Breaking News!

This yummy collection of pataphysical inventions by Derek Pell and Doug Skinner has just hit the shelves. It even features some collage illustrations by yours truly. (Apparently they didn’t have room for my name on the cover, but we’ll let that pass.) Look closely and you’ll see the book has an Afterword by the great French humorist Alphonse Allais. That alone should send you off to Zon to buy a copy.

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Amazing News!

I’m pleased to announce that AMAZING COVERS is now available from Ferdydurke Books in San Francisco. It’s filled with full-cover reproductions, featuring comic book classics such as Silly Psychopaths, Unknown Worlds, The Marquis de Jughead, Weird Science, and many more. You can add this awesome new art book to your coffee table for $20, or grab the digital edition for only $7.50. It’s truly amazing.

Click here to order direct from the printer and tell ’em Conquest sent you. It won’t make a difference but who cares. 

Playing with words

Photo by Patrick Tomasso

For one of the pieces in my forthcoming collection, smells like teen spirit, I devised a minor Oulipian constraint which I believe is unique. That is to say, I searched my reference shelf as well as the web and could not find the exercise. So if anyone out there has heard of it, please contact me (via the link on the “About” page) and I’ll refrain from bragging.

In the meantime… drum roll, please!

—– Regressive Text —–

Take a text (fiction or nonfiction) and use only the first sentence of each paragraph, starting with the last paragraph and working backwards to the first sentence.

 

I used a short story by O. Henry and was richly rewarded with a delightfully ironic ending:

The critics have assailed every source of inspiration save one.

This inspired me to add a variation to the regressive text:

italicize one word in each sentence and append the words “emphasis added” to the title.

 

Thus, using the above example, the last sentence became: 

The critics have assailed every source of inspiration save one.

I won’t reveal the story’s title here, but you’ll find it when the book is released. Let’s hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed tampering with it.

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