Milkman Days #2: G. Arthur Brown

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Let me tell you about Gary.

Gary is an author, who is not an author.

No. He’s an author who IS an author, and his first book, Kitten, kind of proves that.

I met G. Arthur Brown, AKA Gary the Pirate, way back in the Fall of 2012 in the bizarro-famous Edgefield hotel in Troutdale, Oregon.

Gary was one of six other authors who would share the next year with me as a New Bizarro Author. His book was the first one in the series which I read, and it was this fantastic surreal thing completely unlike anything else I’d read. No wonder people loved the shit out of it.

Since then, Gary has become the Flash Fiction Friday editor at Bizarro Central, and he’s got some big things coming through the pipelines soon, but I’ll spread the news on Gary’s revolutionary new nipple growth cream in due time.

OOPS.

Oh fuck.

Sorry, G.

Gary is my second honorary milkman. Here’s what he had to say about my own writing:

“Cartledge’s genius lies in his ability to create surreal worlds so immersive that you can’t be sure whether you are reading them or dreaming them.”

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Milkman Days #1: Kirk Jones

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I’ve got a milk-related announcement to make.

Soon.

But first, I want to shine some light on a few people who have made everything feel worthwhile.

Say hello to Kirk Jones.

Kirk is a writer, a teacher, a family man.

His first book, Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals, came out in 2010, as part of the 2010/11 New Bizarro Author Series. It’s a bizarre carnival romp peddling objectophilia to the masses.

One thing I love about the NBAS is seeing what the authors follow up with. Kirk took his time, but this year, his second book, Journey to Abortosphere, came out through Rooster Republic Press.

In this book, Kirk returns to objectophilia, but this time the objects aren’t animated circus furniture. The objects are just objects. And the objectophile is the main character. He’s in love with certain things. It’s this kind of quirky charm which brings the story together. Journey to Abortosphere is a fantastic follow up to his debut, and from what I’ve seen of Kirk’s work and his future plans, he’s on his way up. Abortosphere was strange and unique in all the right ways, and the weird sexual obsessions and buttholes and giant iron fetus and time travelling battleship are integrated into the story without coming off as obscene gags existing only to shock. He’s a better writer than that.

I was fortunate enough to have Kirk blurb my own book, and for that, he is my first honorary milkman.

“In Day of the Milkman, Cartledge continues to show us his depth and gives us a new glimpse into the breadth of his creative potential. Day of the Milkman doesn’t coast in on the latest cream-coated indy formula for success. This work isn’t a skim derivation of bizarro from preceding works in the genre. In this book, Cartledge carves his own path, rising above the ranks with vivid description, milk-laden metaphor, and high-quality storytelling.”


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