- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Eraserhead Press (September 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936383829
- ISBN-13: 978-1936383825
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Surreal humor usually works best in small doses. I’m a big fan of surreal short comedies like “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Children’s Hospital.” So I was initially worried about a full-length book that plays like a messed up Saturday Night Live sketch idea. And that’s basically what we have here, in this tale of a young man (who lives in a house made of legos) who finds out that his one night fling with a bubbly young woman (who happens to be a Princess of Hell) has resulted in one surprising bud in the oven. Throw in a drunken sumo, homicidal frat boys, the in-laws from hell (literally) and a family of Christians that are even worse---and you have a story that had me, from beginning to end, scratching my head and saying “What the F***??!”
But the thing is, I laughed my ass off from one end of the book to the other. The subject and theme may be off-the-wall weird, but that’s not to say it’s not written competently and professionally. I’ve read other “mainstream” books that I just had to put down halfway through because they, for one reason or another, just couldn’t command my attention or keep me engaged.
But then, there’s this creature. According to the introduction, Mellick began writing this as a joke, and fell in love with the story as it went on. It shows, from beginning to its messy but unexpectedly uplifting ending. It’s a strange little tale with sweetness, romance, bloody gore and a satisfying ending. The author himself, an auteur of oddball classics like “Razor Wire Public Hair” and “Baby Jesus Butt Plug” has personally claimed that he’s going to be upset if this romantic entry into his strange library ends up being the one he’s remembered for the most. He almost seems embarrassed that he came up with a tale that plays like a rom-com. With demons.
If you’re that concerned, Mellick, stop writing books this f***ing entertaining and readable. You’re going to give yourself a good name if you’re not careful. Well done.
Let's be real. If you are looking for literary genius it's unlikely you will have stumbled upon this title. Is Carlton the next Hemingway? Dose he posses the elegant english whimsy of Oscar Wilde? No. This book is not the center piece you throw on your shelf in hopes of convincing hipsters you're some sort of intellectual. However it is fun, and I mean LOTS of fun. If you are the sort of snobbish person who can't be bothered to read a book that won't boost your cred as a budding novelist it's likely you will not enjoy this. But let's face it, you've lost the true joy of reading year ago and have since traded it for re-runs of Hell's Kitchen and Saturday nights at martini bars. This book is too enjoyable! It's a page turner and it makes you feel guilty. Though less then fully developed the characters are easy to love, the plot all to relatable. This book literally made me cry (granted I am the kind of weirdo who spends his Wednesdays getting wasted alone and turning pages. Meaning, in a drunken state I will shed tears at anything that could be considered uplifting or slightly romantic). Is it worth owning as a physical copy? Yup. Me and my friends take this book to read out loud wile camping! Anyone who believes reading for joy still has place in this crazy modern world will love this book. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
Ps. Carlton Lives in Oregon. So if you are an Oregonian, like I am, I'm sure you will get a kick out of telling you're friends this books was birthed out of the weird and wild culture of Portland. Love you Carlton! look forward to bumping into you at some bar or another.
I mean: "his finest hour so far."
This book is exactly like a romantic comedy. Because it is one. And secretly, everybody likes romantic comedies. Those who speak out against them love them the most. (see how I did that? Now, anyone who comments on this review and says "I don't like romantic comedies!" will look like a fool who REALLY likes romantic comedies.)
It is the typical boy-meets-girl-but-girl-is-a-succubus-from-hell-and-she-is-carrying-the-boy's-child-and-wants-to-marry-him-but-first-she-takes-him-to-hell-to-meet-her-family-who-are-actually-nicer-than-the-boy's-family-story that we have all read and watched so many times before.
Mellick spares us none of the traditional romantic comedy trappings: The Sumo Wrestling Best Friend. The Christian Business Man and Kung-Fu Expert Brother-in-Law. The Man Who Lives In A Lego House.
Sure. We've seen it a hundred times.
But, somehow, Mellick manages to keep it all fresh. The plot never lags or suffers and the dialogue is witty and realistic.
Also, Mellick re-thinks the afterlife in a pretty interesting way, which I feel could be its own book. Even though it is only mentioned in, like, one or two chapters in this one. But still...
Seriously you need to read this.
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Mellick comes out swinging in this excellent bizarro tale. A wacky blend of romance, comedy, and Troma-type violence, I Knocked Up Satan's Daughter is...Read more