- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Eraserhead Press (December 19, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933929561
- ISBN-13: 978-1933929569
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,357,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sausagey Santa Paperback – December 19, 2006
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"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America."
- GOTHIC MAGAZINE
"This generation's Vonnegut!"
--VINCENT W. SAKOWSKI
"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."
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After reading Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Angel" some years back, I didn't think there would ever be a book to top it. Last Christmas, I was proven wrong. I purposefully waited until December 23rd to read "Sausagey Santa", and boy did it pay off. This book MUST be read at holiday-time to enjoy the full effect. There's enough carnage, strange sex, manic comedy and all-out weirdness to satisfy even the most jaded Bizarro fan.
Needless to say, Mr. Mellick's masterpiece has become a holiday standby for me, along with "The Stupidest Angel" and Eraserhead Press's Mellick-edited "Christmas on Crack" collection.
So break out the pine scented air-fresheners, get yourself some Christmas cheer. Sausagey Santa demands it.
Put away the milk and cookies and bring out the beer. Forget the candles and singing and whip out the swords and a can of whoop ass. You have never read a Christmas story anything like this one. CM3 has done it again. Crazy, bloody, fun read. CM3 never lets the reader down. Anyone who likes Christmas...anyone who likes chicks in latex with a penchant for creating a lot of bloody havoc...anyone who like Burt Reynolds elves...get this book.
First, let me address the PROs. The story moves at a breakneck pace. The imagery is both weird and interesting. From the pirate-like Santa.. to the nazi snowmen.. to the giant frankenstein jack-in-the-box and the floating graveyards. And the elves. Oh, the elves!
It's also very funny. Carlton Mellick III really has this down to a science. He's clever as well as entertaining. Without a doubt, I will read this again.. probably around the holidays.
Now for the CONs. I myself have no problem with the book.. but many casual readers will whine about the length. Well, let me address this. Wouldn't you rather read a 100 page book that is jam packed with a good story instead of a 500 page novel that is chock full of scenes that could have been left on the cutting room floor? I would. I like short and sweet. And when people criticize his writing, calling it "juvenile" and whatnot.. That's absurd. Do writers have to use obscure hundred dollar words in order to be considered good? What about writers of children's books? They write simple stories with simple vocabulary and yet they win awards and respect. Just because we are adults does not mean we should lose that sense of fun and simplicity.
But don't get me wrong. There IS depth to Mellick's work. But it's just that he doesn't get bogged down with the whole snooty literature angle like many authors do. Instead, with his work, you get fun and bizarre literature that lampoons our society, religions, etc.
This is an excellent book right down to the cover art. I highly recommend it and I might consider giving copies out at Christmas.
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