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Weird Movie Watch: Zashchitniki

There are a fuckload of superhero movies these days. So many that they’ve settled into a steady rhythm of diminishing returns. The bigger and more mainstream superhero movies become, the more flawed most of them become. The good ones feel like the same story over and over, and the bad ones are just plain terrible. But with so many superhero flicks, we also get weird experiments like Zashchitniki (Guardians to us English-speakers). It looks like all of the superhero stuff we love filtered through Russian culture and dubbed to hell. In other words, it looks awesome.

Yes, that’s a bear-man with a Gatling gun. Thanks for that, Russia.

Thanks, Japan: the Plush Isopod

Japan creates all sorts of weird stuff, and today we’re going to explore their love of the adorable daiogusokumushi, or Isopod.

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Americans might find this creature strange or creepy, but to the Japanese (and weirdos all around the world), it’s cute enough to warrant its own stuffed animal. Soft, intricately detailed, and the exact size of a human baby, the plush isopod will bring comfort and luck to your family while also freaking out any salesmen or religious figures who may stop by at any time. They’re available in several sizes and colors and hopefully will replace the bear as America’s favorite stuffed companion. Just imagine the peaceful sleep you’ll get with an isopod as your pillow.

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Thanks, Japan.

Kevin Donihe, Bizarro Missionary

Very recently, author Kevin Donihe visited Rotterdam, the Netherlands to attend the UBIK: FUTUROSITY festival! While he was attending, Donihe was given a microphone and thrown in front of a crowd, because this is what you do with Kevin Donihe. The result is one of bizarro fiction’s top writers sharing his thoughts on weirdness and cavemen. Don’t fear the weird. Embrace it.

Weird Movie Watch: Antibirth

A woman on the edge, living on the poverty line and fueled by drugs and partying, suddenly finds herself pregnant, only this pregnancy isn’t thanks to a one night stand. There’s a paranormal conspiracy afoot and the woman’s mind begins to shatter as her body undergoes a series of unnatural horrors. This is Antibirth, a new horror film coming to (probably select) American theaters soon. Classic body horror for the twenty-first century, presented by director Danny Perez like a surreal fever dream.

Antibirth will be available on VOD on September 2. If you like your movies to be weird as hell, check it out!

Help Kickstart Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits

The maniacs at Weirdpunk Books are putting together another anthology based on awesome and transgressive music. Last time it was G.G. Allin. This time it’s THE MISFITS.

You know the songs. They’re etched into every punk’s brain. Not just because they’re catchy, but because there’s something else there. Glenn Danzig’s lyrics evoke intense imagery. Beautiful, dark, monstery imagery. There’s poetry between the whoa-oh-ohs. There are stories in those songs. They just need to be told.

Cover Art By Justin Coons

The guys at Weirdpunk Books have already put together an insane table of contents and now just need a little backing to get the project printed and distributed. All fans of weird fiction or devotees of the Misfits should seriously consider donating! Head to the Hybrid Moments Kickstarter to join the fun. Even the smallest donations can earn you some great prizes.

Poop Cafe, where your food looks like crap

According to The Toronto Star, a new restaurant is opening in the city’s Koreatown area. It’s called Poop Cafe, where they make all sorts of foods that have the appearance of shit.

I think those dishes are supposed to be urinals. You can try some of these toilet-themed desserts if you’re lucky enough to live in the Toronto area. We at Bizarro Central want to applaud the owners of Poop Cafe and Canada in general for a culinary treat that is probably as tasty as it is disgusting.

Wonderland Book Awards – Final Ballot 2016

Preliminary voting has ended and the final ballot has been determined. Here are the nominations for this year’s Wonderland Book Awards:

BEST NOVEL

Skullcrack City
by Jeremy Robert Johnson

Zero Saints
by Gabino Iglesias

Ritualistic Human Sacrifice
by C.V. Hunt

Animal Money
by Michael Cisco

Bio Melt
by Carlton Mellick III

BEST COLLECTION

The Art of Horrible People
by John Skipp

Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon
by Cameron Pierce

Strategies Against Nature
by Cody Goodfellow

Midnight Earwig Buffet
by Andrew Goldfarb

The Pulse Between Dimensions and the Desert
by Rios de la Luz

We’d like to give honorable mentions to the titles that came close to placing on the final ballot. These titles are: Texas Chainsaw Mantis by Kevin Strange, Cattle Cult Kill Kill by MP Johnson, Jigsaw Youth by Tiffany Scandal, A God of Hungry Walls by Garrett Cook, Clownfellas by Carlton Mellick III, Amazing Punk Stories by David Agranoff, and Rules of Appropriate Conduct by Kirsten Alene

Voting ends October 31st. Only BizarroCon attendees are eligible to vote. Send your votes (one per category) to bizarrocon@gmail.com.

The Wonderland Book Awards for excellence in Bizarro Fiction are presented annually at BizarroCon in Portland, OR.

To register for BizarroCon 2016 please visit http://bizarrocon.com/registration/

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