Needless to say its a genre not for everyone. But there are the few and the proud that find it quite addictive.
|Jordan's graduation presents.|
“I started getting into drugs and philosophy and wrote this 1,000 page epic about a bunch of teenagers, each one addicted to a different kind of drug, that start their own religion and try to take over the universe. They become gods and battle each other in metaphysical realms for supremacy. It was the worst book ever written by anyone.”
|—||Carlton Mellick III|
|This is the only Bizarro fiction book I have ever read. I thought it was pretty good-Matt|
I think I may have finally found my ideal genre of fictionOhohohoho bizarro fiction you are wonderfully weird-ThesisterWife
|“The Bizarro crowd should feel fortunate to have Jeremy Robert Johnson around, seeing that the writer may be their finest champion to prove that the genre is weird for the sake of being meaningful.”-verbicide|
“For a moment I was marked too. I flinched. She noticed. She was a wonderful human being, with a laugh that you’d want to hear at the gates of heaven. And I am weak for leaving her.”
|—||Jeremy Robert Johnson|
“I become overwhelmed in the outside world in such a sickening way, the color-textures, friends, social-clutter chats, overwhelming until my ears and kneecaps go tic-cricky and it makes me want to jump into the ocean without my water legs on, let the sharks get me, their teeth in love with me.”
|—||Carlton Mellick III Fishy Fleshed|
My friend and roommate (catchyasacactus) introduced me to this contemporary literary movement called “bizarro fiction.” It’s not quite fantasy or fabulism, and it’s not quite horror or science fiction, but bizarro fiction seems to be a strange mix of all of the above.
Its main objective is to be as shocking and disturbing as possible. In “literary writing” shock factor is often looked down upon, but not with bizarro fiction; the more disgusting, the better. Extra points for being offensive, too. In Cameron Pierce’s “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz” (pictured), ass goblin Nazi cannibals go around eating children’s flesh; mocking the Holocaust in such a way is both politically incorrect and brilliant.
What I admire most about this genre, though, is the care put into the writing itself. Yes, the concepts and titles are ridiculous, but these are still stories. To create a rich environment with the potential for darkly funny scenes is one thing; to mold believable and emotionally resonant character in that same environment is another. And that’s where bizarro fiction as a literary movement succeeds: in finding an exploitative mix of humor, shock, and emotion. -nihilistic intentions
|Bizzarro Central Magazine|
Do you have any bizarro fiction favorites you'd like to share? Maybe you know someone close who would make the perfect bizarro fiction author. I have to admit, I was shocked to find out a co-worker has a private stash of this stuff. It was great to hang out with him and discuss this new genre.