Local author Tony Rauch’s third book is available now from Eraserhead Press, arguably the most prominent publisher of bizarro fiction.
It’s filled with short stories that zig where they should zag. Yes, the situations are weird. There’s time machines and time-slowing-down machines. There’s big foot and giant chicken heads. There’s fucked up shit going on in basements. The weirdness is not what makes these stories great. What makes them great is the three-dimensional characters and how they react to the weirdness.
While every story in this book is a certified blast to read, particularly late at night with a belly full of root beer (or whatever), my favorite, “Red Ball Jet,” perfectly demonstrates characters not reacting the way you’d think they’d react, leading to charming results.
It opens with these lines: “Aliens appear in my bedroom. They wake me by shining some kind of weird blue light in my eyes. Jerks.” The aliens offer up a time traveling opportunity and the main character is thrust into an internal debate between traveling back to ’82 for a UFO concert or ’78 to see the Only Ones and the Flamin’ Groovies. He makes his choice and things get weirder from there.
Support local bizarro authors and pick up a copy of Tony Rauch’s Eyeballs Growing All Over Me …Again at Magers & Quinn, Micawbers, Hot Comics or Comic Book College.Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am