Tag: weird fiction

Kindle Crack: The Literary Edition, Featuring Thomas Pynchon, Umberto Eco, G. W. Sebald, and More

 The opening poem is a clever little lick based on the tune to “Off to See the Wizard” from The Wizard of Oz. The second features an interesting palate of shifting perspectives, but I haven’t been able to dig further yet. Helen Dewitt’s fiction reads sort of like David Foster Wallace’s, and I’m sure it’s a

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The Universal Baseball Association: a Review

Life is a series of disappointments. If I were designing one of those pessimistic memes posing ironically as an inspirational quote, I’d add a snappy modifying clause to my opening sentence to eclipse the glaring cliche; in this case, however, I mean exactly what I wrote. You never really get what you want, and there’s

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Muses of a Strange Land: An Interview with Rhys Hughes

Welcome to another addition to our growing list of author interviews. This discussion with Welsh writer Rhys Hughes is long overdue, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. As usual, feel encouraged to follow Mr. Hughes on his Amazon page. I’m certain you’ll find much to admire in his ever-growing oeuvre. 

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You Dirty Rat! An Interview with Editor, Author, Musician, and Artist Ira Rat

by Ben Arzate Ira Rat is a fellow Iowan and a jack-of-all-trades in the arts. Here, I pick his brain to see what he’s all about. A quick disclaimer: I had a story published in his zine Fucked Up Stories to Tell in the Daytime and I’m very grateful he featured it. Ben Arzate: Let’s

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Kindle Crack: Ebook Deals on Titles by Borges, Lispector, Bernhard and More

Borges, for me, is the original master of weird lit. His work is consistently puzzling, dazzling, and befuddling, and you shouldn’t let the fact that you’ve heard at least one literary snob name-drop him discourage you from pursuing his work with impassioned fervor. Everything he pens is gold, and Labyrinths for three bucks is definitely

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Kindle Crack: Ebook Sales from Niel Gaiman, Clive Barker, Stanislaw Lem, and More

Svevo’s Zeno’s Conscience was fiercely advocated by James Joyce in its time, and you can sort of see why. Although it’s not a modernist hypertext like Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake, it clearly habits the weird, transitory milieu of the early turn of the century. It’s one of the better “life-as-a-ridiculous-man” narratives (see Sartre’s Nausea), and it’s more than worth

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5 Weird Books You’ve Gotta Read Before Your Brain Eats Itself

By Bob Freville If you’re new to the Motorist then that title might well bug you the fuck out, but fear not! We can still save your brain before it melts into a gnarly flan and you begin speaking in tongues. That’s right, you don’t need to be some boring troglodyte with an empty head

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Kindle Crack: Bird Box, Hill House, and Other Killer Ebooks You Can Snag Cheap

“Hey, it’s that one book that one movie on Netflix of the same title is based on!” Yes, it is. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the movie, and I know nothing about the book. It’s hot right now though, so why not? No reason not to snag it while it’s cheap. Now this one, I

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Kindle Crack: Hand-Picked Ebook Deals for the New Year

Happy 2019, everyone! What better way to begin the new year than with some badass kindle deals? You know the drill: top notch weird, horror, sci-fi, and whatever else fiction, BookBub style, personally tailored to our reader’s tastes. Looks like the Evenson sale is still going, and I’ve rarely been more excited about a kindle

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Golden Rod by Bram Riddlebarger – Book Review

Review by Ben Arzate [Disclaimer: Golden Rod was published by Cabal Books, which is also publishing a novel by me] Jack, a dishwasher obsessed with tea, has contracted a strange disease which turns his penis a deep yellow. After a stint in the hospital due to an attack by dogs, he decides to burn his

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