More Bizarro Than Bizarro
Story: The Small Intestines of Lower Manhattan (Or, How Reverend Harold’s Laundromat Was Almost Accused of Blasphemy)
Firstly, for the benefit of any readers unfamiliar with Bizarro Pulp Press, can you tell us a little bit about your history and ethos?
I was raised by very cool parents in the 70s, especially my mom. She was a closet beatnik who used to play obscure jazz and calypso records in the house all day, and was an ardent reader. Having that around me all the time guided me towards the stranger arts.
What was the first Bizarro book you read?
I’ve been reading “bizarro” fiction well before it had a label. The weirdest thing I can remember reading at a young age was THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K Le Guin when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade (circa 1976-7). I didn’t understand much of it but I loved how different it was from the usual scifi and fantasy fare we had at my school’s library. I guess out of the new crop of bizarro fiction, the earliest bizarro-labelled book I can remember reading was either something from Jordan Krall, Andersen Prunty, or Gina Ranalli.
Which Bizarro book has had the biggest influence on you?
Gina Ranalli’s WALL OF KISS. It’s just so out there, and while inanimate objects with either life or personalities are a staple of bizarro fiction, Ranalli’s WALL here is as much a character as her protagonist. I’ve read it several times. I’m determined to make a short film of it if I ever retire from the day job.
Which independent publishers – Bizarro otherwise – do you consider to be kindred spirits?
Pretty much all of them. Be it Bizarro Pulp Press, Dynatox Ministries, Eraserhead Press, I’ve found something released by all of these (and others) that I connect with.
How would you pitch More Bizarro than Bizarro to potential readers?
While I still haven’t read the other stories, I like to think it will live up to its title. There’s bizarro that’s bizarre and good, there’s bizarro that’s just way TOO weird and makes no sense, then there’s bizarro that even some bizarro fans may find a tad strange (but hopefully understandable). That’s where I see this anthology…at least my story.
How close was the finished anthology to your initial vision?
See last question.
Finally, do you have any additional publishing plans for 2017?
I have stories in two other anthologies (one due in November titled C.H.U.D. LIVES, a tribute to the classic 1984 b-movie, and one recently released in a Cemetery Dance anthology titled THE FORSAKEN). I’m also due to have my 4th exploitation novella, DEATH WITCH, out from Dynatox Ministires, but not sure if that’ll be in 2017 or 2018. Finally, I’m nearly finished with my second novel (horror) and am collaborating with one of my favourite authors on a yet-to-be-titled bizarro novel that is off to a running start.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
NICK CATO is the author of one novel, one short story collection, five novellas, countless short stories, and one non-fiction film book, SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE, slated for a 2018 release. He is the host of the SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE podcast and can be found on the usual sites.