The Belgian School of the Strange

Flemish and Francophone tales of the weird.

1. Spells, by Michel de Ghelderode

2. Whiskey Tales, by Jean Ray

3. Waystations of the Deep Night, by Marcel Brion

4. Cruise of Shadows: Haunted Stories of Land and Sea, by Jean Ray


The Envelope-Silence

A Surrealist library.

1. The Leg of Lamb: Its Life and Works, by Benjamin Pret

2. The Trumpets of Jericho, by Unica Zrn

3. The Arthritic Grasshopper: Collected Stories, 1934–1944, by Gisle Prassinos

4. Letters, Dreams & Other Writings, by Remedios Varo


Imagining Architecture

Fantastical architecture, imaginary urbanism, and hallucinatory dwellings.

1. Lesabendio: An Asteroid Novel, by Paul Scheerbart

2. Rakkx the Billionaire & The Great Race, by Paul Scheerbart

3. The Cathedral of Mist, by Paul Willems

4. The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets, by Paul Scheerbart

5. District, by Tony Duvert

6. The Construction of the Tower of Babel, by Juan Benet


Imagining Science

Outsider science, extreme empiricism, aberrant experiments, and imaginary speculations—literary explorations in fictional science.

1. An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, by Georges Perec

2. The Perpetual Motion Machine: The Story of an Invention, by Paul Scheerbart

3. The Hierarchies of Cuckoldry and Bankruptcy, by Charles Fourier

4. Pataphysical Essays, by Ren Daumal

5. The Pig: In Poetic, Mythological, and Moral-Historical Perspective, by Oskar Panizza

6. The Table, by Francis Ponge

7. New Inventions and Latest Innovations, by Gaston de Pawlowski


The Library of Cruelty

Tales of love, crime, war, and madness, from the surreal to the sarcastic.

1. The High Life, by Jean-Pierre Martinet

2. The Book of Monelle, by Marcel Schwob

3. The Conductor & Other Tales, by Jean Ferry

4. Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor, by Hugo Ball

5. The Creator, by Mynona

6. The Emperor of China, The Mute Canary & The Executioner of Peru, by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes

7. A Dilemma, by Joris-Karl Huysmans

8. Disagreeable Tales, by Lon Bloy

9. Murder Most Serene, by Gabrielle Wittkop

10. A Terrace in Rome, by Pascal Quignard

11. Sweating Blood, by Lon Bloy

12. Kzradock the Onion Man and the Spring-Fresh Methuselah: From the Notes of Dr. Renard Montpensier, by Louis Levy

13. The Unruly Bridal Bed and Other Grotesques, by Mynona

14. My Papa and the Maid of Orlans and Other Grotesques, by Mynona

15. The King in the Golden Mask, by Marcel Schwob

16. Mademoiselle Bamb, by Pierre Mac Orlan

17. Hashish, by Oscar A. H. Schmitz

18. The Children’s Crusade, by Marcel Schwob

19. The Sundays of Jean Dzert, by Jean de La Ville de Mirmont

20. Samalio Pardulus, by Otto Julius Bierbaum



Verse, from the adverse to the perverse.

1. Pybrac, by Pierre Louÿs

2. The Massacre of the Innocents, by Giambattista Marino

3. Life in the Folds, by Henri Michaux

4. The Thief of Talant, by Pierre Reverdy

5. Wishes, by Georges Perec

6. Curl, by T. O. Bobe


Wakefield Galleries

Rogues galleries, role calls, personnel files, and eccentric rosters.

1. Exemplary Departures, by Gabrielle Wittkop

2. Odd Jobs, by Tony Duvert

3. Imaginary Lives, by Marcel Schwob

4. Psychology of the Rich Aunt: Being an Inquiry, in Twenty-Five Parts, into the Question of Immortality, by Erich Mhsam

5. Brief Lives of Idiots, by Ermanno Cavazonni


Wakefield Handbooks

The how-to manual reimagined: guidebooks on a variety of satirical, parodic, and quixotic subjects.

1. Treatise on Elegant Living, by Honor
de Balzac

2. The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners for Use in Educational Establishments, by Pierre Louÿs

3. A Handbook for the Perfect Adventurer, by Pierre Mac Orlan

4. The Physiology of the Employee, by Honor de Balzac

5. Treatise on Mondern Stimulants, by Honor de Balzac

6. A Short Treatise Inviting the Reader to Discover the Subtle Art of Go, by Pierre Lusson, Georges Perec, and Jacques Roubaud