More Bizarro than Bizarro – Q&A

Name: John Wayne Comunale   

Story Title: Bone Addict

Firstly, what drew you to this anthology?

I have the Bizarro Bizarro Anthology from 2013 and I’ve always loved that collection. When I saw the call for this one I really wanted to be a part of it, and thankfully now I am.

What does Bizarro fiction mean to you?

I guess if I have to describe bizarro fiction I would say it’s like no holds barred, maybe horror, maybe sci-fi-ish, but in the most absurd and surrealistic way. Then, if you take that and slam its head into the ground the goo that leaks out into the tiny cracks in the sidewalk is bizarro. When I’m asked this question by anyone I always start with, “Well, it’s not for everyone . . .”.

What was the first Bizarro book you read?

Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson

And which Bizarro book has had the biggest influence on you?

Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick III – It pretty much laid out to me how writing in this way could work, and work well.

How would you pitch your story to potential readers?

Addiction isn’t so bad if you have it in check, which is not a claim many addicts can make. Addiction affects everyone differently, but typically it always leads to self-destruction and death. Unless you kick it of course, but in the circumstance of this story you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

How close was the finished story to your initial vision?

The story didn’t change much throughout the process, and maintained the initial vision entirely.

Do you have any additional publishing plans for 2017?

I just had a creative non-fiction collection called John Wayne Lied to You: The Mostly True Accounts of the Adventures of a Modern Day Hero on Rooster Republic Press. Also in October I have a book called Death Pacts and Left Hand Paths coming out on Grindhouse Press.

Finally, if you had the opportunity to put together an anthology, what would be your chosen theme?  

Death Metal Apocalypse Rangers

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