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Wonderland Book Awards – Final Ballot 2017

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

BEST NOVEL

I Miss the World
by Violet LeVoit

Every Time We Meet at the Dairy Queen Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes
by Carlton Mellick III

Long-Form Religious Porn
by Laura Lee Bahr

I Will Rot Without You
by Danger Slater

Shit Luck
by Tiffany Scandal

 

BEST COLLECTION

Berzerkoids
by MP Johnson

A Collapse of Horses
by Brian Evenson

Ecstatic Inferno
by Autumn Christian

Death Confetti
by Jennifer Robin

Cartoons in the Suicide Forest
by Leza Cantoral

 

We’d like to give honorable mentions to the titles that came close to placing on the final ballot. These titles are: Starr Creek by Nathan Carson, Puppet Skin by Danger Slater, The Hottest Gay Man Ever Killed in a Shark Attack by Douglas Hackle, The Nightly Disease by Max Booth III, Very True Stories Starring Jeff O’Brien by Jeff O’Brien, and Minivan Poems by Justin Grimbol.

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 2017 please visit http://bizarrocon.com/registration/

When Susurrus Stirs!

It blasted a hole in Kickstarter. It made the rounds on the indie film circuit. (hitting 9 countries, 39 festivals, and winning 14 awards!). People walked out. People cried blasphemy. Horror icons like Guillermo Del Toro, Mike Flanagan, John Shirley, and John Skipp each had their faces melted by it.

And now, finally, the NSFW micro-budget spectacle from the deranged mind of Jeremy Robert Johnson, Anthony Cousins, and Ryan Schaddelee has arrived courtesy of Blumhouse! Behold!

Review Mortuary Monster and WIN A FREE BOOK!

Andrew James Stone’s Mortuary Monster currently sits at thirty reviews on Amazon, but…

If The Mortuary Monster gets 50 Amazon reviews by the time the book turns one (November 19th), then I will give away 10 paperback copies of my next book, All Hail the House Gods, to 10 randomly selected reviewers. Yes, 10 paperback copies. That means if you post an Amazon review of The Mortuary Monster, you could have a 20% chance of getting my next book mailed to you for free. All Hail the House Gods will be coming out sometime in 2018.

Quoth Andrew James Stone (nevermore). The Mortuary Monster can be found here. It’s  a great book by a unique voice in the bizarro scene. Opportunity awaits!

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Celebrate SHARK WEEK with Bizarro Books

Shark Week is almost over, and instead of pretending that human Olympians are what you want to see, we here at Bizarro Central would like to remind the world that bizarro fiction is the premier place to see nature’s greatest killer in literary form. Don’t believe me? Open any one of these covers and witness as rows upon rows of gnashing imaginary teeth rip to shreds the thing you once called your brain… (click the titles for the opportunity to purchase!)

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SHARK HUNTING IN PARADISE GARDEN, by Cameron Pierce
The first book by the great Cameron Pierce and perhaps bizarro’s first tango with sharks as a weird trope. This novella features religious time travelers beset by swarms of sharks flying through the air, many of them mutated to look like bananas or Carlton Mellick III.

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FOSSIL LAKE IV: SHARKASAURUS, edited by Christine Morgan
A collection of thirty-seven weird works of fiction and poetry, humor and horror, sharks and dinosaurs and sharkasaurs. Sharkasaurus delves into ancient aquatic terror, biting into your fear centers, your sense of humor, and maybe even your erogenous zones.

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THE HOTTEST GAY MAN EVER KILLED IN A SHARK ATTACK, by Douglas Hackle
Ever since he was a young orphan, Hansel Higginzshire’s dream has been to break the long-held Guinness World Record for hottest gay man ever killed in a shark attack. Only he’s not hot, gay, and even worse, he’s a character created by one of bizarro fiction’s sharpest satirists.

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REPO SHARK, by Cody Goodfellow
A South African repo ninja heads to the mean streets of Hawaii to steal a world famous chopper from Donnie Punani, who might just be the living incarnation of an ancient pacific shark god. Goodfellow’s balls-to-the-wall prose, hyperkinetic action, (un)savory characters, and dark mysticism combine into a weird crime novel that cannot be missed.

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MOTHERFUCKING SHARKS, by Brian Allen Carr
A tour de force of grit and weirdness that trounced the competition and won the coveted Wonderland Book Award in 2014. This novella presents itself as a weird western reminiscent of “Terror in a Texas Town,” only with flying sharks. Carr unleashes a godawful bloodbath with intense, muscular prose. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity. The execution is beautiful in its brutality.

New Releases: Now that We’re Alone & Violence Dave: Heartless

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“I’ve had a wonderful time, really the best. Do you want to come inside? It’s still early. I’d love to tell you a story. But first, let me take off my face…” Now That We’re Alone 11 short stories from Nicholas Day, celebrating the weird, wicked, and wonderful monsters hiding in the dark, hiding behind their human masks. Get it HERE

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“Hell is real. And it’s coming this way…” This isn’t the first time Dave’s been dropped into the killzone, where Hell and Earth meet. Again and again, he’s crashed down into the ground like an angry comet, clad in his living armor, with his shotgun, Bielebog, primed and ready. Time and again, Dave’s waded knee-deep through the dead, riding on the adrenaline wave, halfway baked out of his mind. Except, Dave’s had enough. He’s died, fought and rampaged one too many times. He’s gotten sick and tired of being a berserker. This time, Dave knows, will be the last time. HERE WE GO AGAIN… Get it HERE

Out Now: Slices: Tales of Bizarro and Absurdist Horror

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Are you hungry for something different? Something weird? Horrific? Funny? Uncomfortable? Surreal? Try a slice.

A man opens his door to a most unusual salesman, whose wares are not quite what they seem… A writer on a retreat discovers a talking insect, and a tree bearing fruit that looks just like cats… A demented clown acts as one poor soul’s daily alarm clock… A man in a homemade spaceship encounters a terror he never could have expected – something that wasn’t in his guidebook… A professional eater starts to crave the most forbidden food… A man on the verge of suicide begins cutting, and in doing so, finds a reason to exist…

These and many more Tales of Bizarro and Absurdist Horror.

“I can certainly guarantee that no one has told a story like this before. It never goes where you think it will and always keeps you guessing…” –HORROR UNDERGROUND, on SuperGhost

“Ridiculous? Yeah. Silly? Hell yeah. Fun? Fuck yeah!” –SHOCK TOTEM, on SuperGhost

Get it here!

Out Now: Home is Where the Horror Is

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The beautiful thing about life is that it isn’t perfect. Evan Lansing manages to eke out a living as a photographer, capturing the beauty of severely marred and deformed people. He’s content with his meager existence but his longtime girlfriend, Naomi, is looking for more out of life . . . things that cost money—marriage and children. Evan’s options are limited when he and Naomi resolve to split. He can stay with his brother and his brother’s insufferable wife and daughter or he can move into his deceased mother’s remote cabin and renovate it. The solitude of the cabin is an enticing alternative for Evan to start anew. But disturbing things begin to happen once Evan moves in and it leaves him to question if staying with his brother wasn’t the better option. And then there are the neighbors . . .

Get it here!