Bizarre and Wonderful Books Part 1

Parental Advisory! These books may discuss some controversial themes. You have been warned!

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new post! I’ve wanted to discuss this topic for a very long time, and I thought that today would be a good place to start. Throughout the years, I’ve read some absolutely bizarre books. When I discovered “Bizarro Fiction” for the first time, it was like a match made in heaven! This genre is insane, and covers some of the most mind-blowing stories I’ve ever read. I see it as the “Abstract Art of Literature”. It has different meanings depending on who reads them, and isn’t afraid to touch on some offensive subjects. If this post makes you interested in this wonderful genre, then I’ve done my part. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Bizarro Fiction!

  • John Dies At The End by David Wong 2009 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction  464 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Strong Language, Gore, Violence, Disturbing Imagery, Drug Usage) 

I’ve talked about this book multiple times in the past, and I still love it to death. The story is about two college kids that fight the paranormal occurrences in their undisclosed town. It also has to do with an absolutely insane drug known as “Soy Sauce”. The book was made into an equally awesome film, and spawned two sequel novels which are just as crazy.  Unlike most Bizarro Fiction books, this one can be found at local bookstores and libraries. I highly recommend checking this book out, and would love to hear what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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  • Zombies and Shit by Carlton Mellick III October 17th, 2010 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Survival, Punk, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Fantasy 312 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Gore, Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Shocking Imagery, Cultural Issues) 

What is there to say about Carlton Mellick III? He easily is one of the godfathers of Bizarro Fiction. His crazy look and explosively intriguing books make him standout in the crowd of literature. I first discovered him when I was researching books that were similar to the one mentioned above. The crazy artwork alone pulled me into the rabbit hole, and there I stayed. This particular novel is one of his coolest and most fascinating. It literally is what would have happened if you were to put Battle Royale, Mad Max, and Dawn of the Dead into a blender. If you like survival novels, you will adore this book. It is equally humorous and tragic with an excellent blend of hardcore punk. The twenty different characters are also very unique, and the story has many ridiculous plot twists throughout. Once again, I highly recommend picking up this book because it is one hell of a unique ride. (Zombies and Shit can be purchased on Amazon for $13)

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The main picture on this post is of the “Godfather of Bizarro Fiction” himself, Carlton Mellick III.

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Carlson Mondays (Every 2 Mondays)

mHello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more trippy paintings. Now, let’s get started!

  • Untitled by Larry Carlson  June 1st, 2018 

This is an absolutely insane work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s depicts a multicolored female figure with a normal body, and a completely bizarre “head”. Her “head” is actually a series of spray paint cans, which, themselves, are creating a rainbow masterpiece. I adore this work, and would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

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  • Spiral Wavy  by Larry Carlson Archival Pigment Print on Paper 

This is an incredibly hypnotic work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s another one of his black and white pieces, and god, it’s a feast for the eyes! It depicts a female, possibly nude, figure. Surrounding her are a ton of trippy spirals and jagged waves. The piece is almost like an optical illusion, and it draws you into the center. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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More Crazy TV Tropes

Hello fellow Media Enthusiasts! It’s time for another TV Tropes post. Get ready to be amazing and surprised. Now, let’s begin!

  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: This is one of the most popular tropes used in TV and Films today. Say you’re watching your favorite show, and it suddenly takes a incredibly dark turn. This can also occur when a character does something completely out of the ordinary.  Some examples include; Puella Magi Madoka Magica (The series starts out as a normal Magical Girl Anime, but then you get to episode 4 and *spoilers* occur which drastically transforms the show’s mood and atmosphere). The “Rick Potion #9” episode of Rick and Morty (Rick creates a special potion that makes Morty more attractive to his crush. This unfortunately escalates into a world-wide epidemic, and needless to say, it results in some truly disturbing scenes). Lastly, there’s “The Return of Chef” episode of South Park (This is the last time that we see Chef in South Park. Unlike the usual comical nature of the show, this episode is much darker in tone. There’re references to pedophilia, and Chef meets his end in one of the most gruesome scenes in the entire show).   

rolo [pto One of the many fucked up scenes in Rick Potion #9

  • Serrated Blade of Pain: How do you make a weapon more dangerous? By adding additional blades to it of course! Nothing says excruciating pain quite like extra cutting power. These weapons are extremely popular in Anime and Manga, with characters dishing out bloody carnage on a normal basis. Some examples of these blades include; Saw-Toothed Arlong’s “Kiribachi”, a gruesome, multi-pointed sword that resembles the teeth of a saw blade. Hoshigaki Kisame’s “Samehada” aka Shark-Skin Sword, is a massive weapon that’s made out of extremely sharp scales and hooks. It not only ruthlessly cuts down foes, but can also destroy their chakra. Finally, we have Demise’s Serrated Blade from Skyward Sword.

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More Awesome Carlson Paintings (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more of Carlson’s art. Now, let’s begin!

  • Rainbow Sea by Larry Carlson Archival Pigment Print on Paper

This is an absolutely wonderful work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s an outdoor scene with many beautiful colors. The sea is multicolored, starting with a seafoam green background that cascades into a brilliant blue. The sky is also an amazing reddish-orange that shines like a ray of heaven. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  •  Silent Fisher by Larry Carlson 2018 collage and paint on paper 

This is uniquely awesome work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson.  It’s a trippy college with many different animal components. There’s also a very strange, special object in the center of the piece with a furry body, and an owl’s eyes. The object’s body has a holder that’s made out of a serpentine creature. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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More Awesome Carlson Paintings

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s time for us to take a look at the mind-blowing works of Larry Carlson. Now, let’s begin!

  • Magnolia Sun by Larry Carlson Archival Pigment  Print on Metallic Paper 

This is an absolutely gorgeous work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s another outdoor piece that blends Realism and Surrealism. The painting is set in a forest with two visible trees. The trees are covered with kaleidoscopic leaves that spread across the top like cosmic glitter. It adds a very trippy and beautiful atmosphere. Then, we get to the sky, and are met with a sublime display of wispy blues, purples, and pinks. The titular sun is shining through an opening on one of the trees, and it shines with a powerful yellow-orange light. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this painting in the comments’ section below.

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  • Wonder Land Pond (Aka Afternoon Light) by Larry Carlson Archival Print on Metallic Paper

This is another beautiful painting by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. The piece takes place again outdoors, and I really love what he does with this one. The sky is an amazing blend of starry patterns, neon spiky trees, and brilliant shades of blue.  The “pond” is a large hole that holds an awesome spiral mandala, and it’s surround by some equally fantastic flowers. Tell me what you think of this painting in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome paintings. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Rainbow Acid by Larry Carlson Archival print on paper 

This is a very fascinating work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It is a mixture of detailed Realism and Carlson’s signature Surrealism. The painting is of two female figures with strange hairstyles. The leftmost woman has long, brown hair with flowers on each side, while the rightmost figure has black hair fashioned like a geisha. They also appear to be nude, and do not have any facial features. Instead of a face, the girls have a dark black void that seems to suck up anything that comes to close to it. There are also rainbow lasers shooting out of both face holes, giving the piece an eerie feeling. I really enjoy the work, and would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.  

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  • Undiscovered Genius by Jean-Michel Basquiat Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper. 

This is a wonderful work by “Amazing Artist”, Basquiat. As expected by the artist, the piece is truly unique, and has many fascinating qualities. It is covered with Basquait’s signature motifs like repeated words, abstract faces, and pseudo-realistic objects. The painting appears to take place in Mississippi during the first half of the 1900’s. We see a depiction of a slave ship, as well as the words “Africa” and “Black Country. There’s also a very detailed picture of an African American musician near the painting’s center. It’s a very unique work, and I’d love to hear your opinions on it in the comments’ section below.

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Halloween Week! Creepy Paintings

Hello guys and ghouls! Welcome to the holiday special! Every day this week, I will be posting a new creepy topic. Now, let’s start this ghoulish week with some creepy paintings!

  • Anatomical Pieces by Theodore Gericault 1819 Oil on canvas 

This is a very visceral work by “French Realist”, Gericault. It’s a “Still-Life piece which depicts many human body parts. The heavily detailed and realistic-looking parts give the viewer a sense of dread. However, I find this piece to be morbidly gorgeous in its own way. The severed arm has its bones intact, and the meticulous preservation of them makes it a true sight to behold.

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  • The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch 1480-1505 Oil on 3 oak panels

This incredible piece was made over the course of 20 years, and the insane detail definitely shows Bosch’s talents. The work is supposed to depict life’s greatest pleasures including; sex, lust, wrath, sin, and leisure. The first panel portrays 3 fleshy, nude figures in a beautiful green garden with a phallic, pink fountain. The second panel portrays more nude figures and some absolutely gorgeous flora and fauna. Some of the people are having sex, and floating across a giant river in apple-shaped boats. Then, we get to the third panel, and them mood changes dramatically! I believe it to be Bosch’s depiction of Hell, due to the many demonic creatures, and tortured human souls. Some figures are bound by chains, and others are actually used as instruments! I have always loved this painting, and would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

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