Hi! My name is Michael Allen Rose, and I’m a Chicago based author, musician and performance artist. I’ve worked in a variety of mediums, but the things I’m most proud of and known for are probably my books, such as Party Wolves In My Skull and Embry: Hard Boiled from Eraserhead Press and Boiled Americans from Bizarro Pulp Press. I make and perform industrial music under the name Flood Damage, collaborate with other musicians such as the Slow Poisoner, and play in the Nine Inch Nails tribute band Now I’m Nothing.
As far as performance projects go, I’m mostly interested in creating funny, crazy readings from my stories and books. I also occasionally work in the theatre as RoShamBo, host the Ultimate Bizarro Showdown at the annual BizarroCon, and create burlesque with and without my partner Sauda Namir. It’s incredibly fulfilling to play in so many sandboxes and connect with so many different artistic communities.
You can see more of all the crazy stuff I do first-hand at my multi-media website here!
For the last decade or so, I’ve been working my way up the corporate ladder in the real estate industry and working in compliance, but in February 2017, I lost my job unexpectedly. It’s a little scary, and you can imagine how uncertain I felt about everything. I thought a lot about what I might do next, from substitute teaching to driving for a ride-share service, to freelancing as a copy editor or a production assistant. I may end up doing all of the above, trying to make ends meet, but what I really want to do is lean into the things I’m passionate about. Things like my stories and songs and creative projects, and the things that fill my soul with happiness and fulfillment!
I didn’t plan to leave corporate America, but I’m looking at this as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. With the help of my friends, fans and community, I plan to put out a ton of new content. The plan is to live the artist’s hustle without the stability of my 9-to-5! I have so much crazy creative stuff I want to share with people, and I’m very excited to connect with the folks who like what I do. Believe me, I understand how much it means if you contribute to my patreon. Your hard earned money means something, and all I can promise is that I remember the people who support me very dearly, and I plan to spoil you as much as possible with content and connectivity. It’s time to embrace my art and change my life. With your help, together, we’ll make art happen!
I’m Tiffany Scandal. I am a writer, editor, photographer, podcaster, and videographer. I am the author of There’s No Happy Ending (Eraserhead Press), Jigsaw Youth (Ladybox Books), and the Wonderland Award finalist Shit Luck (Eraserhead Press). I’ve also penned quite a few stories for various anthologies, journals, and magazines.
I enjoy creating things that are weird, surreal, and fierce af. I enjoy experimenting with different voices, genres, and styles. I enjoy talking to people about craft and collaborating with artists to create stronger visions/projects. I enjoy creating things for sake of creating them.
Since the publication of my first book, I’ve always set out to accomplish more than the year before. And so far, I’ve delivered on that. I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought possible in the short amount of time I’ve been at it. And if you’re reading this, I probably have you to thank for that.
2018 is going to be my biggest year yet. I have a handful of books and anthologies lined up for publication. I’m launching my very own podcast in January wherein I’ll discuss craft, feminism, and make a home for all of my lame jokes (and each episode will have a special guest– either a publisher, author, editor, photographer, etc). I have LOADS of travel plans lined up, various book release parties and readings IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. And I plan to document a whole hell of a lot of everything with my cameras. So, stay tuned, it’s gonna be a wild ride.
Thank you for reading.
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Newly released from Eraserhead Press and available from Amazon, it’s….
A darkly comic noir about a chicken living in a world of anthropomorphic eggs who’s wanted for a murder he didn’t commit.
Life’s tough for an “embry.” Considered a vestigial organ at best and a parasite at worst, chicken embryos are usually aborted by the egg folk early in life. Once in a while one survives and slips through, hatching into an embry, an ostracized, lower caste anthropomorphic chicken. They have their own ghettos, and are barely tolerated by polite society. Our hero wakes up one day to find that some upstanding citizens have been scrambled. The king, his horses and his men are now after our hero for a crime he didn’t commit and proving his innocence is going to be nearly impossible. Thank goodness he’s armed with spurs, or the rotten eggs prowling the alleys of this strange grocery item city would fry him good. Delving deeper and deeper into the mystery, Embry uncovers his own bizarre background and finds he is hunted by a secret society who revere the most famous egg of all time, the very egg he himself emerged from during the great fall.
From the author of Boiled Americans and Party Wolves in My Skull comes a dystopian crime story that will have you asking: Which comes first, the chicken or egg?
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!
Michael Allen Rose has started a Patreon account so fans of his books, music, and other artistic shenanigans can help him continue creating more beautifully weird projects in the future. We at Bizarro Central hope you check it out and help Mr. Rose achieve his goals. Thanks!