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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press; First Ed edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971357234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971357235
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This generation's Vonnegut!" - VINCENT W. SAKOWSKI

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"This generation's Vonnegut!"
- VINCENT W. SAKOWSKI

"Carlton Mellick III has the craziest book titles... and the kinkiest fans!"
- CHRISTOPHER MOORE

"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America."
- GOTHIC MAGAZINE

"Mellick's imagination is boundless, and his writing truly shows this. His characters, plot, and writing style are original, enjoyable, and inspiring."
- LIONEL BIGSBY

"Mellick has definitely joined the ranks of the bizarre literary geniuses such as Burroughs, Philip K. Dick, and Vonnegut."
 - CHARLES GLOVER

"Carlton Melick 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

Like a real world Kilgore Trout, cult author CARLTON MELLICK III has been pumping out some of the weirdest, trashiest, most imaginative books that you'll never want to admit you secretly love.

His books are released on a quarterly basis (every January, April, July, and October).

Best known as one of the leading authors of the bizarro fiction movement in literature, he is also one of the most prolific authors of his generation with over 40 books in print since 2001. He won the Wonderland Book Award for his novel "Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland" and has had short stories make it into The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade.

Although many of his earliest works are on the surreal and experimental side, his current style is to take the most ridiculous concepts imaginable and approach them with complete sincerity, as if they are not intended to be ridiculous at all. Always full of tongue-in-cheek humor, social satire, and told in a simplistic straightforward prose style similar to that of children's literature or early pulp fiction, Carlton Mellick III's work is one of a kind, to say the least.

He lives in Portland, OR, the bizarro mecca.

Customer Reviews

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Before I begin, I'd like to preface this article by saying Satan Burger was the first Carlton Mellick book I ever read, and since then I have been hooked.
Adam Mills
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Marr on October 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Heaven is full and God has closed the gates. No more souls are accepted, so He discontinues death and creates a walm, a door that allows "toys" from other worlds to come in, for His entertainment.
Imagine a world gone boring. Nobody cares about anything, so they sit, stare at the wall and shrug. Imagine being one of the few, who still has an inclination to care, searching for their place in a bizarre and twisted life.
Such is Rippington, New Canada created by Carlton Mellick III. The cast of "punks" include Leaf an ex-drug addict who sees in third person through his God's eyes; Nan an ex-skinhead; Gin a conscious dead person whose body parts are alive courtesy of Satan's touch; and Vodka and Christian who appear to be the most normal out of the bunch. Then you have Satan ... THE Satan ... who opens a chain of restaurants called Satan Burger. You can eat there free, but it comes with a price.
SATAN BURGER isn't for those who only like pure and pretty things. It's a weird and perverted tale, but if you're bored with your usual normal range of taste, start with this novel.
Pick this book up with an open mind or you'll never make it past the cover art. Which would be a shame, because SATAN BURGER is an utterly fascinating, inventive and oftentimes hilarious read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Adam Mills on January 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
Before I begin, I'd like to preface this article by saying Satan Burger was the first Carlton Mellick book I ever read, and since then I have been hooked.

The world has changed. The people are no longer entertained by it, and neither is God. He has grown bored of the human race, and so he's created the Walm, a giant vagina-like portal, out of which come strange, alien creatures.

But there are a few people left who don't just stare at the wall and shrug, who care about life. Meet Leaf, a drug deranged loser who could be the other son of God, the unwanted screw-up, and his equally weird friends, as they team up with the devil in the hope of finding their place in a broken world.

You can only begin to understand the surreal world from Mellick's brilliantly twisted mind seen through Leafs Acid Ocean Eyes; Satan Burger has an ending that will leave you in blissful awe. This is one of those select few books that will leave you both satisfied and begging for more, and will undoubtedly stay with you for your entire life.

To call Carlton Mellick III a genius would be like calling a blue whale "pretty big".
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By gcon on January 28, 2004
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with all the hype, i expected an extreme book that is sacriligious and raw and whatnot, but it isn't. the story is different, well told, and interesting. the book is well written, flows nicely, and has an interesting bunch of characters. at times the words are poetic, and there is one scene that was so well written i could see what was happening. the book is odd, has some odd philosopy, and an interesting take on the invention of the sandwich. i'm glad i bought the book, it is in no way cookie cutter.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lionel Bigsby on August 31, 2005
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This book truly is one of my all-time favorite works of fiction. This is saying a lot, as I have been an avid reader since childhood and have read multitudes of books from almost as many authors. Carlton Mellick's "Satan Burger" sets itself apart from the rest however, and stands out among the rest of the books in my collection. I first read this around two and a half years ago, and after re-reading it twice it has only gotten better. Mellick's imagination is boundless, and his writing truly shows this. You can tell that he is enjoying creating the fantastic world that "Satan Burger" takes place in almost as much as you enjoy losing yourself in it. His characters, plot, and writing style are original, enjoyable, and inspiring. Anyone who enjoys the pure, euphoric high of imagination needs to read this, and then tell a friend about it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Krall on September 14, 2007
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Okay, okay. I've heard enough about the so-called juvenile shock tactics that people accuse this book of having. It's untrue, plain and simple

This is a complex and entertaining book about a really, really screwed-up future. It's punk rock surrealism, baby. It's gonna be weird, it's gonna be off-the-wall. But it's also gonna be fun as hell.

Let's get serious. There is crazy stuff that goes on in this book. If you are a Christian, you probably shouldn't read this. If you like your sci-fi by the book, you probably shouldn't read this. However, if you like your futuristic tales splashed with a healthy dose of bizarro, then by all means, read SATAN BURGER. If you have a warped sense of humor, then by all means, read SATAN BURGER.

Carlton Mellick makes some pretty interesting observations about religion, music "scenes", consumerism, society, and human nature in general. Despite the sometimes gruesome imagery and the sex-death-blasphemy that abounds, the author has a lot to say about religion and life. You'll find yourself being forced to THINK about things while reading this book. It's not just entertainment, really. Well, at least in my experience.

The organization of the book was also pretty interesting. (Act One, etc).

CONS: The book could have probably been shorter. I found that it dragged in parts. Still, that's not enough reason to not read the book. You'll enjoy it if you like your fiction weird and with a sense of humor. If you don't mind an author making fun of religion, this is for you. If you don't mind an author making fun of people in general, this is for you.

There is enough imagination in this book to power a whole series of books.
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