Bizarro Fiction – what does it mean? According to Wikipedia (the source of all knowledge, all hail Wiki!) it is “…a contemporary literary genre, which often utilizes elements of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque, along with pop-surrealism and genre fiction staples, in order to create subversive works that are as weird and entertaining as possible.”
William Pauley III fits that description pretty well – he is the owner/editor of weird/bizarro magazine The New Flesh and editor of Bizarro Central – and his story “The Brothers Crunk” (pictured above) is a tale that involves robots, burritos, talking meat and game controller weapons – one reviewer called it a “post-apocolyptic Of Mice and Men.” Get the idea?
The Brothers Crunk by William Pauley III
“Brothers Divey and Reynold Crunk are two traveling breakfast burrito salesman just trying to make a living in the post-apocalyptic world of Planet Japan. After discovering a mutilated robot corpse in the middle of the desert, Divey mysteriously transforms into something abominable, setting a bizarre series of events into motion. Reynold follows his brother into the dark underworld of Tokyo, where there are no rules and old video game accessories are used as real weapons. THE BROTHERS CRUNK is an 8-bit fack-it-all adventure in 2D. Please consult a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms while reading: convulsions, eye or muscle twitching, altered vision, involuntary movements, disorientation, or loss of awareness.(From Amazon)
Also by William Pauley III
Chorizo, Nevada is full of dusty streets, gritty men and filthy women – the perfect place for a man chock-full of secrets to hide. But one fateful day, his past catches up to him…
A Japanese assassin with a cue-ball eye, who goes by the name of Qoser, invades the town with an army of two-foot eyeless minions who have a taste for human blood. He has two things on his mind – Where is his purple television? And who is the dead man that stole it from him?
DOOM MAGNETIC! is a fast-paced sci-fi/western space opera packed full of sex, violence, cosmic voids, vortexes, Coliseum-style combat, genetically-engineered mutant giants, breathy brain whispers, and cigar smoke torture chambers.
Doom Magnetic is available through William’s blog, Break Said Silence.
William Pauley III is weird. He is the author of the Doom Magnetic! trilogy, Demolition Ya-Ya, and The Brothers Crunk – which FANGORIA magazine called “A perfect example of bizarro fiction… every line is littered with wild and imaginative ideas.”
He is the owner/editor of the weird/bizarro fiction magazine THE NEW FLESH and an editor of BizarroCentral.com. He also has a GoodReads Author page. He spends most of his life looking for his car keys.