CHOG: A GOTHIC FANTASY. [London]: Eyre Methuen, . Octavo, illustrations by Jo Lynch, boards. First edition. A humorous dark fantasy by Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt; 1908-1999), controversial English writer, raconteur and actor, whose break through was THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT (1968), followed by the 1975 TV version. "Now that the bars are down for all sorts of previous Unmentionables, what can one do to shock in natty prose? A, yes: bestiality. Chog, you see, is the offspring of English village prostitute Raina and Fido -- a large, dignified, and initially amiable dog ... Crisp's style is clever, a lightly acidulous burlesque of dated, mannered village tales, with perhaps some debt to both Edward Gorey and John Collier of HIS MONKEY WIFE. But where Collier cut deep, Crisp is merely nasty -- a stocking stuffer for your most decadent distant relative, and definitely not for the dog circuit." - Kirkus Reviews. "Assuming their employer Lord Henry Emms plans to leave his estate to his pets, and hoping to ensure themselves some sort of legacy, Mr. and Mrs. Davies, his lifelong servants, begin to murder their master's menagerie in a variety of creative ways. Shortly before his death, however, they learn Lord Emms' will stipulates they will be only be allowed to live at his manor and draw their wages as long as his beloved dog Fido remains alive and they serve as his caretakers. A bizarre combination of social satire, black comedy, and Gothic parody, CHOG is, by turns, hysterical and disturbing, a novel that expresses as grim a view of humanity as any misanthrope could hope for. The closing sequence in which Chog leads a rag-tag pack of dogs against Mr. Davies is suitably unsettling. A very strange novel." - Boyd White. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#164749).
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