Image courtesy of Death’s Head Press | new surrealist fiction anthology “Breaking Bizarro” includes 26 weird and subversive tales, including one from Bainbridge-based author, and longtime Review staffer, Luciano Marano.

Image courtesy of Death’s Head Press | new surrealist fiction anthology “Breaking Bizarro” includes 26 weird and subversive tales, including one from Bainbridge-based author, and longtime Review staffer, Luciano Marano.

Island author debuts new surrealist story

Bainbridge-based author, and longtime Review staffer, Luciano Marano is one of 26 contributors to the new surrealist fiction anthology “Breaking Bizarro,” out now in print and digital editions from Death’s Head Press.

So-called “bizarro fiction” is a literary sub-genre that uses elements of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque, along with pop-surrealism and genre fiction staples, in order to create subversive, weird and entertaining works.

Typically heavily influenced by the works of Franz Kafka, William S. Burroughs and Philip K. Dick, as well as avant-garde or art house films and the paintings of the Surrealists, bizarro has been described as, “literature’s equivalent to the cult section at the video store.”

Marano’s story, “Divine Contact: A Trinity,” consists of three thematically related fantastical scenarios involving human hands.

Additional contributors to the collection include John Wayne Comunale, David W. Barbee, Patrick C. Harrison III, Chris Miller, J.D. Graves, Dani Brown, Cody Higgins, Frank J. Edler, Catherine J. Cole, Chandler Morrison, G. Arthur Brown, Shoshana Sumrall Frerking, Robert Essig, Mara Malins, Michael Brueggeman, Duncan P. Bradshaw and James Dorr, among others.

Marano’s short fiction has previously appeared in several anthologies, including “Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 3,” the fiction podcasts “Horror Hill” and “Pseudopod,” and also “Chilling Tales for Dark Nights.”

He was named 2018 Feature Writer of the Year by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, and his award-winning reporting, both written and photographic, has appeared in a number of regional publications.

Visit www.luciano-marano.com to learn more.

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