. . . garish and two-dimensional.
- anonymous editor
Changing the World . . . One Intestine at a Time
Douglas J. Ogurek is the pseudonymous and highly unprofessional founder of the unsplatterpunk subgenre. Unsplatterpunk uses splatterpunk conventions (i.e., controversial, gory, gross, violent subject matter) to deliver a positive message. Ogurek guest-edited the wildly unpopular UNSPLATTERPUNK! "goretet," published by Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction. These anthologies are unavailable at your library and despised by your mother. Ogurek reviews films and fiction at that same magazine.
Publications have rejected Ogurek’s work more than 1,500 times. However, The Paris Review, considered one of the world’s leading literary journals, thanked him for submitting a manuscript in one (form) letter. Another highly respected journal, The Yale Review, stated, “We want to thank you for your kindness in letting us see your work.” Thus, Ogurek is also a kind author.
The UNSPLATTERPUNK! Goretet
The UNSPLATTERPUNK! canon includes four increasingly repulsive anthologies edited by Douglas J. Ogurek. The tales are doused in the gruesome content for which the splatterpunk subgenre is known, but also offer moral instruction—that’s where the “un” comes from. Learn more about the series whose inaugural installment the British Fantasy Society called “memorable and thought-provoking.”
. . . darkly funny and razor sharp.
Felled Evergreens, Lotus-eater, May 2022
Reed Berrywood, a disabled man in his mid-twenties, sets out to mow the lawn of a home outside his exclusive neighborhood.
Lotus-eater is an online literary magazine based in Rome. Its aesthetic is dark, eclectic, often experimental.
Green Tongue Portal (writing as Val Woodson), Schlock! Webzine, March 2022
A wacky sci-fi story in which protagonist Fleeve Thides learns to face his pain.
Barbarian Soiree, CommuterLit, January 2022
A vegetarian architecture enthusiast attends a steakhouse birthday gathering for a less sophisticated acquaintance.
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