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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (August 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Carlton Mellick III

"Another fine bizarro outing from Mellick III, with plenty of twisted imagery, sex scenes, and outlandish violence...CANNIBALS is a satisfying read for fans of the demented."

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

"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."
, 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."

"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."

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

Fun, quick read.
It's like a really twisted Hansel and Gretel meets Cannibal Holocaust with spicy-sweet sex the way only Mr. Mellick can imagine it.
Kevin Shamel
THis is one of the coolest stories I have ever read.
Dustin Reade

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Shamel on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Carlton Mellick III says that the Candyland in his book, THE CANNIBALS OF CANDYLAND, isn't really the Candyland of the board game. He says there's " Molasses Swamp or Gumdrop Pass, nor any character from Candyland." He readily admits, however, that the game is indeed the inspiration for the story. He says so right at the beginning of the book. This scares the sweets out of the tiny child inside you the whole time that you read it.

Don't worry--the adult in you will have bouts of sweaty fright, too. The images of candy people biting into people-parts will flash across my mind's eye every time I see hard candy from now on, I'm sure.

This is a pure delight of a horror story. Boogeyman freakout to the extreme. The story follows a man named Franklin on his quest to prove that the candy people are real and responsible for killing his siblings when they were all children. And that the monsters continue to abduct and kill kids. It's what drives him in life.

Franklin ends up in the very secret Candyland. He even finds the horrible, sexy, insane, dominatrix peppermint strawberry woman that killed his brother and sisters. And she finds him. Franklin learns what it means to be a candy person.

This is one excellent book. Scary, riveting, interesting, funny, weird, and tasty. There are marshmallow animals, sinister little gumdrop critters, a ridiculously manly candy man named Licorice, and other horrible cannibalistic monsters. It's like a big bite of bloody cotton candy, or like licking a strawberry lollipop to get to the sexy center.

I've been reading quite a bit of Carlton Mellick's books lately. This is definitely one of my favorites. It's like a really twisted Hansel and Gretel meets Cannibal Holocaust with spicy-sweet sex the way only Mr. Mellick can imagine it. In Candyland.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik Smith on September 26, 2009
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Franklin Pierce has been obssesed with the candy people, ever since he witnessed one kill his brother and sisters. One night, he follows a candy person into candyland, and that is when things get really weird.
Don't be afraid try "bizarro" stories. Carlton Mellick III has a crisp, clean writing style; it's just his ideas that are weird, in the best way. The Cannibals Of Candyland is a strange ride through a world of candy coated flesh eaters. Franklin Pierce's trials and tribulations, as he tries to avenge his murdered siblings..., well, if you like something different, and definitely fun, read The Cannibals Of Candyland. You will never look at candy the same way, again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon" on April 7, 2010
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this is the first book I read from this mellick dude, who was recommended to me by a friend. i was surprised at how well-written it was. simple prose with the sledge-hammer delicacy that reminded me of the late richard brautigan...sort of 'in-your-face-but-not-really'. seriously, his style is casual and laid back, but it gets harsh when it needs to be. he can get vivid when describing a cannibal eating a person alive, but he knows when to put down the dagger and pick up the quill. gruesome or intense when describing cannibalism or other 'enticing' human pursuits that require more than one participant, but he knows how to tell a story and tell it in a way that keeps you turning pages. speaking as someone who rarely eats human flesh, i found it a book that was real easy to 'wolf down'. this is an author i want to read more from. he has a good imagination and a talent for spinning a fine, if not sick and twisted yarn...i can recommend this's a nourishing tale...for the cannibal in all of us.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Townsend on February 28, 2012
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The adage that you can't judge a book by its cover applies here. Unfortunately, the evocative enticement of this one's cover art is seriously misleading. The story starts off ok, but how much of that is anticipation from the hype you've read? I was expecting it to get all deep, horrible, twisted, at any moment -- like some new designer drug. But alas that moment never comes. This is more like smoking banana peels. What we have here is a moderately skilled writer who would *like* to get crazy, but really doesn't know how. What actually happens is we go from the exotic and mysterious realm of our expectations, down the valley of surprising non-events, onto the dreary plain of make-it-up-as-you-go-along. Once there, we must slog through to the bitter end, seeing as how it is not that far now and we bought it new. What we're wondering now is, who wrote the book we were expecting, and where do we buy it?

When I read this, I had not heard the author was "influenced" by Dahl, instead I kept feeling pestered by the familiarity of it on some level, until suddenly I realized -- this guy is trying to write like Roald Dahl. Then I made the connection between this candy and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other books by that truly unique author. But unlike with Dahl there is no deep concept from which the whole has sprung. The author merely appears to be trying to find the acceptable compromise between what is too disgusting, too pornographic, or too antisocial to actually sell, yet is still somehow shocking and interesting and groundbreaking. That IMO is the totality of his idea -- that and "hey, I should try to imitate Roald Dahl, he's sort of like that".
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