Bizarro Fiction Reading at Big Bear Cafe

Bizarro Fiction Reading at Big Bear Cafe on Monday, Nov 29
with novelists John Edward Lawson and Jeff Bagato, and comic book author
Rafer Roberts

7pm, Monday, November 29
Big Bear Cafe
1700 1st Street, NW
between N Florida Ave & N R St
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 470-5543

Bizarro is a genre of underground writing that combines elements of
surrealism, science fiction, horror, and pulp fiction.

John Edward Lawson–John Edward Lawson is an author, editor, and
publisher living just outside Washington, DC. He was born in 1974 and
enjoys traveling. His story collection “Discouraging at Best” won the
Wonderland Award for best Bizarro Fiction. His poetry collections
include “The Horrible” and “The Scars Are Complimentary”; other fiction
includes the novel “Last Burn in Hell,” seven chapbooks, and the
collection “Pocket Full of Loose Razorblades.” While serving as
editor-in-chief of Raw Dog Screaming Press and “The Dream People”
webzine, John has also been editor of the anthologies “Tempting
Disaster,” “Sick,” and “Of Flesh and Hunger.”

Jeff Bagato–A musician and writer living near DC, Jeff Bagato will be
reading from his latest novel, “Kill Claus!,” a Bizarro treatment of the
Christmas legend, set in a world where The Claus preys on the last
surviving humans. The author of “Mondo DC: An Insider’s Guide to
Washington, DC’s Most Unusual Tourist Attractions,” Jeff has also
written the fiction collection “Savage Night and Other Stories,” and two
books of poetry. His experimental music projects include Tone Ghosting
and Mercury Fools the Alchemist.

Rafer Roberts–A member of the DC Conspiracy underground comic book
collective and author/publisher of the comic “Plastic Farm”. “Plastic
Farm” follows the life of a man named Chester and his slow descent into
complete insanity and chronicles how that madness reshapes the world
around him. Chester has had a rough childhood, has a magic cowboy that
rides a dinosaur living inside of his head, and is now, late in life,
sitting in a nameless airport bar during a blizzard telling his life
story to a group of people who really couldn’t care less.