Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
Paul Di Filippo

Sixties Novels, Part 37

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OEDIPUS IN DISNEYLAND, Hercules Molloy, Paranoid Press, 1972.

I've been prominsing to present to you one of the weirdest entries in this series for some time, and here it is.

First off, the author. What do we know of Hercules Molloy? Nada. His putative existence is undocumented and imaginary, as far as the web is concerned. Almost certainly a penname, maybe meant to invoke echoes of Beckett's then-popular novel MOLLOY...? In any case, a classic certified Sixties trickster figure.

Can anything be learned about Paranoid Press of San Francisco, the publisher? Nope. Only that this seems to be their single publication. (And isn't that running, shadowed man logo of theirs, below, a great "lesser-known icon"?)

Second, the book as object. It's a giant trade paperback, dimensions 12" x 9". The better to display the artwork, no doubt. For if you check out the title page below, you'll see that the book features repurposed art by Durer and Tenniel, as well as original work by Brown and Parker. Clinical-style drawings of the vagina are labeled with points of interest from Carroll's ALICE books, etc.

Creeative fonts and typesizes strive for a multimedia effect.

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What is the story about? Someone posting at the Subgenius site ( explains:

"Read OEDIPUS IN DISNEYLAND by Hercules Molloy. Clark Kent discovers the truth about Alice in Wonderland--it's actually Queen Victoria's pornographic autobiography (a way better literary conspiracy than 'Frances Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays')--then he has an LSD freakout at Disneyland, becomes Queen Victoria, and kills all the Disney characters."

One of the sellers on ABEBOOKS (where there are 27 copies available, the cheapest at a mere $9.00) opines:

"A really strange book about Clark Kent, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria (or Victula), orgys, Jews, sex, Alice in Wonderland, Superman & Alice's restaurant, not necessarily in that order."

How forgotten is this volume? At LibraryThing (, we learn:

"1 members [sic] have the book in their library. There are 1,834,494 books more popular."

All hail Hercules Molloy! You let your freak flag fly!

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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