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Fantastic Orgy Paperback – September 2, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America."
- GOTHIC MAGAZINE
"Carlton Mellick III has the craziest book titles... and the kinkiest fans!"
- CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of The Stupidest Angel
"If you haven't read Mellick you're not nearly perverse enough for the twenty first century."
- JACK KETCHUM, author of The Woman and The Girl Next Door
"Carlton Mellick III is one of bizarro fiction's most talented practitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictional tale."
- CORY DOCTOROW, author of Little Brother
"Bizarre, twisted, and emotionally raw--Carlton Mellick's fiction is the literary equivalent of putting your brain in a blender."
- BRIAN KEENE, author of The Rising and Dead Sea
"Carlton Mellick III exemplifies the intelligence and wit that lurks between its lurid covers. In a genre where crude titles are an art in themselves, Mellick is a true artist."
- THE GUARDIAN
"Just as Pop had Andy Warhol and Dada Tristan Tzara, the Bizarro movement has its very own P. T. Barnum-type practitioner. He's the mutton-chopped author of such books as Electric Jesus Corpse and The Menstruating Mall, the illustrator, editor, and instructor of all things Bizarro, and his name is Carlton Mellick III."
- DETAILS MAGAZINE
More About the Author
His work has appeared in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade, and Vice Magazine, and has been translated into Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, French and Japanese.
He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he obsesses over comic books, micro-brews, video games, and K-pop dance routines. Visit him online at carltonmellick.com
Top Customer Reviews
These stories are awesome. (I wanted to say something else here, but Amazon wouldn't let me - see my review of Amazon below.)
It's easy to see why Carlton Mellick III is the leading bizarro author. His talent is incredible. These stories are not just good bizarro. They're good storytelling. Mellick's ability to draw the reader in with a good plot, interesting characters, and a well-told story would make him a hit in any genre. Bizarro lovers should feel blessed that they have him.
Fantastic Orgy is a collection of five short stories. All of them are great. My least favorite was "Ear Cat." But I don't like cats. Or it could be that I'm such a pervert that the other stories tickled my fancy more.
I laughed all the way through. Starting with "Candy Coated," a story about a buff dude with a lollipop head whose style is cramped by the truckers who keep licking him so he can't score with the ladaaaays, I was hooked. The titular story is an awesome read about characters who flock to a staged orgy so they could attract the coolest and latest STDs. There are some really bizarre STDs too.
Mellick doesn't let up. He maintains his style all the way through, keeps the writing tight, and keeps the plot on the mark. Very few wasted words. I wish I could score this a 4.7 or 4.8. It deserves more than a 4, but I'm not ready to give it a 5 because there might be something better out there.
If you like sex with sharks, talking genitals, and gross humor, then you'll get plenty of that in Fantastic Orgy - all of the stories in the collection. Plus, the author includes a set of notes after the stories.Read more ›
And Fantastic Orgy doesn't stop there. Another short in it, called Ear Cat, is probably my new second favorite short story by the author. I LOVED this one. LOVED IT! It has a relatable indoor setting, but is set in a weird future so expect some very strange things to pop-up in it. And I mean "relatable setting" in terms of the story being about agoraphobia, a bit of obsessive compulsive disorder, and hoarding. It was really scary how much I understood what the main character was going through. Which is funny. But also scary. I'm also not a big fan of cats, so the twisted versions of these creatures, and the claustrophobic feel to the story - made for a really tense and engaging read. And like before, wait'll you see where it all leads. These 2 short stories have such killer endings they definitely make the whole thing seem much more epic in scope.
Candy-Coated is a short, ridiculous, and HILARIOUS short story set on Mill Avenue - a popular street I used to go to back in Arizona a lot.Read more ›
Fantastic Orgy is a great statement in and of itself. STDs have become "cool" and people trade them. But what happens when a bad one goes rampant inside a sex club? The "hero" in this short story just wanted to contract the vibrator STD to make his girlfriend happy and landed himself in an entire world of trouble, and possibly more STDs than one person can handle.
City Hobgoblins is a great little prequel to Satan Burger, and with Satan Burger being the first Bizarro book I'd ever read, this one felt a little like home to me. There's also a cameo of Shark Girl from Punk Land in this story, if you enjoyed Punk Land and/or Satan Burger, this book is worth picking up just for this short.
I found myself not entirely enthralled with Porno in August, it seemed as though something was lacking, or perhaps it is my personal need to not feel confused, and this story left me feeling a bit light headed, as though I've just forgotten something...something that I'm sure I should remember, like how did I get to my desk? Or when did I start typing this review...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting book read all the stories in three hours definitely a melnick creation bizarre and crazy you will not want to put it downPublished 8 months ago by kevin
Yes, it's an oddie alright. But that's exactly what one should expect from one of bizarro's foremost writers. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Varjagr
This is a great collection of bizarro short stories. I've read a few of Mellick's books now and have yet to be disappointed with them, this one is no exception. Read morePublished 22 months ago by KateM
Not for the faint of heart, but great for the twisted mind! I am addicted to his books and you will too!Published 23 months ago by Della Holstrom
Got this on sale, a group of short stories each unique in their own way. I had a few visceral emotional responses while reading, which is rare for me these days. Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. J. W.
I purchased this as a joke; just to see what the heck was going through the authors mind. I have to admit it's so bizarre, it's kinda good.Published on July 23, 2013 by Alice
Kind of a few quick reads but a very fun and wild ride through the twisted mind of Carlton Mellick III again like a even crazier mini twilight zone series, with stds, hot shark... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by GFJII
Probably one of the best Bizarro collections by Carlton Mellick III. A rare treat of stories that are not too depressing, or too bizarre. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by S. Koch