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Ugly Heaven Paperback – May 9, 2012
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"...an extremely odd tale that is a seriously screwed up mind trip through a dead Heaven which has become a destroyed land of terrible beauty and elegant ugliness."
- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
Praise for Carlton Mellick III
- 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."
- 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."
- DETAILS MAGAZINE
Top Customer Reviews
This is a warped version of heaven, though. God is missing and presumed dead. Everybody looks weird. Shadows chase people around and latch onto them.You can still die in this heaven, and that death is presumably final. There are monsters and dangers everywhere.
The story about a couple of guys called Tree and Salmon who arrive in heaven together. They meet lots of strange people and have adventures, but there's no real resolution to the story. It's still good, but the ending just feels like the end to a chapter not the end of a story.
The book is very simple, Heaven had morphed from paradise to a warped nightmare. Two men wake up in heaven only to find that it has been populated with odd looking beings that may or may not be human, and a landscape that seems as if it could come from a Salvador Dali painting. As these men navigate this landscape, they try to find out how they got there and most of all, where is GOD and why would he change heaven to such an "Ugly" place.
This book feels like the literary equivalent of Lynch's "Eraserhead" a series of disjointed moments that have some cohesive narrative but overall is filled with such hallucinatory images that it is meant to unnerve. I for one was unnerved severely.
The one thing that is unique to this book is Mellick's use of language in terms of describing the world and how it looks and feels. It is all very oddball and doesn't quite make sense but therein lies the charm of this novella.
If you're looking for a book that spells everything out in black and white, if you want a book that has a simple 3 act structure, if you just want a happy read, this is not your book. This is a disturbing ride and it is well worth the price of shipping.
Think you know heaven? Prepare yourself, you may not like what you find out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not for the faint of heart, but great for the twisted mind! I am addicted to his books and you will too!Published on March 18, 2014 by Della Holstrom
It seems the farther you travel into this so called heaven the worse off you are. As the characters go deeper and deeper you start to wonder yourself if it is truly heaven or just... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Gary J.
Heaven is not at all like you've been told it is. It's not a paradise. It's broken down,somehow. God might be in a far off city, or he/she/it might not be. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by FabulousRaye