I first stumbled across Bizarro Fiction a few months ago, and soon I asked myself what kind of drugs those people were doing. Provoking, borderline pornographic and absolutely idiotic, this genre now has a good amount of indie publishers, it’s own convention and an increasing cult status among readers and writers who like it..weird.
Since then I got even more curious about this new genre and started reading a lot more of it. The latest one is The Train Derails in Boston by Jessica McHugh, a horror novel soon to be published (June 9, 2016) by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.
“Rebecca Malone has problems. Not just the alcohol. Not just her husband’s inane attempts at writing a bestselling novel, their teenage daughter’s promiscuity, or her certifiable mother. Not even her lover, who wants to take her husband’s place in Cherrywood Lodge, the famous estate she now calls home.Â Her biggest issues start the moment she discovers a chest of ancient mahjong tiles in the basement of her new house, causing her life to spin out of control with hallucinations, sexual deviances, and grisly murders.Â Is the mahjong game haunted? Or are Rebecca’s problems part of a different game, started before she was born?“
Bizarro fiction is crude, grotesque but it is also intelligent and tremendously well written. Easy to read and entertaining, this genre might be intimidating but if you let go of a few boundaries you could easily find yourself liking it.