Item description for The Bizarro Starter Kit (blue) by Steve Aylett...
There's a new genre rising from the underground. Its name: BIZARRO. For years, readers have been asking for a category of fiction dedicated to the weird, crazy, cult side of storytelling that has become a staple in the film industry (with directors such as David Lynch, Takashi Miike, Tim Burton, and even Lloyd Kaufman) but has been largely ignored in the literary world, until now. The Bizarro Starter Kit features short novels and story collections by ten of the leading authors in the bizarro genre: Ray Fracalossy, Jeremy C. Shipp, Jordan Krall, Mykle Hansen, Andersen Prunty, Eckhard Gerdes, Bradley Sands, Steve Aylett, Christian TeBordo, and Tony Rauch.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Dec 18, 2007
Publisher Eraserhead Press
ISBN 1933929626 ISBN13 9781933929620
Availability 130 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 30, 2017 02:53.
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More About Steve Aylett
Steve Aylett currently resides in Brighton. Steve Aylett was born in 1967.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Bizarro Starter Kit (blue)?
Review by Eric C. Adorno May 19, 2008
Welcome all to the wonderful bizarro/fiction world known as the "Bizarro Starter Kit" (Blue). Undoubtedly this book invites in to a world of altered states in a genre known as bizarro fiction. One author Fracalossy transports you into this surreal existence in his stories that take you into the deepest darkest inner workings of your imagination. Not since Kerouac and Burroughs have I experienced such a journey in to the minds of the bizarro as i experenced with Fracalossy and Gerdes. In Fracalossy's "Me and the Martian" the conflicts that arise from a three headed extraterrestial makes for a hilarious short story filled with excitement and humor. The human not being afraid of the martian ends with pity for this creature as well as the martian feeling quite the same about the human. GREAT STORY A MUST READ. Although all the storys are great i have to recommend "Nin and Nan" by a Eckhard Gerdes and Fracalssy's "The Dinner Party". These are Must Reads and really encourage anyone thinking about buying the book to take that chance, step out of the conventional, beige, thinking and step in to the world of Bizarre fiction. 5 Stars.
Conrad Javier May 19, 2008
"Bizarro Starter Kit (Blue)" has a different but humerous style of writing. With more than ten stories to choose from it's some what difficult. "It's a Jungle Out There" by Ray Fracolossy has been a unique example of this new writing concept. When a man accidently gets crabs, he wonders how on earth he'll manage to get through the night on which he has "band rehearsal". Not being able to cope with all of the itchiness he later decideds to come foward with the truth about his "crabs". He becomes a motivational speaker on behalf of his crisis. With humor and sarcasim, this story was easy to read a long with entertaining as well. Even though we hear everything in the media and everywhere else, it's good to get a laugh out of something here and there.
Another different yet interesting story by Ray Fracalossy, is "Me and the Martian". Here the concept is about the steady obsession we see now a days regarding our personalities. The martian is symbolic to all humans and how deverse and unique everyone is. Ironically the story finishes with the martian concluding that all humanans are worthless. Judging and labeling are part of human nature and we don't hessitate to do either or.
Personally relating to some of the different stories, was something I wouldn't have thought of doing. All in all the new genre of writing is really something that needed to come out sooner or later. Having a little of bizarre in all of us, was a matter of time until someone brave enough wrote about it. I can really say I enjoyed these stories and hope to come across more in the future.
Bizzaro May 19, 2008
The book is very interesting and different from many other books. The title alone has meaning to the book and offers the reader an enjoyable read. Fracalossy's "The Birthday Party" is a story that seemed to be a little strange. The story starts off as if it is Steve's birthday but its really not. The point of the story was for the person to get a girl and a pony for his birthday and make it seem as if it had the tables turned. The story was interesting but a little odd due to the seven inch woman, which can only lead the mind to imagine the meaning behind her.
Another story by Fracalossy is "Cornflakes". The story is one that can be enjoyed by all who have lived with a roommate. The story starts off as a bomb being in the cereal box of a person that is enjoying cereal as a part of a meal. Then again he begins to yet eat another bowl with the bomb still being there. The bomb seems to tie in with there being no clean dishes, so they must eat off the bowl with the bomb. The story is interesting but can lead the reader to believe different things depending on who reads it and their interpretations. The book is one to be read by those who have an open mind and are willing to think outside the box. Overall something to definitely read!
The Bizarro Starter kit (blue) May 19, 2008
I had never heard about this type of fiction. The stories in this book are different and very interesting. One of my favorite stories was "The Birthday Party" by Ray Fracalossy. It is unbelievable that one paragraph could allow for the telling of so mmany different things. The story is not coherent. The differece in the characters in the story made me wonder what the true intention of the story was. When I reached the end of the story I kept thinking about it and trying to piece it together. Needless to say I did not suceed. It must be good, if I am still thinking about it. The Bizarro starter kit is an incredible additoin to fiction. I have already told several people about it. Nin and Nan by Eckhard Gerdesis an excellent story that should be read by everyone. Even the title is engaging. Another story that I found interesting and entertaining was "ME AND THE MARTIAN" by Ray Fracalossy. It is a funny story about a three headed Martian. The Martian has three heads, each serves a different purpose,which causes conflict at times. Instead of beind shocked or afraid, the human ends up feleing bad for the Martian, thinking that Marians are messed up. Overall I highly recommend this book.The Bizarro Starter Kit (blue)
The Bizarro Starter Kit (blue) May 19, 2008
After reading two of the strangest stories I have ever read, I found myself enjoying them thoroughly. I found "The Dinner Party" by Ray Fracalossy took a far different turn from where I thought it was going to go. I really enjoyed that I did not know what was going to come up next at the table. The second story I read and enjoyed was "At The Shoe Store". I found that the wackiness of the story was very amusing and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading stories that are just fun. This was another story that did not allow the reader to predict what would happen next, making it hard to not want to stop reading, even after the story is over. I would not recommend the book for a conservative reader, but for a reader who is willing to be amused. In all honestly, I have never read anything like this before! Give it a try, because it's an excellent book!