About this GenreEdit
In general, Bizarro has more in common with speculative fiction genres (such as science-fiction, fantasy, and horror) than with avant-garde movements (such as Dadaism and surrealism), which readers and critics often associate it with.
Bizarro focuses primarily on "weirdness", using exploitationistic means to provide various forms of body horror and shock humor, ranging from impossible and grotesque forms of sex, gore, depravity and violence.
While the genre may place an emphasis on the cult and outre, it is not without critical praise. Books by authors who have identified or have been identified as Bizarro have been praised by Lloyd Kaufman,Michael Moorcock and guardian.co.uk. Bizarro novels have been finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Rhysling Award. A book of Bizarro criticism and theory was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2009 by 3:AM Magazine in Paris.
- Carlton Mellick III
- Athena Villaverde
- Kevin L. Donihe
- The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple) (by Cameron Pierce, Jeff Burk, Cody Goodfellow, Athena Villaverde, Russell Edson, David Agranoff, Matthew Revert, Andrew Goldfarb, Kris Saknussemm and Garrett Cook)
- The Bizarro Starter Kit (Blue) (by Steve Aylett, Jeremy C. Shipp, Bradley Sands, Jordan Krall, Ray Fracalossy, Andersen Prunty, Christian TeBordo, Tony Rauch, Eckhard Gerdes, Mykle Hansen)
- The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange) (by Carlton Mellick III, Jeremy Robert Johnson, John Edward Lawson, D. Harlan Wilson, Steve Beard, Vincent W. Sakowski, Bruce Taylor, Kevin L. Donihe, Andre Duza, Gina Ranalli)
- Cybernetrix (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Barbarian Beast Bitches of the Badlands (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Cannibals in Candyland (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Adolf in Wonderland (by Carlton Mellick III)
- The Tick People (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Sweet Story (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Village of the Mermaids (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Quicksand House (by Carlton Mellick III)
- Starfish Girl (by Athena Villaverde)
- Clockwork Girl (by Athena Villaverde)