Last Night’s Event

Last night, some authors from the Portland bizarro scene went up to Olympia, WA for a reading event at the Tortoise Butler Arts Hotel. The Arts Hotel is also known as a Black House. In Olympia, there is a Satanic dentist who owns a lot of property, all which he has painted completely black. It was pretty fun to read in one of these Satanic dentist houses. A perfect place for a bizarro event.

In the Portland bizarro crew we had: Daniel Scott Buck, author of the bizarro children’s book “The Kissing Bug,” Cameron Pierce, author of “Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden,” Jeff Burk, editor of “The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction,” Eraserhead Press publisher Rose Okeefe, bizarro artist Angela Molinar, and myself.

From Seattle, Afterbirth Books editor Karen Townsend was there as well as Gina Ranalli, author of “Sky Tongues.”

We also met Olympia resident and bizarro newcomer Kevin Shamel.

Jeff, Cameron, and I did a lot of drinking in the woods:

jeff, carlton, cameron

Then we did some readings. Closing the performance was the second installment in Cameron Pierce’s Meat Magick series.

meat magick

The Meat Magick shows are completely bizarre, disgusting, hilarious, and very uncomfortable to watch. They are also difficult to explain. The closest explanation I can come up with is a deranged puppet show that uses meat/food products instead of puppets.

This is what the floor looked like after the performance:
(but imagine this covering the entire room)

meat magick floor

Here is a picture of a pancake with a face:

smiling pancake

The Meat Magick shows always have a raffle and the winner gets something totally awesome like a free book. Well, this time the winner got a can of pork and beans. And two eggs.

The winner, bizarro newcomer Kevin Shamel, is pictured here at home the next morning, getting ready to enjoy a breakfast of two eggs and beans.

Kevin Shamel

In the end, I learned that burritos with mashed potatoes and bacon are pretty good.

3 Responses to “Last Night’s Event”

  1. This was the best reading I’ve ever attended–and not just because I made out with breakfast. It was the first Bizarro reading I’ve ever seen in real life, and it turns out they’re pretty much like crack (without all the bad parts). I’ll be doing more.

    It was really cool. And great to meet everyone from Eraserhead Press.

    Now I have to go get one of those giant burritos.

    Thank you, Carlton, and thanks to everyone from Eraserhead and the Black House for such a good time.

  2. Kevin L. Donihe Says:

    Satanic dentists really are the best kind.

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