Jack Skelley: “Fear of Kathy Acker” (the theatrical adaptation)

Last year, Semiotext(e) published Jack Skelley’s “Complete Fear of Kathy Acker,” the compilation of a project that began as a very small pamphlet in the early 1980s, or at least that’s when I remember seeing the first one. I have yet to obtain a copy of the finished edition, but I am hoping to have a chance to read it before I attend the theatrical adaptation that will have a brief run at the end of this month at Illusion Magic Lounge in Santa Monica located at 1418 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.The performances will begin at 8:00 on February 27th, 28th, and 29th.


If Skelley’s work seems somewhat familiar to readers of this blog, but you can’t quite place it, let me give you a little hint. My review of his book, “Pleased to Meet You Beastmaster 666,” was one of the top three dozen most visited posts in my blog during the past two years.In addition to his widely admired first book, “MONSTERS,” from Dennis Cooper’s Little Caesar Press, Skelley was also the editor and publisher oF BARNEY magazine in the early 1980s. In addition, he played in several bands, including PLANET OF TOYS with poet-performance artist Bob Flanagan, and curated the musical presentations at Beyond Baroque under the banner, “Beyond Barbecue.”

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