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Zombies and Shit Paperback – October 17, 2010
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"It's fucking exhilarating--a tight, breakneck narrative and lots of awesome ultra-violence and quirky, distinct characters."
- BRIAN KEENE, author of The Rising and Dead Sea
"Unlike any zombie apocalypse novel you've ever read, Zombies and Shit takes the zombie mythology and reimagines it in a brutal reality game show like no other. Filled with sentient zombies, zombie smart cars, mechanized zombie dogs, and a cybernetic Mr. T, Zombies and Shit is part Running Man, part Battle Royale, part Lost, and all Carlton Mellick III."
- S. G. BROWNE, author of Breathers
"For fans of zombie fiction, this is an absolute MUST FUCKING READ!"
- JEFF BURK, author of Shatnerquake
"Crazy and delightful."
- JACK KETCHUM, author of The Woman and The Girl Next Door
From the Back Cover
"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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Top Customer Reviews
Each contestant is provided a bag with food, water, and a weapon. But the weapons are assigned specifically tailored to each contestants fighting prowess. From the irony of a small dagger to rocket launchers, contestants attempt to fight their way to the finish line.
Some volunteered themselves, some volunteered someone else and found themselves in the game, and the rest were victims of unfortunate circumstance.
A hippie wife and her author husband, an R&D nerd, a scorned game employee, merc punks with gadgets, Mr T (?!), a sexual deviant, a white supremacist, a gang leader and select members of his crew, a lizard mutant girl, a devout Christian, an ego maniacal self-proclaimed genius, an underage prostitute, and a few more are pitted against each other in addition to the most vicious pack of undead I've ever seen. Not to mention the wildly creative cyber zombie dogs, zombie pigs and elephants, smart zombie cars.
It's been a while since I've seen zombies begging for brains reminiscent of the 1985 campy Return of the Living Dead. Braaaaaains! Man oh man, did I laugh when one of the zombies began whining for brains in spanish. Cerebros!Read more ›
I say all this because Carlton Mellick's Zombies and Stuff is one of the zombie stories you SHOULD pay attention to. It's got a strong plot, unique characters, and a setting that provides a nice twist to the zombie apocalypse. It's set long after the zombie outbreak, and humanity has survived by relocating to an overcrowded island where there is a strict caste system. The people in the Copper Quadrant are surrounded by poverty, disease, and crime. The people in the Platinum Quadrant are ridiculously wealthy and get their kicks watching the reality show Zombie Survival. On this show, twenty citizens from Copper are drugged, kidnapped, and abandoned on the zombie-infested mainland to see who can be the last man standing.
The contestants include punks, prostitutes, cyborg mercenaries, a genetically engineered predator, and the T-2000 (with some average joes mixed in for a good body count). Only one of them will be allowed to escape the city and win the contest, so they not only have to beware the zombies, but also each other. Each character has a back story that lets you see who these people are, sometimes right before they're killed and eaten by zombies.Read more ›
This is one of the strangest books I have yet to read, with that said I got a huge flipping kick out of it! If you think you can handle some really crazy stuff and you are jonsezing for some zombie action - you should definitely give this book a try. It is a quick action packed read.
One of the things I loved about this book was the photo roster at the beginning of the book (and throughout the book). It shows you thumbnail black and white sketches of all 20 zombie survivalists. As you progress through the book it shows you the photo roster again a handful of times with the people that have had their goose cooked blacked out. An important thing to note is this book swaps points of view almost every chapter to a different character. One moment you think you know what is going to happen but the fact of the matter is - you really just can't - not with this author Mellick.
Some of this had me laughing out loud, while a few short bits had me biting back the bile rising in my throat. I think it gives you a real glimpse into what could potentially happen if the zombie crud were to really hit the fan. It's sick, twisted, with dark humor and a few unexpected heartwarming moments. This goes way beyond gritty. I highly recommend it to the veteran zombie fan who is in need of something new!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a very intresting twist on zombies. There were a few things here and there that were out of my league but I pushed past. Overall a good read!Published 2 months ago by Kieff
Along with a clever, unpredictable, and highly entertaining concept and plot, Zombies and S**t shows off how masterful of a character creator Carlton Mellick III truly is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelby Losack
Without doubt Mellicks best book! Don't waste your time reading reviews, just buy it and get ready to get mindf***ed :)Published 10 months ago by Fiskhumla
Disappointing. I really enjoyed Ape Shit, but this one was a slog all the way through. At least it has Mr T.Published 12 months ago by James the Very Bad Person
Zombies and Shit is the first bizarro fiction I have read.
I was expecting it to be crazier than it was; however, it was better than I expected. Read more
‘Zombies and S***’ follows a group of characters picked out of the poor quadrant of a dystopian future New York, and ditched on a zombie infested island for the televised... Read morePublished 18 months ago by chettsgenie
This book has all the blood, gore, sex, and humor that any good zombie story needs. Hardcore and badass! Two thumbs up, Mellick!Published 20 months ago by Valerie Walter
At first, I thought this was going to be a total "poop" show of a book, but really got into at the end. It's like if Tarantino wrote a short zombie novel.Published 22 months ago by Luke
This is probably one of my favorite Mellick books and I have read a bunch of them. A totally different take on the zombie genre and one that does as the introduction by Brian Keene... Read morePublished 23 months ago by R. Moschgat