De Profundis

German Expressionist writings.

1. The Creator, by Mynona

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

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

4. Hashish, by Oscar A. H. Schmitz

5. Samalio Pardulus, by Otto Julius Bierbaum

6. Munchausen and Clarissa: A Berlin Novel, by Paul Scheerbart

7. Potsdamer Platz; or, The Nights of the New Messiah: Ecstatic Visions, by Curt Corrinth

8. The Mill: A Cosmos, by Bess Brenck Kalischer

9. Black–White–Red: Grotesques, by Mynona


The Envelope-Silence

A Surrealist library.

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

2. The Trumpets of Jericho, by Unica Zürn

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

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

5. The Subversion of Images, by Paul Nougé

6. Rogomelec, by Leonor Fini

7. The Journey of Horace Pirouelle, by Philippe Soupault


Imagining Architecture

Fantastical architecture, imaginary urbanism, and hallucinatory dwellings.

1. Lesabendio: An Asteroid Novel, by Paul Scheerbart

2. Rakkóx 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

7. Munchausen and Clarissa: A Berlin Novel, by Paul Scheerbart

8. Bruges-la-Morte, by Georges Rodenbach


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 René Daumal

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

6. The Table, by Francis Ponge

7. Principles of Cerebral Mechanics, by Charles Cros

8. Sens-Plastique, by Malcolm de Chazal

9. 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. A Dilemma, by Joris-Karl Huysmans

5. Disagreeable Tales, by Léon Bloy

6. Murder Most Serene, by Gabrielle Wittkop

7. A Terrace in Rome, by Pascal Quignard

8. Sweating Blood, by Léon Bloy

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

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

11. Mademoiselle Bambù, by Pierre Mac Orlan

12. The Children’s Crusade, by Marcel Schwob

13. The Sundays of Jean Dézert, by Jean de La Ville de Mirmont

14. A Death: Notes of a Suicide, by Zalman Shneour

15. The Die Is Cast, by Robert Desnos

16. An Evocation of Matthias Stimmberg, by Alain-Paul Mallard

17. Tractatus Logico-Suicidalis: On Killing Oneself, by Hermann Burger


The Margins of Dada

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

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

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

4. My Papa and the Maid of Orléans and Other Grotesques, by Mynona

5. At the Blue Monkey: 33 Outlandish Stories, by Walter Serner


The School of the Strange

Belgian and French weird fantasy.

1. Spells, by Michel de Ghelderode

2. Whiskey Tales, by Jean Ray

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

4. Waystations of the Deep Night, by Marcel Brion

5. The Great Nocturnal: Tales of Dread, by Jean Ray

6. Circles of Dread, by Jean Ray

7. Malpertuis, by Jean Ray

8. The Impersonal Adventure, by Marcel Béalu

9. The City of Unspeakable Fear, by Jean Ray

10. The Messengers, by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud



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

7. The Central Laboratory, by Max Jacob

8. The Dice Cup, by Max Jacob

9. Great Liberty, by Julien Gracq

10. Small Castles of Bohemia, by Gérard de Nerval


Wakefield Galleries

Rogues galleries, roll 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 Mühsam

5. Brief Lives of Idiots, by Ermanno Cavazzoni

6. The Illuminated, or The Precursors of Socialism: Tales and Portraits, by Gérard de Nerval

7. Spicilege, by Marcel Schwob


Wakefield Handbooks

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

1. Treatise on Elegant Living, by Honor
é 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 Honoré de Balzac

5. Treatise on Mondern Stimulants, by Honoré de Balzac

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