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"It's fucking exhilarating--a tight, breakneck narrative and lots of awesome ultra-violence and quirky, distinct characters."
- BRIAN KEENE, author of The Rising and Dead Sea

"Unlike any zombie apocalypse novel you've ever read, Zombies and Shit takes the zombie mythology and reimagines it in a brutal reality game show like no other. Filled with sentient zombies, zombie smart cars, mechanized zombie dogs, and a cybernetic Mr. T, Zombies and Shit is part Running Man, part Battle Royale, part Lost, and all Carlton Mellick III."
author of Breathers

"For fans of zombie fiction, this is an absolute MUST FUCKING READ!"
- JEFF BURK, author of Shatnerquake

"Crazy and delightful."
, author of The Woman and The Girl Next Door

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Praise for Carlton Mellick III
"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America." -- GOTHIC MAGAZINE
"Carlton is an acquired taste, but he hooks you like a drug." --HUNTER SHEA, author of Forest of Shadows
"The most original novelist working today? The most outrageous? The most unpredictable? These aren't easy superlatives to make; however, Carlton Mellick may well be all of those things, behind a canon of books that all irreverently depart from the form and concepts of traditional novels, and adventure the reader into a howling, dark fantasyland of the most bizarre, over-the-top, and mind-warping inventiveness." --EDWARD LEE, author of Header
"Carlton Mellick III is a genius with an insanely beautiful imagination." --JOE AUGUSTYN, writer of Night of the Demons
"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

"Mellick's career is impressive because, despite the fact that he puts out a few books a year, he has managed to bring something new to the table every time... Every Mellick novel is packed with more wildly original concepts than you could find in the current top ten New York Times bestsellers put together." --VERBICIDE
"Mellick's guerrilla incursions combine total geekboy fandom and love with genuine, unbridled outsider madness. As such, it borders on genius, in the way only true outsider art can." --FANGORIA
"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
"I'm a huuuuge Bizarro fan. This new strain of cheerfully transgressive weird fiction is to me the most vibrant, exciting, genre-mangling scene in all of strange literature today. And no one holds dominion over this blossoming underground phenomenon like the godfather of Bizarro, Carlton Mellick III. With the most impressive sideburns in imaginative lit since Isaac Asimov, and a brain that squirts out more shamelessly playful originality in any given chapter than most artists will accomplish in their entire lives, he's the poster boy. The Elvis. As well he should be." --JOHN SKIPP, co-author of The Bridge
"It's not unusual to blow through a Mellick book in one sitting. They're fast-paced with an endless number of surprises, making it tough not to keep turning pages. When the end comes, I'm left with that done-too-soon feeling that I always love experiencing." --RAZORCAKE
"A wormhole of disturbing surrealism and absurd satire." --VICE MAGAZINE
"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

"His fiction blends bizarre scenarios mixed with horror, action, and even more bizarre actions to create fiction that toes the line between the absurd and the dark places of the mind... Shocking yet entertaining" --THE EXAMINER

"I imagine Mellick as a Willy Wonka-type character, someone with personal access to another world, a world of his own creation, but due to its mind-bending energy, he's lost control of it, and it continues to thrive even without him there to pull the strings.  And I like the idea of that." --BOOKIE MONSTER

"The imp of the perverse." --3AM MAGAZINE
"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
"Discussing Bizarro literature without mentioning Mellick is like discussing weird-ass muttonchopped authors without mentioning Mellick." --CRACKED.COM
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (October 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383191
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carlton Mellick III is the Wonderland Book Award-winning author of over 45 novels, including Quicksand House, Bio Melt, Cuddly Holocaust and Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland. In 2013, he was named one of the top 20 science-fiction writers under the age of 40 by The Guardian UK.

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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ah, zombies. Like vampires before them, they are marching into that stale oblivion that we know as the mainstream. It's a shame really, especially if you were already a fan when the zombie boom hit. Thanks to that boom there are no shortage of books, movies, TV shows, and pop references to the shambling dead. This is both a good and bad thing. Back when zombies were rare, we appreciated them more. Now you have to slog through a lot of plain stuff that just uses the zombie formulas that are now classic. All so you can find a zombie story of ANY kind that does something truly different and interesting.

I say all this because Carlton Mellick's Zombies and Stuff is one of the zombie stories you SHOULD pay attention to. It's got a strong plot, unique characters, and a setting that provides a nice twist to the zombie apocalypse. It's set long after the zombie outbreak, and humanity has survived by relocating to an overcrowded island where there is a strict caste system. The people in the Copper Quadrant are surrounded by poverty, disease, and crime. The people in the Platinum Quadrant are ridiculously wealthy and get their kicks watching the reality show Zombie Survival. On this show, twenty citizens from Copper are drugged, kidnapped, and abandoned on the zombie-infested mainland to see who can be the last man standing.

The contestants include punks, prostitutes, cyborg mercenaries, a genetically engineered predator, and the T-2000 (with some average joes mixed in for a good body count). Only one of them will be allowed to escape the city and win the contest, so they not only have to beware the zombies, but also each other. Each character has a back story that lets you see who these people are, sometimes right before they're killed and eaten by zombies.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Troy Chambers on December 9, 2010
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Zombies have a tendency to show up in a lot in Bizarro novels, but usually not as a main theme. They generally just tend to be there, because everything can have some zombies in it and get a more awesome. I am a firm believe in the awesome power of Zombies.

Carlton Mellick III's newest novel 'Zombies and Sh:t' is just about zombies- though very much in Mellick's style. He's not the type to write us one of those 'mashup novels' of zombies and classic lit, or a dumb soap opera that happens to have people getting eaten by zombies, nope- what we get with Carlton Mellick's 'Zombies and Sh:t' is something a LOT more entertaining than that. Thank god.

It's 'Battle Royale' style: an array of really friggin' weird citizens from the post-zombie-apocalypse lower caste are kidnapped and dropped off in the middle of the Zombie wasteland, given a weapon, and told their only way out is on the helicopter deep into the zombie infested town. They are being filmed in reality TV show style for the amusement of the rich. The catch? There's only one spot available on the helicopter. Not only do they have to fight off the zombies, they also have to fight EACH OTHER if they want to escape and survive.

Mellick's talent for gifting us with an assembly of weirdos to populate his books is at its highest in 'Zombies and Sh:t'. I don't want to give much away about them- part of the fun of the book is following these people through and discovering more about their, uhh... 'quirks'. You'll have to read it see what I mean.

Easily my favorite part of this book though is the nature of the zombies themselves. These guys aren't just filler, they're not a big horde of cardboard cutout zombies. These are 'Return of the Living Dead' style zombies ('Braains!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wuchenich on July 5, 2011
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I LOVED this book. I can't ever recall having more fun reading a book. That's the key word - fun. At first, I thought it was going to be a train wreck. Having 20+ characters in a Battle Royale-esque style of literature sounds almost impossible to accomplish successfully. But holy crap, this kicked the teeth out of anything I expected. Backstories of all 20 contestants are seamlessly placed throughout carefully constructed chapters that detail the characters objectives. Finding out how everyone got to the situation they started in was as entertaining as the zombie gameshow itself. Oops... Yea, it's a gameshow - like The Running Man with zombies. And if you're a zombie movie nut, you'll be able to spot the individual inspirations from select zombie movies. Again, this is an awesomely fun read. One I don't want to disclose anything more about. Get this, and have fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Bookie Monster on January 30, 2014
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When the zombie outbreak caused the collapse of society fifty years ago, Neo New York was formed, along with the four quadrants; Platinum, Gold, Silver & Copper. Copper, home to the dredged of society became easy pickings for the contestant pool of a sick and twisted TV game show. A group of people wake up in the "Red Zone" after having been drugged and abducted. Now contestants in the game, they are told by a recorded voice they have three days to navigate to a helicopter that will transport only one person off the mainland and the winner will be granted access to live in the coveted platinum quadrant.

Each contestant is provided a bag with food, water, and a weapon. But the weapons are assigned specifically tailored to each contestants fighting prowess. From the irony of a small dagger to rocket launchers, contestants attempt to fight their way to the finish line.

Some volunteered themselves, some volunteered someone else and found themselves in the game, and the rest were victims of unfortunate circumstance.

A hippie wife and her author husband, an R&D nerd, a scorned game employee, merc punks with gadgets, Mr T (?!), a sexual deviant, a white supremacist, a gang leader and select members of his crew, a lizard mutant girl, a devout Christian, an ego maniacal self-proclaimed genius, an underage prostitute, and a few more are pitted against each other in addition to the most vicious pack of undead I've ever seen. Not to mention the wildly creative cyber zombie dogs, zombie pigs and elephants, smart zombie cars.

It's been a while since I've seen zombies begging for brains reminiscent of the 1985 campy Return of the Living Dead. Braaaaaains! Man oh man, did I laugh when one of the zombies began whining for brains in spanish. Cerebros!
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