Book Your Vacation in Merryland

If you haven’t started collecting the little books in the Pocket Erotica series, you’re missing out on all the fun. At the moment there are seven titles available, with more to follow.

NOW AVAILABLE TRAVELS TO MERRYLAND by “Roger Pheuquewell. Esq.” — a satirical travelogue to (private) parts unknown.

Other goodies in the wings:

This edition has been banned by Amazon.

Check out the series here.

That’s enough of this nonsense!

No, there can never be enough.

So grab this gem while you can… an anthology of nonsense in all its merry infestations, from subtle emanations to cartoon lunacy. Packed with stories, songs, art, & poetry by these inspired misfits: Mark Axelrod, Tom Barrett, Angie Brenner, Ken Brown, Norman Conquest, Caroline Crépiat, Haley Dahl, Farewell Debut, Paul Forristal, Ryan Forsythe, Penelope Goddard, Jean-Jacques Grandville, Simon Hanes, Rhys Hughes, Alexei Kalinchuk, KKUURRTT, Rick Krieger, David Moscovich, Jason E. Rolfe, Paul Rosheim, Bob Rucker, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Doug Skinner, Terry Southern, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Tom Whalen, & Carla M. Wilson.

ORDER YOUR COPY ON AMAZON NOW

Green is the New Black!…

…The new Black Scat book that is. THE BOOK WITH THE GREEN COVER.

Catchy title, eh?

This is my collection of verbo-visual treats — featuring freaked-up posters, charts, mock book & magazine covers, rectified readymades, typographic diversions, found novels, and other delicious detritus.

It’s profusely illustrated in FLAMING FULL COLOUR which really makes the pictures pop out.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy on Amazon. You’ll be glad you did and so will I.

 

Ten years in the making….

OK, it wasn’t ten years, but it sure feels like ten years. I had to pester and prod 40+ contributors and — despite having flunked math — that’s  a lot of people. Then, of course, I had to try and cram in all human knowledge into 116 pages — no easy task, take my word for it. Not to mention a boatload of illustrations. All this material was piled sky-high on my desk and i had to sort through it all and ALPHABETIZE the entries!  Imagine what a chore that was. But that was just the beginning…the goddamn thing had to be placed in the layout and made to look like it all made sense — had an inherent structure, justified typography, and cross references — even freaking footnotes!!

It should all have been proofread, too, but I didn’t have the time for that, thank you very much.

If anybody asks  if you’d like to edit an encyclopedia…tell them to go to hell.

Oh, but don’t get me wrong…this is a book you’ll surely want to own and give as a gift. Heck, what better gift  than the gift of knowledge, right?

You can order the book as we speak at this LINK …  tell ’em Norman sent you.

On second thought, tell them Diderot.  (Look him up.)

The New Math!

Already terribly successful in France (emphasis on terrible), a revised and expanded edition has just been rushed into print. Includes my signature, new footnotes, additional illustrations and other goodness. And at under $11 it’s a steal, so please steal it here.

Available worldwide on Amazon.

Do the Math

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Cover (front + back) of the Second Edition

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Back cover (detail) First Edition

After several delays my new collection THREE  PLUS THREE MAKES SEVEN was published last week by   Blazing Chapbooks in Paris.

My dear friend Alain Arias-Misson was on hand for a small launch party at the publisher’s home office at 75 Rue Saint Honoré.  Alain was accompanied  by the lovely writer Karen Moller and their good friend, the Oulipian wizard, Marcel Bénabou. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Alain and Marcel are at work on an oulipian interview which will appear in a future issue of Le Scat Noir)  

UPDATE: “…I really feel constrained to say that my esteemed and notorious author-friend is as usual overly modest – it was most certainly not a small launch! Yes, the offices are quite small, so that not every member of the literary Parisian glitterati who wanted to get in – could. Norman Conquest has become something of a byword if not a shibboleth! in Anglo-French intellectual circles and I was daunted at having to say a few brief laudatory words, as much was expected! Well, in the end, all I can say is Bravo! and when is the American lit-establishment going to learn from Paris – as it did in the past with Joyce, Miller, Eliot, Hemingway and so many others.”                          — Alain Arias-Misson, Paris

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I have yet to receive my author’s copies, but I hear it’s quite lovely. It has some nice illustrations by Stephan Evrard; a drawing by the late Georges Perec; and a preface by Derek Pell which, according to my editor Jason Steinholt, contains sufficient praise for a blurb or two. Speaking of blurbs, the publisher has sent a complimentary copy to Betsy DeVos (if that’s her real name)—admittedly it’s a long shot, but it would certainly be helpful to have the backing of the U.S. Secretary of Education.  So, fingers crossed.

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At the mention of Paris, I’m sure there’s panic among my followers, but don’t sweat it,  the chapbook is in English. In fact, there’s only one sentence in French and if you can’t read it, so what? You’re not missing anything.

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Blazing Chapbooks, 75 Rue Saint Honoré, Paris

You can nab a copy for a mere ten bucks on Amazon  now. If you want to see the subtitle CLICK HERE.

I can’t say much more about the book because I haven’t read it. Writing and reading are separate activities.  Anyhow, the less said the better is my motto. Besides,  it’s always wise to leave something to the imagination,  assuming you have one, and since you’re reading this blog post it’s unlikely.

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My esteemed editor & publisher, J. V. Steinholt

I will, however, give you a hint: the book is not about hats,  mutants, marmosets, dwarves, ex-wives, Catholicism, meth labs, smartphones,  or Donald Trump.  Hmm, that  rules out nearly everything except maths. Oh well, you’ll just have to take your chances .

CLICK HERE TO ORDER   

IF YOU’RE IN FRANCE, PLEASE ORDER HERE

Happy October! 

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