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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929668
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Carlton Mellick III

"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

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.

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The Japanese characters.
J. Krall
Mellick is one of the very few authors that has such a distinct style, I can read a couple sentences anywhere in the book and know he is the author.
William M Miller
Again CM3 does a great job on the commentary of our suburbs and makes it seem like a very scary wasteland.
Buckeye Nick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 100-letter thunder-word on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this novella, but not as much as other Mellick works.

The theme -- that there is something truly monstrous about bland corporate suburbia -- is one I can appreciate, but I think it could have been presented with a bit more subtlety, as it comes off somewhat heavy-handed.

But if you can get past this theme slapping you across the face, you'll find an ultra fun story that bends reality in a way only CM3 can. The book is tight, quick, and extremely to the point, and I like that.

And about that lack of subtlety I mentioned: One often gets the feeling that CM3 is deliberately being unsubtle in his books, and this creates a hard-to-describe effect which often twists around and redeems the book's lack of subtlety. If you are a fan of trashy cinema and other forms of lowbrow art, you're probably familiar with this effect. There is definitely some of that at work in this book; I just don't think it works as artfully as in Mellick's other books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gina Ranalli on June 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Tony and Tammy are late for a business dinner party. Nothing too serious at first but soon they discover that the gated community where Tammy's boss lives is an impossible maze to navigate, especially due to the fact that all the streets and houses look exactly alike.
Eventually, they find themselves just driving around aimlessly, hoping they'll catch a break somewhere and that Tammy's boss doesn't fire her for being so tardy.
And so begins the strange adventure that is Mellick's Ultra "Flippers". Immediately hilarious as well as a scathing social satire along the lines of his previous novel, The Menstruating Mall, this book is probably one of Mellick's most accessible for those unfamiliar with his work. More absurd than extreme--my own personal preference--it has easily climbed to the top of my favorites list, proving yet again exactly why Carlton Mellick III is the king of the new bizarro genre. Clever and entertaining, this is the perfect read for anyone sitting outside the box of "normality" and shaking their heads at the medicated masses of our current culture. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Moschgat Jr. on February 5, 2011
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I won't bore you with what the book is about as you can find all of that in the product description and from other reviews.
As the title of my review stated the book is short (around 90 pages) but Mellick doesn't waste any of your time with fluff. He gets straight to to the point and you'll have fun wondering where the story is headed and how it will end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin T. Grimbol on July 9, 2011
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This book really creeped me out. It's about a man getting stuck in a massive gated suburban community. No one lives in this community except for strangely subdued robot-like people that function more like ordainments. Everything is so clean and well kept that it made my flesh goose-bumpy with horror.
Its an incredibly short novel. But so much is packed into this little beast and it sucks you in fully, immersing you into the world the narrator is describing. I read it in one sitting but by the time I was done I thought I was gone for weeks.
At first I hated the title. But now that I think back to it, it seems perfect. Its named after a punk band. And I found that the book is also about what punk is in a strange way. At one point he runs into a group of Japanese punks. They don't say much that makes sense but they are incredibly endearing characters.
I loved this book. The ending is beautiful . Easily one of Mellicks best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meridian on July 5, 2011
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Tony and Tammy are running late to a dinner party being given by Tammy's boss. As soon as they drive into the gated community, they find themselves in the middle of a maze of identical streets and houses. Tony is lost. Not only does he lose his way, but he also loses his wife. Now is he faced with trying to find his missing wife, running out of gas, and possibly starving, as he cannot find his way out of the neighborhood either. And that is just the beginning...

Mellick has done it again. I really loved this book. Not only is it relatable, as I'm sure most people have felt suffocated by the stereotypical sheep-like suburbs in Western society, but most people have been lost at some point. This story is more subtle than his other stories, which I definitely appreciated, but at the same time, it is very eerie. And let's not forget the cover...so cool!

This is a great book to start virgin bizarro readers on, but that is not to say that any bizarro fan, new or seasoned, wouldn't like this book. It is creepy, fun, and a little slice of Mellick heaven.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Surferofromantica on October 16, 2011
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I became intrigued by this book as I am a major fan of the Japanese Band Ultra F*****s, so I ordered this from Amazon. When I got it, I found out that it was not a novel but a novella, and slim one at that: it's 95 pages long, printed in large font, generously spaced and with plenty of white area (including 2-3 pages between each of the book's eight chapters), the tale probably has only about 20,000 words; I'd call it a short story in book format.

Author Carlton Mellick III is ambitious, trying to create a new literary genre called "bizarro", although there's nothing too bizarre about this book, which seems to be largely modeled on the Guitar Wolf movie, "Wild Zero". In the tale, our heroes Tony and Tammy drive into an Arizona gated community where every home looks the same, quickly becoming lost to the world. The gated community becomes a maze, the homes and their inhabitants inhuman and sterile, a one-eyed girl with a goldfish mohawk (that's the "bizarre" of bizarro talking there) enters the picture, as eventually also do the Ultra F*****s themselves, Kawai Kazui, Tom Nagata and Izumi Headache. The Ultra F*****s leave destruction wherever they go, spouting nonsense phrases "Ultra jet lifestyle! Ultra **** them dead", making it clear that Mellick has never really observed the actual Ultra F*****s themselves, which have plenty of nonsense phrases of their own, like "Do you like punk? We are psychedelic warrior" and so many others. The story ends with a revelation of sorts and another orgy of destruction. Mmmm...
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