365 – In The River by Jeremy Robert Johnson

We are back with another review! This week, we wallow a bit in In The River by Jeremy Robert Johnson, and say goodbye to a legend in the literary world. Cue the Boyz II Men.
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Next episode is another book by Rob Hart. Though we did not review the latest Ash McKenna book, we are going to take a shot at Rob’s coauthoring effort with James Patterson, Scott Free!
Until then, check out our live video of Mark Z Danielewski reading live from The Familiar vol 1:

364 – Made for Love by Alissa Nutting

We are back from the Lazy Summer of Podcasting with a review! While we were floating in the pool, hanging out at the spa, having a good time, Alissa Nutting dropped Made for Love on the world. We’re here to tell you all about it. After, a little discussion about the state of publishing, and a press we’re sad to say goodbye to.
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Next episode is another book that dropped in our luxurious absence from reading: In the River by Jeremy Robert Johnson.
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350 – Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson



That’s right, it’s been a while since we have done this. We’re bringing you a review of a book AND an interview with its author all in one episode! It’s been hundreds of episodes since you’ve heard Jeremy on the podcast, so we were way past due.

Key Page Count Update: 3,140!

Next episode is part two of our Stoker Con coverage featuring interviews with Becky Spratford, Nancy Holder, and F Paul Wilson!

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61 – Intro to Bizarro


Booked got schooled by J David Osborne about the Bizarro genre,and we’re passing on the learning to you! David dropped heavy knowledge about Bizarro from its inception to today, and suggested a ton of resources for new Bizarro readers. Check out the episode to get the straight dope, then check out some of the many resources listed below to take it to the next level!

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What is Bizarro and how did it start?
From the episode and some barebones net research (so please forgive/correct any glaring mistakes): Bizarro got it’s start way back with the beginning of Eraserhead Press over a decade ago, but the name came a little later – in the era of the Mondo Bizarro Forum in the mid-aughts, which was frequented by big Bizarro names Carlton Mellick III, Jeremy Robert Johnson and Cameron Pierce.
Early Bizarro-identifying presses include the aforementioned Eraserhead Press, as well as the now shuttered Afterbirth Books, and Raw Dog Screaming. Today, there are also Lazy Fascist Press, Jeremy Robert Johnson’s Swallowdown Press, and Deadite Press.

JDO’s Recommended Bizarro Books
Angeldust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson

Meth-heads, man-made monsters, and murderous Neo-Nazis. Blissed out club kids dying at the speed of sound. The un-dead and the very soon-to-be-dead. They’re all here, trying to claw their way free.
From the radioactive streets of a war-scarred future, where the nuclear bombs have become self-aware, to the fallow fields of Nebraska where the kids are mainlining lightning bugs, this is a world both alien and intensely human. This is a place where self-discovery involves scalpels and horse tranquilizers; where the doctors are more doped-up than the patients; where obsessive-compulsive acid-freaks have unlocked the gateway to God and can’t close the door.
This is not a safe place. You can turn back now, or you can head straight into the heart of… the ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE

Zanesville by Kris Saknussemm

Futuristic bioweapon or good old-fashioned messiah? Reincarnated ex-porn star or mutant information-age revolutionary? The man who awakens in New York City’s Central Park with no memory of his identity and the enigmatic message FATHER FORGIVE THEM F carved into the flesh of his back may be all of these things and more.
Taken in (and then expelled) by a group of freedom fighters battling the soul-deadening Vitessa Cultporation, Clearfather is a stranger in an even stranger land. Following tantalizing clues that point to the gnomic Stinky Wiggler, and pursued by murderous Vitessa agents, Clearfather embarks on a surreal odyssey of self-discovery across an America that resembles a vast amusement park designed by some unholy trinity of Walt Disney, Hunter S. Thompson, and Hieronymus Bosch.

Bizarro Starter Kits

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.

Some Big Names in Bizarro
Carlton Mellick III
Cameron Pierce Who won the Wonderland Award for Short Story Collection 2010
Cody Goodfellow
Jeremy Robert Johnson
D Harlan Wilson

Bizarro Books for Starters
Apeshit by Carlton Mellick III
Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk
We Live Inside You by Jeremy Robert Johnson – buy it at his website to get a signed copy!
Any books by Cody Goodfellow

Web Resources for Bizarro
Bizarro Central – Check out a ton of resources for Bizarro, and join the Bizarro Brigade (Thanks to Booked superfan Frank Edler for bringing it to the attention of Booked)
Go find the authors on Facebook!

Movies & TV ShowTs That Could Be Considered Bizarro
David Lynch movies
Takashi Miike films such as Visitor Q, Gozu and Iichi the Killer
Troma films
The Last Circus
Cartoon Network shows like Adventure Time and Super Jail

Comics and Graphic Novels That Could Be Considered Bizarro
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
Day Tripper by Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba

Next week Booked reports from the other side. We got our hands on the new Jeremy Robert Johnson collection We Live Inside You and we’re going to let you know what we think of it! We’re excited to dive into the genre, so check back for our thoughts next week!

Midnight Bicycle Mystery by Deerhoof
Hang Ten Hamburg by Melon Boat

Don’t forget to buy J David Osborne’s award-winning novel By The Time We Leave Here We’ll Be Friends!!

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