Bizarro Horror Fiction Author MP Johnson | Freak Tension Zine

Information about writer MP Johnson's horror fiction and bizarro fiction, Freak Tension zine and more.

Halloween month has been absolutely crazy. Four new books with my name on the cover. First, meet Lake Lurkers, a tale of alien tentacle monsters climbing out of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis and eating rich people in the neighborhood where I actually live in real life. This sucker is out now from Severed Press and …

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Berzerkoids, my latest book, hit the stands last week. It’s been getting a lot of attention, in large part because of the gorgeous cover by artist Bill Hauser. This is not the first Bill Hauser/MP Johnson collaboration. Check it out: Bill and I have actually been working together for over a decade now. In the …

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When I tell someone I write bizarro fiction, the response is usually, “What the fuck is bizarro fiction?” That’s when I look deep into the person’s eyes and make an assessment. Is this person ready? Is this someone whose idea of crazy is an extra dessert at Applebee’s on date night? Or is this someone …

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I’m a collector. I’ve always been weird about keeping everything in mint condition in the hopes that someday it would be worth money. Unfortunately, none if it is worth money. Thankfully, I like to collect stuff that I can also use: books, comics, VHS tapes, etc. Even though I wasn’t able to buy a house …

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When I first attended Bizarro Con a few years ago, I caught readings by heavy hitters like Carlton Mellick III and Kevin L. Donihe. The term “readings” didn’t even do them justice. They were wild, frenzied performances. I knew I had to up my game. I learned that reading an ordinary 5,000 word short story …

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My 50th published short story just hit the streets! “Letting Go” appears in the debut issue of Blight Digest, a rad new horror fiction journal from One Eye Press. Check out the cover: “Letting Go” is the tale of a struggling, exhausted single mom and her adult son battling a basement monster. I really hope …

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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 …

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