Friday, July 16, 2010

Why didn't anyone tell me? Bizarro fiction!

The Guardian book pages on top of things as always in a piece written by the indefatigable Damien Walter.

Essentially aimed at the midnight movie crowd, Bizarro fiction dials the offense up to eleven (after all, you don't need a producer and a budget to write a book).

The genre is still seeking its cross-over star. It will not be Carlton Melnick III (writer of Adolph in Wonderland and The Cannibals of Candyland) or Cameron Pierce (whose "Ass Goblins of Auschwitz" is so disgusting, I won't even quote the plot summary). As he says, though:

In an era when very little remains shocking, Pierce might have actually managed to create a genuinely disturbing work of fiction, the literary equivalent of Schindler's List rewritten by the Marquis De Sade and filmed as a Tim Burton animated feature.
Walters does recommend a book called "Cursed" by Jeremy C. Shipp, which he describes as an episode of Seinfeld written by Chuck Palhaniuk.

Go on, I dare you...


Generic said...

You missed Carlton Melnick's two best titles: The Haunted Vagina and Razor Wire Pubic Hair.

Like the gorss movies threse things imitate, almost certainly more fun to read about than to read.

Generic said...

Plus, a bad editing alert: Walter says that some of the books turn out to be well-written, but fdoes not name them.