404_Error: Memoir of a Nobody, by RG Vasicek & Zak Ferguson. ISBN 978-1-9996964-9-8. Paperback, 96 pp. Publication date: December 2022. An anti-memoir like 404 Error comes along maybe once a century. As for the writers, who are they, are they real, who cares? This book is machine-made. A pocket machine that requires no batteries.
Performances for the End of Time, by Harold Jaffe. ISBN 978-1-9996964-8-1. Paperback, 176 pp. Publication date: October 2022. A series of dirges for the living-yet-already-departed, Performances for the End of Time “perform” not a foreboding of what may be, but a scathing indictment of what now already is. This collection is not meant as an alarm, but as a meditation, less Cassandra warning of certain doom and more Tiresias musing on the immutability of a doomed fate.
Work, by Richard Makin. ISBN 978-1-9996964-4-3. Paperback, 468 pp. Publication date: May 2022. Work is allusive, elusive, solipsistic, and playful. Offering no anchor to the reader – a linear story, identifiable characters – instead, we are set adrift on a sea of words. Images and passages fade in and out, possible genres – science fiction, detective noir, autobiographical confessional – cling to the mind and then disappear just as easily.
Plague Theatre, by Ansgar Allen. ISBN 978-1-9996964-5-0. Paperback, 112 pp. Publication date: February 2022. Set in Scarborough on the north coast of England, Plague Theatre narrates the pestilence or perversion which took hold of the town in or around 1720, while offering an extended meditation on Antonin Artaud’s neglected essay ‘Theatre and the Plague’.
Infinity in Bits, by Michael J. Rowland. ISBN 978-1-9996964-7-4. 272 pages. Paperback. Publication date: October 2021. Infinity in Bits invites the reader to a smorgasbord of visual art, poetry and revelations which have bubbled up and out of Michael John Rowland in bits and pieces, from an infinity of sources, intrinsically and beautifully connected to the 78 cards of the Tarot.
Assassin, by Ryan Madej. ISBN 978-1-9996964-6-7. 120 pages. Paperback. Publication date: September 2021. Ryan Madej’s Assassin is an experimental novella with a deep esoteric background. In a dead city, a woman with a weapon that can erase its victims from time searches for prey. Lifetimes away, a man searches for a lost manuscript that will give him power over her.
Desert Tiles, by Mike Corrao. ISBN 978-1-9996964-3-6. 230 pages. Paperback. Publication date: September 2021. Desert Tiles brings a fresh spin on the “Corraoesque” theme of text / image coming “alive”, becoming a “semiotic organism,” undertaken here via the twin metaphors of text as a desert and reading as necromancy.
Mental Shrapnel, by Phillip O’Neil. ISBN 978-1-9996964-0-5. 392 pages. 1st edition. Paperback. Publication date: October 2020. Chris Mahler was a top psychologist, but that was before the war in Bosnia. Something happened to him during that war – it left him too traumatised to remember. Now he must go to war once more & this time the stakes are higher than ever before.
Life Raft, by Ken Nash. ISBN 978-0-9931955-9-4. 264 pages. 1st edition. Paperback. Publication date: November 2019. Life Raft departs from The Brain Harvest most significantly in that extremes of life and death throughout Life Raft feel more urgent and pressing here. Nash’s stories make us aware that in this turbulent world, art is only a precarious raft – yet, miraculously, it seems to sustain us.
Combinations, a novel, by Louis Armand. ISBN 978-0-9571213-6-2. Paperback. 888pp + xxxvii. Publication date: May 2016. “Kafka’s The Trial meets Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities.” In 8 octaves, 64 chapters and on 888 pages, Louis Armand’s The Combinations is a “work of attempted fiction” that combines the beauty & intellectual exertion that is chess with the panorama of futility & chaos that is “Golem City.”
A Mystery’s No Problem, a novel, by Lou Rowan. ISBN 978-0-9931955-3-2. Paperback. 200pp. Publication date: May 2016. Like a piano-player striving to make music in a whorehouse, Lou seeks earnestly, desperately to fathom rollicking episodes of crime and corruption on both coasts of the imploding American Empire.
Pink Alligator: The Memoir of Chip T. Walkner, a novel, by Thor Garcia. ISBN 978-0-9931955-4-9. Paperback. 300pp. Publication date: May 2016. Why does the pink alligator choose YOU? That’s the question Chip Walkner and his wife Jaycee must confront when Crunchie the pink alligator appears on their doorstep.
H, fiction, by Philippe Sollers. ISBN 978-0-9931955-0-1. Paperback. 172pp. Publication date: May 2015. This groundbreaking novel was inspired by the May 1968 Paris student/worker uprising, and, in its own right, performs a revolt against much that’s been (and still is) taken for granted in the belles lettres. Described as “a music that is inscribed in language, becoming the object of its own reasoning” (Julia Kristeva), H does away with plot, character and setting, in order to attempt what Sollers himself called “an external polylogue.”
Second Through Brain, a novel, by Melchior Vischer, translated by David Vichnar & Tim König. ISBN 978-0-9931955-1-8. Paperback. 220pp. Publication date: November 2015. Proclaimed as the “first Dada novel” & the “literary equivalent of Cézanne,” Melchior Vischer’s Sekunde durch Hirn (Second Through Brain, 1920) is an important rediscovered landmark of the inter-war European avant-garde, here translated into English for the first time.
The Weather in Fritz Bemelmans Park, stories, by Holly Tavel. ISBN 978-0-9571213-9-3. Paperback. 152pp. Publication date: November 2015. If the past is a foreign country, childhood is a vanished civilization filled with mysterious monuments and charming ruins, and always coloured by our own wildly unreliable memories. The 18 stories in this collection offer a kaleidoscopic view of childhood’s forgotten tropes and dizzying leaps of logic, and are by turns hilariously paranoid, discombobulated, claustrophobic, and filled with yearning.
Mourning, a novel, by Richard Makin. ISBN 978-0-9931955-2-5. Paperback. 254pp. Publication date: May 2015. Mourning is the final part of a trilogy by writer, poet and artist Richard Makin, following Work (Great Works) and Dwelling (Reality Street). “The writing is that it is. This is prose you must learn to experience before you begin to interpret […] the pages in their beautiful and delirious abstraction are ordered poetry” (Iain Sinclair).
Cairo, a novel, by Louis Armand. ISBN 978-0-9571213-7-9. 366pp. Release date: January 2014. What do a crashed satellite, a string of bizarre murders and a time-warp conspiracy have in common? Welcome to Cairo, where the future’s just a game and you’re already dead. “A timely reminder of what fiction can do when it chases ideas, Cairo will reward those looking for a way to escape the enclosure of realism, cutting a hole in the fence so readers can wriggle out into the more interesting and dangerous terrain of the unknown” (Jennifer Mills, Sydney Review of Books).
Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America, a novel, by Damien Ober. ISBN 978-0-9571213-8-6. Paperback. 250pp. Release date: August 2014. Colonial America. A year after uploading the Declaration of Independence, a mysterious internet plague has broken loose in the cloud, killing any user who accesses a networked device. Seven in ten Americans are dead. The internet is abandoned. The entire continental militia has vanished. Seizing the moment, the British take control of New York and Philadelphia, scattering what little remains of the rebellion.
Only Fools Die of Heartbreak, short fiction, by Thor Garcia. ISBN 978-0-9571213-4-8. 340pp. Release date: April 2013. The hellraising, nightmarish genius of Thor Garcia has returned in this explosive collection of sordid, hilarious, gut-twisting tales. It’s a no-holes-barred assassination of our world today. The horror, madness and humour – along with the impeccable dialogue and fast-moving prose – will leave you breathless.
Louis XXX, texts by Georges Bataille, translated by Stuart Kendall. ISBN 978-0-9571213-5-5. 142pp. Release date: April 2013. Louis XXX presents two little known hybrid texts by French novelist and philosopher Georges Bataille: The Little One and The Tomb of Louis XXX. Written alongside Bataille’s major work, Guilty, and only loosely narrative in any conventional sense, these audaciously experimental pieces of pornographic chamber music commingle prose and poetry, fiction and autobiography, philosophical and theological meditations, abstract artifice and intimate confession, bound together by the mysterious pseudonym at their centre.
Canicule, a novel, by Louis Armand. ISBN 978-0-9571213-3-1. 260pp. Release date: April 2013. The dog days of 1983. The bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut. Ronald Reagan and Yuri Adropov, dancing into the sunset. Twenty years on, the long hot summer of the Israel-Lebanon War. Hess, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter, finds himself in the Mediterranean, drinking to forget a wasted marriage. With the Cold War, sex and punk rock throbbing in the background, Hess must confront the past, seeking to salvage dignity from defeat.
Breakfast at Midnight, a novel, by Louis Armand. ISBN 978-0-9571213-0-0. 152pp. Release date: April 2012. Kafkaville. Blake is a pornographer who photographs corpses. Ten years ago, a young man becomes a fugitive when a redhead disappears on a bridge in the rain. In the psychological noir-scape of Kafkaville, the rain never stops, and redemption is just another betrayal away. “A twisted, brilliantly savage acid noir” (Benjamin Woodard, Numéro Cinq).
The News Clown, a novel, by Thor Garcia. ISBN 978-0-9571213-2-4. 477pp. EU10.00 Release date: April 2012. Publisher’s Weekly has described Thor Garcia‘s writing as “flashy, satirical… entertaining and eminently readable.” The News Clown was a finalist in the 2009 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award.
The Brain Harvest, short fiction, by Ken Nash. ISBN 978-0-9571213-1-7. 159pp. Release date: April 2012. Ken Nash has been likened to George Saunders and Donald Barthelme, and The Brain Harvest has been described by Clare Wigfall, author of The Loudest Sound and Nothing (Faber), as “taut, intelligent, eccentric, and wholly engaging.”
Clair Obscur, a novel, by Louis Armand. ISBN 978-80-260-0112-6. 288pp. Release date: October 2011. Set against the backdrop of the 1990s war in former-Yugoslavia, Clair Obscur ranges between forensic realism and poetic psychology, like the films of Resnais and Bertolucci its language frequently evokes. “Robert Pinget does Canetti (in drag in Yugoslavia)” (Joshua Cohen, author of Witz).
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Still waiting for “H”…hopefully available soon?
Cheers Satch, “H” should be out in December. All best, David