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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to order a copy direct from the publisher.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Queen of smut, J. Ollie Manoeuvre, has made The Audrey Adventures, her collection of experimental scifi erotica, available as a free pdf. Here at LJMcD Communications we are always looking for new ways to make work available and Manoeuvre has very kindly agreed to make her book available for free. We do suggest however, that if you like what you read, you go ahead and purchase the book to help LJMcD Communications and J. Ollie Manoeuvre continue doing what you love.
You can get a copy of the book from Amazon here, or email email@example.com with your order and a copy will be sent to you direct from the publisher.
A little about the book: Here’s what the blurb on Amazon has to say: Five startling queer erotic stories to dazzle and delight. Join Audrey as he jets through space meeting strange men and sampling their pleasures, follow him as he tastes the delights of the shapeshifters, tag along as he winds his way through the temple of flesh. Each story is sure to titillate and excite your deepest desires, so why don’t you have a look inside?
A scathing indictment on Soviet Russia and their flair for theatrics, this book presents itself like Catch 22 nourished on Kafka and put through the bleak Russian mill of Dostoevsky. I loved this book—it made me laugh and weep and rage with bitter impotence.
The coldness with which it treats the bureaucracy of the USSR is all the more interesting considering just how shortly after the fall of the state it was published. It holds back no punches and really goes to town on the two-faced doublethink of a nation bent on one-upping the West. It is not your usual critique though, it does not declaim a failed communism, but a failing of men and political advisors. It is a failing of the spirit and it has infected the Russian consciousness as far as Pelevin is concerned.
The story centres on a young man, Omon, who is being trained for a flight to the moon to show the Americans who’s boss. But really it is about the malicious scheming, the resigned indifference, and the callous cruelty of the systems in place around him. He has wanted to be a cosmonaut since he was a small child, so why is this great feeling so hollow?
Overall, however, I think this book speaks in a very modern way to the vast cannon of Russian literature. It speaks to Dostoevsky, to Gogol, and even to Pushkin. It speaks of despair and the urge to life in the face of adversity. This is a truly terrific book and I highly recommend it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Well, it’s that time again—the last Saturday of the month—and it’s time for the monthly update of everything going on at LJMcD Communications.
Let’s start with the brand new art book and photographic series Twelve Photographs of Silence. These insomniac photographs are designed to capture the sleepless lack of early morning and are a lovely little collection. You can purchase the folio book of the series here or view the series here
Next up is the fabulous Nagasaki Blues, my brand new cut-up novel and the first in the Hypernovel Trilogy. This book is a wild ride through to the end of the world and back and just has to be read to be believed. Get a copy right here
For either of these books, you can also order signed copies direct from LJMcD Communications by emailing email@example.com with your order details and I will sign and send out as soon as possible.
That’s all the releases for February, but let’s take a look at what’s coming up in March.
A Pocketful of Scars by Laird Lee Kirk will be released in early March. This book of delightfully human poetry is a real treat and you won’t want to miss it. Pre-orders open, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order details.
My second free pamphlet for the year, A Report from Elm Street Number 23, will be going out next month in a limited signed and numbered run of fifty copies. A free pdf will also be uploaded to the website, but to get your hands on one of the print copies, just email email@example.com with your postal details.
Shimmied Christmas Jimmy, the Rat Fink of the Chimney is a brand new chapbook in the c22 open editions series. This long poem will be made available as a free pdf here and on the c22 website with an option to buy print copies if you like the work.
You can also have a look at the entire non-McDougall publishing schedule for LJMcD Communications here
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…
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your order details.