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The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple) (by Cameron Pierce, Jeff Burk, Cody Goodfellow, Athena Villaverde, Russell Edson, David Agranoff, Matthew Revert, Andrew Goldfarb, Kris Saknussemm and Garrett Cook)

Bizarro Fiction is a contemporary literary genre, which often uses elements of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque, along with pop-surrealism and genre fiction staples, in order to create subversive, weird, and entertaining works.

About this GenreEdit

In general, Bizarro has more in common with speculative fiction genres (such as science-fiction, fantasy, and horror) than with avant-garde movements (such as Dadaism and surrealism), which readers and critics often associate it with.

Bizarro focuses primarily on "weirdness", using exploitationistic means to provide various forms of body horror and shock humor, ranging from impossible and grotesque forms of sex, gore, depravity and violence. 

While the genre may place an emphasis on the cult and outre, it is not without critical praise. Books by authors who have identified or have been identified as Bizarro have been praised by Lloyd Kaufman,Michael Moorcock and Bizarro novels have been finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Rhysling Award. A book of Bizarro criticism and theory was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2009 by 3:AM Magazine in Paris.   

Known ExamplesEdit


  • Carlton Mellick III
  • Athena Villaverde
  • Kevin L. Donihe