I got the chance to pick the brain of the immensely talented writer, musician, podcaster, and all around great guy John Wayne Comunale. Click here for my review of his novel Scummer. ZÉ BURNS: When did you start writing? JOHN WAYNE COMUNALE: When I was a kid I liked to write stories. As I got older … Continue reading Author Interview: John Wayne Comunale
Rating: 9/10 John Wayne Comunale shows us a grimy world: the filth and stench palpable. But he also invites us to search for meaning in our lives, to find the pillar that can support us in the scary chaos of the world around us. Meet Scummer. He drinks the backwash from leftover beers, smokes discarded … Continue reading Book Review: SCUMMER
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. Bizarro … Continue reading 3 Bizarro Blogs to Follow + Announcement
I’ve been caught up with my new obsession, horror, but still managed to read some great bizarre books this winter. The books below were my favorites. I should note that these are books I’ve read in 2019, not necessarily books that came out in 2019. 1. IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER by Italo … Continue reading My 5 Favorite (Bizarre) Books Winter 2019
I had the great opportunity to pick the brain of Portland-based writer Charles Austin Muir, author of the short story collections Bodybuilding Spider Rangers and This is a Horror Book. Click here for my review of This is a Horror Book ZÉ BURNS: When did you start writing? CHARLES MUIR: I started writing when I … Continue reading Author Interview: Charles Austin Muir
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?