Sunburn published several more books than those listed here with
extremely obscure publishers in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland
and in Belize as well as some dubious operations in North America.
The books below are those that seem to have some credible provenance.
Because of his intermittent hipness and cultivated unpopularity
there are many bootleg copies of his books. Some of them have been
published under other names, in some cases under almost famous authors
names by unscrupulous alcoholic and drug dependent publishers. Some
of the authors have assumed authorship of Nikita's best(?) work
and the threat of lawsuits prevent us from naming these books. Once
Nikita realized that his covert satires were accepted by authors
as their own work, he decided to publish new works under these same
authors' names that far surpassed their own meagre abilities. In
any case, many of the books you may have read thinking this is much
better than would be expected from someone as half-baked as, for
instance, Mallory Batfood, were probably penned by Mr. Sunburn.
In fact we suspect that the number of works from the post-modern
period were actually penned by Nikita Sunburn, or plagiarised from
his work, number in the thousands. On the other hand, many books
attributed to Sunburn were actually written by others as it became
very fashionable in the 1980s for writers to submit work under his
name. Another factor making the Sunburn bibliography so difficult
is the well-known conspiracy of librarians and philologists to delete
entries for Nikita Sunburn. This action was taken by a fascist sub-committee
of the World Librarian Association, the members of which are secret.
(1) Many mainstream publishers have an unwritten
rule to excise any references to Nikita Sunburn in books they publish.
And finally there is the viable suspicion that 'Nikita Sunburn'
is obviously a joke name. Many Sunburn scholars believe that Sunburn
is a pseudonym of Karen Eliot, Luther Blissett, and Gianluca Vialli.
We dismiss their evidence as fairly suspect but do feel there is
strong evidence that 'Nikita Sunburn' is a pseudonym for Jean-Guy
Talbot. John Feel has asserted publicly that he is Nikita Sunburn,
though the credibility of this assertion is thought to be low, since
Fell is well know prankster.
Even amongst the works below, which are hard to find and go for
as much as $3000 on Ebay, it is evident that Mr. Sunburn invented
much of what might be called the avant-garde literary schools, and
recent critical theory and philosophy. One wonders why there are
no citations of his work in Debord, Derrida, Deleuze or Dewdney,
to name only those theorists whose names begin with D. Nikita Sunburn
is the dirty secret of every hip literary experimentalist and cultural
theorist from Scarborough to Rennes. So few have acknowledged their
deep indebtedness to this twisted genius!
Plumbing, (1948) Mudpie Books, Port Hope.
Fellatio Means to Me, (1952) Screed Publishing,
Bald Girl, (1954) Erratic House, Sydney.
Indigestion, (1950) Factotum, Rexdale.
on Modernism and Shit on Post-Modernism, (1955)
Screed Publishing, Creemore.
Phil O'Lodge has put forward a rather paranoid suggestion that the
suppression of Nikita Sunburn's work by the World Librarian Association
was in fact an aesthetic intervention by guerilla artist John Fell,
sometimes know as John 1 Fellswoop. John Fell has been known for
his dadaist pranks, one example of which was his famous one man
show called Please Come Back in 15 Minutes presented by the Contemporary
Art Gallery of Belleville in 1978. The show consisted of a sign
on the locked door of the gallery which said "Please Come Back
in 15 Minutes". John Fell himself has claimed to be Nikita
Sunburn, though many philogists find this unlikely due to extreme
differences in style between accepted publications of Sunburn and
those of Fell. There are many discrepancies in word count and dominance
order. Obfuscation does not appear in any John Fell's word count
while it appears 182 times in Sunburn's writings.