Archive for December 8, 2010

Out now: “Christmas on Crack”

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on December 8, 2010 by carltonmellick

Here’s a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for you:

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Perverted Christmas Tales for the whole family!*

(* As long as every member of your family is over the age of 18.)

It’s a dark and seedy side of Christmas that you didn’t know about. A Christmas underworld where Santa gets dominated by Peppermint women and Frosty is a transvestite stripper. There’s elf sluts, toy orgies, and giant flesh-eating Christmas crabs that shoot lasers.

That’s right.


It’s the holiday season, bitches, so strap on your sugar plum ball gag, bend yourself over the Yule log, and get ready for Kris Kringle to shove some Christmas cheer up your ass!

Featuring stories by Jordan Krall, Jeff Burk, Kevin L. Donihe, Cameron Pierce, Kirsten Alene, Kevin Shamel, Edmund Colell, and Andrew Goldfarb.

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Athena Villaverde: a bizarro author to watch

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on December 8, 2010 by carltonmellick


Every once in a while I mentor a new bizarro author that I think has a lot of potential. I work with them one on one helping them chapter by chapter, line by line, until they complete their first publishable work. The last successful author I mentored was Cameron Pierce, who went on to write great bizarro works such as Ass Goblins of Auschwitz and The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island. Recently, the latest author I have been mentoring is Athena Villaverde (pictured above). A young bizarro talent from Toronto, Canada.

Athena is inspired by two of my favorite authors, Kathe Koja and Francesca Lia Block, as well as a lot of Japanese anime that I love. Her stories tend to be cute and stylish yet dark and disturbing.


Her first book, Starfish Girl, is a great debut. I call it “Francesca Lia Block meets Bio Shock.” It’s about a post-apocalyptic underwater dome world where human beings are mutating into insane fish creatures. It’s about a cute teenaged gothic lolita girl with a starfish growing out of her head, who befriends an assassin with sea anemone hair. An awesome post-apocalyptic adventure with lovable characters and strange beautiful imagery.

Here is the official description:

In a post-apocalyptic underwater dome, there lives a girl with a starfish growing from her head. Her name is Ohime. She is the starfish girl.

Alone in this world, Ohime must fight for her life against lecherous crabmen, piranha people, and a yellow algae that is causing humans to mutate into fish. Until she meets Timbre, a woman with deadly sea anemone hair. Ohime thinks she is safe with her new protector and friend, but Timbre is on the run from a violent past. Now they must escape Timbre’s former master, the evil Dr. Ichii, who is determined to conquer the underwater dome . . . and destroy the starfish girl and her friend in the process.

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She also wrote a novelette called Clockwork Girl for the Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple). Clockwork Girl is about a poor girl who was disassembled and transformed into a living windup clockwork doll for a snobby rich girl. A very touching and heartbreaking story, like a bizarro Velveteen Rabbit.

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Athena Villaverde adds a new element to the bizarro fiction genre that has been lacking for a while. I highly recommend paying attention to her work. She has several books in the works for Eraserhead Press.

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