Wol-Vriey is definitely an author to pay attention to! Rowark Basically, a tale of a old people taking a miracle drug and it's horrendous side effects. Not too bad, I didn't get into it. Also starring, a cat that incessantly sings Frank Sinatra-style christmas music. The third impressive tale. Bizarro Press is off to an excellent start. I look forward to their other publications. Apr 29, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: Tall Tales with Short Cocks suitably impressed me with the sheer range of subject matters than crawled, oozed, and wiggled their way out of the authors' minds.
Generally I'm slightly disappointed with books of short stories because there is such a variable level of quality and while a couple stories will stand out, most will just be so so, not so in here, each story begs to be remembered. Added to the "do not read while eating" shelf mostly because of "HELP! It concerns Bailey, a detective tasked with finding a dame its always about a dame , but not just any dame, one who can only be described as, "Beautiful. A surprising genre story that I truly enjoyed. Truly a fate worse than death.
It will seem very familiar to those who have worked with committees or in the entertainment industries at all. Finally someone else realizes the very real danger of squirrels and their evil plots to take over the world. Jake, chronically either unemployed, underemployed, or about to be fired, and his flatmate, Craig, decide to do something new on a Saturday night so they meet up with Jake's girlfriend, Sue, to break into The Happy Squirrel Sanctuary Mansion where all is not as it seems, janitors are dead, and an evil red squirrel, convinced of the superiority of grey squirrels, plots the downfall of mankind.
Betty is stuck in her marriage, her life, and even trapped in her own body until one fateful day when a mechanical mouse is found in the kitchen. DK is the world's newest superdrug and it is taking the world by storm.
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Made from martian flora, bear dna, and incorporating the psychotropic properties of marijuana, it revitalizes the aged and seems to be a miracle in pill form to prolong life. Until some nasty side effects spring up and its users transform into homicidal bearlike creatures seeking flesh. Moreau with just a touch of kitchen appliances. Woogie has been drafted by his large walrus friend, Odobie, to help him pick up a rather large amount of money from Little Joe to give to the feared gangster Two Slice to buy Odobie's way out of a mess of trouble involving bets, drug running, and the eventual redirection of those drugs.
This was a super fun read chocked full of short story goodness. I don't think there was a bad one in the bunch. All were unique and entertaining in their own way. I really liked -- Help! My Ass has Rabies! All in all this was a super imaginative, somewhat surreal, and irreverent collection of stories that was well written and super fun to rea This was a super fun read chocked full of short story goodness.
All in all this was a super imaginative, somewhat surreal, and irreverent collection of stories that was well written and super fun to read.
I will seek out volume 2. May 08, David rated it it was amazing. I really had fun with this anthology. These stories have an amazing amount of imagination and vitality. I enjoyed some more than others, but they were all a lot of fun to read. I still feel fairly new to bizarro literature, but I felt right at home with these stories.
Jul 01, Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it. It is a series of short stories along with one poem that range from bizarro to straight up horror tales.
A brief overview of the tales in this compendium: In The Flesh by John McNee is a mix of steampunk and bizarro, with a mechanical detective on the hunt for a flesh covered woman hiding out at a living, breathing flesh hotel. By Adam Millard tells the story of a fast food employee and an attack of a virus with some teeth to it that rampages through the restaurant where he works.
Zeitgeist by Arthur Graham gives us a parody of the trials and tribulations that come along with trying to get a new TV show produced. I am a Whale by Robin Wyatt Dunn is a brash poem about the grandeur of a whale and how humans suck by comparison.
MouseTrap by Wol-vriey reads like a bizarro fairy tale with a wind up mouse, an obese house wife and the ungrateful men in her life. Regressive by Nathan J. Rowark is a horror story about the elderly taking a miracle drug that ends up turning them into monsters.
The Night of the Walrus by Gabino Inglesias dives into a seedy underworld filled with desperate Walruses, midget gangsters and toasters possessed by the elder gods. Someone who enjoys both horror and bizarro should find something to enjoy among these tales, though as is the case with every anthology, not all tales resonate equally.
Special mention go to In The Flesh, Zeitgeist, and MouseTrap, all three of these stories had their own distinct bizarro flare that brought a twisted smile to my face as I read them.
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A few others did leave an aftertaste…and that to me is what is best about short stories-if they have the power to stick with you long after you read them. May 10, Scott Emerson rated it liked it. Bizarro Press serves up nine off-the-wall offerings with this anthology, featuring a roster of up-and-coming writers eager to show off their imaginations and descriptive skills. The results are decidedly mixed, but readers with a taste for the weird should find something to their liking here.
Highlights include Jon Konrath's "The Zombies of Kilimanjaro," an unconventional take on the living dead, Wol-vriey's "MouseTrap" a sordid domestic drama that defies simple description , and John McNee's bi Bizarro Press serves up nine off-the-wall offerings with this anthology, featuring a roster of up-and-coming writers eager to show off their imaginations and descriptive skills. Highlights include Jon Konrath's "The Zombies of Kilimanjaro," an unconventional take on the living dead, Wol-vriey's "MouseTrap" a sordid domestic drama that defies simple description , and John McNee's bizarre hardboiled homage "In the Flesh.
There's little going on here that's being taken seriously not neccessarily a bad thing , but readers in the mood for something more mature and substantial may find some of the tales lacking. But for those with a taste for such absurdities, this book contains multiple treasures. Jan 04, Steve Rueffer rated it liked it Shelves: One of my first adventures into the bizarro fiction universe. Some rewards were gained, while other moments left me wondering why I was wasting my time.
To be sure, there were some exceptional stories and ideas in here, but a good half of the stories were a pointless mess. Nevertheless, I will try to read a few more books in the genre. In fact, I have also been reading The Earworm Inception by Jon Konrath and have found it to be a much superior collection. View all 4 comments. May 08, Whitnie rated it liked it. The best and only word to describe this book.
I feel that an adolescent boy would love it! Full of guts and gore and strange twisted stories. While I liked it I would only recommend it to people who are okay with cult fiction type stories.
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Funny at times and very disturbing at others. Something you really need to be in a mood to read. May 12, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you're looking to see what Bizarro is this is an excellent place to start. This is a solid collection of bizarro fiction that will win over new fans and is another reason why we love this genre so much.
These are tales of the absurd, the warped and the twisted and while it is a quick read it is entertaining as hell. Jun 14, Cassie-la rated it liked it Shelves: It's set in a dystopic, post-apocalyptic world that's populated with robots.