Gun Fags of the World, Reload!

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Gun Fag Manifesto goes to press next week. It's an insanely entertaining book. Above is a sneak peek of the cover design by Kevin Slaughter of Underworld Amusements (the co-publisher). Nine-Banded Books will be begin taking advance orders in the next few days.

Next up in the 9BB publishing queue:

  • Down Where the Devil Don't Go, by Paul Bingham
  • Keeping Ourselves in the Dark, by Colin Feltham
  • Jesus Never Existed: An Introduction to the Ultimate Heresy, by Ken Humphreys
  • Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide, by Sarah Perry
  • Confessions of an Antinatalist: Revised Edition, by Jim Crawford
  • A Personal History of Moral Decay, by Bradley Smith
  • Lucifer's Lexicon and Other Writings, by L.A. Rollins
  • William Fortyhands: Disintegration and Reinvention of the Shakespeare Canon, by Samuel Crowell
  • The Nine-Banded Sourcebook and Reader, edited by Chip Smith

I do expect a few intervening surprises, but these are the top priorities. All I can say for sure is at this point is that Down Where the Devil Don't Go will be next. It's going to be a busy year.

If you are very rich and very ill, please consider making a bequest to 9BB in your will. It'll help move the conveyor belt.

Memento mori.

Jonathan Bowden’s SADE


Sade was one of several short works of self-styled polemical scholarship that Jonathan Bowden produced in the early 90s. I don't think many people have read it. It's hard to say just where it fits in the broader scheme of Sade studies, if it has a place at all. I like to believe it has a place.

Bowden approached the scholarly monograph much the way Dubuffet attacked a canvas. His perspective was that of an outsider and he wrote with casual disregard for the formal strictures of any discipline, favoring a kind of neurotically invested free-associative abandon to the worn path of disinterested criticism. It is this quality, however untrustworthy, that I believe marks his psychobiographical portrait of the infamous Marquis de Sade as something of lasting impression. The insight Bowden brought to a "problematic" subject still represents a peculiar disturbance in the literature — one suffused with feverish, flesh-borne vitality. 

Despite its slight heft, Sade is a densely layered book. At digressive turns, Bowden devotes appreciative yet discerning attention to the work of Kathy Acker, Andrea Dworkin, William Burroughs, Wilhelm Reich, surrealist polemicists, and such other aesthetic and metapolitical expressions that may be considered under the long shadow of the Bastille. Whether the relevant pronouncements anticipate the author's reactionary turn is a question for the jury.

I'm very proud to bring this book back into print. I only regret that it is being released after the author's untimely death. I wasn't expecting that. Jonathan Bowden was a pleasure to work with. The world is less interesting without him.

Sade may be ordered directly through Nine-Banded Books, or through Amazon

Memento mori.