There is a wealth of great websites and blogs on the genre outside my humble blog. Unfortunately, many of them are inactive or rarely updated. (I’m talking to you S.T. Cartledge, one of the best bizarro review bloggers.)
Below are three of the bizarro blogs that I find the most helpful, interesting, and entertaining.
This is the ultimate site for all things bizarro. You can find lists of nearly every bizarro book, publisher, and author, along with the best description you can find of what bizarro truly is, but its blog is what keeps me coming back. It’s known for its Flash Fiction Fridays: bizarre stories under 1500 words by some great authors and promising newbies (though I am neither, I was featured here). In addition, you can find new releases, community happenings, and oodles of other information on the genre. You can spend an hour here and not be fully sated.
Clash Books publishes many great titles, not all bizarro, but they also host a blog. Rather than written by single person or a staff, it is completely submission based. This draws some great writers, including such talents as Gabino Iglesias, Maxwell Bauman, Charles Muir, and Autumn Christian, to name a few. You can find essays, reviews (of books, films, and TV), interviews, and plenty of original fiction. It is high quality, fascinating material, with frequent posts that feel more like a literary journal than a blog.
Written by a Wyoming woman known only as Diamond, Biblioculus (I’ll give you a nickel if you can pronounce it) posts reviews on “bizarro, weird fiction, and horror.” These are readable, insightful, well-written, and humorous—not to mention, posted regularly. In the span of 300 to 500 words, you will know what the book is about, the players, the themes, and by the end, you will know if you want to read it or not. It is truly a blog for readers written by a reader. And if you’re interested in these three genres, you’ll keep coming back to this blog. It’s like that friend who always has the best recommendations.
These are some of my favorite bizarro blogs, but there are plenty more out there. I will write a Part Two if it interests you.
Due to popular interest, I’m starting a “Featured Author” segment. Every month (or at least, every other month—it all depends on the author’s availability), I will choose a writer whose work focuses on the surreal and the bizarre and write a review of one of their recent works along with an interview and a list of links to find out more about them.
At the beginning of each month (or every other month), I will announce the Featured Author on Twitter. If you don’t follow me there, my handle is @ZeBurns. This month’s author will be the multi-talented John Wayne Comunale.
I hope you enjoy!