Over 120 pages, featuring Jake Alexander, Alphonse Allais, Alain Arias-Misson, Mark Axelrod, Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Farewell Debut, Fiona Duffin, Tom La Farge, Allen Forrest, Ryan Forsythe, Eckhard Gerdes, Rhys Hughes, Janne Karlsson, Teri Lee Kline, Richard Kostelanetz, Jhaki M.S. Landgrebe, Michael Leigh, Terri Lloyd, David Macpherson, Samantha Memi, Monika Mori, Yarrow Paisley, Sheila Pell, Jason E. Rolfe, Doug Skinner, Wendy Walker, Carla M. Wilson, and D. Harlan Wilson.
Black Scat’s Absurdist Texts & Documents series is divided into sets of six titles each. This year we’ll be closing out the fifth set with AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE by Jason E. Rolfe (#30) and HOROSCRAPES by Doug Skinner (#31). Both gems are imbued with the mischievous spirit of Alphonse Allais.
Indeed, we launched the series in the summer of 2012 with Allais’s story MASKS, and the great French absurdist remains the guiding light behind Black Scat Books–suitably sublime and obscure. You’ll find plenty of evidence in the just released trade paperback SELECTED PLAYS OF ALPHONSE ALLAIS.
Next month we’re publishing a novel by a talented young writer, Suzanne Burns.
“Sweet and Vicious is an inspired exploration of Waldeinsamkeit and (post)romantic angst that turns the mundane into something beautiful and wild. Burns is a gifted writer.” –D. Harlan Wilson. Coming October 15th, just in time for Halloween.
Need we say more?
Artist Terri Lloyd (THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF COMMIE PORN) returns with a new monstrosity that’s in preparation as we speak. For now, the nature of the book must remain under wraps to avoid causing panic. We can only report that it’s another collaboration with Norman Conquest. (Clearly these two don’t know when to stop.)
The grand “utter nonsense” issue of BLACK SCAT REVIEW (#9) is going to be our biggest issue yet. Publication date TBA.
Looking ahead to 2015, you’ll discover books by Mark Axelrod, Eckhard Gerdes, Alain Arias-Misson, Farewell Debut, Carla M. Wilson, Doug Rice, Richard Kostelanetz, and other luminaries.
Pleased to announce the 29th volume in our Absurdist Texts & Documents series: OULIPO PORNOBONGO 3; ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY.
Featuring constrained works by Maria Schurr, Tom La Farge, Paulo Brito, Lucy Selleck, Doug Skinner, Paul Forristal, Ellen Nations, and Norman Conquest.
A titillating anthology—provocative, funny, and uncommonly satisfying.
You can order a copy in print ($15) or the digital edition ($5.25) by clicking HERE.
THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF COMMIE PORN by Terri Lloyd & Norman Conquest
Black Scat Books presents the complete and unexpurgated edition of this banned classic of Maoist pornography. Profusely illustrated with full color posters, cult propaganda, sex toys, lewd photos, and explicit Red Chinese erotica never before seen in the west. Includes: Sado-Maoism, podophilia, Bendi Helmsman ™ fetish vibes, “Waters of Yin,” incest-on-ice, gunnilingus, “Dear White-Boned Demon” advice column, & much, much more!
$24.00. 5¼” x 8¼”, Perfect-Bound paperback. Illustrated in lavish color. 50 pp. Limited to 100 copies.
ART / COMMUNISM / SATIRE / SEX / HUMOR
Here’s a look ahead at some of the goodies coming your way in the next few months.
In August we’re bringing you a major new novel by Tom Whalen, The Straw That Broke—a stunning work of speculative metafiction— filled with wordplay and literary hijinks. This is seminal post-cyberpunk fiction with wicked Oulipian twists, crafted by a master of experimental fiction.
On Labor Day, Mao Zedong’s clandestine Long March reaches its revolutionary climax in The Little Red Book of Commie Porn. A collaboration between California artists Terri Lloyd and Norman Conquest, this outrageously funny collection of satirical art & text is unlike anything we’ve ever published. Indeed, the book is nearly impossible to describe and must be seen to be believed.
Another literary event you won’t want to miss: the first English translation of the Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais, compiled and translated by Doug Skinner. This special illustrated edition makes a nice companion volume to Allais’s Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks. This new collection includes 24 works: eight monologues, three one-act plays, plus short skits, dialogues, and burlesques. For fans of the absurd, this is a must-have.
For armchair travelers who enjoy going nowhere in wickedly clever fashion, there’s David Slavitt’s absurdist chapbook Walloomsac: A Week on the River. It has already received advance praise from R. H. W. Dillard: “…I haven’t had this kind of significant fun since I stayed up ‘til dawn…breathlessly reading Pale Fire for the very first time.” This one’s a real treat.
Coming in September. we’re thrilled to be publishing Suzanne Burns’ experimental novel Sweet and Vicious. This new work by the gifted young author of Siblings and Misfits and other Heroes, is sure to enhance her reputation as one of the most innovative contemporary American writers.
And just in time for Halloween… the third volume of Oulipo Pornobongo: Anthology of Erotic Wordplay. The collection includes works by Maria Schurr, Paulo Brito, Tom La Farge, Lucy Selleck, Doug Skinner, Ellen Nations, Paul Forristal, and others.
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As capitalist running dog days of August approach, we are preparing to release one of the most controversial books ever published—THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF COMMIE PORN.
Long suppressed and banned in Red China, this incendiary work has never before been seen by Western eyes. So shocking and graphic are its contents that anyone found possessing it in the People’s Republic faced years of re-education or—during Mao’s reign—execution. The Great Helmsman himself urged party members to “strike down pinko porno!” yet was rumored to have kept a copy under his pillow. Throughout Peking, anti-Commie Porn posters warned citizens to “Pound Bourgeois Stroke Books with Red Fists of Fury!”…“Oppose Sex Worship!”... “Struggle Vigorously—Defeat Yankee-Panky!”, etc.
In 2013, two notorious California-based artists—Terri Lloyd and Norman Conquest—conspired to obtain a copy of the original banned edition. Disguised as tourists, they traveled to China and smuggled out a rare, running dog-eared copy.They have devoted nearly a year to disinfecting its pages, fine-scanning the lewd illustrations, and translating the often cryptic Red Guard “pornoganda” slogans into English.
EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS TITLE IS OUT OF PRINT AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Digitally enhanced scenes from 50 Film Noir masterpieces as you’ve never seen them before!
REAR WINDOWS is a must-have reference for thrill-seeking aficionados, students of cinema, and collectors of offbeat artists’ books. Spanning the golden age of Noir (1941-1962), this edition includes rare, resurrected photographs from the most memorable hard-boiled classics. This lavish, perfect-bound reference is destined to become the bible of film study departments around the world.
With an introduction by Robert Wexelblatt, Professor of Humanities, Boston University.
We’re thrilled to announce this advance release of Norman Conquest’s REAR WINDOWS: AN INSIDE LOOK AT FIFTY FILM NOIR CLASSICS—destined to become the bible of Film Noir studies
This special edition features digitally enhanced scenes from fifty Film Noir masterpieces as you’ve never seen them before. It’s a must-have reference for thrill-seeking aficionados, students of cinema, and collectors of offbeat artists’ books. Spanning the golden age of Noir (1941-1962), it includes over 50 rare photographic stills from memorable hard-boiled motion pictures, such as The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Big Sleep, Out of the Past, Kiss Me Deadly, and many more. Includes an illuminating introduction by Robert Wexelblatt, Professor of Humanities, Boston University.
“…the most truthful book on Noir that’s out there.” —Tosh Berman, Tam Tam Books
“I’ve just been (re)reading Rancière on the mis-en-scene revolution in theatre at the end of C19th. Here Norman Conquest goes literally beyond the mis-en-scene and adds in a Wagnerian negation of the star system. Erase glamour! Bring forward the scene makers.“—Stefan Szczelkun
“This is conceptual art at its finest. Ingenious in its simplicity, startling, absurd, and very funny.” —Alec Burroughs
“Evocative… I like the various physical/psychological angles with which [Conquest] approaches the stills, each of which is elegantly if sometimes surprisingly effected.” —Harold Jaffe
This is No. 27 in our acclaimed Absurdist Texts & Documents Series.
Perfect-bound paperback. 68 pp. $16.00
CLICK HERE to order online.
We’re pleased to announce that BLACK SCAT REVIEW – No. 1 (2012) is available in facsimile digital edition. If you missed it, now’s your chance to complete your collection of back issues.
The notorious “Cruci-Fiction” issue features works by Alphonse Allais, Florence Bocherel, Pierre Henri Cami, Pedro Carolino, Norman Conquest, John Crombie, S.N. Jacobson, Crad Kilodney, Michael Leigh, Samantha Memi, Doug Skinner, Yuriy Tarnawsky, and Tom Whalen.
PLUS, Elizabeth Archer’s interview with Samantha Memi, the UK’s flash fiction goddess and pastry chef.
You can order a print edition for the outrageous price of $1,000, or nab the spiffy digital edition for only $5.00.
Now that’s a steal!