Dungeons & Drag Queens

My second book is out now! Dungeons and Drag Queens is published by Eraserhead Press. In case you don’t know, Eraserhead is really the foundation of the entire bizarro fiction movement. This book is my tribute to epic fantasy like Game of Thrones, the Lord of the Rings and Conan, while also being a love letter to the art of drag. Here’s the cover art by Hauke Vagt:

Dungeons And Drag Queens

Back cover blurb:

What happens when a small town drag queen gets sucked into a realm of sword and sorcery and forced to do much more than lip-sync for her life?

After a weird wizard transports Sleazella LaRuse to the realm of Houmak, Green Bay’s number one diva must battle to save her life and protect the lip-syncing, potty-mouthed persona she’s worked so hard to cultivate. Will her bones be devoured by the gnawing nipple-mouths of slavwolves or crushed by the brutal Blada Femma? Worse yet, will she find love amongst the scum sailors and slopulating sky serpents? Will she win this glamorous game of thrones? The answer is clear in the most fierce and fabulous fantasy epic ever.

April 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Heavy Metal Horror Fiction Is Here

Heavy metal and horror go together like blood and guts. Unfortunately, it’s a combination that doesn’t come to life in fiction nearly often enough. The new book Axes of Evil, out now from Diabolus In Musica/Chupa Cabra House, is here to remedy that problem.

Axes Of Evil

The book features my new story, “Ex-Punk,” which takes a tangent away from metal and into the world of punk rock basement shows. An old been-there-done-that punk gets a taste of something new, and she never wants to let it go. I’m psyched that my story appears alongside so many new pieces by great authors like Lucy Taylor, who wrote one of my favorite collections of extreme horror short stories, Unnatural Acts.

Here’s the full table of contents:

1. Introduction by Alex S. Johnson
2. Mourningstar by Del James
3. All the Rage by Lindsey Beth Goddard
4. The Plaster Casters Rise Again by Persiphone Hellecat
5. The Cold and Lonely Tombstone of Angus Smith by Jeff Ö’Brien
6. Battle of the Bands by Joel Donald
7. The Doom to Come by Andrew Freudenberg
8. Sinister Cavan by Jim Goforth
9. Beyond Death by Chuck Rios
10. Rio Grande Blood by Chris Kelso
11. Tones of Skin and Bones by Michael Faun
12. Seven Goats by Mathias Jansson
13. Louder, Faster… by John Claude Smith
14. Ex-Punk by MP Johnson
15. An Unholy Statement by Kerry GiantSquid Lipp
16. Keltorrian by Jacurutu Scarry Garry-Shinigami Twenty-Three
17. Let Him Who Hath Understanding by Sylvia Bourgoin
18. Frygga: Dreams of Fire by Christine Morgan
19. Death Call by Christopher Hivner
20. Gargamathanga by Martin Garrity
21. Backstage Passes by Anna Haney
22. Rita by Mimi A. Mimi Williams
23. Die, Clown, Die! By Alex S. Johnson
24. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Charie D. La Marr
25. Rock and Roll All Night by Sephera Giron
26. Hardcore Crust by Terry M. West
27. Unholy Concoction by Robert Holtgrewe
28. Axes of Discordance: A Bangalore Story by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
29. Crush by Selene MacLeod
30. Harbinger Master by G Arthur Brown
31. The Dreadheads by Grant Wamack
32. Before the Ball by Ray Van Horn Jr.
33. To Hell With the Metal by Sean Leonard
34. Extremophiles by Lucy Taylor

Axes of Evil is available in print or on Kindle at Amazon.

March 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm 2 comments

What To Do With All Those Severed Heads

My new flash fiction piece, “I Think I’ll Donate this Severed Head to the Salvation Army,” is up now at The Molotov Cocktail. This sick bit of bizarro fiction details the plight of a man with more severed heads than he has room for, and how he decides to manage his collection. It might also be about relationships.

Read it. Share it. Then go out and start your own collection of severed heads.

March 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Strange Fucking Caterpillar Stories

My latest short story, “Hearts and Caterpillars,” is out now in Strange Fucking Stories from StrangeHouse Books. It’s a weird romance story about the problems that an interdimensional caterpillar can bring to an otherwise not-so-perfect relationship. I’m very proud of this one, and I’m psyched that it was chosen as the lead-off story in this awesome collection of bizarro fiction.

Strange Fucking Stories

How awesome is that cover art? The complete table of contents is:

  • “Hearts and Caterpillars” by MP Johnson
  • “Worse for the Wear” by Matt Kurtz
  •  “Dick Sick” by Frank Edler
  • “Appelonia” by Eric Dimbleby
  • “Zombie Bowl” by DM Anderson
  • “The Painter’s Mother Rode a Pale Horse” by Christopher Hivner
  • “The Knot that Binds” by John Bruni
  • “Rape C(o)untry” by Billy Tea
  • “Cockblock” by Kristen M. Tepe
  •  “A Game of Chance” by Jacob Lambert
  • “Cephalopod” by Justin Hunter
  • “Assface” by Rich Bottles Jr.
  • “The Humans Under the Bed” by Kevin Strange

You can grab a copy of Strange Fucking Stories in print or on Kindle at Amazon.

January 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

New Story: “Vagalyn’s Flying Head”

I closed out 2013 with an appearance in a brick of a book called Bizarro Bizarro: An Anthology. I’m very proud to have my short story about an old drag queen’s severed head fighting evil street slugs included in this book, because the table of contents reads like a who’s who of bizarro fiction, including Jeff Burk, Tony Rauch, Gary Arthur Brown, Michael A. Rose and Gabino Iglesias, all topped off with a cover by the legendary Alan M. Clark. Get it on Amazon.

Bizarro Bizarro: An Anthology

This is a great story to lead off the new year with, as the main character also makes a cameo appearance in my next book, Dungeons and Drag Queens. I’ve also got a bunch of other short stories scheduled for release in various collections that are due out within the next few months. I’m working hard to kick ass in 2014.

January 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

A Whole Shit Ton Of New Shit

These last few months of 2013 have been crazy, so I’ve neglected updating this site. Hell, the whole year has been awesome, what with the release of my debut book, The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone, and all. Deals have been sealed for more books to come, starting with Dungeons and Drag Queens from Eraserhead Press in July!

Freak Tension #15

In the meantime, I released a new issue of Freak Tension. It’s the fifteenth issue and, coincidentally, the fifteenth anniversary issue. Holy shit, I’ve been doing a zine for fifteen years! I’m going to try to release a new issue every December from this point on. Copies of the new issue, as well as some back issues, are available at the newly minted Freak Tension store.

I’m psyched for my debut at Every Day Fiction. “Curse of the Curse” has already gotten a ton of positive reviews on that site. Another flash piece, “Meet Kreepy Krawly,” kicked off a bizarro slasher fiction series at Bizarro Central.

I’ve also got a few new anthology appearances, including my teddy bear versus drag queen story, “Loving Arms,” in Diabolic Tales III, and my fucked up Christmas story, “Do Not Buy,” in A Very StrangeHouse Christmas, the first of hopefully many team ups between me and StrangeHouse Books. You can find these anthologies on my Amazon author page.

As always, you can catch my music reviews in new issue of Razorcake.

So, what are you hoping to get for Christmas?

December 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

New Story: “Lake Street”

When I was a kid, it didn’t take long for my friends and I to burn through all the weird movies at the local video store (Top 10 Video!). I became so obsessed with finding the weirdest movies that I started getting books about cult films. I ended up spending more time reading about cult movies than watching them. One in particular kept coming up: Eraserhead by David Lynch.

In Heaven

Top 10 Video didn’t have Eraserhead. I hunted, but could find no video store in Eau Claire that had it. I was able to get my hands on Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, and I just absorbed them. But still Eraserhead eluded me. Reading essay after essay about it, I constructed my own version in my head. Then one day, I wandered into a tiny video store that I had never noticed before and found a copy for sale (on VHS, of course), for three bucks! My hands shook as I grabbed it. I didn’t think it was real. I bought it and watched it immediately. It was worn as fuck, but I watched it over and over, just letting it burn into my brain.

I’ve since watched pretty much everything David Lynch has ever done. Weirdness aside, David Lynch does something that few other filmmakers do for me. He consistently surprises me, and that’s why I keep coming back. Needless to say, I’m honored to be a part of this tribute to his work. I’m honored that my name is alongside idols like John Skipp and Thomas Ligotti, and many, many future literary legends from the bizarro fiction and horror fiction genres. I’m psyched that Cameron Pierce chose my story and I’m really happy to be working with Eraserhead Press.

I suspect that everyone reading this is probably as enamored with David Lynch as I am, so this should be a no-brainer. Pick up this book at Amazon.

July 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

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About the Author

MP Johnson is an author, a zine creator, a B-movie extra and an obsessive music fan. Learn more.

MP Johnson’s Books

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05.17-18 - SpringCon Minneapolis
07.19 - Exclusive Company Green Bay
10.24-26 - Crypticon Minneapolis

Recent Releases

 photo 19a5375e-54ad-4a87-9d34-f3787a51039c_zps15579f41.jpg "Ex-Punk" in Axes of Evil  photo 71d5d9ff-ee5f-4610-a273-72c4da3a5a0b_zps93cbb3e2.jpg "Hearts and Caterpillars" in Strange Fucking Stories  photo d44e2742-7421-4cfc-be65-e20eeb686ef2_zps62203d97.jpg "Vagalyn's Flying Head" in Bizarro Bizarro  photo dcef9f1b-11ac-4540-912a-04e771df3d41_zps6e27d092.jpg Freak Tension #15  photo 3d46a228-3c7e-4165-bc36-8520abe91756_zpsd37008d4.jpg "Do Not Buy" in A Very StrangeHouse Christmas  photo f8ea640b-9b8e-453d-88de-0cc7c11cb794_zps26d5bcca.jpg "Loving Arms" in Diabolic Tales III  photo 256099ff-2b52-4e40-9d31-9c8602956a8b_zpsd37102ce.jpg "Lake Street" in In Heaven, Everything Is Fine FinalFailureCover-22 The Final Failure of a Professional Small Animal Inside-Outer Freak Tension 14 photo FreakTension14-1.jpg Freak Tension #14 Photobucket "Killer Nails" in Steamy Screams Photobucket "Reason to Clean" in Made You Flinch Photobucket "Record Collector Scum" in Necrotic Tissue #14 Photobucket "Clown Underground" in Out of the Gutter #7 Photobucket "Drag Queen Vs. Zombies" in Zombiality Photobucket "A Cowboy has to Ride" in This Ain't No Rodeo Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting "Complete Breakfast" in Withersin's Unkindness Anthology Photobucket "No Hands" in Dark Animus #10/11 Photobucket "Ahlana Demona" in Polluto: The Anti-Pop Culture Journal #2 Photobucket "Skill Crane" in Black Ink Horror #3

Contact Info

Email bizarro horror writer MP Johnson at: freaktensionATyahooDOTcom



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