stories by the author of The Placebo Effect Trilogy.
- Desiring Specimens by Norman Conquest.
A collection of imaginary book titles hidden in typography specimen sheets.
drawing at top of post by Léonce Burret