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Listen to me @ BIZZONG!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 19, 2016 by dwbarbee

Frank Edler of the Bizzong! Podcast invited me on yesterday to talk about Bacon Fried Bastard and the bizarro genre.

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It was a really good conversation, because we got to talk a lot about ME and MY BOOK and MY WRITING CAREER. Thanks go out to my wife who looked after the kid so I could sit alone and talk about myself over the internet. Bizzong is one of my favorite podcasts because it really shines a light on bizarro and weird stuff in general. Like I told Frank, there was a time when bizarro didn’t have these sorts of platforms. The fact that we do now is a huge sign of progress in our bid to take over the world with weird books. Check out the episode here.

 

Bacon Fried Bastard COVER ART

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 1, 2016 by dwbarbee

The time has finally come! The cover art and formatting for Bacon Fried Bastard has been finished and it’s almost time for it to hit the printer. Here’s the wraparound cover and the text from the back.

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“Bacon Fried Bastard is a great bizarro novel about the power alcohol has to both create and destroy. Take it from an alcoholic. Oh, and there’s bacon too!” –Alan Clarke

“Bacon Fried Bastard is weird, wild, boozy, hyperviolent, dirty, and more fun than a feral hog on blow set loose on a pompous wedding reception.” –Gabino Iglesias

“I know when I pick up a David W Barbee book, I can expect a unique and strange journey. Bacon Fried Bastard is no exception!” –Matthew Vaughn

He was just another man with a drinking problem. Only, alcohol transformed this man into a beastly hulk named Piggly Swiggly. And since he’s always drunk, big brutal Piggly has drowned the human half in a sea of booze.

After yet another rampaging bender, Piggly Swiggly awakes in a sprawling metropolis full of crocodile zeppelins, greasy bacon addicts, and worse: prohibition. Trapped in this strange tee-totaled town, he must keep his buzz going or else revert to his weak and very killable human form. But even then Piggly Swiggly’s depraved existence may become his undoing, especially when gangsters are plotting to cut off his snout, a pig-loving princess is looking to steal his heart, and he must face the worst torture of all…sobriety.

Like a shit-faced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bacon Fried Bastard is a brutal bizarro thriller of gangland violence, junkie romance, and alcoholic pork.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

After five long years, another one of my books will be turned into BIZARRO BEER. The first beer based on one of my books was Suckhole Stout (two bottles of which I tried to bring home with me but the TSA confiscated them at the airport). This time it’s Bacon Fried Bastard Farmhouse Ale! Here it is with all the other beers brewed for this year’s BizarroCon. I’m honored to be included and excited to taste it.

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Bacon Fried Bastard: THE POSTER

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 8, 2016 by dwbarbee

I’m VERY happy to announce that my next book has a promotional poster that’s as gorgeous and gruesome as the book itself. I’ve had a vision of floating crocodiles since I was a kid, and with Bacon Fried Bastard I finally had the junglepunk setting to feature them in a story. And as the scaly icing on the reptillian cake, I contacted Nick “The Hat” Gucker to create a poster that would visualize this monstrosity. As always he did a bang up job.

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Now I just have to get this righteous poster (and the book it’s based on) to the printer. Huge thanks to the talented Mr. Gucker. Bacon Fried Bastard will be coming soon…

Prelim Voting for the 2015 Wonderland Book Award

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 7, 2016 by dwbarbee

I’ve just sent in my top three books in the Novel and Collection categories. You can vote by emailing your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd votes to bizarrocon@gmail.com with the subject line “Wonderland Book Award Preliminary Ballot.” Preliminary voting ends August 1st. The top books in this round of voting will be the nominees for this year’s Wonderland Award. I have to mention that my latest book is on this list, but there are a ton of great books to choose from. The final vote is for BizarroCon attendees only, but this ballot is open to the public. So vote!

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Best Novel
A God of Hungry Walls by Garrett Cook
Animal Money by Michael Cisco
Arachnophile by Betty Rocksteady
As She Stabbed Me Gently in the Face by Carlton Mellick III
Benjamin by Pedro Proenca
Biomelt by Carlton Mellick III
Boiled Americans by Michael Allen Rose
Cattle Cult Kill Kill by MP Johnson
Clownfellas by Carlton Mellick III
Domo ArigaDIE!!! by Jamie Grefe
Elephant Vice by Chris Meekings
Everyone Gets Eaten by Ben Brooks
Jigsaw Youth by Tiffany Scandal
King Space Void by Anthony Trevino
Live Bait by Cameron Pierce
Pixiegate Madoka by Michael Sean LeSueur
Rainbows Suck by Madeleine Swann
Ritualistic Human Sacrifice by C.V. Hunt
Rock ‘N’ Roll Headcase by Lee Widener
Scary People by Kyle Muntz
Sick Pack by MP Johnson
Skullcrack City by Jeremy Robert Johnson
Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks by Christoph Paul
Texas Chainsaw Mantis by Kevin Strange
The Bohemian Guide to Monogamy by Andrew Armacost
The Book of Adventures by Gregory Bouthiette
The Lost Level by Brian Keene
Towers by Karl Fischer
White City by Seb Doubinsky
X’s for Eyes by Laird Barron
Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias

Best Collection
Amazing Punk Stories by David Agranoff
Battle Without Honor or Humanity: Volume 1 by D. Harlan Wilson
Beautiful Madness by S.T. Cartledge
Midnight Earwig Buffet by Andrew Goldfarb
Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon by Cameron Pierce
Rules of Appropriate Conduct by Kirsten Alene
Stealing Propeller Hats from the Dead by David James Keaton
Strategies Against Nature by Cody Goodfellow
The Art of Horrible People by John Skipp
The Night’s Neon Fangs by David Barbee
The Pulse Between Dimensions and the Desert by Rios de la Luz
The Underside of the Rainbow by B.E. Burkhead
Wet and Screaming by Shane McKenzie
You Might Just Make It Out of This Alive by Garrett Cook

The Night’s Neon Fangs @ Dead End Follies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 29, 2016 by dwbarbee

Dead End Follies is a great review site that covers a wide range of subjects and has lately taken an interest in bizarro fiction. The editor, Benoit, was kind enough to review The Night’s Neon Fangs and I really liked what he had to say.

“The Night’s Neon Fangs is an enigma shrouded in colorful candy wrapper with a fleeting and intangible meaning… It’s bleak, but it’s oddly deep and moving.”

Thanks to Dead End Follies for this review, which you can check out here.

Pre-Order Bizarro Trading Cards!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 20, 2016 by dwbarbee

Box of Bizarro has created something pretty damn cool: trading cards based on some of the authors in the bizarro fiction scene. These trading cards feature our made-for-writing faces on one side and weird factoids on the other. Featured authors include Carlton Mellick III, Bruce Taylor, Tom Lucas, John Wayne Communale, Pedro Proenca, and ME.

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Head over to Box of Bizarro to pre-order some trading cards that you’ll never want to trade away.

New Bizarro Series Retrospective!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 23, 2015 by dwbarbee

I got my start in bizarro through the New Bizarro Author Series. It’s a testing ground for authors to see if they have what it takes to be one of us weird writers. Each year there are many new authors joining in, and often the experience helps them find where they want to be in the publishing world. There have been so many authors who went on to do so many different things that it bottles the mind.

This year there are NINE books in the New Bizarro Author Series. There have never been that many! That’s nine new authors getting ready to spend the year promoting their books and bizarro fiction in ways never before seen. Part of their plan is to interview all the writers who’ve taken part in the NBAS in the past, and since I was part of the first generation of NBAS, I got to be first. My good friend Karl Fischer is asking the questions in what I believe is my best interview to date. We talk about my new baby, a possible sequel to Carnageland, and magical tigers who leak colored ice cream, sort of like this:

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Check out the interview here. Huge thanks to Karl and all of this year’s NBAS’ers. I’m rooting for each of you sick motherfuckers.