Friday, May 29, 2009

Bizarro Author Jordan Krall

It's Jordan Krall's birthday today.

For any of you that have not read any work by Jordan Krall, I highly recommend starting with Squid Pulp Blues. The book is Lovecraftian, Film Noir styled bizarro. It is one of my favorite books of 2008. Jordan's writing is visceral and dark. He combines squishy grotesque details with a gritty fast paced story telling style. When I read his work, I often don't know whether to be turned on or grossed out. I have had people buy this book at conventions, start reading it and come back to buy more of Jordan's books the same day.

Watch for new work by Jordan Krall in the first issue of The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. His story "The Pistol Burps" is a prequel to his forthcoming Spaghetti Western-inspired novel, Fistful of Feet . I have read it already, and I can tell you it's incredible.

Happy Birthday Jordan. Hope all your squidy dreams come true!


Monday, May 25, 2009

Portland Aggressive - An Evening of Tough Love

Join me this Thursday at the Ella Street Social Club for mixed drinks and tough love with readings by some of the best writers in Portland.

May 28, 2009 at 7pm
Ella Street Social Club 714 SW 20th Place, Portland, OR
Lovingly put on by the badass Portland Lit Offensive

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Daily Rituals and Artful Living

I am lucky to work with a team of driven, dedicated and goal oriented people at Eraserhead Press. A typical "day at the office" is known to frequently involve

a meeting at the brew pub,

a video game competition,

or hanging out with Klingons

We work together in the office and we work separately at home. We work when we go out for drinks or to parties. We work while watching movies and while eating brunch. There is no difference between work and play. We are focused on our goals and are constantly exploring new paths towards obtaining them. The group energy is invigorating. The collective creativity that is at the heart of the Bizarro movement is inspiring and motivating. This group of story tellers is shaping a reality of their own design. A world that supports free-thinking, imagination, and individuality. We believe that there are more people out there that think like we do and we seek to connect to them through the fiction we create.

I just came across this site:
How writers artist and other interesting people organize their day

It has tidbits from all sorts of interesting writers about their daily habits. C.S. Lewis and W.H. Auden's habits were my favorite to read about. I found C.S. Lewis fascinatingly fussy, pragmatic and sociable and W.H. Auden's routine was manipulated with speed and barbiturates. I think it would be interesting to ask about the daily habits of many of the creative people that I work with. I know that I am always examining and tweeking my own routine.

In my opinion, the way to be truly happy about your productivity as an artist is to be able to incorporate your art into your lifestyle in such a way that life becomes art. Living an artful life, the creator is always at work. Art is a beautiful and enjoyable process. Some people think creating things is hard. It is easy, it is natural and it is done constantly every day. It's only the matter of directing your creativity that is difficult to master. That is where habits are helpful and how routine can help tone the creative muscles.

But the flip side of it is the fantasy about what a writer's life is like. I often encounter in new writers the obsessive quality of ritualizing the writing process. The feeling that in order to be a true writer they must go out to a cabin in the woods or that a bottle of wine and candlelight will inspire a great opus. I think the article on the daily routines of writers I mentioned provides some perfect examples to perpetuate that fantasy. Also any movie or book you ever read about authors will always glamorize this aspect of their process. I believe that there is a certain power to ritual, but there are also times when it can become cumbersome to the creative process. Without flexibility there can be no growth. And if you are not growing, you are stagnating. It's never good to get too locked in to thinking that in order to be creative you must be in the perfect environment, or it has to be at a certain time of day, or that you need certain substances to get the juices flowing. All of these things might aid you, but they are not where creativity comes from, nor does the creative process rely upon them.

If you are reading this, I'd like to hear what you think. What are your requirements for creativity and how are they related to your routine?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Carlton Mellick III

Carlton Mellick III has a new blog! It's up on his website

It's awesome! He posts previews of his upcoming book covers, information about other bizarro writers, video clips, and burritos.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction

Check out The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bizarro Event in Olympia, WA on 5/16/09

Join us in Olympia, WA on May 16th for a special Bizarro performance art event.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Come visit Eraserhead Press

If you're in Portland, come out and visit us tomorrow.
It's First Thursday in the NW Alphabet blocks.
The Eraserhead Press office is located inside a building called ActivSpace. ActivSpace rents office spaces to artists and writers. In the tradition of the NW art walks on first Thursdays we are opening up our space and setting up tables outside tomorrow. There will be lots of artists, musicians and Bizarro books!

If you live in town, come out and visit us Thursday night.

First Thursday

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Out now from Eraserhead Press:

It's Shatner VS Shatners!

William Shatner? William Shatner. WILLIAM SHATNER!!! It's the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner.

Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Rescue 911 Shatner, Singer Shatner, Shakespearean Shatner, Twilight Zone Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Esperanto Shatner, Priceline Shatner, SNL Shatner, and - of course - William Shatner!

No costumed con-goer will be spared in their wave of destruction, no redshirt will make it out alive, and not even the Klingons will be able to stand up to a deranged Captain Kirk with a lightsaber. But these Shatner-clones are about to learn a hard lesson...that the real William Shatner doesn't take crap from anybody. Not even himself.

"It's like Die Hard, but instead of Bruce Willis fighting terrorists it's William Shatner fighting other versions of himself... In other words, it's fucking awesome!" - Carlton Mellick III, author of Satan Burger

It's Shatnertastic!

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