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Friday, March 27, 2015

WTF Friday: The New Bizarro Author Series

Every once in a while, as the mood strikes me, I like to indulge in those titles that are a bit odd . . . a bit different . . . a bit bizarre . . . and a bit freaky. These are books that don't get a lot of press, and which rarely get any retail shelf space.



They're often an underground of sort of literature, best shared through guilty whispers, and often with embarrassed grins. These are our WTF Friday reads!

For this week's feature, Donald brings us a trio of reviews from the New Bizarro Author Series, which pretty much defines the essence of WTF weird.

Deep Blue by Brian Auspice 
The machine is alive and Tuesday may never come, but if you can't beat them then join them.

A fast paced journey through the life of John, in a town who cares of nothing anymore. Who wants to be a man in the jar, fed to a machine, waiting for a Tuesday that will never come. This book packs a dark storyline of the human condition. Taxi drivers with no faces, driving around town between violet, gray, and red districts, and one man's journey to feed a machine nightly for nothing in return.

If you want something new to read with bizarre, interesting, poetic storytelling, then grab a copy of Deep Blue. The title alone lets you know its out there......but don't forget your coat.

Paperback, 82 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Eraserhead Press


Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas 
A BIG! four/half stars.

Tom Lucas takes the gladiator battles to a whole new universe. Very strong characters (literally) and a likeable storyline. My early guesses were not corrected (Titanus's final battle guess and the outcome of the final battle), so that gives my thoughts on a awesome twist.

Titanus is a hero on his planet with a very, very BIG member, asked to join in on some arena battles with many different monsters from around the universe. On top of that, his son has been kidnapped and is being held hostage until he competes in the deadly battles. This is not WWE wrestling - here you leave your opponent dead in puddles of blood.

I'm calling for a BIG! sequel. More blood, more monster creativity, and the future (Titanus Jr.) to take more of a beating like Rocky did in his blockbuster battle against Apollo Creed.

Massive war hammers, a coach full of cuss words, sexual seepage ooze, and crushed skulls, all crammed together in this BIG epic arena style battles. Tom Lucas knocks a memorable sci-fi out of this world... GET SOME!

And always think BIG!

Paperback, 124 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Eraserhead Press


SuperGhost by Scott Cole 
I'm calling this an "Ode to Ghostbusters" Funny, outrageous Bizarro and a very smart idea.

When a scientist pulls the curtains on his new creation, three friends are in tune to save the city they live in from destruction. The giant collection of Phantom Limbs, all pieced together, and somewhere in that giant heaping pile are their own phantom limbs and they want them back - despite the pain they gave them.

It begins with missing appendages jokes and a support group. A mad scientist that could have been one of the most intelligent to walk the earth, and an ending kinda like the famous kid song "On top of Spaghetti" and what happens to that item. But the mind of Scott Cole gives a whole new meaning to "Meatball"

Overall it's a ghost story in the likes of those slapstick style movies with gut wrenching laughter, and the Bizarro goodness that tastes so good with ice cream, no matter what flavor it is.

Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Eraserhead Press

1 comment:

  1. Pax Titanus sounds good. I like that the publisher is called Eraserhead Press.

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