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The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade

The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade [Kindle Edition]

Aimee Bender , Joe R. Lansdale , Carlton Mellick III , Bentley Little , Alissa Nutting , Amelia Gray , Cameron Pierce
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A feeling has been tearing up the underground of the fiction world. It’s a nightmare reflection of the society you inhabit, a surreal explosion of pop, punk, and the post-apocalypse. Over the last decade, Bizarro Fiction has changed the definition of avant garde, it’s abolished the traditional prose of yesterday and established a new precedent for awesome. Collected in this anthology is some of the best weird fiction from the past decade. Award-winning writers, cult prodigies and burgeoning talents all collected together in one place. This is what you’ve done with the last ten years of your life.
With stories by:

D. Harlan Wilson, Alissa Nutting, Joe R. Lansdale, Carlton Mellick III, Kevin L. Donihe, Blake Butler, Ryan Boudinot, Vincent Sakowski, Cody Goodfellow, Amelia Gray, Robert Devereaux, Mykle Hansen, Athena Villaverde, Matthew Revert, Garrett Cook, Roy Kesey, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Aimee Bender, Ian Watson & Roberto Quaglia, Jeremy C. Shipp, Andersen Prunty, Jedediah Berry, Andrea Kneeland, Kurt Dinan, David Agranoff, Ben Loory, Kris Saknussemm, Stephen Graham Jones, Bentley Little, David W. Barbee, and Tom Piccirilli.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (3 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H0BJHZ6
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best bizarro fiction of the decade 25 July 2013
Cameron Pierce has done an excellent job of collecting (some of) the best bizarro fiction of the decade into one volume. If you like bizarro you'll love this book. It is that simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth in advertising: This book truly represents The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade 7 Dec 2012
By Ross E. Lockhart - Published on
In a year crowded with excellent anthologies, The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade quickly rose to the top of my list of personal favorites. The thirty-five (!) stories collected herein not only exemplify the evolving Bizarro genre, but stand as masterful works of the short form, each story performing an precarious balancing act between strange, sad, funny, and beautiful. Stand-outs include Joe R. Lansdale's "Fire Dog," Alissa Nutting's "Ant Colony," Cody Goodfellow's "Atwater," Jeremy Robert Johnson's "The Sharp-Dressed Man at the End of the Line," Anderson Prunty's "The Sex Beast of Scurvy Island," and David Agranoff's "Punkupine Moshers of the Apocalypse," but there isn't a dud in the bunch. If you've been wondering what this Bizarro movement is all about, The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade makes for an excellent entry point. You won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Dec 2012
By Christopher Rhatigan - Published on
The problem with an anthology like this is the name. Anything that claims to be the best of an entire decade sets up ridiculous expectations about how good it will be. It also creates problems for the editor--do you try to represent all sides of the genre? If so, will your anthology have any coherency, or will it seem like a grab bag?

In this case, editor Cameron Pierce has mostly represented what I would call the literary side of bizarro. Stories that stick to traditional narrative techniques based in some kind of "weird" element, such as all the characters being animals. There are a few that fall outside of this category, like Kevin Donihe's hysterical "Traveling Dildo Salesman," but this brand of story dominates.

My favorite in this ilk is Ben Loory's "The Octopus." The Octopus, who is living an average middle class man's life, is visited by his nephews from the sea and awkwardly interacts with them, eventually leading him to question his decision to move away from home. It's a simple story told in simple language--and its gorgeous in a Ray Bradbury kind of way.

Blake Butler's "We Witnessed the Advent of a New Apocalypse During an Episode of Friends" is as funny as it is strange. It's perfectly executed, with a standard, boring episode of this soul-sucking show becoming more and more disturbing, until it descends into complete chaos. Really, when you think about it, when else could the apocalypse take place other than during an episode of Friends? I first read this story in Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens, and found it even more satisfying on a second read.

Garrett Cook's "Mr. Plush, Detective" is a hardboiled PI story featuring a man trapped in the body of a teddy bear. He's not the white knight type, but a lowdown, no-good, stab-you-in-the-back-and-take-your-stash PI. It's good, dirty fun and has inspired me to pick up the novel, Jimmy Plush, Teddy Bear Detective.

Anyway, The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade is a fantastic compendium that anyone who enjoys this genre should check out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good gravy train slither slam! 11 Aug 2013
By Pat - Published on
I just finished reading Bizarro of the Decade, edited by Cameron Pierce. It took me a little while to get through this book because I was reading other books at the same time. Here is the thing... it is kind of hard to write a review on an anthology, because it showcases more than one author. More than one writing style. More than one good story. And more than one not so good story. All anthologies are like this. I have read several anthologies in my time and have yet to fide one that didn't at least have one story in it that wasn't top notch. Not every story in an anthology is going to be the life changing story you were meant to read. Although this is true for this anthology, I enjoyed this one the most.

The one thing that I noticed different about this anthology from all the others is the story lengths. Most anthologies have word count guidelines with their submissions. As a result all of the stories are about the same length. With this one you had some full novella length stories and some that were so short they only covered half the page. I enjoyed this. In fact some of my favorite stories were the short ones.

Anthologies are a lot of work when it comes to editing, and I just wanted to also note that Cameron did a really awesome job editing it. Throughout the entire book I think I only noticed one 'oops'. And even then it was not a big one. A round of applause to Cameron. His hard work shows in this collection.

In this book there is something for everyone!

With that, I loved the artwork and studied the art for a while... wondering if any of the stories in the book were somehow tied into the cover art. Who cares! That cover art was freaking awesome.

So, to sum up my thoughts on this anthology: Loved the diversity in story lengths. Cover art is great. Edits are very clean. Although a few of the stories weren't to my liking, this collection kept my interest more so than any other anthology I have read. There is something for everyone is this book; fan of bizarro or not!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bizarro fiction of the decade 25 July 2013
By R. A. Harris - Published on
Cameron Pierce has done an exceptional job of collecting (most of) the best bizarro fiction of the decade into this volume. If you like bizarro, you'll love this book. If you have yet to partake of the genre, this is as good a place to start as any other - though you may like to look at the bizarro starter kits too.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade is the Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade 28 May 2014
By Gary A Brown - Published on
The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade is by far the best Bizarro anthology available at present, both for fans of the genre and as an introduction for those just getting to know what the genre is all about. It’s a better intro than even the Starter Kits. Almost all your usual suspects are represented right alongside some other big names who aren’t typically associated with Bizarro, like Joe R. Lansdale, Tom Piccirilli, Aimee Bender, and Stephen Graham Jones. I love about 95% of this book, and feel that it is wholly representative of the emerging genre over the course of the previous decade. In other words, it is just what the title says.

The volume contains many tales in full-on Bizarro territory including the absurd yet horrific “The Traveling Dildo Salesman” by Kevin L. Donihe, the too-creepy-for-words existential terror of “The Planting” by Bentley Little, the disturbing pop-culture subversion of “We Witnessed the Advent of a New Apocalypse During an Episode of Friends” by Blake Butler, the surreally absurd “A Million Versions of Right” by Matthew Revert, the otherworldly s***storm of “The Crazy S***ting Planet” by Mykel Hansen, the nightmare landscape of “Atwater” by Cody Goodfellow, the impossibly Japanese weirdness of “The Moby Clitoris of His Beloved” by Ian Watson & Robert Quaglia, the Scooby-Doo perversion of “The Sex Beast of Scurvy Island” by Andersen Prunty, the stylized sadism of ‘Scratch” by Jeremy C. Shipp, and the uncomfortable dystopia of “Ear Cat” by Carlton Mellick III.

It also contains some, for lack of a better term, Bizarro-lite that is fun to read and may help scene outsiders ease into the strangeness, including “Fire Dog” and “Mr. Bear” by Joe R. Lansdale, “Ant Colony” by Alissa Nutting, “Cardiology” by Ryan Boudinot, “Hat” by Roy Kesey, and “The Octopus” by Ben Lorry.

If you’ve ever felt like Bizarro is too silly for you, or Bizarro is all the same, or Bizarro is all uberextreme, then this is a collection that can help to correct your misconceptions. And if you are looking for some great, nonconformist lit, this is your anthology.
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