Brian Keene on “Apeshit”

Every year around this time, bestselling horror author Brian Keene lists his top ten reads of the year. This year, out of 246 books, he ranked my book Apeshit at #6.

This is what he had to say:

6. APESHIT by Carlton Mellick III – If there has ever been a more apt title for a novel, I don’t know what it is. Apeshit is Carlton Mellick’s absolutely ape-shit bizarro homage to the 80’s slasher genre. It has all the trappings. A carload of surplus, expendable teenagers. A remote, backwoods cabin. Strange local inhabitants. A killer lurking in the woods. But these tropes are soon vivisected, examined and then sewn together into new things, as the best fiction of the bizarro genre often does. Hilarious, insightful and absolutely over-the-fucking-top, Apeshit will appeal to both traditional slasher fans and readers who want something a bit heavier. Plus, the scene with the girl who uses her own intestines as a rope is the grisliest – and funniest – thing I’ve read all year.

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