Archive for the surrealism Category

OUT NOW: “Quicksand House”

Posted in absurdism, Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, Carlton Mellick III, Fiction, horror, surrealism on July 18, 2013 by carltonmellick

My 41st book is now available. This is a book I’ve had in my head for over 15 years, but I didn’t feel I was ready to write it until now. It’s a bit longer than my most recent books and perhaps one of my best. This is for those who prefer my darker and more serious work (like The Egg Man) over my campy/trashy comical stuff (like Morbidly Obese Ninja).

QUICKSAND HOUSE

“You must never leave the nursery. If you leave, you will certainly die.”

Tick and Polly have never met their parents before. They live in the same house with them, they dream about them every night, they share the same flesh and blood, yet for some reason their parents have never found the time to visit them even once since they were born. Living in a dark corner of their parents’ vast crumbling mansion, the children long for the day when they will finally be held in their mother’s loving arms for the first time… But that day seems to never come. They worry their parents have long since forgotten about them.

When the machines that provide them with food and water stop functioning, the children are forced to venture out of the nursery to find their parents on their own. But the rest of the house is much larger and stranger than they ever could have imagined. The maze-like hallways are dark and seem to go on forever, deranged creatures lurk in every shadow, and the bodies of long-dead children litter the abandoned storerooms. Every minute out of the nursery is a constant battle for survival. And the deeper into the house they go, the more they must unravel the mysteries surrounding their past and the world they’ve grown up in, if they ever hope to meet the parents they’ve always longed to see.

Like a survival horror rendition of Flowers in the Attic, Carlton Mellick III’s Quicksand House is his most gripping and sincere work to date.

AVAILABLE AT WWW.AMAZON.COM

OUT NOW: “Village of the Mermaids”

Posted in Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, Carlton Mellick III, David Lynch, eraserhead press, mermaids, surrealism on April 9, 2013 by carltonmellick

Here it is. My 40th book is in print and now available at amazon.com. 40th book release? That sounds like a call for celebration. It’s also my ten year anniversary of being able to quit the day job and write for a living. I think I’m getting some Super Dog IPA at Lucky Lab Brewery tonight.

This book is my April release (next one will come out in July). This book contains another bonus comic at the end.

Also: mermaids!

mermaids

VILLAGE OF THE MERMAIDS

MERMAID [mur-meyd] noun — a rare species of fish evolved to resemble the appearance of a woman in order to attract male human prey.

Mermaids are protected by the government under the Endangered Species Act, which means you aren’t able to kill them even in self-defense. This is especially problematic if you happen to live in the isolated fishing village of Siren Cove, where there exists a healthy population of mermaids in the surrounding waters that view you as the main source of protein in their diet.

The only thing keeping these ravenous sea women at bay is the equally-dangerous supply of human livestock known as Food People. Normally, these “feeder humans” are enough to keep the mermaid population happy and well-fed. But in Siren Cove, the mermaids are avoiding the human livestock and have returned to hunting the frightened local fishermen. It is up to Doctor Black, an eccentric representative of the Food People Corporation, to investigate the matter and hopefully find a way to correct the mermaids’ new eating patterns before the remaining villagers end up as fish food. But the more he digs, the more he discovers there are far stranger and more dangerous things than mermaids hidden in this ancient village by the sea.

Like a Lovecraftian version of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Village of the Mermaids is a dystopian mystery that proves once again how cult author Carlton Mellick III brings the weird to a whole new level.

AVAILABLE AT WWW.AMAZON.COM

Village of the Mermaids – Preview

Posted in absurdism, Bizarro Fiction, Carlton Mellick III, dark comedy, mermaids, surrealism, twin peaks, Uncategorized on April 3, 2013 by carltonmellick

This is a deleted scene from my book, Village of the Mermaids, which will soon be available at amazon.com. It introduces the character of Doctor Black. The scene takes place before the book begins and can be read as a stand-alone story.

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OUT NOW: Hammer Wives

Posted in Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, Carlton Mellick III, eraserhead press, Fiction, horror, surrealism, zombies on February 11, 2013 by carltonmellick

My third story collection is now available.

HAMMER WIVES

Fish-eyed mutants, oceans of insects, and flesh-eating women with hammers for heads.

Like a real world Kilgore Trout, cult author Carlton Mellick III has been pumping out dozens of the weirdest, trashiest, most imaginative books you’ve probably never heard of… even though you definitely should. Hammer Wives collects six of his most popular novelettes and short stories, including:

SIMPLE MACHINES
A man discovers that his body is actually a machine run by dozens of miniature clones of himself.

RED WORLD
A recovering junky must save his 8-year-old brother from a life of prostitution in a surreal version of New York City… a place where street kids mutate into fish-like creatures, the homeless stilt-walk through oceans of insects, and the only colors left visible to the human eye are shades of red.

HAMMER WIVES
A young man inherits ten eternally youthful wives from an estranged uncle he never knew he had… which wouldn’t have been such a bad thing if they didn’t have giant hammers for heads or a tendency of bludgeoning people to death for fun, food, or sexual pleasure.

LEMON KNIVES ‘N’ COCKROACHES
Cockroach-like children survive the zombie apocalypse by hiding between the walls of on old school building.

WAR PIG
In a steam-powered underworld, a bloodthirsty pig-man boxer will sacrifice everything to prevent his son from following in his footsteps.

THE MAN WITH THE STYROFOAM BRAIN
The recently departed reflect on the stupid reasons why they sold their souls to the devil.

AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM

Bizarro Christmas Recommendations

Posted in Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, Carlton Mellick III, christmas books, eraserhead press, surrealism on December 17, 2012 by carltonmellick

Here are some bizarro books you can shove in your stocking!

They are available at amazon.com and other online retailers. It’s not quite too late to order from amazon to get these in time for Christmas, especially if you have Amazon Prime. You probably should sign up for Prime anyway if you don’t have it already. It’s worth it to always have free 2-day shipping.

BIZARRO CHRISTMAS BOOKS

sausagey santachristmas on cracksanta steps outsanta conquers the homophobes

NEW BOOKS BY ME

kill balltumor fruithandsome squirmarmadillo fists

NEW BOOKS BY ERASERHEAD PRESS

unicorn battle squaddie you doughnut bastardsspace walrusbest bizarro fiction of the decade

Works in Progress

Posted in Bizarro Fiction, Carlton Mellick III, post-apocalypse, surrealism on November 21, 2012 by carltonmellick

Kill Ball was the last book of mine to be released this year, but I’ll have a new book called “Cuddly Holocaust” coming out the first week of January. More info on that one next week.

Here is a list of books I am currently working on. I have no idea when they will be finished or released, but I thought you might be interested in what I’ve been working on.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Cuddly Holocaust – final draft stages
Hammer Wives - my next collection. Just need to finish the title story.
As She Stabbed Him Gently in the Face – bizarro serial killer story
Village of the Mermaids – a story about vampire mermaids and human livestock.
Pippi of the Apocalypse – the third book in the wolf women series.
Wonka - retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in apocalyptic Beyond Thunderdome setting.
Quicksand House – quiet bizarro
Seven Cyborgs – bizarro sci-fi retelling of 7 Samurai
The Super Evils – bizarro superhero story
Clusterfuck – a follow-up to Apeshit

Bizarro Brigade Exclusives
these won’t be for sale to the general public.

Skinhead Girls – unreleased early work very similar to Satan Burger.
The Secret Adventures of Dr. Seuss – kinky Seuss world book.

 

OUT NOW: “Ugly Heaven”

Posted in Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, Carlton Mellick III, surrealism on May 24, 2012 by carltonmellick

My novella Ugly Heaven is finally back in print and is now available at amazon.com.

UGLY HEAVEN

Heaven is no longer a paradise. It was once a blissful utopia full of wonders far beyond human comprehension. But that was a long, long time ago. The afterlife is now in ruins. It has become an ugly, lonely wasteland populated by strange monstrous beasts, masturbating angels, and sad man-like beings wallowing in the remains of the once-great Kingdom of God.

As two men die and awake in Heaven, they find themselves inside of new bodies with strange alien skin. They no longer remember their previous lives. All they really know is that the afterlife is a horrible, ugly place. Desperately seeking answers, allies, and refuge, these two newcomers explore this surreal world. But what they will soon find is that Heaven has become a place not that much different from Hell.

Available at amazon.com

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