Rating: 8/10 Reading Charles Austin Muir’s collection is like watching ten movies at the same time yet understanding every word spoken. His writing abounds in film references. These are his secret, his genius, though a little shocking at first. Once you acclimate, they can be more vivid than any metaphor. He possesses a unique voice. … Continue reading Book Review: THIS IS A HORROR BOOK
I’ve decided to depart from my usual content to discuss something that’s been gnawing at me for weeks now. Those who know me well know that I am loathe to express my opinions, let alone trumpet them to an audience like this blog, but I feel I need to share these thoughts. At BizarroCon, I … Continue reading Should Bizarro Go Mainstream?
Rating: 8/10 I don’t watch much TV these days. I know I sound like a pretentious jerk for saying that, but there isn’t much out there that interests me. So when I watched “The Shivering Truth,” I knew I had to share it with you. Imagine “Robot Chicken” written by William S. Burroughs and Salvador … Continue reading TV Review: The Shivering Truth
BizarroCon was very educational. I learned not only many things about writing, but also about life and my fellow human beings. Without hyperbole, I can say the experience changed my life. Below are some of the many valuable tidbits I picked up. 1) Everyone is just as nervous as you are. Some are just better … Continue reading 10 Things I Learned: BizarroCon
It’s the only time I’ve seen someone drinking a beer before 11 a.m. The only time I’ve witnessed such a deluge of imagination. The only time I’ve met such a friendly, cohesive group of people. BizarroCon is a four-day, alcohol-fueled whirlwind of creativity and bacchanalian insanity. I went for the first time this year. Day … Continue reading BizarroCon 11
Tower Ltd. Surprise Packages is sending out parcels with very peculiar contents. Each story in this collection by British bizarro author Madeleine Swann is the tale of a different package. Despite different protagonists in each, it reads like a novel. Each package contains a lesson for the recipient, parables almost, on many of humankind’s weaknesses. … Continue reading Book Review: FORTUNE BOX
Or why I bought 81 Dragonlance novels In his lifetime, Sir Philip Thomas (1792-1872) acquired over 160,000 books and manuscripts, draining his substantial inheritance in the process and reducing his family to poverty. Philip had what is now known as bibliomania (literally “book madness”), the extreme preoccupation with collecting books and a symptom of obsessive-compulsive … Continue reading Books As A Drug