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There’s a new genre rising from the underground. Its name: BIZARRO. For years, readers have been asking for a category of fiction dedicated to the weird, crazy, cult side of storytelling that has become a staple in the film industry (with directors such as David Lynch, Takashi Miike, Tim Burton, and Lloyd Kaufman) but has been largely ignored in the literary world, until now. The Bizarro Starter Kit features short novels and story collections by ten of the leading authors in the bizarro genre: D. Harlan Wilson, Carlton Mellick III, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Kevin L Donihe, Gina Ranalli, Andre Duza, VIncent W. Sakowski, Steve Beard, John Edward Lawson, and Bruce Taylor.  Even though the Bizarros are underground cult outsiders, they still have gained an incredible amount of respect in the publishing industry, having been praised by the likes of Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Moore, William Gibson, Alan Moore, Piers Anthony, Cory Doctorow, and Charles de Lint, to name a few, as well as the publications Asimov’s Science-fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science-fiction, Cemetery Dance, Fangoria, Wizard Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Face, among many others. They have also been finalists for the Philip K Dick Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Rhysling Award, the Wonderland Book Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Bizarro isn’t just weird fiction, it is damn good weird fiction, and the genre grows exponentially every single day, so, love it or hate it, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the years to come.

The GOOD:

The Next Literary Movement is on the Move!,June 2, 2006

This review is from: The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange) (Paperback)

Let me just say that I am a huge fan of Bizarro. There’s nothing like reading stories that bear no resemblance to anything you’ve read before. The Bizarro collective of writings and films continue to reinvent themselves, making it one of the most vibrant creative outlets in publication today. Many of its authors can be found on MySpace, adding so much more to the sense of community between authors and readers, which is lacking in the literary world elsewhere. Where else could you read an author’s book, then log on to the Internet and tell that person directly how much you loved their work? I’ve had several dialogues with these guys, and it’s tremendously gratifying as a reader to have that interaction with the author.

Bizarro is not for everyone; if you feel totally content with reading the same sort of material and can’t bear the thought of branching out into something new, then Bizarro will probably not work for you. However, if you’re wanting to know what else is out there (I mean REALLY out there), then the Bizarro Starter Kit is the book to read. I officially started reading Bizarro a year ago, and it’s been a tremendously gratifying experience. Even now, I’m working to get these books into the mainstream bookstore chains where they belong. Support the Bizarro movement!

The BAD:

Bizarro is more than bizarre,July 3, 2006

This review is from: The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange) (Paperback)

This anthology introduction to bizarro literature is uneven and not for the faint of heart. Semi-pornographic with plenty of scatological references describes many of the submissions. While trying to be science fiction plus – it fails, with few exceptions, to be interesting. Shock value fades with the redundant themes. This genre is on the verge of self-destruction – better writing would help.

And The UGLY:

 

 Really Bad,July 20, 2009

This review is from: The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange) (Paperback)

These stories work well in concept like fi the author were telling you about the story they had just written and you got to imagine it on your own. This stuff is sub-community writing club. Its just really bad.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A WASTE,January 22, 2009
This review is from: The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange) (Paperback)

bUY THIS BOOK FOR A VALUABLE LESSON.
bOOKS, THEIR REPUTATIONS AND THEIR REVIEWS CAN ALL BE CREATED BY MARKETERS IN CYBERSPACE.
THIS IS A PRODUCT, CREATED TO BE CONSUMED BY PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY LIKE STRANGE EROTIC LITERATURE.
iT’S EXACTLY LIKE THOSE MASS PRODUCED PAINTINGS.
FANS OF INTERESTING LITERATURE LIKE BURROUGHS, VONNEGUT PALANIUK,BEWARE.

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