May 1st – Everett True Release Event in Portland, OR

Join Trevor Blake and Kevin I. SlaughterMay 1st in Portland, OR for a book release event.

Mother Foucault’s is hosting the release event for “Max Stirner Bibliography“, compiled by Trevor Blake and “Outbursts of Everett True” with Introduction by Trevor Blake and published by Underworld Amusements. Mr.Slaughter of Underworld Amusements, and Mr. Blake of OVO will talk and be available to sign books.

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This will be the first public meeting of the founders of Union of Egoists and the forthcoming Der Geist journal.

There is a Facebook event set up here, please click if you are attending or considering attending.

Introducing UnionOfEgoists.com

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tbmsbibIntroducing the Union of Egoists, a biographical, historical, bibliographic and inspirational resource for autodidacts and vagabonds alike. A project initiated by Trevor Blake (Confessions of a Failed Egoist & Max Stirner Bibliography) and Kevin I. Slaughter (A Bible Not Borrowed from the Neighbors: Essays and Aphorisms on Egoism).
The first Egoist Max Stirner, Egoist Feminist Dora Marsden, defacto Satanist Benjamin DeCasseres, Social Darwinist Ragnar Redbeard and soap-box Superman Malfew Seklew are a few of the members of this Union of Egoists.
EgoCover-1973-Dover-648x1024 Blake has described Egoism as being the claim that the individual is the measure of all things. In ethics, in epistemology, in aesthetics, in society, the Individual is the best and only arbitrator. Egoism claims social convention, laws, other people, religion, language, time and all other forces outside of the Individual are an impediment to the liberty and existence of the Individual.
UnionOfEgoists.com is also home to Der Geist, a blog(including facebook page)and forthcoming print journal. The print journal will focus exclusively on the 100 years between the publication of Stirner’s “Der Einzige und sein Eigenthum” and DeCasseres death in 1945.
You can support the project by contributing corrections or materials. Use the Contact page or view the Wanted list.

Fantasia Impromptu & FINIS by Benjamin DeCasseres

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by Benjamin DeCasseres
Edited by Kevin I. Slaughter
Cover art by Josh McAlear
Underworld Amusements, 2016
Baltimore, MD
246 pages, 6×9″

Paperback:
Amazon.com
Underworld Amusements(US)
ASP (UK/EUR)

Hardback (edition of 13):
Underworld Amusements

Fantasia Impromptu & FINIS constitute Benjamin DeCasseres (1873-1945) most private writing, but even then, they were intended for publication and posterity. The first is a diary-like collection of notes and reminiscences began in December 1925. The latter was professed to be a summation of all my books, of my lifelong beliefs.
Fantasia Impromptu was released as a series of booklets, six in total, that constitute his intellectual, emotional and spiritual autobiography. They are filled with ruminations on daily life, aphorisms, esotericisms, and appeals to future readers. It is appropriately dedicated to: The Thinkers, Poets, Satirists, Individualists, Dare-Devils, Egoists, Satanists and Godolepts of Posterity.
FINIS is his final work, appropriately enough, and consists of three essays and a hymn, all previously unpublished. The one focus of all of these pieces is Oblivion. Though he states in his introduction is was not necessarily meant to be his last work, he died before it was published, and his wife Bio prepared an introduction and included a poem of dedication. FINIS was released as a booklet the year of his death and has never been reprinted before.

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Our .com (now back up).

OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

As noted before, we have taken our direct mail order website down while moving distribution to Texas. Until things are settled in and we can make a full inventory of product, it will remain closed. What we don’t want is to rush back and not be able to handle orders as we should.

In the interim, most of our books can be purchased online through Amazon.com, and soon ASPapparel.com will be adding a wide selection of our titles for the ease of international customers.

We have exciting projects in the works as well, some coming very close to completion, some moving further away as we add elements to make them better.

Underworld Amusements is growing, and there are many exciting announcements we will be making in the coming months (and even years) as they come to fruition.

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Top 10 best-selling titles on Amazon.com

Top 10 from November 1st 2014 to November 1st 2015:

10- The Gospel According to Malfew Seklew
9- Anathema!
8- Ladies In The Parlor
7- Outbursts of Everett True
6- A Bible Not Borrowed from the Neighbors.
5- Confessions of a Failed Egoist
4- HOMO, 99 and 44/100% NONSAPIENS
3- Infernalia
2- Men Versus The Man
1- The Philosophical Writings of Edgar Saltus

Top 10 sellers of all time:

10- The Gospel According to Malfew Seklew
9- Imp
8- Infernalia
7- Anathema!
6- A Bible Not Borrowed from the Neighbors.
5- Ladies In The Parlor
4- Confessions of a Failed Egoist
3- The Philosophical Writings of Edgar Saltus
2- HOMO, 99 and 44/100% NONSAPIENS
1- Men Versus The Man

You can find links to all of these titles here:http://www.underworldamusements.net/books/

A modern Egoist pays tribute to Malfew Seklew and Ragnar Redbeard…

Author Trevor Blake posted this update on a recent trip:

Confessions of a Failed Egoist by Trevor Blake (Underworld Amusements 2014). Personally placed by the author at the former location of the Dil Pickle Club (and Dil Pickle Press) in Chicago, Illinois. Here Malfew Seklew and Ragnar Redbeard met. Here The Gospel According to Malfew Seklew and Might is Right were published. Aside from where I am at any particular moment, this is the physical place most associated with egoism in North America. ‘Confessions’ was still there when I turned and walked away.

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Page 8 from “The Gospel According to Malfew Seklew, and Other Writings By and About Sirfessor Wilkesbarre”:

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A study in customer service…

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I feel that a business’s reputation should be made not “if” something goes wrong, but what happens when it does. Most orders made through our direct mail order site are processed and shipped quickly. Sometimes, somehow, things go wrong. We’re a micropublisher. I have a full time job and I pay someone per order to pack it up nicely and mail it off in a timely manner. They have another full time job as well as doing their own mail order.

So, when a customer e-mails me to say they haven’t gotten their goods, I am concerned and try to resolve it, and keep in communication with the customer. And that just recently happened:

On Thursday, September 3rd, at 9:30pm I get the following e-mail:

Hi,
I’m wondering if there’s a tracking number for Order #———. I ordered other CDs from other sites the same day and they all arrived days ago. Hoping to get this one soon.
Thank you

On Thursday, September 3rd, at 9:42pm I respond:

Thanks for writing! I’ll contact my order fulfillment guy and get back to you ASAP with the answer.

I checked the orders, and yes, onAug 27, at 7:32amshe had placed an order. One week had elapsed. A perfectly reasonable amount of timefor her to e-mail me and ask what was up. I contacted my order fulfillment guy immediately by text and email. We figure out what happened and he would ship first thing in the morning.

On Friday, September 4th, at 7:50am they respond:

Thanks. Last time I ordered from an unfamiliar site, the order didn’t even ship until I contacted them two weeks after I bought it.

On Friday, September 4th, at 8:43am, I responded.

I understand completely. Generally we get orders shipped within a few days, most of the time within 48 hours. Occasionally there will be an order that takes longer, something we try to avoid, obviously.
Because I appreciate you ordering, I wanted to make sure I responded to your inquiries as promptly as I could, so you knew it was being resolved. Will be back in touch as soon as I can with an update.

On Friday, September 4th, at 10:37am, my mail order guy sent the customer the following email:

XXXX!
My apologies for the delay – your CD ships first class today! Your tracking number is -XXXXXXXXXXXXX

On Friday, September 4th, at 12:25pm, after confirming the package had been physically handed over to the post office, I emailed the customer once more:

XXXX, your CD was shipped today. Please excuse the out of ordinary delay in shipping. As I said, we usually get orders shipped in 2-3 days, sometimes quicker, every once in a while longer due to unforeseen circumstances.
Your USPS tracking number is: XXXXXXXXXXXXX

And finally, on Friday, September 4th, at 9:04pm I get the following from the customer:

Honestly, I’m not surprised. I knew it wasn’t going to be sent unless I asked. I can’t find that CD elsewhere, so I had to try.
No offense to you personally. I know that business model well. Thanks for having it sent eventually.

I don’t know how to respond to that last one, and I guess maybe there is none, so I haven’t until posting this. I can’t help but take it a bit personal though, and I suppose that’d be my problem.A customer contacted me about a problem at 9:30 at night and I had it resolved by 10:30 the next morning.I kept in touch with them updating as it went along and at the end of the day they believe I run a shoddy outfit.

So, I make mistakes. It happens. When they do,I try to get right with people, and it doesn’t always work. I am a very small publisher, who runs a very small mail-order company along with doing freelance design and working a full time job. My company is too small to have a single full time employee.

I’ve considered shutting down my direct mail order business. Itwill never be as cheap or fast as Amazon.com, and people are spoiled by it. It sets expectations. I know, I’m a Prime member, and I’m spoiled by it. New book, 17% off cover priceand delivered at no additional cost in 2 days? Yeah, I’ll buy that. Things have changed dramatically from when I would drop cash in an envelope and wait 6-8 weeks for delivery.

For years I haven’t shipped outside the US because of our inflated international shipping costs, and I finally found a company in the UK that I trust to do that right and cheaper than I can. Soon they’ll be carrying the full line of Underworld Amusements titles.

I’ve discussed problems in the past, like typos, and the problems of translation.

I’m not complaining about Amazon, or my customer, nor am I genuflecting or flagellating myself publicly. This exchange happened. It was unusual… outside of the norm. Usually everything goes really well, and people seem pleased with the product and the service. I’m comfortable with how I handled this problem, and I’ve talked with my mail order guy to try to make adjustments to avoid this situation in the future. I’m just being open, and allowing you to judge the type of business I run, and look forward to sending you cool shit you can’t find elsewhere, in exchange for money, so I can make more cool shit.

Thanks.
Kevin I. Slaughter
Owner, Underworld Amusements