Major Artists and Theorists of the Grotesque

Kathy Acker (fiction writer)

Charles Addams (cartoonist)

Sherwood Anderson (writer)

Appalachian Literature and Culture

Diane Arbus (photographer)

Arcimboldo (painter)

Aristophanes (playwright)

Antonin Artaud  (playwright, theorist)

Richard Avedon (photographer)

Francis Bacon (painter)

Walter Bagehot (critic/theorist)

Mikhail Bakhtin (critic/theorist)

J. G. Ballard (writer)

John Barth (writer)

Georges Bataille  (critic/theorist)

Aubrey Beardsley (painter)

Beavis & Butt-head (cartoon series)

Samuel Beckett (playwright, novelist)

Gottfried Benn (poet)

Ambrose Bierce (writer)

Body Building

Body Piercing

Hieronymous Bosch (painter)

T. Coraghessan Boyle (writer)

Constantin Brancusi (sculptor)

Bertolt Brecht (playwright)

Robert Browning (poet)

Peter  Bruegel, the Elder (painter)

Charles Bukowski (poet)

Luis Bunuel (filmmaker)

William Burroughs (writer)

Robert Burton (writer, physician)

Tim Burton (filmmaker)

Wilhelm Busch (cartoonist)

Elias Canetti (writer)

Caricature

Carnivale (television series)

Lewis Carroll (writer)

Angela Carter (writer)

Celebrity Death Match (animated television series)

G. K. Chesterton (writer and critic)

Joel and Ethan Coen (filmmakers)

Commedia dell'arte (theatrical form)

Harry Crews (writer)

David Cronenberg (filmmaker)

R. Crumb (cartoonist)

Roald Dahl (writer)

Salvadore Dali (painter)

Honoré Daumier (artist/caricaturist)

Willem DeKooning (painter)

Charles Dickens (writer)

Dismemberment

Otto Dix (painter)

Jean Dubuffet (painter)

Stephen Dobyns (writer)

J. P. Donleavy (writer)

Friedrich Durrenmatt (playwright)

Easter Island Sculptures

El Greco (painter)

James Ensor (painter)

The Far Side (cartoon)

The Farrelly Brothers (filmmakers)

William Faulkner (writer)

Federico Fellini (filmmaker)

Leslie Fiedler  (critic/theorist)

David Fincher (filmmaker)

Howard Finster (painter)

Freaks and Geeks (television series)

Gargoyles (sculpture)

Jean Genet (writer)

Terry Gilliam (filmmaker)

Nikolai Gogol (writer)

Francisco Goya (painter)

Grand Guignol (theatrical form)

Robert Graves (poet)

Günter Grass (writer)

Peter Greenaway (filmmaker)

George Grosz (painter)

Joseph Heller (writer)

Robyn Hitchcock (musician)

E. T. A. Hoffmann (writer)

William Hogarth (artist)

Victor Hugo (writer, theorist)

Eugene Ionesco (playwright)

Derek Jarman (filmmaker)

Jim Jarmusch (filmmaker)

Alfred Jarry (playwright)

Alejandro Jodorowsky (filmmaker)

Franz  Kafka (writer)

Frida Kahlo (painter)

Wolfgang Kayser (critic/theorist)

Alfred Kubin (painter)

Lautréamont (writer)

D. H. Lawrence (writer, painter)

Edward Lear (comic poet)

Tom Lehrer (singer/songwriter)

The Limerick (verse form)

H. P. Lovecraft (horror writer)

David Lynch (filmmaker)

Mad Magazine (magazine)

Magic Realism (literary style)

René Magritte (painter)

Marilyn Manson (musician)

Robert Mapplethorpe (photographer)

Cormac McCarthy (novelist)

Carson McCullers (writer)

Mexican Muralists (painters)

Monthy Python's Flying Circus (comedy troupe)

Henry Moore (sculptor)

Christian Morgenstern (poet)

The Movies

Mr. Bill (claymation)

Hayao Miyazaki (anime artist)

Helmut Newton (photographer)

Joyce Carol Oates (writer and critic)

Flann O'Brien (fiction writer)

Flannery O'Connor (writer and critic)

Joe Orton (playwright)

Chuck Palahniuk (writer)

Harvey Pekar (cartoonist)

Harold Pinter (playwright)

Edgar Allan Poe (writer)

Rabelais (writer)

Raphael (painter)

Ren and Stimpy (cartoon series)

Jean-Paul Richter (writer)

Rochester, Earl of (poet)

Philip Roth (writer)

Salman Rushdie (fiction writer)

John Ruskin (critic/theorist)

Ken Russell (filmmaker)

Sacred Clowns

Sick Joke Cycles

N. F. Simpson (playwright)

The Simpsons (animated television series)

Six Feet Under (television series)

Patti Smith (rock singer)

Tobias Smollet (writer)

Todd Solondz (filmmaker)

South Park (cartoon series)

Terry Southern (writer)

SRL: Survival Research Laboratories  (performance artists)

Ralph Steadman (artist)

Stelarc (performance artist)

Laurence Sterne  (writer)

Igor Stravinsky (composer)

Surrealism and Dada (critic/theorist)

Jan Svankmajer (filmmaker)

Jonathan Swift (writer)

John Addington Symonds (critic/theorist)

Talking Heads (rock group)

Quentin Tarantino (filmmaker)

Theatre of the Absurd (theatre movement)

Dylan Thomas (poet)

Hunter Thompson (writer)

John Kennedy Toole (writer)

Amos Tutuola (writer)

Mark Twain (writer)

Urban Legends

Video Games

John Waters (filmmaker)

Evelyn Waugh (writer)

Weegee (photographer)

William Wegman (photographer)

Nathanael West (writer)

Walt Whitman (poet)

Tennessee Williams (writer)

Wisconsin Death Trip (photography)

Without Sanctuary: Postcards and Photographs of Lynching in America

The X-Files (television series)

Rob Zombie (musician, filmmaker)

Terry Zwigoff (filmmaker)