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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."
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"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (June 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven R. Shroyer on October 2, 2012
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I love a good zombie novel. I may have read about a dozen in the few years since the walking dead became more than just fodder for bad Italian splatter films and cheaply made Drive-In fodder. That being said, I have never read anything like this book.

The book takes place during the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Our narrator lives in an apartment building populated by freakish humans, an odd cult, and metallic monstrosities known as "Tik Worms" that turn people into freakish metal/human hybrids. When he finds out how to make a human being out of an odd assortment of parts that may or may not be human, he decides to make a companion. But his companion, Cyn, has some odd quirks, such as cannibalism and a necrophilia and these become apparent as time goes on. But, things are about to change for them. Help is coming in the form of a team of aliens that look like the rejects of a bad Kaiju kids show. But are they the heroes or the villains?

Right in the intro to this book, Carlton Mellick III explain that this book is an homage to Japanese Cyberpunk films like Tetsuo the Iron Man, which is one of my new favorite films. I can definitely see the similarities when it comes to the role of the "Tik Worms". Yet this book is so much deeper than some kind of homage to Shinya Tsukamoto and George Romero's third "Dead" Film "Day of the Dead".

The underlying theme is that no matter how much we try to shut out the outside world we need to let some things in, primarily love. This book is an ode to the need for companionship and interpersonal relationships in our lives and how it makes us human. This is a complex idea, an idea that is not normally found in an author's early work. particularly a young author.

This book is a great quick read.
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This book is very strange. It reads in a stream of consciousness sort of way. So if you can get into this character's head you can get into the strangeness that lies within the story. The story takes place during the zombie apocalypse however the zombie apocalypse s not the point of the story, it is just the setting. The character builds his own wife out of spare body parts like some sort of voodoo build a bear thing and that isn't even scratching the surface of how strange this story gets. I can go on for days about it but you should just read it for yourself. It is definitely some crazy CM3 bizarro.
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A Zombie type book but not truly a story about the zombies as much as it was to find a soul mate. Set in a post zombie apaclyptic world that wants nothing more than to end all human life as we know it. But not just the zombies as much as the metalic parasites that too are overrunning this world too. When the last of the known somewhat still humans try to help get a few more living salvagable humans to safety it becomes and all out race for life and a twisted love. A typical twisted ride once again through the mind of Carlton Mellick III. AAA+++
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I loved this story; all of Carlton Merrick's work is strange and unusual, but this one is my favorite. It was creepy and twisted, with a touch of awkward sweetness, and was a really well done, not cliche, zombie thriller. The only thing I dislike about any of Carlton Merrick's books are I wish they were longer. I get so into the freaky world he's created, and then it's over!
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