Two New Books

Electric Boy Scout:: Guerrilla Typewriter is a largely non-fiction book dealing with the pressures on Control and the possibility of using art and literature as methods of social resistance. Part essays, part interview, part stories, and part something else, this book takes you on a trip to the future and beyond.

Get a copy of the book from Amazon here or email to order direct from the publisher

File Folders: Painting in Ephemera is a brand new book of art featuring stunning paintings from a personal collection made during 2022. A great way to bring home a thrilling series, you can get copies of the book from Amazon here or email to order a copy direct from the publisher.


Electric Boy Scout:: Guerrilla Typewriter pre-order and proof copies

Hi all,

The largely non-fiction book from Lachlan J McDougall, Electric Boy Scout:: Guerrilla Typewriter, is comin out in June and pre-orders for the print book are now open.

The book deals with language and symbol and how we can manipulate these to bring about a social artistic revolution and end the influence of Control in our day to day lives. Let’s see what the Amazon blurb has to say.

The future is now and there’s nothing left but the recordings.
This book is a program for taking on the world at large. A step by step guide to bringing about the revolution from within. You may try to fight the change, but when the Scouts come calling, there’s nothing else you can do.

A deconstruction of the role of language and a prescient dissection of the modern Control virus, Electric Boy Scout is full of helpful and practical tips for circumventing the Control narrative and substituting your own. Learn to take control of your life. Learn the limits of what you are doing and how to push them ever further. Learn a few tricks from the master at work.

You can pre-order the book by emailing with your order details and a print copy will be sent to you soon after release date in June. Or, to get the book sooner (as well as getting a limited collector’s edition), reach out and see if any of the limited proof copies are still available. In addition to your proof copy, LJMcD Communications will send you a free pdf of the book so you can get reading straight away.

So, get in touch and order your proof copy, or pre-order a print copy today!

Book Review

Review: ‘The Book of Breeething’ by William S Burroughs

A sort of scattered set of musings on language and symbol mixed with a thrilling collection of illustrations, this book is a short, wandering piece that reads like a knowledgeable ramble. Burroughs certainly has a point, but he refuses to make it, allowing it to grow organically out of abstract, dreamlike prose.

The illustrations are just gorgeous and Robert F Gale has done a fantastic job bringing the strange prose to life. Without the illustrations, this book would not work. With them, it is lifted to a high plain of fancy and wonder.

It is not Burroughs best book, and certainly not his clearest, but it is an interesting little addition to the cannon. For a collector like me, it is a must, but if you’re looking only for content, you can find these thoughts better expressed in other books. Still though, it is a fascinating excursion.

Free pdfs

A Report from Elm Street Number 23 free pdf

My latest free pamphlet for 2023 is now available!

A Report from Elm Street Number 23 is a wild experiment in text and narrative—part cut-up text, part experimental scifi, it reads a bit like Burroughs in the sixties but with a more modern environmental bent.

The print edition of this little zine is limited to 50 signed and numbered copies with very few editions remaining at time of writing. If you’d like one of these limited handmade zines, email with your request and postal details and you will be put on the mailing list.

For those of you who might have missed out on a print copy, don’t worry—you can simply download the pdf below!

Enjoy this free offering and if you like it, don’t forget to pay it forward and buy one of the great books I have on offer. You can find links to all released books here or read the catalogue of books being put out by LJMcD Communications in 2023 right here.

And keep an eye out for The Poets Have the Floor, the next of my free zines coming out in May!

That’s all from me,

Happy hunting,

Lachlan J McDougall


Nagasaki Blues

My latest novel Nagasaki Blues has just been released!

This wild cut-up science fiction novel is a thrilling ride through a world on its last legs. The crab planet invasion is in full swing and EarthSphere is in danger of burning out to a dry husk. Only the academy stands in the way of total destruction, and perhaps they are not all they seem…

Get a copy of the book here

Or, if you’d like a signed copy (or just don’t feel like giving money to Amazon), email me at and I can arrange to have a copy sent to you.

Enjoy the book!


New publication in Var(2x)

Hi all,

I’ve just had a suite of poems and an asemic artwork published with the fabulous people over at Var(2x)

You can read the poems here


Book Review

Guest Review: ‘Nagasaki Blues: A Hypernovel’

The first review for my upcoming novel Nagasaki Blues is now in!

Have a read of the very positive take below.

Ever wake up feeling like fungus and the faded grey flesh falling around the ankles? Nagasaki Blues is non-linear narrative with ambiguous plot line. Takes place in EarthSphere. Operatives are Traveler Philly, the Architecture Kid, Director Massimo. Travel back and forth in space time. Move from now to 1910 to Panic of 1873 and back to present. Chicago, New York City, Salzburg. Nagasaki Blues is science fiction horror documentary. An invasion of Crab People. And always, the sinister specter of Total Control looms in the background orgone fuzz of soft machines.

The cut-up method is used. Burroughs and Gysin referenced heavily. You would think that when a writer wears his influences on his sleeves like that he’ll crash and burn in a sea of imitation. Not the case here. Words flow like drugs from an uncorked meth lab. There’s a madness that’s palpable visceral. You’re in the hands of a writer a very capable writer a writer infected with the word virus sick with the textual virus. McDougall is a reporter working the end times beat from a downtown automat waiting on a human fix.

The text is impressionistic, disjointed, hypnotic, passing neatly through the blood brain barrier, trance-like, disrupting, finally, demonic possession of the word virus. I highly recommend this book.

—Andrew Arnett

The book is out now! You can order a copy from Amazon here or, for a signed copy (or if you don’t want to give money to Amazon), you can order a copy direct through me by emailing with your order details.

Book Review

Review: ‘<Reboot> More So… Disconnected’ by Wayne Mason

A tight and electric little book of poetry topped and tailed with a forceful prose introduction and coda, this book was a quick but powerful read. The poems run on a theme of technological and industrial manipulation of the soul and self and move from prophetic abstraction to a near concrete scream.

I very much enjoyed this book and it will be reverberating with me all day. There is a joyous despair that pervades these pages and a stark disconnect manifesting between myself, the page, and reality.

These poems are image, but image abstracted into the unrecognisable. What is a person if not their image? In the act of reading we too are abstracted, torn out of place and shown the thin dividing line between inner and outer space.

I recommend this book thoroughly and you should get yourself a copy. It’s a favour you will love yourself for for a long time to come.

Book Review

Review: ‘Trafficking and Sexual December’ by Dav Crabes

A vast and sprawling cut-up text that is part acerbic pornography, part humorous vignette, and part medical report, this book reads fast and furious through the dark realms of physicality. Crabes’ way with words and skill with the scissors shines through at every turn and there is something here to shock every reader.

Reading this book I am, however, reminded of a Ginsberg quote on the cut-up method—to paraphrase, ‘you have to have something to begin with’. Now, Crabes certainly has a lot of material, but does he have the real guts that deserves to be cut up? Is there something new and powerful that arises from the random juxtaposition of words on the page? On these points I am undecided. What I do know, however, is that the nature of these cuts leads to them running together and becoming a tad tiresome.

I think the problem is that where Burroughs has mastered the art of inserting the suggestion of narrative in random text, Crabes has opted for a wall of abstraction. There is no impetus forcing the reader on and we are sometimes left to feel like we are reading the same experiment over again. It’s a good experiment, and I enjoyed it at first, but at 250 pages we end up reading it an awful lot.

What Crabes does very well, however, is retain the forceful amd distinct voice that is so perfectly crafted as his own. Cut-ups have a tendency to obscure or obliterate the author leaving a cold, lifeless mass of text. This book does not suffer this fate, each page is unmistakably Crabes and the particular use of language hooks the reader into his sordid world of anal sex and prescription drugs.

All in all, I am undecided on this book. At first I thought I didn’t like it, but I found that it grew on me quite thoroughly. It is not without its flaws, but it is by no means a failure in its experiment. I think the only sensible course of action is to try the book for yourself and see where it leads you.

Copies of the book can be purchased here

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i was out… the mice were in… free pdf

Hi all,

My very first book of poetry and prose experiments is now available as a free pdf.

Just download using the link below or visit my ‘Reading Lachlan J McDougall’ page for a full list of pdfs and publications.

And, as always, if you like what you read, try buying the book to support me in making more things for you in the future.

This book can be purchased from Amazon right here