A Novel of Sex and Violence
by Charles Platt
Not For Sale To Minors.
Pick any author, from Terry Southern to Samuel
Beckett, and you're likely to find an erotic novel lurking somewhere
in his past. From the 1950s through the 1970s, dozens of novelists
were tempted to write erotica in a spirit of playful rebellion.
Most of their work was commissioned by Maurice Girodias of Olympia
Press, the man who gave the world Vladimir Nabokov, William Burroughs,
and a huge number of less distinguished "fuckbooks."
Most of these novels were published under pseudonyms, and most
of them disappeared without a trace. The Gas by Charles Platt
is a rarity: it appeared under the author's real name and has
refused to die.
Described by Platt as "slapstick sadomasochism,"
The Gas is a bizarre mixture of deadpan humor and blood-soaked
depravity. Published originally by Girodias, it went through several
printings in the United States before Olympia Press ceased operations.
A new edition of The Gas appeared in England in 1980, was seized
by the Director of Public Prosecutions and was used as evidence
in a trial which put the publisher behind bars for three months.
Loompanics presents an entirely new, revised edition of this classic
which remained unavailable in the United States for twenty years.
In unflinching detail, this book describes the
comic and horrific consequences when a cloud of toxic gas is accidentally
released from a biological warfare laboratory and wafts across
southern England. Within a matter of hours, "British reserve"
becomes a thing of the past. and they are soon ripping off each
others' clothes and partying in the street.
5 1/2 x 8 1/ 2 200 pages