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The very first *unofficial* release from the Strange Edge emerged in December of 2014. We didn’t consider this a major event, simply a way to gather together a bunch of G. Arthur Brown’s short short fiction and sell it relatively cheaply because spare change in the pocket helps pay parking meter fees. However, through some fluke of fate, this little devil managed to sneak onto the final ballot of the Wonderland Awards, the greatest (and currently only) honor in the genre of Bizarro fiction. It’s astounding and we are truly pleased to be sharing the ballot with such other deserving candidates as Violet LeVoit, Danger Slater, CV Hunt, and Kevin Strange, not to mention all the nominees for Best Novel.

To celebrate, I LIKE TURTLES is 99 cents for a limited time!

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In just a few days the first official Strange Edge Publications e-book makes it debut. It’s an anthology featuring four novelettes by the authors Douglas Hackle (Wonderland Book Award-nominated author of Clown Tear Junkies), Dustin Reade (author of Grambo and We’re Decomposing as We Go…), G. Arthur Brown (the smug, crass bastard who publishes his own work in anthologies that his own press releases and author of Kitten and I Like Turtles), and S.T. Cartlege (author of House Hunter and Day of the Milkman).

Brian Allen Carr, Wonderland Book Award-winning author of Motherfucking Sharks and The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World, carefully crafted these 35 words on the topic:

In the tradition of Three Cases of Murder, this four sided apocalypse hymn will set your nerves to dizzy. The Strange Edge has brewed up something wicked, tasty. Drink it up and feel that darkness.

Matthew Revert, author of Basal Ganglia and Human Trees, had this to say:

I am emerging from a night infused with confusion and discomfort. I sat myself down, did my best to tend to ongoing hydration issues, and began reading the words of these four apocalyptic gentlemen. A brief sojourn with unusual words became more, tempting me toward the sort of all-nighter I haven’t pulled since my brief obsession with the American Ninja movies in the 90s. And here I am… evolved in some way. Douglas Hackle, Dustin Read, G. Arthur Brown and S.T. Cartledge. Four names, each rather unexceptional in a purely linguistic context, but behind these names reside people, and within these people reside ideas. It’s these ideas… these sickening, hilarious, thought-provoking, worryingly arousing ideas you must be careful of. Sure… reading these ideas can be achieved in one frantic night, but they linger beyond the act of reading them. They insinuate themselves and become a component of who you are. These four gentlemen of the apocalypse know what they’re doing, and I struggle to think of any who can do it better. This blurb is long, but how could it be anything else? How else can I both tempt you toward and warn you away? Read this collection. I have faith your mind can take it, but if instead these words take your mind, please don’t say I didn’t warn you. For those dissuaded by grandiloquent musings within blurbage, there is also a character called Wasilly.

Being praised by BAC and Revert is what The Strange Edge is all about. But it does not end there.

Danger Slater, author of DangerRAMA, said this:

If the God of Absurdity were the One True God, then this book would be his Bible.

Four novellas. Four writers. One cover. Lots of fun.

This was four strong novellas by four strong authors with four distinct voices who give four definitions to the word ‘absurd’. If you’re a fan (or just curious) about even one of these authors it’s worth the ticket price alone. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Or maybe you won’t be surprised, since I just told you you were going to be surprised. It’s difficult to be surprised if you’re expecting it. Let me fix that: “…it’s worth the ticket price alone. You’ll be pleasantly ENTERTAINED.” There, that’s better.

And Jason Wayne Allen, author of The Rotgut County Blues, had this to say:

The Four Gentlemen of the Apocalypse is modern absurd surrealism at its finest. The book is a collection of novelettes by some of the greatest writers in the realm of just, simply put, balls-out weirdo-insane fiction... a must-read for anyone into offbeat, hilarious or heartwarming stories. Plenty entertaining, and plenty weird…

This much praised anthology will appear on Amazon circa 14th of July. BEWARE.

Peter Sellers

Hello! I’m the Late Peter Sellers, and though I may be dead that doesn’t stop me from exerting my imperious will on the mortal plane. When I learned that G. Arthur Brown had opened up The Strange Edge to novelette submissions, I became excited and slightly aroused. I’d been huffing the ghost of paint thinner for several hours beforehand, so it shocked to me realize that the material plane was still even real, let alone inhabited by a small press searching out absurreal manuscripts in the 7 to 15 thousand word range. Who does that? Apparently The Strange Edge does that. I told Brown his business model was stupid but perhaps stupid enough to work.

I also told him I would help him by inspiring young and obscure authors with my masculine wiles. So, I’m issuing bounties for manuscripts that meet particular, bizarre criteria of my own device. He told me this was a stupid idea but perhaps just stupid enough to work.

What, you may ask is, do I mean by a bounty? A bounty is an award paid for having a manuscript accepted that meets with my lunatic specifications. The bounty in this case is $20 American, which can buy you six Chik-fil-A sandwiches in most markets. The bounty is paid in addition to the normal 20% royalty associated with having a novelette accepted for inclusion in an anthology. (And, lest there be any confusion, a bounty is only paid out if the manuscript is actually accepted for publication.)

How does one claim a bounty? Well, one would read the below list of prompts, pick one which appeals to one, email us at strangeedgemagazine@gmail.com with the header BOUNTY CLAIM, specifying which bounty one intends to claim and giving a short description of the story you intend to write. The DEADLINE for you to submit your 7 to 15 thousand word manuscript is June 30th. Keep in mind that neither G. Arthur Brown nor I are looking for these prompts to be answered too literally. For instance, if you wish to claim the non-existent bounty of “Star Wars directed by Alfred Hitchcock” and simply parodied the script of Rear Window with Han Solo as Jimmy Stewart and Vader as the murderous neighbor, that would be too literal and not inventive, let alone weird, enough. What we want is something with the epic scope of Star Wars and the stylistic nuances of Hitchcock… but we don’t even want that because it is simply an example bounty, so don’t send us “Star Wars as directed by Hitchcock.” (Though, Rear Window with Han Solo might be worth a read, now that I’m thinking of it.)

Without further ado, here they are:

The Bounties
1. An episode of The Twilight Zone written by Kafka and directed by Terry Gilliam.
2. A psychological thriller that mixes A Clockwork Orange and Barbarella with Camus and Beckett.
3. David Lynch’s Godzilla starring Monty Python.
4. A 70s b-movie adaptation of Thomas Ligotti directed by the love child of Alejandro Jodorowsky and John Waters.
5. A Donald Barthelme novel adapted as a silent Guy Maddin short with a dash of H. R. Giger’s art direction.
6. A post-apocalyptic rendition of The Wicker Man as a Rankin/Bass production.
7. A sequel to Bill & Ted written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Nishimura/Iguchi.
8. A hauntingly surreal existential horror story with elements of Zardoz, Strawberry Shortcake, and The Tempest.
9. An absurd black comedy in a world of Dali-esque landscapes starring a completely unlikeable protagonist a la Perfume or The Wasp Factory.
10. Ionesco’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic Ren & Stimpy set in ancient Mesopotamia detailing hijinks during the war with the extraterrestrial Skraelings of Atlantis.

Some of these are probably more easily imagined than others but these would all make novelettes I’d love to read. And allow me to reiterate DO NOT BE TOO LITERAL. I don’t want to see Bill or Godzilla or The Purple Pieman in the final product. These are jumping off points that give you a clue to directions I want to see explored.

So, if any of these piques your interest, email strangeedgemagazine@gmail.com with the header BOUNTY CLAIM, specifying the bounty you intend to claim and including a short description of the story you intend to write. And make sure you can have your 7 to 15k word novelette completed and emailed to us by June 30th. If I’m repeating myself it’s only that I want to hammer in the important details. Paris is the capital of France.

Paris, once again, is the capital of France.