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Kill Ball Paperback – October 1, 2012
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"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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All Colin ever desired in life was to be able to find a romantic partner, to be able to hold and touch another individual, and to feel something beside the inside of his personal plastic bubble. Colin's dreams come true when he has an unusual lap dance with a mystical stripper who can seemingly make metaphysical contact with him. After discovering the sensation of touch, Colin begins pursuing the stripper after-hours, convinced that he is destined to be with the stripper forever. Enter the Kill Ball, a psychopathic anonymous murderer who has been gutting women - primarily strippers - in a strange, almost Jack the Ripper-like fashion. Unfortunately, Colin's love interest is in a profession that is the target of this evil being....
Overall, I found Mellick's novella to be interesting and entertaining. Mellick's exploration of love and the desire to be with others is intriguing, and I often thought of the plastic spheres as the author's way of examining disabilities and the ability for mankind to triumph over life's limitations. The book was short and sassy, with a few memorable points, even if the book itself was, in my opinion, not as hard-hitting or strong as Mellick's previous works.
For anyone looking for a quirky, fun, very-CM3-work-of-literature, Kill Ball will not disappoint.
There are probably a few plot holes that could be picked here, but the insanity level is so high that if you're actually going to attempt to pick holes in the logic your brain is liable to melt out of your ears. Don't say I didn't warn you! Anyway, for me this was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It was a cool idea that panned out very well and springs a few surprises, one of which made me laugh out loud. I was hooked from start to finish, and I loved the sense of humour and the general weirdness of it all. The combination of mystery thriller and strange romance with science fiction elements and dystopian setting melded into a uniquely satisfying story and one I won’t soon forget. Mellick is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
This really is a must read for anyone who is sick to death of predictable plots. It’s definitely weird, but it’s also one of the best books I’ve read in ages. Highly recommended.
What;s really interesting is while everyone else picks up on the bubble boy theme and the homage to these murder stories, what really took me by surprise was the message about censorship and religious groups in it.
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Mellick sometimes does this thing where he takes a patently silly/ridiculous idea (like everyone in the world living in bubbles) and structures an entire book around it and treats the idea completely seriously. His book Cybernetrix is like this. That one is about a man whose world is slowly morphing into the world of Tron. It sounds like a totally dumb idea for a book, but Mellick treats the idea with respect and what results is a work of art. Same with this book. It takes a dumb idea and runs with it and in the end you see that all along the dumb idea was actually a brilliant idea.
Lest you think I'm bashing the book by calling its central concept "dumb", that's not what I'm trying to do. I actually love this book, just like I love films from Troma or John Waters. It's pure unpretentious art and a celebration of the imagination and it shows the love that Mellick has for his ideas and characters.
"Kill Ball" is one of my favorite types of CM3 books (they come in different flavors). It's delicious.
If you are a lover of the strange and bizarre who also enjoys old horror movies, this is the book for you.
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I'm such a big fan of both Carlton mellick iii & bizzaro!