Rumpus

James Reich, author of Bombshell and I, Judas, has written an excellent review of Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE for The Rumpus, rightly referring to Rickels as "The Man with the Golden Pun." Here's a snippet:

"In Fleming’s fiction, the special executive of SPECTRE exists in an ambivalent, anachronistic and absurd position, parallel to the threats of Nazism and the Cold War, just as Rickels’ runs parallel to the auspices of the academy and the pop culture and genre sophistication he revels in. Blofeld’s SPECTRE plots, in their silliness, are demonic camp; so much so that Bond can barely believe that such an organization exists. Just as Rickels couples with Blofeld, so he couples his postmodern riffs on psychoanalysis to SPECTRE. Therefore, this brief new book can be read precisely as one of Blofeld’s moves against Bond: as Special Executive, Rickels gives us Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. Psychoanalysis is spectral.James Bond is caught, not dangling over a shark tank, but regressing on the couch. 'Cast out,' as he puts it, 'of U.S. academic publishing like an older no-longer-cute pet' and too delightfully devious for Hollywood, Laurence Arthur Rickels now comes to us from a fantastic secret lair. For this, much credit must go to Anti-Oedipus Press in bringing—to mix my thrillers—one of our foremost spies in from the cold."

Germany

We are happy to announce the upcoming publication of Laurence A. Rickels' Germany: A Science Fiction in 2014. Here is a preliminary description of the book:

In I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick, Laurence A. Rickels investigated the renowned science fiction author’s collected work by way of its relationship to schizophrenia (as concept and condition). In his new book, Germany: A Science Fiction, he focuses on psychopathy as the undeclared diagnosis implied in flunking the empathy test. The switch from psychosis to psychopathy as an organizing limit opens up the prospect of a genealogy of the Cold War era, which Rickels begins with a reading of Dick’s The Simulacra and follows out with readings of Simulacron 3, Fahrenheit 451, The Day of the Triffids, This Island EarthGravity’s Rainbow, and many other genealogical stations.

Nazi Germany hosted the first season of realization of science fantasy with the rocket at the top of this arc. After WWII, the genre had to delete the recent past and begin again within the new Cold War opposition. Certainly the ancestral prehistory was still intact (as seen in the works of, for instance, Jules Verne and H. G. Wells). But at the bulk rate of its generic line of production, SF would henceforth become native to the Cold War habitat.

This study addresses the syndications of the missing era in the SF mainstream, the phantasmagoria of its returns, and the extent of the integration of all the above since some point in the 1980s. Rickels works through the preliminaries of repair that must be met in a world devastated by psychopathic violence before mourning can be even a need. While I Think I Am was the endopsychic allegory of Dick’s corpus, Germany takes the corpus as a point of context for the endopsychic genealogy of the post-WWII containment and integration of psychopathy.

Diegeses

Throughout December, we are selling the Kindle edition of D. Harlan Wilson's Diegeses for 99 cents. Here is the book description:

In Diegeses, acclaimed novelist and critic D. Harlan Wilson channels the "schiz-flows" of Ballard, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Burroughs, and Deleuze and Guattari in two interconnected novelettes. "The Bureau of Me" and "The Idaho Reality" follow a man who goes only by the name of Curd into the nightmarish prism of his own ego. In an ominous, darkly surreal near-future, Curd is visited by a group of mysterious strangers who claim to be representatives of the Bureau of Me. As he struggles to negotiate their weird aggression, he sinks deeper and deeper into alcoholism. The Bureau of Me suspects he is a becoming-god, but deification has its price. Inevitably he finds himself alone in a postapocalyptic wasteland, the last man, zombified physically and mentally. "The Idaho Reality" sees Curd rebooted from end-of-the-world subhuman to futuristic soap opera star. In a series of schizophrenic vignettes that mirror the condition of his psyche, he is turned inside-out. No longer the weak, insecure drunk he was in "The Bureau of Me," now he is an omnipotent television icon, although his penchant for hypermasculine assholery has shifted into high gear, rendering him more clown than becoming-god, degraded by the spectacle of simulation. Literary and grotesque, humorous and dismal, theoretical and streetwise, Diegeses is and avant-pop masterpiece that entertains as much as it enlightens, unstringing the complexities of the mind while tying them into new and undiscovered knots.

Giveaway

Congratulations to Loren Scott from Waterford, Michigan. She won a free paperback copy of Laurence A. Rickel's SPECTRE in the recent Goodreads giveaway.

Kindle

The Kindle version of Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE is now available. Here's what people are saying about it:

"Laurence Rickels offers blazing illumination of the invisible undertow of disquiet and uncanny in our knowledge of culture, consciousness and technology." —Jonathan Lethem

"Rickels' use of psychoanalysis makes it something like wallpaper on a computer, just the unquestioned background that provides a support for everything else to appear." Critical Inquiry

SPECTRE

Our latest publication, Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE, is now available in paperback as well as hardcover. Ebooks will be released in December.

Goodreads

Congratulations to Melissa Kucher, who won a free copy of Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE in the recent Goodreads giveaway.

Desire

"Writing—the first deterritorialized flow, drinkable on this account: it flows from the despotic signifier ... The signifier is the sign that has become a sign of the sign, the despotic sign having replaced the territorial sign, having crossed the threshold of deterritorialization; the signifier is merely the deterritorialized sign itself. The sign made letter. Desire no longer dares to desire, having become a desire of desire, a desire of the despot's desire. The mouth no longer speaks, it drinks the letter. The eye no longer sees, it reads. The body no longer allows itself to be engraved like the earth, but prostrates itself before the engravings of the despot, the region beyond the earth, the new full body." —D&G, Anti-Oedipus

Spectre

Advanced reader copies of Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE are now available. Please refer to the press kit for more details on the book, including a press release and an excerpt. If you are interested in writing a review, contact our publicist Stan Ashenbach at stanleyashenbach@yahoo.com.

Diegeses

The Goodreads giveaway for Diegeses is now complete. Thanks to everybody who entered. Paperback copies signed by D. Harlan Wilson will be sent out next week to the five winners. Congrats to Ashley Barrieau, Han'aa Ha, Junisa Ferreira, Saer McCliment and Emily Pettifor.

Malzberg

In anticipation of Anti-Oedipus Press's re-release of Barry N. Malzberg's novel Galaxies, here are two excellent reviews of NonStop Press's new anthology The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg, which the author himself considers to be his finest work:

The Los Angeles Review of Books
Locus Online

There

In early 2014, Anti-Oedipus Press will publish [[ there. ]] by celebrated avant-novelist, hyper-critic, and uber-professor Lance Olsen. Here's a description of the book:

Written during Olsen's five-month stay at the American Academy in Berlin, [[ there. ]] is part critifictional meditation and part trash diary exploring what happens at the confluence of curiosity, travel, and innovative writing practices. A collage of observations, facts, quotations, recollections, and theoretical reflections, it touches on a wide range of authors, genres, and places, from Beckett and Ben Marcus to David Bowie and Wayne Koestenbaum, film and architecture to avant-garde music and hypermedia, the Venezuelan jungle and Bhutanese mountains to New Jersey mall culture and the restlessness known as Berlin. [[ there. ]] is an always-already bracketed performance about how, by inhabiting unstable spaces, we continually unlearn and therefore relearn what thought, experience, and imagination feel like.

If you are unfamiliar with Olsen's work—you shouldn't be. FInd out more about him at his website and check out his latest book, Calendar of Regrets.

Malzberg

We are delighted to announce the informal acquisition of Barry Malzberg's absurdist, meta-SF novel Galaxies to reprint in paperback form. Contract negotiations are underway. Here's the cover description that appeared on the 1975 mass market paperback:

Fortieth-Century Space Probe! The diabolically clever Bureau had superbly trained their space pilot, beautiful Lena Thomas. Nothing could go wrong in an age where science had conquered the universe. In one of their fifteen faster-than-light ships, Lena would reach beyond the over-populated Milky Way, carrying her grotesque cargo: seven programmed prosthetic engineers to give advice and comfort, and 515 dead men sealed in gelatinous fix. Exposed to the unskilled ultraviolet of space, they would gradually become the living again! But the omniscient Bureau was not aware of the black galaxy in Lena's charted path. And Lena's ship fell into it, fell through twenty-five billion miles of hyperspace, into the lifeless, timeless expanse of the dreadful pit . . . The cyborg engineers couldn't help Lena now. She was totally alone except for the awakening dead! If she geared the ship up to tachyonic drive, would she break out of the terrifying black hole? Or would she destroy the universe?

Sounds like stock pulp SF, complete with exclamation points for effect. But Galaxies is SO much more — a truly unique and wildly satirical schizoanalysis of SF social and cultural machinery. Anti-Oedipus Press welcomes Barry aboard and thanks him for his company.

Paperback

The paperback edition of D. Harlan Wilson's Diegeses: A Double doesn't officially come out until June 1, 2013. Unofficially, however, it is available now. This is our debut book. Next in line: Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE.

Diegeses

In anticipation of the paperback release of D. Harlan Wilson's Diegeses in June, Kindle and Nook versions of the book will be available for $0.99 for a limited time. Here is a press kit.

See what some people are saying about Diegeses at Goodreads. There are also new reviews at Verbicide Magazine and Leaky Libido.

Jacket

Here is the full jacket for Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE. Thanks again to Matthew Revert for the artwork and layout.


Blurb

Jonathan Lethem has blurbed Laurence A. Rickels on behalf of SPECTRE:

"Lawrence Rickels offers blazing illumination of the invisible undertow of disquiet and uncanny in our knowledge of culture, consciousness and technology."

Here is the book description:

Ian Fleming whittled the effigy of James Bond out of his experiences with the British naval intelligence during World War II. After the publication of his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in1952, 007 quickly became a cultural icon in the Cold War and a fixture in our collective consciousness. In SPECTRE, Laurence A. Rickels examines Fleming’s novels and film adaptations like never before, looking awry at Bond through the sieve of psychoanalytic theory, history, and Kulturindustrie. Within the Bond universe, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is the global terrorist organization run by supervillain Ernst Stavro Bloefeld. Fleming added SPECTRE late in the game for the crossover into the film medium. The ghostly amalgam of perpetrators and victims of the Nazi era, SPECTRE deconstructs and manipulates the opposition of the Cold War and its repression of the recent past in order to promote the welfare of an organization that is in every sense an underworld. For Rickels, SPECTRE is a theoretical apparatus whereby he monitors and measures the flows, intensities and codings of the Bond universe while using it to read other texts, ranging from the writings of Goethe, Shakespeare and Derrida to the post-Freudian theories of Melanie Klein. This visionary, allusive study breaks new ground while extending ideas developed in such works as Aberrations of Mourning and Nazi Psychoanalysis. Rickels approach is at once playful and pointed as he looms over Bond and lays him bare on the chaise.

Rickels is emeritus professor of German and comparative literature at the University of California-Santa Barbara and currently professor of art and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. He is the author of over ten works of theory and criticism, among them I Think I Am Philip K. Dick, The Devil Notebooks, Nazi Psychoanalysis, and The Vampire Lectures

Cover

Matthew Revert has put together another beautiful cover, this time for Laurence A. Rickel's SPECTRE, a nomad analysis of the Bond oeuvre. Coming from Anti-Oedipus Press in October. A press kit will be available soon.


Press


Diegeses Novelettes by D. Harlan Wilson
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Distributed by Ingram
Paperback: 104 pages, 5x8, $7.99
Kindle: $4.99, ASIN B00B5HNJUU
Nook: $4.99, BNID 2940015971545

Contact: Stanley Ashenbach
Email: stanleyashenbach@yahoo.com

PRAISE FOR D. HARLAN WILSON
“Provocative entertainment.”
Booklist
“A bludgeoning celluloid rush of language and ideas served from an action-painter’s bucket of fluorescent spatter."
—Alan Moore
“New bursts of stream-of-cyberconsciousness prose.”
Library Journal
“Wilson writes with the crazed precision of a futuristic war machine gone rogue.”
—Lavie Tidhar

ANTI-OEDIPUS PRESS annouces the release of Diegeses, two interconnected novelettes by acclaimed novelist and critic D. Harlan Wilson. Channeling the “schiz-flows” of Ballard, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Burroughs, and Deleuze and Guattari themselves, “The Bureau of Me” and “The Idaho Reality” follow a man who goes only by the name of “Curd” into the nightmarish prism of his own ego.

In an ominous, darkly surreal near-future, Curd is visited by a group of mysterious strangers who claim to be representatives of the “Bureau of Me.” As he struggles to negotiate their weird aggression, he sinks deeper and deeper into alcoholism. The Bureau of Me suspects he is a becoming-god, but deification has its price. Inevitably he finds himself alone in a postapocalyptic wasteland, the last man, zombified physically and mentally. “The Idaho Reality” sees Curd “rebooted” from end-of-the-world subhuman to futuristic soap opera star.  In a series of schizophrenic vignettes that mirror the condition of his psyche, he is turned inside-out. No longer the weak, insecure drunk he was in “The Bureau of Me,” now he is an omnipotent television icon, although his penchant for hypermasculine assholery has shifted into high gear, rendering him more clown than becoming-god, degraded by the spectacle of simulation.

Literary and grotesque, humorous and dismal, theoretical and streetwise, Diegeses is and avant-pop masterpiece that entertains as much as it enlightens, unstringing the complexities of the mind while tying them into new and undiscovered knots.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D. Harlan Wilson is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist, short story writer, literary critic, editor, and Professor of English at Wright State University. In addition to over ten works of fiction and nonfiction, hundreds of his stories and essays have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies across the world in multiple languages. Wilson serves as reviews editor for the academic journal Extrapolation, editor-in-chief of the literary journal The Dream People, and managing editor of Guide Dog Books, the nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Visit him online at www.dharlanwilson.com and www.thekyotoman.com.

Spectre

Anti-Oedipus Press has informally acquired Laurence A RickelsSpectre, an anti-oedipalization of the Bond oeuvre. Rickels is a literary and media theorist whose books include The Devil NotebooksThe Vampire Lectures, Nazi Psychoanalysis, I Think I Am Philip K. Dick, and many others. He serves as the Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. More details soon.

Odd


Note this upcoming release from one of our favorite sister publishers:

BOOK: Odd Men Out
AUTHOR: Matt Betts
ARTIST: Bradley Sharp
PUBLISHER: Dog Star Books
GENRE: Steampunk/Alternate History
RELEASE DATE: July 2013

The Civil War went on far longer than anyone expected, prompting the North and South to call a truce to fight their common enemy: The Chewers – dead men come to life to attack the living. As a result, a peacekeeping force called the Office of Military Operations is created to watch over the tenuous peace.

Cyrus Joseph Spencer didn’t fight in the war and couldn’t care less about the United Nations of America that resulted from it. His main concern is making money and protecting his crew from all manner of danger. To escape a horrible tragedy, Cyrus and one of his wards, Lucinda, board a U.N. dirigible for safety. They quickly discover their situation has not improved as the U.N. team is chasing a group of rogue soldiers in hopes of stopping them from obtaining a terrible weapon.

They also have to contend with a larger threat (Drago del Vapore) a giant lizard attacking the West Coast and wreaking havoc on everything it encounters. As the two sides face off against each other and the huge beast, Cyrus feels more and more like an Odd Man Out and finds it harder and harder to stay out of the fight.

Pulp

"God to start with is only nerve, not body, and akin therefore to the human soul. But unlike the human body, where nerves are present only in limited numbers, the nerves of God or infinite and eternal . . . I thought I was the last real human being left, and that the few human shapes whom I saw apart from myself—Professor Flechsig, some attendants, occasional more or less strange-looking patients—were only 'fleeting-improsived men' created by miracle . . . I therefore repeatedly went ahead with eating unperturbed, without having a stomach . . . Of other internal organs I will only mention the gullet and the intestines, which were torn or vanished repeatedly, further the pharynx, which I partly ate up several times, finally the seminal cord, against which very painful miracles were directed, with the particular purpose of suppressing the sensation of voluptuousness arising in my body . . . Trying to trace the origin of this idea one must assume some misunderstanding of the symbolic meaning of the act of defecation, namely that he who entered into a special relationship to divine rays as I have is to a certain extent entitled to shit on all the world . . . I can put this only briefly: everything that happens is in reference to me." Daniel Paul Schreber, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

To learn more about Schreber/Curd, read Diegeses on Kindle or Nook.

CFP



To Unearth the Bruises Underground: The Fanatical Oeuvre of Steve Aylett (Essay Collection)

PUBLISHER
Anti-Oedipus Press (anti-oedipuspress.blogspot.com)

EDITORS
D. Harlan Wilson
Bill Ectric

CONTACT EMAIL
billectric@aol.com

A fanatical satirist and provocateur, British author Steve Aylett writes in multiple genres, usually simultaneously, combining elements of science fiction and fantasy with comedy and a high literary aesthetic. As a result of his unique method of narrative hybridization, Aylett has not garnered much of a readership beyond devotees in underground circles who tend to worship him like a bogie in the sky. He is simply too clever and grandiloquent for genre readers, and he’s too genre for literary readers, infusing his meta-pulp fictions with intricate networks of hi-tech and/or bizarre novums. Like J. G. Ballard, Aylett belies, if not capsizes, formulaic methods and ultimately constitutes a genre in and of himself. A comprehensive study of his singular body of work is long overdue.

Anti-Oedipus Press will publish To Unearth the Bruises Underground, the first collection of critical essays on Aylett. We seek articles between 2000-5000 words on one or more of the following works:

THE BEERLIGHT SERIES
The Crime Studio
Slaughtermatic
Atom
Novahead

THE ACCOMPLICE SERIES (collected as The Complete Accomplice):
Only an Alligator
The Velocity Gospel
Dummyland
Karloff's Circus

NOVELS
Bigot Hall
The Inflatable Volunteer
Shamanspace
Lint
Fain the Sorcerer
Rebel at the End of Time

COLLECTIONS
Toxicology
Smithereens
And Your Point Is?
Tao Te Jinx

COMICS
The Caterer
Get that Thing Away from Me

FILMS
LINT: The Movie

Format submissions according to MLA style and send them to Bill Ectric at billectric@aol.com. The target publication date is June 2014. Submissions will be accepted until October 2013.