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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Last night I had a dream that I had published two short stories about cats that became extremely successful. The dream also involved me carpeting my apartment with cat litter, adopting a baby cat that liked to hide in the cat litter, and letting my ex-girlfriend move into the bedroom with a rowdy black panther, all before going on a trip to New York via those plastic vacuum tubes used at bank drive-throughs. This dream did not come true.
However, I did wake up to find that my new story, “I Want to be a Mutant,” was published in Surreal Grotesque #11. The index also includes a lot of rising stars in the underground horror and bizarro fiction scene, including Jimmy Pudge, Alex S. Johnson and many more. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Razorcake #74 is out now. Once again, a Minneapolis band gets cover attention, further proving that both Minneapolis and Razorcake rule. Bonus: one punk’s guide to science fiction, which covers books and film. A good place to get the basics of the genre from a punk’s perspective.
Of course, I contributed a bunch of reviews. You should definitely pick up a copy of the zine, but you can also read my reviews online here:
- BETTER DAYS: Good Luck Tonight: 7”
- CRAPPY DRACULA: Concerns of the Modern Womb Wiggler: 7”
- DOMESTICS, THE: The G.D.P. E.P.: 7”
- LEECHES: Rott: 7”
- SINKING SUNS: Vicious World: 7”
The Crappy Dracula review is my favorite of the batch.