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Coming in 2011

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on January 19, 2011 by carltonmellick

This year I’ve got quite a few new books coming out, as well as many re-issues of older books.

    Coming in Winter/Spring 2011:

WAR SLUT
This is a first of many older books to be re-issued with new cover art, as well as some minor editing work.

CRAB TOWN

A bizarro bank heist novella.

THE MORBIDLY OBESE NINJA

My second short story collection, finally coming out after a decade. The title novella is about a cyberpunk ninja that is 700 pounds of pure badassery.

BARBARIAN BEAST BITCHES OF THE BADLANDS

A collection of three novellas that take place before, after, and during the events of Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland

    In the works:

SEVEN CYBORGS
A bizarro retelling of Seven Samurai, in outer space.

THE HANDSOME SQUIRM
A pregnant demon arrives at the door of a young man’s house. It turns out that she is a succubus who visited him in his sleep nine months ago. She says he’s the father of her child and wants to move in with him, get married, and raise the kid together. The problem is, he is already in love with another woman and has no intention of marrying this demon. But once her father, Satan himself, comes into the picture he realizes it’s not going to be so easy to get out of his responsibilities. Basically, this book will be kind of a fucked up version of a romantic comedy.

THE SUPER EVILS
Captain Explode-O wants more than anything to be the greatest superhero on Earth. Unfortunately, his super power is the ability to make babies explode. Captain Explode-O tries to use his powers for good, but once he explodes three babies in order to prevent a convenience store robbery he inadvertently becomes the nation’s most hated super villain. Depressed and riddled with guilt, he vows never to use his powers ever again…but he might not have a choice once The Super Evils — the most evil league of super villains this side of the planet — try to recruit him as their new leader.

There might be more books coming out in 2011, but we’ll have to wait and see. Sometimes I’ll drop everything to write something new.

Brian Keene votes “Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland” one of the best books of 2010

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, horror on January 3, 2011 by carltonmellick

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On his blog today, bestselling horror writer Brian Keene, mentions my book Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland as one of his top ten reads of 2010.

This is what he has to say:

…this is one of Mellick’s best — and most accessible — works to date. In a post-apocalyptic future where people live in a socialist mega-city run by the McDonald’s Corporation, those who disobey are cast out into the wastelands, where they fall prey to marauding gangs of female werewolves. And with that wacky Bizarro premise, Mellick begins a fascinating and humorous examination of sexual politics and awakenings, consumption mindset, capitalism, gender separation, and dehumanization. The best Bizarro fiction always does this — examines social, political, and religious issues through a very cracked and surreal lens, but Mellick remains the top practitioner, and very rightfully so. If you still don’t understand what the Bizarro genre is about, or want to try reading it and aren’t sure where to begin, Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland is a great starting point.

For the rest of his top ten list, go here: http://www.briankeene.com/?p=5318.

Affairs Magazine Interview

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction on December 13, 2010 by carltonmellick

I just did an interview with Affairs Magazine about zombies, Christmas, and bizarro.

Check it out here: www.affairsmagazine.com

All 43 Eraserhead Press Books Released in 2010

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on December 12, 2010 by carltonmellick

43 new books. This is what we did in 2010 instead of sleep.

ERASERHEAD PRESS

Christmas on Crack edited by Carlton Mellick III

The Bizarro Starter Kit (purple)

Starfish Girl by Athena Villaverde

Night of the Assholes by Kevin L. Donihe

Mr. Magic Realism by Bruce Taylor

The Cannibal’s Guide to Ethical Living by Mykle Hansen

The Emerald Burrito of Oz by John Skipp and Marc Levinthal

The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce

Slag Attack by Andersen Prunty

Eyeballs Growing All Over Me…Again by Tony Rauch

Lick Your Neighbor by Chris Genoa

The Kobold Wizard’s Dildo of Enlightenment +2 by Carlton Mellick III

Lost in Cat Brain Land by Cameron Pierce

My Fake War by Andersen Prunty

Sunset with a Beard by Carlton Mellick III

Super Giant Monster Time! by Jeff Burk

DEADITE PRESS

Whargoul by Dave Brockie

Population Zero by Wrath James White

The Haunter of the Threshold by Edward Lee

Zombies and Shit by Carlton Mellick III

Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies by Bryan Smith

Trolley No. 1852 by Edward Lee

The Book of a Thousand Sins by Wrath James White

The Vegan Revolution…with Zombies by David Agranoff

Slaughterhouse High by Robert Devereaux

The Innswich Horror by Edward Lee

Bullet Through Your Face by Edward Lee

Brain Cheese Buffet by Edward Lee

LAZY FASCIST PRESS

Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy by Bradley Sands

The Flappy Parts by Kevin L. Donihe

Person by Sam Pink

Boneyard Babies by Alan M. Clark

The Self Esteem Holocaust Comes Home by Sam Pink

SHARK VS BADGER COMICS

A Hundred Horrible Sorrows of Ogner Stump by A. Goldfarb

NEW BIZARRO AUTHOR SERIES

How to Eat Fried Furries by Nicole Cushing

Muscle Memory by Steve Lowe

Felix and the Sacred Thor by James Steele

Love in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene

Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals by Kirk Jones

The Egg Said Nothing by Caris O’Malley

Bucket of Face by Eric Hendrixson

THE MAGAZINE OF BIZARRO FICTION

Issue #4 guest edited by John Skipp

Issue #3 edited by Jeff Burk

OUT NOW: “Whargoul” by Dave Brockie

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books, Uncategorized on December 12, 2010 by carltonmellick

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GWAR fans rejoice, the first novel by singer Dave Brockie (AKA Oderus Urungus) is finally here! As somebody who has been a fan of Gwar for the past 20 years it’s cool to see Eraserhead Press releasing a book by this guy.

Here’s more info:

WHARGOUL
by Dave Brockie

I Destroyed Your Life
I Raped Your Wife
I Am the Fucking Whargoul

From the killing grounds of Stalingrad to the death camps of the holocaust. From torture chambers in Iraq to race riots in the United States, the Whargoul was there – killing and raping. It is a beast born in bullets and shrapnel, feeding off of pain, misery, and hard drugs. Cursed to wander the Earth without the hope of death, it is reborn again and again to spread the gospel of hate, abuse, and genocide. But what if it’s not the only monster out there? What if there’s something worse?

From Dave Brockie, the twisted genius behind GWAR, comes a novel about the darkest days of the twentieth century. The modern world is dying and Brockie is here to put a bullet between its eyes and violate the corpse.

This is all-out fucking war!

Get it at amazon.com

Out now: “Christmas on Crack”

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on December 8, 2010 by carltonmellick

Here’s a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for you:

christmas on crack

CHRISTMAS ON CRACK

Perverted Christmas Tales for the whole family!*

(* As long as every member of your family is over the age of 18.)

It’s a dark and seedy side of Christmas that you didn’t know about. A Christmas underworld where Santa gets dominated by Peppermint women and Frosty is a transvestite stripper. There’s elf sluts, toy orgies, and giant flesh-eating Christmas crabs that shoot lasers.

That’s right.

Lasers.

It’s the holiday season, bitches, so strap on your sugar plum ball gag, bend yourself over the Yule log, and get ready for Kris Kringle to shove some Christmas cheer up your ass!

Featuring stories by Jordan Krall, Jeff Burk, Kevin L. Donihe, Cameron Pierce, Kirsten Alene, Kevin Shamel, Edmund Colell, and Andrew Goldfarb.

Get it at amazon.com

Athena Villaverde: a bizarro author to watch

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on December 8, 2010 by carltonmellick

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Every once in a while I mentor a new bizarro author that I think has a lot of potential. I work with them one on one helping them chapter by chapter, line by line, until they complete their first publishable work. The last successful author I mentored was Cameron Pierce, who went on to write great bizarro works such as Ass Goblins of Auschwitz and The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island. Recently, the latest author I have been mentoring is Athena Villaverde (pictured above). A young bizarro talent from Toronto, Canada.

Athena is inspired by two of my favorite authors, Kathe Koja and Francesca Lia Block, as well as a lot of Japanese anime that I love. Her stories tend to be cute and stylish yet dark and disturbing.

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Her first book, Starfish Girl, is a great debut. I call it “Francesca Lia Block meets Bio Shock.” It’s about a post-apocalyptic underwater dome world where human beings are mutating into insane fish creatures. It’s about a cute teenaged gothic lolita girl with a starfish growing out of her head, who befriends an assassin with sea anemone hair. An awesome post-apocalyptic adventure with lovable characters and strange beautiful imagery.

Here is the official description:

In a post-apocalyptic underwater dome, there lives a girl with a starfish growing from her head. Her name is Ohime. She is the starfish girl.

Alone in this world, Ohime must fight for her life against lecherous crabmen, piranha people, and a yellow algae that is causing humans to mutate into fish. Until she meets Timbre, a woman with deadly sea anemone hair. Ohime thinks she is safe with her new protector and friend, but Timbre is on the run from a violent past. Now they must escape Timbre’s former master, the evil Dr. Ichii, who is determined to conquer the underwater dome . . . and destroy the starfish girl and her friend in the process.

You can get it at amazon.com

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She also wrote a novelette called Clockwork Girl for the Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple). Clockwork Girl is about a poor girl who was disassembled and transformed into a living windup clockwork doll for a snobby rich girl. A very touching and heartbreaking story, like a bizarro Velveteen Rabbit.

Get it at amazon.com

Athena Villaverde adds a new element to the bizarro fiction genre that has been lacking for a while. I highly recommend paying attention to her work. She has several books in the works for Eraserhead Press.

Visit her website at: http://athenavillaverde.com/

This Year’s New Bizarro Author Series: The Magnificent Seven

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction on December 4, 2010 by carltonmellick


Kirk Jones, Steve Lowe, Nicole Cushing, Caris O’Malley, James Steele, Kirsten Alene, and Eric Hendrixson.

Last year was the first year of the New Bizarro Author Series, I spoke about it here: Introducing the NBAS. This year, there are 7 new brave souls entering the fray. And they are ready to beat all the odds stacked against them. They are calling themselves The Magnificent Seven, and so far have proven themselves to be nothing short of magnificent. Help support these authors by buying their books within the next 12 months. If they succeed in meeting their goal they will become bizarro fiction’s newest stars.

These are their books:

Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals by Kirk Jones

Reborn as an oozing humanoid composed of vitreous humor after a sudden death via a disembodied hand and a wood chipper, Gary Olstrom found no difficulty in saying goodbye to the life he once knew. After all, he had become quite adept at saying goodbye, to his right arm in a hardware store accident at eight, to his parents in a fiery car crash, to his right leg in a factory mishap, and to the only person who ever tried to help him in an untimely bus collision. What he never prepared for was saying goodbye to misfortune, until he found Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals.

Therein, Gary finds refuge training furniture to copulate before spectators who vomit in applause. But while Gary’s luck shifts for the better, cities left in the wake of the carnival’s visits disappear; many are murdered. With his pet desk Akimbo and his empty-socketed girlfriend-turned-futon, Liberty, Gary attempts to unravel this mystery, culminating in a re-imagining of America to rival that of Benedict Anderson’s! Well, not quite…but there is furniture porn.

Get it at amazon.com

Muscle Memory by Steve Lowe

Billy Gillespie wakes up one morning to discover his junk is gone. In its place is his wife’s junk. Billy is now Tina, and Tina is dead. That’s because Billy’s dead. His lifeless body is still in bed and empty beer bottles and a container of antifreeze litter the kitchen counter. Over the next 24 hours, Billy and an odd assortment of neighbors, all experiencing their own bouts of body switcheroo, try to figure out what happened and why. Can they do it before the Feds find Billy’s body? Was it aliens that caused this, or God, or the government? And did Edgar Winter really sleep with his sheep? Pro football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw has those answers in a story that asks, What Would Kirk Cameron Do?

Get it at amazon.com

How To Eat Fried Furries by Nicole Cushing

Furries–you know, people in animal costumes. You may love them. You may hate them. But chances are, you have not considered eating them…until now!

Not since the early days of Monty Python has dark satire so subversive reared its ugly head! From the Hellmouth of the Heartland, Nicole Cushing brings you How To Eat Fried Furries–your guide on how to raise furries as livestock and cook `em up tender and tasty.

The cast of characters is as motley and grotesque as one would imagine given such a premise. There’s the misshapen, proto-furry cast of the ’70s action-adventure show, Ferret Force Five. Extraterrestrial Squirrels. The Amish and the even more despicable Pseudo-Amish.

Whether an avid Bizarro fan or a newcomer to this wave of weird fiction, you’re bound to be satisfied once you take a bite out of How To Eat Fried Furries.

Get it at amazon.com

The Egg Said Nothing by Caris O’Malley

Meet Manny. He’s your average shut-in with a penchant for late night television and looting local fountains for coins. With eight locks on his door and newspapers covering his windows, he’s more than a bit paranoid, too.

His wasn’t a great life, but it was comfortable–at least it was until the morning he awoke with an egg between his legs. But what might have been a curse becomes a charm as this unlikely event leads him to an all night diner, where he finds inedible pie, undrinkable coffee, and the girl of his dreams.

But can this unexpected chance at love survive after the egg cracks and time itself turns against him, dead-set on rerouting history and putting a shovel to the face of the one person who could bring real and lasting change to Manny’s world?

Get it at amazon.com

Felix and the Sacred Thor by James Steele

HUMANITY’S FATE IS IN THE HANDS OF HE WHO WIELDS THE SACRED THOR!

“Epic quests don’t involve the internet or TV! They involve sex toys and manly, hard-bodied, larger-than-life heroes defying physics, logic and insurmountable odds, spitting out quotable, highly marketable catchphrases all the while!”
–The Sacred Horse

Felix might not quite fit this description, but he’s trying. After retrieving the most powerful weapon in the world from the Sacred Horse and proving himself a pervert of the purest heart, he sets upon an epic quest to destroy the kamikaze alien invaders poised to eliminate the entire human race.

Invaders have implanted themselves in the college graduates standing in unemployment lines–the very backbone of the nation’s economy. They’ve positioned themselves in the city’s grease transmission system, without which America will starve to death in minutes. They threaten the digital children, who cannot survive without their Internet connections. They even threaten Bob.

College taught Felix how to please a horse. It didn’t prepare him for the challenge of using an upgradeable horse dildo as a weapon to free himself from his tyrannical bosses at work and become a warrior for humanity.

Get it at amazon.com

Love in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene

DINOSAURS! LOVE! WAR! MONASTIC LIVING!

Three days after his partner is bitten in half by a brachiosaur, a nameless monk meets the love of his life. Her name is Petunia. She is a dinosaur. But a twenty-year war between their species is about to come to a head, and only one will survive.

To be together the monk and the dinosaur must fight their way through hordes of pterodactyl samurai, anti-aircraft stegosaurs, gigantic kamikaze moths, and machine gun-wielding tyrannosaurs.

Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is a surreal war tale of forbidden love, betrayal, and magic kung-fu. Forget Jurassic Park, this is the greatest dinosaur story ever told.

Get it at amazon.com


Bucket of Face
by Eric Hendrixson

Thirteen years after a police officer searching a suspected child molester’s home spilled a vial of silver pollen, America is still struggling with how to recognize its sentient fruit population. Charles is just a normal guy working at a doughnut shop until an apple and a banana shoot each other in a mafia dispute, leaving a briefcase full of foreign currency and a specimen bucket at the corner booth. When Charles turns the wiseguys into doughnuts and steals their luggage, hoping for a better life for himself and his kiwi fruit girlfriend, he finds himself in the middle of a mafia war. As his girlfriend travels the DC metro area, selling off the contents of the bucket, Charles finds he is the target of a seasoned hit-tomato, who happens to be the biggest Michael Jackson fan who ever lived.

Get it at amazon.com

Buy “Boneyard Babies” and get some free Pain!

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on November 27, 2010 by carltonmellick

boneyard babies

Lazy Fascist Press is offering a deal during the month of December:

From now until January 1st, 2011, if you purchase Boneyard Babies by Alan M. Clark from Amazon.com and send your receipt to lazyfascist@gmail.com, they’ll send you a free copy of Pain and Other Petty Plots to Keep You in Stitches.

I have a copy of “Pain and Other Petty Plots to Keep You in Stitches” and it’s an amazing book. It’s a graphic novel sized collection of bizarro horror illustrated by Alan Clark himself. If strange morbid surgery horror is your thing then you need this book.

Here’s some of the artwork:

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Boneyard Babies is Alan Clark’s newest book. Some of you might remember it from when I was asking for suggestions on the title. Your vote was overwhelmingly “Boneyard Babies” and that’s what the publisher decided to go with.

about BONEYARD BABIES:

A man searches for his lover in a medical laboratory where people are transformed into nightmarish mutants. An undead prostitute enters the underworld to face off against a jackal-headed god. A woman incarcerated for her lipstick addiction must eat her own limbs or face imminent death. A tumor recounts its life with a man named Applewide.

In the morbidly surreal universe of World Fantasy Award-winner Alan M. Clark, there are only two types of people: those who are monsters, and those who are eaten by monsters. Proceed with caution.

Here’s what people are saying:

“Alan Clark has one wicked sense of humor.” —Elizabeth Massie, Stoker winning author of Sineater.

“We all know Alan Clark is one hell of an artist — in fact, one of the best the imaginative field has ever produced. Turns out he’s one hell of a writer, too. If that’s not a one-two punch that will knock you out I don’t know what is.” —Al Sarrantonio, author of Moonbane and editor of 999, Portents, and Stories (with Neil Gaiman)

“If you think Alan Clark’s art is darkly delightful, just wait until you read his twisted and fantastical tales. I promise you it will make weird and wonderful pictures in your head! And isn’t that what we all really want?” —Ann VanderMeer, Hugo-award winning Editor-in-Chief of Weird Tales magazine

“This is brain-melting stuff.” —Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Angel Dust Apocalypse and Extinction Journals

Get it at amazon.com

Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books on November 26, 2010 by carltonmellick

Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy
Bizarro pal Bradley Sands just released a book through Cameron Pierce’s Lazy Fascist Press. Winner of the best title of the year award…

SORRY I RUINED YOUR ORGY

Bizarro humorist Bradley Sands returns with one of the strangest, most hilarious collections of the year.

In Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy, the pope gets sued, a headless man falls in love with a bowl of rice, and architects dismantle the earth. A war breaks out over greeting cards. A suicidal amputee tries to kill himself. William S. Burroughs becomes an amateur archaeologist and Tao Lin drinks an ape-flavored smoothie.

Between a breakfast of clocks, a lunch date with Adolf Hitler, and breakdancing in outer space, anything is possible in the work of Bradley Sands. Just never wear a bear costume to an orgy.

Get it at amazon.com.