“Syntactically immaculate.” – Jeremy Robert Johnson, Author of Skullcrack City
The Korean War. It lasted three years. Or it never ended. Probably one of those. Maybe it ran as long as the ratings were high. Monroe’s an army doctor who just wants to know what’s going on: why the days seem to repeat, why his C.O. is mentioning the VC in 1951, why his houseboy is a kimchee zombie, why there’s a parasitic mollusk up his nose. His compatriots Trip and Lee are no help, when one seems psychopathic and the other becomes convinced he doesn’t really exist. In fact, there’s something wrong with Monroe’s entire world and only a trip into the art-obsessed mind of God can provide any answers. If God forgets the plot, who is left to make sure the story has an end?
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There are TONS of bizarro events on the horizon. So if you’re actually within throwing distance of any of these events, schedule your next two weeks accordingly!
Friday, October 20, 7:00 pm at Copperfield Books in Petaluma, CA: Join Ross Lockhart as he hosts Brian Allen Carr and his weird, lyrical, and apocalyptic novel SIP.
The 3rd Annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival–Saturday, October 21, 10:00am at the North Haverhill Public Library in Haverhill, MA: Amber Fallon will be in attendance for the debut of her latest book, TV DINNERS FROM HELL
The Bizarro Hour–Tuesday, October 24 at 6 PM at the Multnomah County Central Library: Join Rose O’Keefe, publisher of Eraserhead Press, and her band of Bizarro authors for entertaining and engaging live performance art readings and a panel discussion about the genre and its history and relevance to our community. Featuring readings by: Jeremy Robert Johnson, Cameron Pierce, Tiffany Scandal, Jeff Burk, Kevin L. Donihe, Kirsten Alene, Danger Slater
An Evening of Ghost Stories with Ross Lockhart and Friends–Friday, October 27, 7:00pm at Copperfield Books in Petaluma, CA: Dim the lights, place your hands upon the planchette, and ask the spirits to guide you as we present 14 stories of the strange and supernatural. Edited by Copperfield’s own Ross E. Lockhart, Tales from a Talking Board examines auguries, divination, and fortune telling through devices like Ouija boards, tarot cards, and stranger things. Event attendees are encouraged to “come as you were”: dress as your favorite famous or literary ghost for a spirited costume contest!
We here at Bizarro Central like to keep up with all the weird podcasts out there (especially the ones that are OUT THERE), and now we’re happy to present you with a new podcast created by bizarro alums Michael Allen Rose and Danger Slater. It is very humbly called UNREASONABLY HANDSOME…
…and you can check it out here!
The Slow Poisoner wishes for you to enter the wicked web of… SPIDORA!
Girl in the Glass Planet is an aural cyberpunk fantasy where the Pied Piper meets Franz Kafka in a labyrinth of glass tunnels and grotesque alien insects. Follow Cyberia (the girl in the glass planet) as she joins Darko, Basho, and the Shinkai in hunting down Zatoichi (a god-like creature known as “the speaker-man) after he destroyed their homes and left a swarm of insectoid cyborites in his wake. His sound drives them beyond the point of madness. They’re hunting for revenge, hoping they can reach the silence at the end of the tunnel. A fast-paced surreal sci-fi thriller from the author of The Orphanarium.
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“Fresh, weird and funny. Bauman’s work is a genuine surprise.”
–Garrett Cook, author of A God of Hungry Walls
“Ghosts trying to get laid, an “erotic” burning bush, forbidden love between sea monsters and more fill this collection of Torah-influenced bizarro, horror, and pulp fiction. You gotta dig any book that has a recipe for a skinhead-killing Golem.”
–Jeff Burk, editor of Deadite Press and author of Shatnerquake
“Maxwell Bauman’s writing is wacky and weird. The Anarchist Kosher Cookbook is a strange, surreal, and hilarious ride.”
–Danger Slater, author of I Will Rot Without You and DangerRAMA
“Maxwell Bauman is equal parts joke teller and doomsday prophet, and his stories transform the somber and ancient religion of Judaism into a bizarro sideshow of death and fire and very dignified giggling. Basically, he’s a real mensch.”
–David W. Barbee, author of A Town Called Suckhole and The Night’s Neon Fangs
“These stories are weird, punchy, often funny, often emotional, but never boring
— B. Diehl, author of Zellery’s Alley
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A love letter to horror films where poems are the paragraphs.
“If Jack Kerouac watched horror films instead of drinking himself to death he still wouldn’t have written this book. But who cares because Jack Kerouac sucked. This book however does not. Christoph Paul has melded two of my favorite things into one hell of a fun read.”
-Philip LoPresti author of Haunted Fucking and Wytchcult Rising
“Christoph Paul wants literature to be fun and with his horror film poems, he does what he does best; take a giant novelty sledgehammer to pretension and break down the flimsy fake boundaries between junk food and so called literature”
– Garrett Cook, author of A God of Hungry Walls
“A compilation of nightmares divested straight from the lore of our subconscious; horror fans are treated to vignettes of their favorite horror stories captured in wicked language.”
-Vincenzo Bilof, author of The Horror Show
“Christoph Paul proves his poetic chops time and time again here, by letting us fill in the blanks, disturbing our senses, and pointing out the beauty in the blood. This is a collection that no horror-fan should live without.”
-Jay Sizemore, author of Father Figures and Confessions of a Porn Addict
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Phil LoPresti hates everything except his girlfriend Missy, the band Swans, and Clive Barker (except for the film Nightbreed—he hates that film most of all). He channels his misanthropy into his poetry and art photography, but feels even more discouraged when no one buys his brilliant art. He shares his disgust by writing angry ALL CAPS posts on Facebook attacking all the mediocre writers on his ‘friends’ list.
Needing money to get Missy off his back, Phil enters an art & photography contest. He visits a cancer ward for inspiration and steals ‘artistic materials.’ Phil creates what he feels is his ultimate masterpiece. Unfortunately, an elderly woman drops dead upon first glance at Phil’s ‘artwork.’ Her grieving family sues him. Desperate for money, he stumbles upon a mafia money-laundering job selling hot dogs, but that is only the beginning of his problems. Faced with jail time and losing the love of his life, Phil embarks upon a madcap journey through Jersey in this laugh-out-loud irreverent romp into the dark side of art and love.
Praise for Christoph Paul
“Brave in its playfulness, A Confederacy of Hot Dogs brings Bukowski to Bizarro for the Facebook generation. As with the best satire, Christoph Paul’s hilarious no-holds-barred novella has a lot of love for what it mocks. The most genuinely fun book I’ve read in many years.”
— Alexander Boldizar, author of The Ugly
“Christoph Paul might be our generation’s patron saint of crass. Charming, funny, and perverse, A Confederacy of Hot Dogs will have you pissing yourself and feeling warm fuzzies in equal measure. Read it, and set it down, and whisper to yourself, “I love you, YOU F&#K.”
— Brian Allen Carr, author of Sip and Short Bus
“A hilarious and transgressive love letter to A Confederacy of Dunces and struggling artists in the digital age.”
— Jayme Karales, author of Disorderly and creator of LowRes Wunderbred
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QUIZZLEBOON is a redneck fairy tale about Leon Hicks, a one-eyed outlaw who joins an anarchist collective in the hills of North Carolina. Guided by an imaginary man from the moon named Mr. Quizzleboon, Leon searches within these dirt people for a sense of family that seems forever out of reach.
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