Once again, thanks to Chris Higgs, avant-garde expert, for pointing the way. He found and linked to this article by Lee Rourke in The Guardian about, well, you see the title of this post.
I'm fascinated and excited to see that Maurice Blanchot and Georges Bataille figure into the inspiration for this new wave of innovative British fiction. Blanchot blows my mind (I'm staggering my way through The Writing of the Disaster) and Bataille figures into my recent work in Phoebe and a little bit in a new thing forthcoming in Action Yes.
I'm certainly not claiming anything about myself except that I am interested to see that others are finding inspiration from these sources for their fiction, too.
Also linked by Chris: this interesting blog post by Johannes Göransson about "the avant-garde vs. the grotesque" with mention of Aase Berg's poetry and David Lynch's work.