The Next Big Thing


I was tagged by Laura Lee Bahr, author of the 2011 Wonderland award winning novel “Haunt” for The Next Big Thing, a continuous string of blogs/interviews of 10 standard questions for writers on their current/next work.

1) What is the title of your book?

House Hunter

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

It all grew out from the title. ‘House Hunter’ sparked the imagery of wild house-creatures, and then it just happened, more or less.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Bizarro fiction/urban fantasy/action adventure

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Maybe Scarlett Johansson for Imogen, because she seems to do alright with the action-heavy blockbusters. And John Hurt or Gary Oldman for Ellis.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A bizarro adventure, with cockroach people, spider-cars, assassins, house-fights, and a big-ass castle stomping into battle against an ancient temple.

6) Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

It is published through Eraserhead Press as part of their New Bizarro Author Series program.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Two weeks.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s a tough one… I would compare the bizarre fantasy element to the works of Carlton Mellick III and Cameron Pierce. Specific books, perhaps David W. Barbee’s “A Town Called Suckhole” or Kirsten Alene’s “Love in the Time of Dinosaurs”.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was motivated by Kevin Shamel (my editor) and Garrett Cook (who was running an online workshop I was in at the time), but as far as inspiration goes, I didn’t have a specific person or thing that got me writing. A lot of the time I just write because I want to come up with the sort of stuff I love to read.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

You’re in pretty good shape if you know about the house-creatures fighting and big-ass castle battles, but it doesn’t hurt to know I’m heavily influenced by anime and manga, so the all-action fantasy insanity takes on that style of logic.

I was meant to have this done a while ago, but things have been a little busy, and I’ve been a little disorganised, but I’ve scrambled together a ragtag team of fantastic authors to pass this thing off to (of which I really really want to see their responses).

Bradley Sands is the author of TV Snorted My Brain, Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You, Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy, Please Do Not Shoot Me in the Face: A Novel, and other books. Visit him at

Kirsten Alene is the author of Unicorn Battle Squad, and the 2010 NBAS novella, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs.

Steve Lowe is the author of King of the Perverts, Samurai vs. Robo-Dick, Mio Padre, Il Tumore (stories), Wolves Dressed As Men, and the 2010 NBAS novella, Muscle Memory.

Athena Villaverde is the author of Clockwork Girl, and Starfish Girl.

James Steele is the author of the 2010 NBAS novella, Felix and the Sacred Thor. He has multiple projects in the works, but will pick up the Next Big Thing at a later date, when his next book is greenlit.


Brain Harvest, by G. Arthur Brown


The field was vast and barren except for the long rows of human heads sticking up from the topsoil like cabbages. Blake stood perfectly still enjoying his fifteen minute break, his helmet’s blast visor in the down position. He switched on the built-in drinking fountain inside his protective enviro-suit to quench the thirst he had worked up in the heat of the wasteland sun.

His radio sounded a loud, crunchy broadcast tone. Then: “Brains!”

“Yes, sir. Sexton out.” Serving the new space zombie overlords was so grueling that he no longer felt like bowling in his free time. He sighed, grabbed his pickaxe, and moved along to the next head. This one bore pockmarked cheeks and haggard eyes the color of slugs. Like the others, the head stared blankly in a persistent vegetative state. Blake didn’t really consider it killing these people when he cracked open their skulls and vacuumed out their brains to produce food for his masters. They had ceased being truly alive before they even reached the plantation. They barely reacted to his stimulus, but he could always tell when he hit brain by the way their eyelids and mouths twitched.

He brought his arm up to strike, but the head looked right at him. “Get your act together, mister. This is no job for a man with a bachelor’s degree.”

Blake dropped the pickaxe and staggered back. He hadn’t recognized her at first because her head was shaved. “Mommy?”

Her face grew red; her brow furrowed. “You should seriously think about getting a real job, Blake Carter Sexton. I didn’t pay for five years of college so you could go around collecting gray matter for some undead alien regime.”

Cowed, Blake blubbered, “But… but I…”

“No buts! Clean your room or no dessert!”


Blake sat up, startled and sweating. Frantically, he looked around. He was in a hospital bed. “Oh, thank God. It was all a dream.”

“No,” said a doctor in a long, white lab coat, making marks on a clipboard. “You’ve been awake this whole time. I’ve been studying you quite closely. It was just one of your hallucinations. For, you see, you are completely insane.”

“Well,” Blake said, looking at the bandage on his writhing left tendril, “at least I’m not human.”


G. Arthur Brown is the author of Kitten, which is part of the 2012/13 New Bizarro Author Series.

Get a Kitten for Christmas!


Kitten by G. Arthur Brown

Kitten is a fantastically surreal story. It’s like moving through a dream. The writing is smooth and the characters click. The plot moves along at a nice pace and while none of it makes any sense whatsoever, there’s no real need to question it. Take the quirks with a sideways smile. And yeah, it’s weird and nonsensical, but it’s not forced like he’s trying to be too weird or crude or ‘out there’. This is bizarro written with sincerity. It’s funny in a quirky, heartfelt way. It’s complicated. It’s got depth. It’s got a lot of things going on that take the story to unexpected places. It won’t have you jumping up and down screaming “holy shit this is awesome!” It doesn’t work like that. I’d call it slow-burning bizarro. It happens, and then it ends, and it’s just so surreal that it takes a little while to sink in. That’s probably why I didn’t write my review up right away. Kitten is different. Kitten is wild. Kitten is a wonderful book that will make you smile.