Our friend Josh Latta (illustrator of the cover of Men versus the Man and IMP, as well as star and illustrator of the podcast version of “Good Country People”) has posted his holiday greeting card. His website is LattaLand.com.
In early May of this year the Underworld Amusements website was taken down and all traffic redirected to our mail order website http://shop.underworldamusements.net/ .
As you know the website is now up and running again, though there is information missing for the books that have been published since the site went down.
On this Walpurgisnacht I am pleased to reveal that a couple advanced copies of Las Escrituras Satánicas have arrived from the printer! I have just returned from a visit to the Black House and they have met with the approval of Magus Peter H. Gilmore himself, and now I can reveal them to you!
This week the remainder of the books will be loaded onto a cargo ship in Singapore and begin the journey to Underworld Amusements headquarters in Baltimore, MD. Estimated time of arrival is 6-8 weeks.
Once they have arrived, all Kickstarter “rewards” will be shipped that don’t need to be autographed. Anything that needs autographs/numbering from Peter H. Gilmore will be taken to the Black House soon after they’ve arrived and will ship soon after.
After that point any pre-orders done by alternate means after Kickstarter has finished will be shipped. Any new orders will be fulfilled as normal after that, with books at Underworld Amusements distribution center in Philadelphia, PA.
We just printed up some spiffy new bookmarks, to be shipped with all orders at Underworld Amusements direct!
After the wildly popular episode of “The Girl in the Grave” (someone listened to that, right?), Underworld Amusements Variety Hour is back with a live audio performance of Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”.
My lovely wife Ida performs the role of Mrs. Hopewell.
Erin Cassavaugh, who you may be familiar with from her Down to the Crossroads segment on 9sense Podcast, has taken on the roles of both Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Hopewell’s daughter Joy. There is one segment where the characters interact with one another, but we hope you’ll get it all figured out.
The inimitable Josh Latta, cartoonist to the stars is pretty much be himself in the role of the Bible Salesman.
I perform the role of narrator.
The music is instrumental version of Until I Am Whole written by The Mountain Goats and performed by our actors Erin and Ida that was recorded for this episode, and the “cover art” was created by Josh Latta, of course!
And for those who thought, but I’d like a video version of this, where nothing visual changes, here’s a YouTube version!
ANATHEMA!: Litanies of Negation
by Benjamin DeCasseres,
with foreword by Eugene O’Neill and afterword by Kevin I. Slaughter
audiobook read by Kevin I. Slaughter
A long-form poem of negation and egoism, of scorn and cynical delight.
Benjamin DeCasseres (is) the Pontius Pilate of America. -H.L. Mencken
A passionate, erratic poet… strives to shake the foundation of the world. -The Saturday Review of Literature
He occupies a niche that is all his own and asks space to stand for no other man . -The Nation
DeCasseres is the most fiery and independent writer that I know of. -Remy de Gourmont
There is but one Benjamin DeCasseres. And he is perhaps the one living wonder of the literary world. It is fortunate that such an one must be born, that he cannot be made; especially that he cannot be imitated, for if every one wrote like DeCasseres readers would go mad. That he can keep in any semblance of thought-order such whirls of words is something to marvel at. Yet to read him once, twice, is to experience the greatest mental exhilaration. -New York Times
*A URL is provided in the paperback to download the full audiobook.
TIME TO HEAT UP WITH OLD NICK!
We’ve just added a few new distribution titles to Underworld Amusements Direct:
Welcome to the future. The 21st century has come of age and it seems that everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. Propelled beyond the brink by environmental catastrophe, by social degeneration and the foretold collapse of the monetary system, the American landscape has given way to a postmodern picaresque. In such a world, where crime has been normalized, sex has been mechanized, and where ethnic enclaves – equipped with inscrutable bioengineered surveillance gadgetry – vie for the last remnants of power, one hapless pilgrim stands athwart the apocalyptic tide. Emboldened by dim nostalgia and quixotic resolve, this man – our hero, as we may insist – is entrusted to mobilize a fractious retinue of co-ethnic subversives (the maligned “Cauks”) to establish a stronghold, a redoubt, a community, a last ditch … a Node. It remains only to be seen whether the seeds of renewal may yet find purchase, or be left to ash.
In his epistolary novel, Considering Suicide, Andy Nowicki gives voice to the forgotten man, the man for whom “the death of affect” is no postmodernist amusement, but something experienced acutely — as a profound loss to be mourned. When the pillars of tradition and faith yield to fracture and every higher purpose is thrown to chaos, such a man is left to look into the abyss that remains. Such a man is left to suffer. Such a man may act. Or react.
For this forgotten man, one question will intrude without irony: Is life worth living?
What’s next? Male cervical cancer?
Somebody said that alienation was a disease of the middle class. Probably Marx, but Lester Reichartsen doesn’t have time to look it up. A decade ago, Lester was kicked out of the most popular punk band in Chicago. Since then he’s been party to an accidental pregnancy, talked into marrying the other party, and roped into an academic career in Classical Letters, so time won’t allow him to be curious about anything outside his discipline. Anyway, if whoever said that was right, Lester is middle class for sure: the island of college-town academics he lives on now makes him feel almost as alien as the village of Bible-Belt idiots that surrounds it. But then why is it that, when some meth-head breaks into his little family’s crappy apartment, the only thing they find of value to steal is his five-year-old computer? If this is the middle class, then he doesn’t want to know what’s below it.
We’ve also restocked on:
The Way of Men answers the question: “What is Masculinity?”
The so-called “experts” give the answers that suit their masters. They tell just-so stories to protect their ideology, their religion, their way of life. They look to women for a nod of approval before speaking. They give socially acceptable answers and half-truths.
If what they have to say resonates with men, it is only because they manage to hint at the real answer.
The real answer is that The Way of Men is The Way of The Gang.
Manliness — being good at being a man — isn’t about impressing women. That’s a side effect of manliness.
Manliness isn’t about being a good man. There are plenty of bad guys – real jerks –who are manlier than you are, and you know it.
Manliness is about demonstrating to other men that you have what it takes to survive tough times.
Manliness is about our primal nature. It’s about what men have always needed from each other if they wanted to win struggles against nature, and against other men.
The Way of Men describes the four tactical virtues of the survival gang.
The Way of Men explains what men want, and why they are rapidly disengaging from our child-proofed modern world.
The Way of Men examines the alternatives, and sketches a path out of our “bonobo masturbation society” through a new Dark Age.
Customers posting on our Facebook wall:
I’d like to recommend The Sorceries and Scandals of Satan by Henry Tinchenor, sold here by Underworld Amusements. Just finished this book, I feel as if it should be placed in every bathroom stall worldwide.What a well written book, which at times had me despising organized religion more than I had previously. I don’t know if Kevin personally has a hand in bringing all of these books back to life, but bravo! On this one sir.
“I just want to state for the record that Underworld Amusements is very professional in handling orders, aesthetically pleasing and very well put together in general.
You can always count on UA to not only deliver the goods, but do it in style and with a dab of humor.
Exhibit A: When I was notified of my orders payment, it was sent via ‘thecreep@underworldamusements
Well played Sir, well played.”