Bizarre Book Club: New Weird Fiction And Bizarro And Weird In Modern Times

Good evening!

I read a bunch of all new weird fiction and bizarro books and pondered what it meant to write weird fiction in the increasingly strange times we live. Next week I’ll be discussing the oldest weird fiction.

Books mentioned:

Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol. 4 (various)

More Bizarro Than Bizarro (various)

Who Cares, Nothing Matters (Julia Platz-Halter)

Starr Creek (Nathan Carson)

Lovecraftian Micro Fiction/Challenge From Beyond (various)

Welcome To Night Vale: It Devours (Joseph Fink/Jeffrey Cranor)

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The ‘Welcome To Night Vale’ podcast

A friend of mine played me a podcast (oh, those things of the future) yesterday which I knew I had to share.

Ostensibly a town community radio broadcast, this is an imaginary desert town that seems to have more in common with Twin Peaks and background music reminiscent of Chris Morris’ Blue Jam. The weather report is a song by an independent artist which has apparently included Tom Waits.

Created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, voiced by Cecil Baldwin and published by Commonplace Books, this is a slice of weird I urge you to join.

First here’s the link to listen to them all: http://commonplacebooks.com/welcome-to-night-vale/

And here is an audio clip of the pilot episode I found on youtube: