This is my world of weirdness, where you will encounter strange sights, bizarre creatures and surreal events. Sit down for a while and let me share with you some of my short stories and poems, tales of animals and monsters, tales of unusual beasts and creatures, tales of well, tales about weird stuff. Look at the title.
The Weird Writings of Gareth Barsby is a blog of poetry and short stories, most of which, true to the title of the blog, are very surreal. Some of these stories and poems even include illustrations by the author himself. Many of the stories are even interconnected in some way or another, and it's not unusual for a character from one story to meet up with a character from another.
The stories and poems in this blog provide examples of:
- Alice Allusion: Several in the stories featuring The Mad Hatter.
- Animal Superheroes / Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: Animal Superheroes is based on these tropes.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Lemon Possum and Dr. Meow
- Cats Are Mean: Played straight with Dr. Meow, Thomas and his sisters and Mr. Fluffy. Averted with Steve and Sobek.
- Classical Movie Vampire: Fred the Vampire Fox. Also parodied in Lerrs
- Creepypasta: Quite a few of the stories, like The Monsters' Party and The Living House, are labelled as this.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Some stories, like The Monsters of Bremen and Gruff.
- Fur Against Fang: The end of Fred the Vampire Fox.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Lisa is a pizza/human hybrid.
- Kangaroo Pouch Ride: The end of Karl the Kangaroo inverts this.
- Kangaroos Represent Australia: Karl and Sadie.
- Mad Scientist: Several.
- Monster Mash: Parodied in The Monsters' Party. The Monsters of Bremen also feature a ghostly donkey, a mummified cat, a vampire sheepdog and a Frankenstein-esque rooster.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts feature heavily in several of these stories, including three ghosts who live with a human, a ghost donkey and a ghost cowboy.
- Our Vampires Are Different:
- Fred the Vampire Fox, who mostly goes after fox hunters.
- In Lerrs, there are vampires who embrace the Classical Movie Vampire stereotype, who are looked down on other vampires who just want to live like normal humans.
- Sophie in The Monsters of Bremen is a vampire sheepdog who slaughtered a group of sheep prior to the story.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: The Easter Bunny becomes a werewolf in one story.
- Pumpkin Person: Natalie the Pumpkin Woman.
- Repulsive Ringmaster: The Ringmonster.
- Subverted Kids Show / Sugar Apocalypse: Heck Comes to Sloofiewoof Land features the eponymous land being turned into a miserable wasteland by one of its residents because older people made fun of him and the TV show he and his land feature in.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Heck Comes to Sloofiewoof Land is a non-seasonal variation.