Review: Tall Tales with Short Cocks: A Bizarro Press Anthology

Bizarro Press serves up nine off-the-wall offerings with this anthology, featuring a roster of up-and-coming writers eager to show off their imaginations and descriptive skills. The results are decidedly mixed, but readers with a taste for the weird should find something to their liking here.

Highlights include Jon Konrath’s “The Zombies of Kilimanjaro,” an unconventional take on the living dead, Wol-vriey’s “MouseTrap” (a sordid domestic drama that defies simple description), and John McNee’s bizarre hardboiled homage “In the Flesh.” In these stories you’ll find the unconventional concepts and unusual writing that makes the bizarro genre unique.

However, how much one enjoys TALL TALES will depend on one’s tolerance for jokey, juvenile stories. There’s little going on here that’s being taken seriously (not neccessarily a bad thing), but readers in the mood for something more mature and substantial may find some of the tales lacking. (Case in point: Adam Millard offers a story called “HELP! MY ASS HAS RABIES!”, in which a monkey contaminates a fast food joint with an ass-centric strain of rabies that escalates far beyond the boundaries of good taste or common sense. If that scenario doesn’t appeal to you, TALL TALES WITH SHORT COCKS will probably not be worth your time.)

But for those with a taste for such absurdities, this book contains multiple treasures.

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