Bizarro-Fiction Primer: Two Books to Start You on the Path to the Surreal

You might be asking yourself, “What is bizarro-fiction?” Well, to put it in basic terms, it’s fiction that bends toward bizarre. While that seems like the obvious description, this mind-altering category is where horror, science-fiction, drama, erotica, and comedy come together to form genre-bending literature that is sure to please every “weirdo” in your life.

With every genre comes a definitive list of “must-reads.” Bizarro-fiction writers form a community where everyone is accepted. They are the beautiful, literary weirdos we need around us. Here is a list of five books to start you on a journey to the bizarre.

The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

The title says it all! The Haunted Vagina follows Steve on his quest through his girlfriend’s haunted vagina. The vast world inside of her body becomes Steve’s personal prison, where he finds love, loss, death, and regret. It is included on this list because it’s a strange and beautiful story that will bring tears to your eyes amidst body horror and sometimes grotesque imagery.

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I Will Rot Without You by Danger Slater

A favorite on this list, I Will Rot Without You is about Ernie. A heartbroken man who is gradually being taken over and controlled by cockroaches while gradually rotting away. Beautifully written by relative newcomer Danger Slater, the visuals in this one are a good jumping-off point for future bizarro undertakings.

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