Books

Two Nights of Excess by Alfred de Musset

image051Two Nights of Excess by Alfred de Musset is a new modern adaptation and translation of a long lost playfully erotic work by one of France’s greatest poets and dramatists. Published anonymously in de Musset’s lifetime as Gamiani, ou Les Deux Nuits d’Exces, the work presents a young man observing The Countess ‘Gamiani’ and a young girl, obligingly named Fanny, merrily involved in their lesbian bed. Having watched them, the young man joins them, and the threesome spend two nights alternately indulging their bodies and sharing their intimate sexual histories.

June 2014

Hot Charlotte by Vincenzo Lauria, Ennio Ecuba and Vincenzo Cucca

image047Hot Charlotte by Vincenzo Lauria, Ennio Ecuba and Vincenzo Cucca. (Colors by Mariacristina Federico.) (Graphic novel, translated from the French, originally published by Glenat/Drugstore, Paris.)

Charlotte, Aline and Mei Li were roommates until their apartment was destroyed in a fire. Charlotte was then forced to reveal a secret. She is the daughter of a famous Italian mafia financier — which not only allows them to pay for the damage, but also allows them to rent a luxury villa overlooking the sea! Having suffered too often from the lust of men, the three girlfriends seal a pact. They will act upon their sexuality without being intimidated by men, without feelings, without remorse or regrets!

Snarky, irreverent, bold and hilarious, Hot Charlotte takes you on an explicit erotic romp that you won’t want to miss and worn’t ever forget.

Vincenzo Cucca is an Italian writer-artist born in 1977. He is best known for Pandamonie in addition to Hot Charlotte.  image049

Vincenzo Lauria is an Italian writer and cartoonist born in Salerno in 1961. He works in animation and teaches storyboards. In France, he has already published Maat (AKILEOS editions).

Born in Naples in 1975, Ennio Ecuba is a designer, illustrator and writer. He has worked as a designer for various companies, theaters and public organizations, and has published texts and theater scenarios comics, including Maat with Vincenzo Lauria.

 

May 2014

Crimes and Punishments by Carlos Nine

image045Crimes and Punishments by Carlos Nine is the first English language translation of a classic Hollywood Noir graphic novel. First published in Paris by Editions Albin Michael in 1991, Crimes and Punishments is an avant-garde masterpiece, unique in its beautiful artwork, surrealistic spirit, drawings and originality. It revels in a dark Hollywood on the 1940s, seen through a prism of playful eroticism, whimsical humor, and psychedelic artwork equal to that of Dali. In the world of comics and graphic novels, this work has long been hailed as a one of the most influential of the final years of the 20th Century.

Carlos Nine is a world famous artist, illustrator, sculptor and animator who was born in Argentina in 1944. His books have been published in Europe, South America, Asia and the United States. He has won several awards over his long and distinguished career, including a Clio Award (New York 1993,) the Caran D’Ache (Rome, 1995) and the first prize at Angouleme in 2001 for the best foreign author translated into French.

His original art has been exhibited in Buenos Aires, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville (Spain), Brussels, Poitiers and Angoulême. Among the leading publications in which his work has appeared are Le Monde and The New Yorker. He lives in Buenos Aires.

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Fans can see more of his work by visiting his site at:  www.carlosnine.com

Red Cat Publishing will publish the electronic edition. A paper edition will be published by Stuart Ng Books of Torrance, California.

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“Nada hay más surreal que la realidad.”

Salvador Dali

“There’s nothing as surreal as reality.”

April 2014

The Lost Boy by Noel Hynd

image043From the masterful author of Ghosts and Flowers From Berlin comes a tale of gripping supernatural suspense in which the line between real and unreal, good and evil, is frighteningly blurred. In the small Connecticut town of Wiltshire, James Corbett, senior member of a local outlaw family, has been hideously murdered. For Ellen Wilder, editor of the local newspaper, the gruesome killing is as disturbing as the irrational fears that have suddenly woven themselves into her mind and left her doubting her own sanity. For state police detective Michael Chandler, whose haunting near-death experience has left him with an uncanny way of sensing things, the murder is only a hint of what is to come.

But nothing could have prepared either of them for the return of Franny Corbett. A hulking child of a man and the blackest sheep in a family of black sheep, his eerie presence may have ushered in all of these bizarre and frightening events. Soon the town of Wiltshire will be shaken again. For in a car sunk beneath the surface of a glimmering blue lake, floats another body. And the killing has just begun….

April 2014

Yakuza Rising by Patricia White (writer) and Kenny Yen (artist)

image037Yakuza Rising by Patricia White (writer) and Kenny Yen (artist) is the first in a series of sexy action-oriented graphic novels set in the Asian American underworld of Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.

Yakuza Rising tells the story of Ken Hanson, a young man who is half-American/half-Japanese. Upon his father’s death, Hanson learns that he is the only living son of a Yakuza leader.  As Hanson investigates his family’s past, he must decide whether to embrace his family’s legacy and take control of a Yakuza gang.  This cross-cultural story is a violent coming-of-age story for this generation, reminiscent of The Godfather and Wise Guys.  It explores ethnicity, the sins of the father, and the willingness to embrace personal responsibility, all wrapped up in a high impact crime thriller with cutting edge visuals.

image039Kenny Yen is an up and coming Los Angeles-based artist who is about to make his mark on the world of comics. He brings worldly experience to his art. Take a look at his work and you’ll see for yourself what kind of person he is! He is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton and currently works at Sony Pictures in Culver City, California.

image041Patricia White is a graduate of Columbia College in the City of New York.  She also studied at  l’université de Paris (Jussieu) and spent an additional year at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Science during which she learned that she did not wish to spend her life in academia.  She has worked for Oxford University Press, United Paramount Network, and Intertainer.  She is currently an executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment and a member of the Writers Guild of America. Her most recent script work was a four hour miniseries for Lion’s Gate Television.

April 2014

Fifty Shades of Baudelaire. A new ghost novella by Noel Hynd

image027A young American artist, arrives in Paris, fleeing a series of broken relationships and hoping to find a rebirth of her own creative energies. Soon after arrival she finds herself drawn to the creative spirit of Charles Baudelaire, the 18th Century author of Les Fleurs du Mal, one of the most powerful compilations of poetry ever published.

Erotic, playful, somber and stunning, this new edition also features illustrations by Karine Stader, one of France’s most exciting young artists.  She inherited her love of art from her father, who is also a painter, and from her mother, a writer. Her father always had a great love for early twentieth century artists such as Gustav  Klimt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Vincent Van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Frida Kahlo and others.

At a young age, she had the opportunity to see original works by these artists, and she fell in love with their visual world. She began to draw in childhood, and she hasn’t stopped since. For the most part she paints women in intimate, precious moments. In her paintings she views them as if “through a keyhole, capturing their romantic, melancholy and innocent expressions.”

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Karine studied at the School of Fine Arts in Nantes, France, where she also pursued studies in Art History. Much of her inspiration comes from music, poetry, Impressionism and Art Nouveau. She lives with her husband near Freiburg, Germany.

See her works also at:  karine-ds.blogspot.com

April 2014

CASSANDRA: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF PRIAM’S DAUGHTERS A Tale of Troy by Thomas Ochiltree

image020Cassandra was the Trojan princess offered the ability to see the future by the god Apollo in exchange for agreeing to have sex with him. When she reneged on the promised sex, he added the curse that her prophecies – all accurate – would never be believed, condemning her to a life of frustration. Her agony is made all the greater by the fact that she lived through the Trojan War, and that all her desperate efforts to warn her loved ones and her city of impending disaster would be in vain.

The novel begins when Cassandra – here portrayed as a beautiful and profoundly sensitive young woman – is about to go into the homecoming dinner offered by Clytemnestra, the wife of King Agamemnon, who won Cassandra in the lottery of Trojan women after the fall of Troy. Her prophetic powers tell her that murder awaits both him and her at the hands of Clytemnestra and her lover. She has tried to warn Agamemnon, but of course was not believed. Unsure whether those who descend to the underworld (as she knows she very soon will do) retain any memory, she mentally reviews one last time the whole rich tapestry of the Trojan War as witnessed by her – the essence of the novel – before going to her fate with the firm step of a Trojan princess and of – in Homer’s words – “the most beautiful of Priam’s daughters.”

Thomas Ochiltree is an emerging historical novelist whose longstanding interest in the classics has led him to read three fourths of the surviving classical Greek and Latin literature in the original texts.

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November 2013

Notebooks of an Incurable Romantic by George Kaczender

image019The book is a structured, dramatized memoir, along the same line as Rilke’s  The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.  It’s a fine literary read, entertaining, humorous and touching, and with the underlining themes of search for love and coming of age. The early years of the story are set against a ferocious political background, the regimes of the Nazis and the Communists, under which Mr. Kaczender lived and barely survived.

George Kaczender is an American film director, born in Budapest, who has worked with such stars as George Clooney, Robert Mitchum, Richard Harris, Karen Black, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Tom Berenger, JoBeth Williams, Lee Majors and Brad Pitt.

Kaczender was born in Hungary. He fled in 1956 as a political refugee after studying film and working as an Assistant Director at the Pannonina Film Studios in Budapest.  He emigrated first to Austria, then eventually to Canada where he worked at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal from 1956 to 1969. In 1968 he co-wrote and directed the award winning feature film, Don’t Let the Angels Fall, that was nominated for the Palme d’Or, the first Canadian feature film invited to the main competition to the Cannes Film Festival. His next feature film U-Turn was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.  He won numerous international awards for his work on documentaries and short dramatic films.

Kaczender at center with Lisa Rinna and George Hamilton from the NBC movie VANISHED based on DANIELLE STEEL’S popular novel.

Kaczender at center with Lisa Rinna and George Hamilton from the NBC movie VANISHED based on DANIELLE STEEL’S popular novel.

He directed five theatrical feature films in Canada before leaving for Hollywood. Among them, In Praise of Older Women based on the best-selling novel by S. Vizinczey, and Chanel Solitaire, the life of Coco Chanel, shot on location in France with Rutger Howard and Marie-France Pisier.

 With Jeanne Moreau.

With Jeanne Moreau.

A memorable night in Cannes.

A memorable night in Cannes.

 

Subsequently, he has also directed numerous television movies for the major broadcast and cable networks.  Between 2002 and 2004 he was Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, teaching film directing. He currently lives in Los Angeles, remains active in films and writes screenplay and books.

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“The genesis of this book goes way back into the 80’s,” he said recently. “I realized that time had come to reflect on my past, on my childhood experiences, events that shaped my later life in Hungary, Canada and Hollywood.  I began writing random notes, everything that I believed was important in growing up as a deprived, moody and rebellious child.  The notes have accumulated and while organizing the material, I realized that my relentless search for love and being loved, and my first sexual experiences along with a May-October relationship in Los Angeles, would be a good framework for a book, a memoir-like notebook instead of a conventionally told story. I put all that material into a political context: my survival as a Jewish kid during the Nazi occupation during WWII, the Communists in postwar Hungary and life in a company town, called Hollywood.  I do hope immersing yourself in this book will make you think, and smile, and if you are the sensitive type, occasionally cry.”

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October 2013

Death Waltz in Vienna by Thomas Ochiltree

image007Death Waltz in Vienna is a brilliant and memorable first novel set in the capital of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire in the years prior to World War I, a tale of suspense and romance. Suspense because Army captain Ernst von Falkenburg has just one week to clear himself of charges of treason that will otherwise cost him his life; romance because of the relationship he develops in that time with a beautiful woman who not merely provides him with indispensable assistance – at the risk of her life – but who shows him for the first time that he is capable of love. The action moves across the whole panorama of early 20th century Vienna, taking the reader through elegant salons and low dives, Vienna’s most fashionable brothel and the imperial palace, and climaxes in a duel to the death and an epilogue set in Vienna’s Central Cemetery.

Thomas Ochiltree (pronounced OH-kul-tree) was born in New York but grew up in London and studied in the U.S. (Harvard Class of ’70). He is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served in Spain, Ukraine, Germany, Honduras, Mexico and Venezuela during his 22 years as a U.S. diplomat. Fluent in six languages including German, he has long been fascinated with the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and with its glittering capital Vienna – the background against which his novel Death Waltz in Vienna is set. In addition to devoting himself to his various literary interests he works part time on line as a translator, translating documents from German, French, Spanish and Italian into English.

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Now he turns his deep knowledge of the world and the human condition into a brilliant and memorable first novel. Within one day of its publication, Death Waltz in Vienna was in the Top 100 War Novels on Amazon Kindle and reached the Top Ten of Hot New releases.

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Truman’s Spy: A Cold War Spy Story by Noel Hynd

image001Truman’s Spy: A Cold War Spy Story by Noel Hynd is a novel of espionage and betrayal, love and regret, patriots and traitors. This is the revised and updated 2013 edition of Noel Hynd’s follow-up to the Best Selling Flowers From Berlin, which has more than a million copies in print or downloaded.

Truman’s Spy is big, a sprawling intricate tale of espionage, from post-war Rome and Moscow to New York, Philadelphia and Hollywood, filled with the characters, mores and attitudes of the day. And at its heart: the most crucial military secret of the decade.

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Noel Hynd is the author of two dozen highly successful novels, mostly in the espionage and supernatural genre. His books have been on best seller lists in the United States and translated into 7 foreign languages. They have also been selections of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and Literary Guild. Over five million units have been either sold or downloaded.

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Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington’s agencies, public and private.” -

Publishers Weekly. “A notch above the Ludums and Clancys of the world…..” – Booklist

“The novels of Noel Hynd stand out!” – Martin Levin, NY Times.

Truman’s Spy was published in June 2013 and is currently on Amazon Kindle’s Top 100 list of Political Thrillers. According to Amazon, Mr. Hynd was the most downloaded author in the United States in December, 2009. Red Cat Tales publishes most of Mr. Hynd’s 18-book backlist from 1976 to 2005, with several additions planned for 2013-14. His best-selling titles are Flowers from Berlin and Ghosts.

In the past, Mr. Hynd also did film work, including the screenplays Agency (with Robert Mitchum, Lee Majors and Valerie Perrine and Illegal in Blue (with Stacey Dash.) He was also a contributor to Sports Illustrated from 1985 to 1992. His current work is published by Zondervan/HarperCollins. Current work in the world of comics and graphic novels include a translation and novelization of the successful European series Djinn by Ana Miralles and Jean Dufaux.

(Summer 2013)

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