Bizarro Horror Fiction Author MP Johnson | Freak Tension Zine

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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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Sam Richard and I are co-editing a book of ultra-wild horror and bizarro fiction short stories that pay tribute to legendary punk rock scumfuc GG Allin. We are currently in the process of going through all the submissions and picking the ones that are juuuuust right. This book is going to be so messed up. …

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Within the bizarro and horror fiction communities, there is much debate over the value of poop stories. Some claim that the subgenre is all pooped out, that it has nothing more to give. While I agree that there are a lot of regurgitated poop stories out there, there is still room for innovation. Which, coincidentally, …

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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 feel pretty strongly that punk rock and bizarro fiction share a lot of the same qualities. A big chunk of bizarro authors are into punk, but surprisingly few punks have heard of bizarro. I’m trying to change that. I wrote a piece called “One Punk’s Guide to Bizarro Fiction” for Razorcake #82. It’s about …

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