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Tons of New Releases! Mud Season! Tenderbear Goes Apeshit! Mother’s Revenge!


From Justin Grimbol and Atlatl Press comes a book of poetry about Upstate New York and marriage: Mud Season.


Next, Moses Guttchenridder has several problems. His business, Macramania, is going under. His lovelife is in the toilet. Oh, and he has been forced into helping a murderous garden gnome take his revenge on the brothers of a fraternity who make sport out of destroying garden gnomes. The only spot of good news is that he has been chosen at random to become the new face of Krap-Wad Toilet Paper, replacing their beloved spokesanimal, Tenderbear, who has been arrested for drunk driving. The new head of Krap-Wad, Regan Moribund, falls in love Moses, but their relationship is put immediately in jeopardy when Tenderbear escapes his jail cell and goes on a murderous rampage, killing everyone who crosses his path. The former head of Krap-Wad toilet paper, Giles Moribund, attempts to re-take over the company  by hiring a hitman, Asigao, to kill his daughter, Regan.  When Moses, Regan, Giles, Asiago, the muderous gnome and several others converge on New York City, it becomes a bloody masacre to see who will remain on top of the dangerous toilet paper world. At turns humorous and horrifying, Tenderbear Goes Apeshit is another twisted offering from the mind of Bix Skahill (Babes in Gangland and Dope Tits). Get it here!


And finally, Mother’s Revenge: A Dark and Bizarre Anthology of Global Proportions. What happens when you abuse your mother? It’s not pretty. It’s not nice. And she can get downright mean and nasty if you don’t straighten up and make amends. In this mixed genre group of eco-tales, thirty-two authors from around the globe offer up some lessons in why it’s wise to be kind to Mother Earth. Read and take heed. Your very life may depend on it!

Out Now: Dope Tits

“Dope Tits is the work of a puerile, reverted, dangerous and insidious man… I laughed… pretty much the entire time.” Laura Lee Bahr, author of LONG-FORM RELIGIOUS PORN and HAUNT

“If you’re looking for an absurdist tour of the vast and dangerous criminal underworld of Fremont, Ohio or a ridiculously laugh out loud portrait of a bizarre small town… then Bix Skahill’s DOPE TITS is the book for you.” Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of SKULLCRACK CITY

“Bix is the tits,” Tiffany Scandal, author of SHIT LUCK and JIGSAW YOUTH

Life is good in Fremont, Ohio. Well, acceptable. If one ignores the fact that Rusty Slump, local ne’er-do-well known for public defecation, and his sometimes girlfriend, CoCo McArdle, have recently dug up the corpse of hometown hero Rutherford B. Hayes with thoughts of ransom. But their hopes are dashed when they realize no one really cares. But then they discover, through sexual hijinks, that if you mix the drug ectasy with the flesh of the dead president’s penis, you get one hell of a high. They dub their new drug Purple Hayes and attempt to take over Fremont’s vast and dangerous criminal underworld. Unfortuatenly, although Hayes’ penis meat is prodigious, it can only last so long and soon the highly addictive drug disappears from the streets of Fremont.

This is good news for the Fremont Police Society, as the town is about to host their annual celebration, Hayes Dayes. But something more dangerous than Purple Hayes is coming to town.

A demon, Maude the Layer of Waste, has escaped the confines of hell, bent on destroying all mankind. She inhabits the body of the recently dead Connie Pendleton, a virginal teen accidentally killed by Rusty. Maude the Layer of Waste transforms Connie’s body into a curvaceous sex kitten, Dearly Departed, and begins searching Fremont for the perfect mate to help her carry out her plans. She sets her sights on Rusty, but he passes out every time they have sexual congress. The young thug soon realizes the demon’s breasts are psychotropic, just like Hayes’ penis.

Rusty and CoCo have stumbled upon a way to regain their position in the vast and dangerous criminal underworld of Fremont, Ohio, as long as the demon doesn’t end the world first.

Get it here!

Flash Fiction Friday: A Textbook Killing

by Bix Skahill

“I don’t know nothing about Mr. Pedersen’s truck.”

“You don’t know anything about Mr. Pedersen’s truck.”

“That’s what I said.”

Glaring down at the man kneeling and shaking on the abandoned warehouse floor, Muller sighed and shifted the bloody, bulky textbook to his left hand, then back. “What you said was a double negative, which really pisses me off. Just like when people lie to me. Now, tell me what happened to Mr. Pedersen’s truck before I get angry and go all textbook on your ass.”

The huddled man, Kramer, looked up at Muller. His thin face was thick with tears.

Kramer had good reason to be scared shitless. It was a well-known fact that Muller was the most dangerous (and best read) hitman in all of Keokuk, Iowa.

“But I swear, I didn’t have nothing, I mean, I didn’t have anything to do with Mr. Pedersen’s truck going missing. Me and Clams was playing poker all night.”

“Clams and I, we were playing poker all night.”

“No, that ain’t true, Clams was with me.”

Muller rubbed the back of his neck. “I was simply correcting… forget it. Also, please keep in mind that ‘ain’t’ isn’t a word in our language. I should know, I used to teach English at Our Mother of Peace High School.”

It was a surprisingly lateral move from high school teacher to hitman. Just a few years prior Muller was Mr. Muller, textbook English teacher: thick glasses, thin corduroys, empty wallet. Then, one fateful afternoon, Michael Bradley, a student in his language arts class, came swaggering into his classroom after the final bell had tolled. The young man came to complain about the grade he’d received on his Ethan Frome paper, which, although he couldn’t prove this, Mr. Muller was fairly certain someone else had penned. Though he kept that opinion to himself. He also kept to himself the fact that he violently despised Michael Bradley. The boy was everything Mr. Muller wasn’t as a teen. Popular and muscular with tons of shiny white teeth and shiny blonde hair. He wore a letter jacket overburdened with accolades and his sole form of locomotion was to swagger. But the most egregious thing about Bradley was the woeful way in which he treated the English language. He communicated exclusively with grunts, shrugs, acyrologia, mumbling, malapropisms, spoonerisms, slang and the occasional snarl.

For a few minutes Mr. Muller sat there and listened to the boy carp about his grade (while butchering the Mother Tongue) when, finally, Mr. Muller simply snapped. He stood, screamed Here’s a gift from Noah Webster, and struck Bradley across the forehead with a handy copy of the class textbook Language Arts Today!

A ballet of blood sprayed as the moronic jock crumpled, dead before he hit the floor. As the teacher surveyed the carnage at his feet, instinct sat down in Mr. Muller’s driver’s seat. He felt no panic, no rush of fear. He knew exactly what had to be done and he did it. After mopping up the copious blood with the boy’s letter jacket, he dragged the body through the vacant halls of the school and down to the janitor’s “office”. He folded the corpse into the massive furnace and turned up the heat. Watching the body burn, burn.

Not only did Mr. Muller get away with the crime scot-free, he wasn’t even question in connection to the boy’s disappearance.

Realizing that he had a talent for this killing thing (and tired of trying to make ends meet on a teacher’s salary), Mr. Muller contacted his cousin Rocco, who had some ties to the vast and violent Keokuk underworld. Within weeks, the teacher became a gun for hire, though he never used a gun.

Waving his arms above his head as if he were fighting off an invasion of invisible bats, Kramer said, “Sorry, sorry, I’ll never use the word ‘ain’t’ again.”

“That’s more like it. So, let us return to your alibi.”

“Yeah, sure, like I said, Clams and I were playing poker in the back room at Manelli’s.”

“And if I were to call Manelli and inquire about this supposed poker game, he’d corroborate your story?”



“Well, sure, but irregardless of what he says, it’s the truth.”

“’Regardless’ means ‘despite the prevailing circumstances,’ you clod. When you use the word ‘irregardless,’ you’re basically saying ‘despite despite the prevailing circumstances’.”

Shifting his weight from foot to foot, Muller sighed heavily. He thumbed the pages of his bloodstained copy of Language Arts Today! The pages fell like paper guillotines. Some killers were knife lovers, some gun nuts, but Muller strongly believed in the power of the word. It was a well-whispered secret in the Keokuk underworld that that bloodied, battered textbook had ended fourteen lives, Michael Bradley having just been the first.

“Okay, okay, Jesus, Muller, you’re a tough grader.”

The killer let out a mirthless laugh, which echoed around the abandoned warehouse; the same thing had been said about him back in his distant Our Mother of Peace days.

Kramer continued, “Yes, if you ask Manelli, he should corroborate the fuck out of my story. But, despite the prevailing circumstances, if he don’t–.”


“Right, right. If he doesn’t, then he’s the one lying, not me.”

“So, all these rumors I’ve been hearing about you switching sides and going to work for Tommy Cho, those are all lies too?”

“Yeah! I ain’t working, I mean, I’m not working for that dirty chink. Regardless of what anyone says, Mr. Pedersen is my penultimate boss.”

Muller literally growled. “Oh Kramer, you’ve just made another very common but annoying mistake. ‘Penultimate’ doesn’t mean the last one, it means the second to the last one. The word you’re looking for, I believe, is ‘ultimate’.”

“No, teach, I ain’t wrong, I got the right word.”

Somehow, Kramer suddenly had a gun in his hand. Small, dark, deadly. Before Muller could even raise Language Arts Today! in defense, Kramer fired. Light filled the darkened warehouse, pigeons in the rafters took flight.

The bullet, unconcerned by avian reaction, ripped through the textbook and still had the audacity to tear into Muller’s stomach.

The killer, gravely wounded, stumbled backward. Punched and shocked. He so wanted to criticize Kramer for using ‘ain’t’ although he had specifically told him not to, but found that he’d lost the ability, and perhaps even the will, to speak.

Now smiling a crooked smile, Kramer stood. The gun, cooling, floated before him.

“You don’t even remember me, do you, Mr. Muller?”

The former teacher studied the man who’d shot him but there was not much light left in his eyes.

Kramer continued, “Kramer ain’t my real name, it’s Sealing, Kenny Sealing. I was in your homeroom. I had braces, real bad acne. I idolized Michael Bradley, he was my first crush. I even wrote his Ethan Frome paper. That’s why I was just outside your room when you done him in with that damned textbook. I was fucking devastated to say the least. But I decided to not go to the cops cause I wanted to take care of you myself. And now, after all these years of the long con, I’ve finally got revenge for the love of my life.”

Using the last of his strength, Muller looked down and saw that his stomach and beloved, murderous textbook were soaked with his own blood. “I ain’t… I ain’t gonna make it.”

“No, you ain’t. This here is for Michael Bradley!”

And with the howl, Kramer put one in Muller’s brain. A textbook killing.

Bix Skahill got shot in the face in Fargo. He wrote a book called Babes in Gangland, which is a title he evidently appropriated from the Penthouse Hot Talk Magazine, January /February 1990 issue. He also has great hair.

New Bizarro Author Review #27: Babes in Gangland by Bix Skahill

by J.W. Wargo


GEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZUUUUUSSSSSSS CHRIST!!!! Kid Phoenix has been shot! The bastard’s gone to the big strip club in the sky… Or has he? Because of some lightning-induced magic, the exact moment Kid vamoosed, little baby Jaydon arrived. Cute little fucker with his slicked back hair, his 5 o’clock shadow, and his… his birthmark of a buxom woman that says I “heart” Snatch? Holy greasy shit on a Dead Cow Burger!

Babies first words aren’t usually so profane, or so articulate. His parents, and Jaydon himself, are more than a little confused. A chance encounter with one of Phoenix’s old henchman helps inject some of his past life back into him like a hit of pure China White. With the memories come pain, and baby wants vengeance

Marrowburg is a cockroach infestation of criminals. Political assassination is a day at the park for its denizens, and if you aren’t committing crime you’re probably a cop or senior citizen. Jaydon’s gonna have to baby step his way through this, but no tit milk in the world is gonna stop him from finding the cocksucker who pulled the trigger.

Jaydon/Kid Phoenix as a protagonist is an interesting choice for this story, and even felt a little like his own antagonist. At times, I felt Ram was more a compelling character. But this isn’t a story about change, it’s a story about revenge.

I guess I just liked Ram more. He had a heart, his brain was just a little slow keeping up with it. He was the only one who bothered to show up at the hospital the night Kid was murdered. He could have sought revenge on his own, but instead he quietly packed up and moved out to the suburbs, getting a fast food job and trying his best to forget about his former life.

On the other side of the fence, another interesting character I feel was quite compelling despite only showing up midway through the book was Officer Bertrand Kropp. Celebrating his 100th birthday and 80th+ year on the force, Bertrand is set to finally retire at the end of the day. His career, though long, feels incomplete. When a phone call comes in about a murder, it sets off his “gift” of second sight and he vows to find the killer or die trying.

If I found one common thread among the characters of the book, it was this idea of completion, of setting things “right”, whatever “right” they might personally believe in.

The fact that crime exists does not bother me, nor do I seek its eradication. Rather, it is something about a baby enacting criminal behavior that is slightly unnerving.

That is the point, though. You get so used to Kid Phoenix’s gangster dialogue you forget he is in the body of a toy rattle shaking, 9 month old. It isn’t until the toy rattle is jammed halfway down some guy’s throat, and the only sound besides his death gurgle is a baby’s gleeful cooing, that you end up unsure whether to laugh or vomit.

That is the sign of a good Bizarro book and speaks volumes to Mr. Skahill’s abilities. Generally, comedy is a more relaxing form of entertainment. The treatment given to this story’s situational humor, and to the character of Jaydon himself, is agitating enough to leave a question mark at the end of each laugh. It gives one the sense that the author just might be messing with you.

I imagine Skahill gives a sly grin every time he hears someone say they’re going to read his book.


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J.W. Wargo is a writer and author of his own NBAS book, Avoiding Mortimer, which was slated to be the next Oprah Book Club selection until it was discovered the author hadn’t made any of it up. You can read about all the crazy shit he gets into while hitchhiking the world over at Imperial Youth Review.