Absurdist fiction focuses on the experiences of characters in a situation where they cannot find any inherent purpose in life, most often represented by ultimately meaningless actions and events. Common elements are satire, dark humor, incongruity, abasement of reason and philosophy. Thematically, absurdist fiction examines the study of human behavior under circumstances (realistic or fantastical) that appear to be purposeless. In this faction of fiction, little judgment about characters or their actions is expressed, but rather this task is left to the reader. The ‘moral’ is generally not explicit and the themes or characters’ realization – if any- can be ambiguous in nature. In addition, works will not necessarily follow a traditional plot structure: rising action, climax, falling action ect.
Background Absurdist fiction branched from the Modernist literature in the late 19th century and was influenced by the existentialist and nihilist movement as well as the Dada and surrealism art scene.
Dark comedy A comedy having gloomy or disturbing elements, especially one in which a character suffers an irreparable loss. A comedy characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor.Satire A work of fiction where vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon. A common feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm, but also parody, burlesque, exaggeration; juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are frequently used.
Pulp Fiction Sensationalized, poor-quality writing; fiction dealing with lurid or sensational subjects, often printed on rough, low-quality paper manufactured from wood pulp. This definition cracks me up.
Bizarro Fiction Is just what it sounds like, ‘weird.’ May have elements of surrealism, avant-garde, science fiction, fantasy, gore, humor, and sometimes borderlines on pornographic. Content is often strange, thought-provoking and most importantly, entertaining. General definition compiled from information found at: Eraserhead Press http://www.bizarrocentral.com/about.html
Disclaimer: Books may include mature content including but not limited to violence, language, sexuality and general grossness. Reminder: A sicko mind is a terrible thing to waste or in this case, censor.
May 5 - Scott Semegran
May 12 - Lance Carbuncle
May 19 - Charlie Courtland
May 26 - Kirk Jones
June 2 - Mykle Hansen
June 9 - Ron Cooper
June 16- Bradley Sands
June 23 - Jeremy C. Shipp
June 30 - James Steele
July 7 - Eric Hendrixson
July 14 - David David Katzman
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