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"The Bizarro literary movement is the ultimate in outsider lit." - 3AM Magazine

"The literary equivalent of a David Lynch or Tim Burton film ... These stories offer a glimpse into a rising genre that functions like the cult movie section in your local video store." - Horror World

"[Bizarro is] universally intriguing, thoughtful, intelligent and, most importantly, a hell of a lot of fun." - The Pedestal Magazine

"Sometimes comic, sometimes violent, sometimes sexually graphic (if not all of the above) and adolescently fearless to offend." - Details Magazine

"Bizarro fiction is by turns repulsive, stupid, and crude. But at its best, it is also compelling, intelligent, and well-written. Any literary genre that can be both bad and good at the same time is worth reading." - The Guardian

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383207
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bizarro Starter Kits are meant to ease people into the Bizarro genre. Me, I bought them because I'm a cheap @ss and want to stretch my Bizarro dollars a bit. Here are just some of the wonders Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple) contains:

The Clockwork Girl by Athena Villaverde: The Clockwork Girl tells the story of a toy clockwork girl named Puchi who first falls in love with her owner and then is discarded when her owner gets too old. That's about all I can say of the plot without giving too much away.

The Clockwork Girl is like something Peter S. Beagle might write if he was into Bizarro fiction. Puchi's innocence made the story for me. It would make a great Pixar movie if they'd let Tim Burton anywhere near the building. I'm hoping for more of the same from Starfish Girl.

Punkupine Moshers of the Apocalypse by David Agranoff: In a post-apocalyptic wasteland created by the nuclear war of 1987, the people of Dischargia have embraced the punk lifestyle to survive. When the river runs dry, Dressica and her friends venture up the river, beyond the edge of the world.

While I didn't like Punkupines as much as The Clockwork Girl, it was still really cool. Cyborg punks from a community based around punk music going up against the shriveling political icons of the 1980's? What's not to like?

Cripple Wolf by Jeff Burk: A wheelchair-bound man boards an airplane crammed full of fetishists on the night of a full moon and becomes a werewolf. Awesomeness ensues.

Cripple Wolf was a hilarious gorefest, like a bizarro version of Snakes on a Plane.

Re-Mancipator by Garret Cook: Abraham Lincoln is on a rampage and it's up to Musashi, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Booth, and others to stop him.

Re-Mancipator is delightfully bizarre.
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I have never read any of the Bizarro Starter kits before. Purple is my first. I am now a convert. If you enjoy surrealism, the avant guard, or being the first with the coolest trends, you'll want to hop on this train soon.

Stand out stories for me, were Matthew Revert's three, with a particular nod toward Concentration Tongue. I had read the other two stories in A Million Versions of Right (his book) so I had high expectations and was not disappointed. I always enjoy absurdist fiction, and he is definitely a writer to watch.

Others that I want to mention are Garrett Cook's Re-Emancipator, and Kris Saknussemm's Sparklewheel. I'm familiar with both these authors and was thrilled to read more of their work here.

One last mention goes to Athena Villarverde for being the cool chick of the collection. Clockwork Girl is a great story.

If you are new to this style of fiction, all I can say is get in on the ground floor. The stars of tomorrow are congregating here and you really want to be the first with these names!
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We return once again to the Bizarro Starter Kit series. This time around, the weirdness is a pleasant blending of the tones of both the BSK (Orange) and the BSK (Blue).

With the work of Russell Edson, Athena Villaverde, David Agranoff, Matthew Revert, Andrew Goldfarb, Jeff Burk, Garrett Cook, Kris Saknussemm, Cody Goodfellow, and Cameron Pierce, we are presented with the ever-evolving face of the Bizarro genre, and the equally developing styles.

Unique to this collection is the inclusion of selected comics by Andrew Goldfarb, whose weird stylings have become a staple of the Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. They are fun, trippy reads, a nice diversion from the often strictly words-only approach of most Bizarro.

In the more wild fun category are Jeff Burks's "Cripple Wolf" and David Agranoff's "Punkupine Moshers of the Apocalypse". Both of these tales scream B-movie fun in the tradition of such classics as "The Toxic Avenger" and "Surf Nazis Must Die!"

On the other hand, there is more thoughtful fare such as the prose-poetry of Russell Edson, and Cameron Pierce's "The Destroyed Room". These selections add a wonderful counterpoint to the other offerings, bringing a balanced representation of the Bizarro genre that was not present in the previous editions.

In short, the Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple) is a strong, balanced display of the possibilities that can be found in Bizarro fiction. Get this on your "to-read" list now!
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The Bizarro Starter Kit (purple) is probably the most pulp and most punk of all the kits.

Personal favorites of this collection would probably be: Cripple Wolf by Jeff Burk (It's like Snakes On a Plane but with a werewolf...that's paraplegic) The Destroyed Room by Cameron Pierce is like Albert Camus meets David Lynch, underneath all the silliness there is something very sad but very intelligent in this story, and Punkcupine Moshers of the Apocalypse by David Agranoff is the most punk rock story I've ever read.

I'd say start with Bizarro Starter Kit(Orange) but still this is a very good introduction to Bizarro.
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This is an amazing collection of Bizarro Fiction. You get stories from all around the board. Some standout ones for me were "Cripple Wolf" by Jeff Burk about a wheelchair bound lycanthrope on a flight and "Re-Mancipator" by Garrett Cook about zombie Abe Lincolns that must be stopped by a John Wilkes Boothe descendant and his love, Marilyn Monroe that is trained with a katana. These are just two of the crazy stories that stuck in my head. Trust me when I say that you should read this collection.
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