The story is too dark, the plot too twisted, and the main character far too grotesque.
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, by G.K. Chesterton—A nightmare all right: lurid, screwball, and grotesque.
Yes, the grotesque pamper-athon of excess that is the run-up to the Academy Awards is under way.
Except in cases with the highest body count, or the most grotesque cruelty, white victims were the only ones that mattered.
The resulting creatures were both beautiful and grotesque, looking as much like child corpses as dolls.
Mr. O'Carroll, without answering by voice, gave a grotesque sort of signal between a wink and a beckon.
For the soul of it is the romantic, not the funny and the grotesque.
Tibbitts dancing furiously with a lady in silken attire, and striving in vain to do the high, grotesque dancing of the Parisian.
It was a grotesque gait, almost like a rabbit hopping on its hindlegs.
Her appearance at first borders on the grotesque, but is presently seen to be nearer the august.
c.1600s, originally a noun (1560s), from Middle French crotesque (16c., Modern French grotesque), from Italian grottesco, literally "of a cave," from grotta (see grotto). The usual explanation is that the word first was used of paintings found on the walls of basements of Roman ruins (Italian pittura grottesca), which OED finds "intrinsically plausible." Originally "fanciful, fantastic," sense became pejorative after mid-18c. Related: Grotesquely; grotesqueness.