|Black Humor Aug, 1965|
From the books opening page:
"THE WICKEDEST COMEDY EVER PERPETRATED ON THE AMERICAN SCENE!"
the phrase "Black Humor" (Not BJF's title, the book was already titled when he was hired as it's editor) evolved from "black comedy" and "gallows humor", a "dark humor provoking discomfort". From BJF's foreword attempting to describe this new literary genre: "A nervousness, a tempo, a near hysterical new beat in the air, a punishing isolation and loneliness of a strange, frenzied new kind".
BJF was never comfortable with the possibly misleading literary label "Black Humor", preferring "Tense Comedy", a phrase he later used in 1967 as a subtitle for his off- Broadway play "Scuba Duba". Here he discusses Black Humor and other topics with Mike Sacks for his book of interviews with celebrated humor authors "And Here's the Kicker":
|In the late sixties, the short story anthology "Nelson Algren's Own Book of Lonesome Monsters" was reprinted with a new title to capitalize on the "Black Humor" craze.|
|Black Humor, Sept, 1969|