April 2014

Man of Bone and Fame

His fees were high but his failure rate was low…


In which our contributors discuss dirty books and more…

Debout Les Morts (Arise Ye Dead)

THE REVELATOR is proud to reprint this Klassic Komix from one of the earliest and greatest innovators in the medium of graphix arts and wordless books. First published in 1917, Debout Les Morts is as relevant today as it was a century ago. Please see the associated commentary by David A. Beronä for background on Frans Masereel’s graphical work against war.                        

The Prohibition-Era REVELATOR Cocktail

Rediscovered At Last!

The recipe for the prohibition-era cocktail, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway’s, rediscovered at last…

While You Were Sleeping and Nightbook

Two Videos

Eye, Eye, Eye!

Revealed at last, the unauthorized history of THE REVELATOR…

Frans Masereel’s Picture Books against War

“Should everything perish, all the books, the photographs and the documents, and we were left only with the woodcuts Masereel has created, through them alone we could reconstruct our contemporary world.”—Stefan Zweig When asked about the Belgium artist Frans Masereel, the two thoughts that immediately come to mind are woodcuts and war.  I do not know an artist who was so wedded to the woodcut in expressing his loathing of war. Although this theme prevailed in many of his books, an examination of his woodcuts in Debout Les morts (Arise Ye Dead, 1917) as reprinted in this issue of THE REVELATOR, provides a vital connection to his subsequent anti-war books; and there were many, as we will discover. Masereel was born in 1889 in an upper-middle class family from Blankenberghe, Belgium.  He showed interest in drawing and remembered a dislike of war from an early age: I can still remember … Continue reading


The field seemed sick as a soul with sin,/ Or dead of an old despair…


Vol. 138 Issue 1

Read them in their exquisite detail.

Dreams of Order, Visions of Chaos

An SF Childhood in Kenya

I met the astronaut in 1989 at the former U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi…