Rating 8/10. The spectrum of bizarro fiction goes from “kinda weird” to” 4-plus-wacko-bananas.” Andrew J. Stone’s novella All Hail the House Gods is definitely in bananas territory. Still, he manages to pull off a believable and engaging story that rivets you to the page. I’ve read it twice now and I’m so glad I did. … Continue reading Book Review: ALL HAIL THE HOUSE GODS
Gore Vidal described Italo Calvino as “the only great writer of my time.” And while I may not go that far, Calvino is certainly my favorite author. As a postmodernist and a fabulist, his works possess that “bizarreness” I love. At the time of his passing, Italo Calvino (1923-1985) was the most translated modern Italian … Continue reading 4 Great Books by Italo Calvino
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
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?