Nothing Happened

Buster Keaton

What you have to do is create a character. Then the character just does his best, and there’s your comedy. – Buster Keaton

b8a0be81f362c0f524ef543eb84ead9eMy short story, “Buster Keaton” can be found in the current issue of Le Scat Noir (Number 217). I am a fan of silent comedy – Buster in particular – and so I wrote this short piece as a  simple tribute to the Old Stone Face.

There is something comically tragic (or tragically comic) about Buster. Perhaps he, better than anyone else, understood how closely linked comedy and tragedy truly are. He lived a life that encapsulated both, and yet he lived to make us laugh.

You can read “Buster Keaton” here. I am pleased to have it included with so many wonderful works in Le Scat Noir Number 217.

A New Corvo Collection

The cover for Snuggly Books‘ forthcoming Corvo collection, for which I’ve written the introduction. Due out in April of next year. This book showcases Corvo’s talent as a short story writer, and makes some of his harder to find tales more accessible to readers. Corvo enthusiasts will undoubtedly buy this book, but I recommend it to those of you unfamiliar with Frederick Rolfe’s work. It is an excellent introduction to Corvo’s unique blend of Decadence and Modernism.

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An Archive of Human Nonsense

14639841_1291490804204243_3971675242789998160_nAlong the tavern’s back wall he found a small writing desk, around which the floor was stained ink-black and littered with loose scraps of paper. Atop the desk he found a small stack of handwritten newsletters entitled The Archive of Human Nonsense. He picked one up. It was dated 17 April, 1817 – eight months previous – and had been hand-penned in German running script. From front to back the small newsletter was eight pages long. It opened with a list of names, twenty-two in all, and closed with a watercolour picture of a giant red rooster…

Thus begins an existential journey through Vienna’s streets and one man’s guilt-laden memories. From mountebanks, puppet showmen, and trainers of performing monkeys, to the strange Mechanical Theatre of Sebastian von Schwenenfeld the journey becomes a quest not to find meaning but to define it.

An Archive of Human Nonsense will be published as a Snuggly Slim by Snuggly Books soon. In the meantime, check out their website. Their catalogue contains works by contemporary writers such as Brendan Connell, Justin Isis, David Rix, Kristine Ong Muslim, Yarrow Paisley and Quentin S. Crisp – and excellent translations of Léon Bloy and Jean Lorrain by the very talented Brian Stableford.

Que Voulez-Vous Dire?

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I find it fitting that this issue of LSN contains works by Allais and Skinner, because “Que Voulez-Vous Dire” is a tip of the hat to both! Allais appears in the story itself, while Skinner is responsible for the numerous English translations of Alphonse’s work published by Black Scat Books.

Translation is daunting business. Translating the works of an author known for his humorous wordplay and wit must be extremely difficult. Fortunately for us, Mr. Skinner is not only appreciative of Allais’ humour, he gets it! He gets it in French, and is able to help us get it en anglais! Black Scat is the home of Alphonse Allais in English!

You can download and read Le Scat Noir Number 216 for free here!

Le Scat Noir Number 215

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Le Scat Noir Number 2015 is available here, free of charge!

Waiting for Beckett

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My short story, “Waiting for Beckett” will be appearing online very soon in Black Scat’s Le Scat Noir. It’s a completely true story, too! Well, aside from the bit about Sam Beckett…and Godot. I may have fabricated your part in the story as well, but I did write a ten minute play about cannibals! You can read “Waiting for Beckett” in Le Scat Noir, but you’ll have to wait until October! In the meantime, enjoy this photograph of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy which, I think you’ll agree, is somewhat reminiscent of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”.

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Something Happened!

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The “More Utter Nonsense” issue of Black Scat Review has been published, and with it my one-act play, The Elephant in the Room. You can purchase your copy here.