Experimental Fiction (XFX)

Don't PanicThis group started on Yahoo. It was designed to concentrate on the types of fiction that we do not normally find on the front rounder at the local big-box bookstore. We call  it experimental fiction but it might be considered imaginative fiction, surfiction, and the many other designations that have been applied to fiction throughout the years whenever it doesn’t follow the rules of the mainstream.

Experimental Fiction is a loose term and can be applied to some well-read classics that were experimental in their time, postmodern works, newer efforts such as Bizarro fiction, the West Coast Narrative movement, etc. Simply put, I see experimental literature as writing that is willing …

    • to violate the standards of conventional writing
    • to approach subjects that are not generally accepted
    • to emphasize art before profit.


Old age and general malaise is making it very difficult to keep up with this website. Not that many years ago I actively pursued several personal websites, a half-dozen reading groups, and four or five online reading groups of my own. Still I had time to read and even go to work each day. Now I sleep a lot, listen to jazz, and read a few books (to fend off stupidity).

Starting with this last quarter of 2016, I am going to totally suspend the Experimental Fiction group (XFX) but will continue to highlght any reading selections made in ACOR that should be considered experimental.

I’m not stopping reading or suggesting XFX titles: just not maintaining a separate section for XFX.

I intend to keep the history portions of the Experimental Literature group for future reference but will not be updating them.

2 thoughts on “Experimental Fiction (XFX)

  1. I have been reading an interesting British writer, Ronald Firbank. My understanding is that Firbank was some grade of aristocrat or otherwise well-to-do personage that had no home but travelled from hotel to hotel throughout Europe, living alone (and gay, I believe), and writing what ended up being a dozen novels or short novels on postcards from the hotels and towns he found himself in.

    He sounds like a major weird-o and his fiction is certainly unique. I have two volumes of collected novels from New Directions. Might be worth looking into.


  2. dear, sir… in keeping with literary themes… i am trawling your website for obscure writers… so don’t delete any of your replies as i wish to search for these “obscure” souls via the http://www... thanx


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