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OUT NOW: “Armadillo Fists” + 2 more bizarro books

Posted in Athena Villaverde, Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books, Cameron Pierce, Carlton Mellick III, eraserhead press, horror on December 29, 2011 by carltonmellick

My new novel, Armadillo Fists, is now available at amazon.com. In my opinion, this is probably the best book I’ve written yet. A lot of my books have been released this year, but this is the one I most recommend. Stylistically, it is similar to Zombies and Shit or Crab Town (It has the epic pacing and character development of Zombies and Shit, but with the crime-drama-set-in-a-surreal-world flavor of Crab Town.)

Anyway, if you only read one of my books published this year, make it this one…

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ARMADILLO FISTS

A weird-as-hell gangster story set in a world where people drive giant mechanical dinosaurs instead of cars.

Her name is Psycho June Howard, aka Armadillo Fists, a woman who replaced both of her hands with living armadillos. She was once the most bloodthirsty fighter in the world of illegal underground boxing. But now she is on the run from a group of psychotic gangsters who believe she’s responsible for the death of their boss.

With the help of a stegosaurus driver named Mr. Fast Awesome–who thinks he is God’s gift to women even though he doesn’t have any arms or legs–June must do whatever it takes to escape her pursuers, even if she has to kill each and every one of them in the process.

Strange, engaging characters, breakneck pacing, and jam-packed with more brilliantly weird concepts than you’ll know what to do with–this is cult author Carlton Mellick III at his best.

Available at amazon.com

In addition to Armadillo Fists, two more bizarro books have just been released:

As I have said in the past, I mentor new authors from time to time. Cameron Pierce and Athena Villaverde are two authors I work with regularly. I put a lot of love and attention into these authors and highly recommend their work to those who enjoy my books. They have just released books that I consider must-reads. So if you plan on getting Armadillo Fists, I recommend also adding these two books to your amazon.com shopping cart.


CLOCKWORK GIRL

BY ATHENA VILLAVERDE

Athena writes strange urban fairy tales. If urban fairy tales are your thing then she is a must read. Think of her as the bizarro equivalent to alternative young adult authors like Francesca Lia Block, Kathe Koja, and Charles de Lint. Fans of Tim Burton, Hayao Miyazaki, or any Studio Ghibli/Japanese animation films would also love her work.

Athena’s 2nd book is the real deal. If you thought she couldn’t possibly beat her awesome debut effort, Starfish Girl, then you’ll be happy to hear her second book not only surpasses her first but blows it completely out of the water. Clockwork Girl is a collection of three short novellas, including the title story which you might have already read in the Bizarro Starter Kit (purple). It also includes “Caterpillar Girl” which is basically a high school drama set in a world of bug people and “Beehive Girl” which is a poetic story about a dancer with living beehive skin who demands the best of her dance partners or else they will be stung to death.

This book is designed to be an introduction to Athena’s work. It proves that she will soon become a major female voice . . . not just in the world of bizarro fiction, but in the world of literature as a whole.

Available at
amazon.com


GARGOYLE GIRLS OF SPIDER ISLAND

BY CAMERON PIERCE

If you follow bizarro fiction you probably already know about the work of Cameron Pierce. When it comes to strange imagery, Cameron is king. Nobody can make you visualize the surreal quite like Cameron can. His stories take place in weird worlds that go beyond anything you’ve ever imagined. As I often say, he is best described as Dr. Seuss meets David Cronenberg (and by Cronenberg, I mean early squishy “Videodrome” Cronenberg).

His latest book, Gargoyle Girls of Spider Island, is in my top three favorite Cameron books next to Ass Goblins of Auschwitz and the novella “No Children” published in Abortion Arcade. This book is bizarro pulp trash at its best. It is fast-paced, goofy, gory, low-brow fun yet despite all of that it’s also perhaps Cameron’s most finely-crafted story yet. This one really surprised me.

An excellent young author who will only get better with each book he writes, Cameron Pierce is obviously a must read for bizarro fiction fans.

Available at amazon.com

By the way: at amazon.com, shipping is free on book orders of $25 or more, so you might want to get all three of these books together to save a bit of money.

Complete List of 2011 Deadite Press Releases

Posted in brian keene, deadite press, extreme horror, horror, Uncategorized on December 2, 2011 by carltonmellick

Deadite Press, the cult horror imprint of Eraserhead Press, exploded in 2011. Here is a list of all 24 titles published this year.

New Brian Keene books from Deadite Press

Posted in deadite press, horror on April 20, 2011 by carltonmellick

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN by Brian Keene

One morning the residents of Walden, Virginia, woke up to find the rest of the world gone. Just . . . gone.

Surrounding their town was a wall of inky darkness, plummeting Walden into permanent night. Nothing can get in – not light, not people, not even electricity, radio, TV, internet, food, or water. And nothing can get out. No one who dared to penetrate the mysterious barrier has ever been seen again. Only their screams were heard.

But for some, the darkness is not the worst of their fears. Driven mad by thirst, hunger, and perpetual night, the residents of Walden are ready to explode. The last few sane prisoners of this small town must prepare a final stand against their neighbors, themselves, and something even worse . . . something out there . . . in the darkness . . .

Available at amazon.com

TEQUILA’S SUNRISE by Brian Keene

Discover the secret origins of the “drink of the gods” in this dark fantasy fable by best-selling author Brian Keene.

Chalco, a young Aztec boy, feels helpless as conquering Spanish forces near his village. But when a messenger of the gods hands him a key to unlock the doors of human perception and visit unseen worlds, Chalco journeys into the mystical Labyrinth, searching for a way to defeat the invaders. He will face gods, devils, and things that are neither. But he will also learn that some doorways should never be opened and not all entrances have exits…

Tequila’s Sunrise. Take the shot and open the door… if you dare.

Deadite Press is proud to present this author’s preferred edition of Brian Keene’s long out-of-print novella, which contains material not included in previously published editions. Also included in this edition are seven bonus short stories: Dust, Burying Betsy, Fade To Null, Golden Boy, Two-Headed Alien Love Child, That Which Lingers, and Bunnies In August.

Available at amazon.com

A GATHERING OF CROWS by Brian Keene

Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town. Some say the town is dying. They don’t know how right they are.

Five mysterious figures are about to pay a visit to Brinkley Springs. They have existed for centuries, emerging from the shadows only to destroy. To kill. To feed. They bring terror and carnage, and leave blood and death in their wake. The only person that can prevent their rampage is ex-Amish magus (and fan favorite character) Levi Stoltzfus.

As the night wears on, Brinkley Springs will be quiet no longer. Screams will break the silence. But when the sun rises again, will there be anyone left alive to hear?

Available at amazon.com

New Releases from Deadite Press

Posted in Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, horror on March 23, 2011 by carltonmellick

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For the horror and dark bizarro fan, everything Deadite releases is a must-own. These three are no exceptions. From “Baby’s First Book of Seriously Fucked-up Shit” by Robert Devereaux, a master of bizarro and surreal horror, to the apocalyptic novella “Take the Long Way Home” by Brian Keene (which features me, Carlton Mellick III, as a character in the book… a crazed harbinger of the apocalypse), and “Carnal Surgery” by the king of gore, Edward Lee.

BABY’S FIRST BOOK OF SERIOUSLY FUCKED-UP SHIT
by Robert Devereaux

From an orgy between God, Satan, Adam and Eve to beauty pageants for fetuses. From a giant human-absorbing tongue to a place where God is in the eyes of the psychopathic. This is a party at the furthest limits of human decency and cruelty. Robert Devereaux is your host but watch out – he’s spiked the punch with drugs, sex, and dismemberment.

Deadite Press is proud to present ten stories of the strange, the gross, and the just plain fucked-up from one of the most original voices in horror – Robert Devereaux.

Get it at amazon.com

CARNAL SURGERY
by Edward Lee

Autopsy fetishes, crippled sex slaves, a serial killer who keeps the hands of his victims, government conspiracies, dead cops and doomed pornographers. From operating room morality plays to a town that serves up piss and cum mixed drinks, this is the strange and disturbing world of Edward Lee.

From one of the most notorious, controversial, and extreme voices in horror fiction comes a new collection of depravity and terror. Carnal Surgery collects eleven of Lee’s most sought after tales of sex and dismemberment.

Featuring:

The Seeker
Please Let Me Out
The Order of Nature
Goddess of the New Dark Age
Hands
The Table
Death, She Said
The Piece of Paper
The Blurred Room
Gut-Shot
Make A Wish

Get it at amazon.com

TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME
by Brian Keene

All across the world, people suddenly vanish in the blink of an eye. From their cars during the rush hour commute. From the shopping malls. Their homes. Their beds. Even from the arms of their loved ones. Airline pilots. World leaders. Teachers. Parents. Children.

Gone.

Steve, Charlie and Frank were just trying to get home when it happened. Now they find themselves left behind, and wishing they’d disappeared, too. Trapped in the ultimate traffic jam, they watch as civilization collapses, claiming the souls of those around them. God has called his faithful home, but the invitations for Steve, Charlie and Frank got lost. Now they must set off on foot through a nightmarish post-apocalyptic landscape in search of answers. In search of God. In search of their loved ones. And in search of home.

Deadite Press is proud to make Brian Keene’s long out-of-print critically-acclaimed Take The Long Way Home available to readers once again! Includes an introduction by New York Times-bestselling author John Skipp!

Get it at amazon.com

Night of the Assholes – Kevin Donihe podcast interview

Posted in Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, horror on February 26, 2011 by carltonmellick

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Kevin L Donihe was interviewed in the latest issue of A Little Dead Podcast. He talks about his latest book, Night of the Assholes, which is a bizarro parody of Night of the Living Dead.

Check it out here.

New Deadite Press Books Available!

Posted in horror, zombies on February 22, 2011 by carltonmellick

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Click the covers for more info.

These are must-reads for fans of hardcore horror. The Clickers series about monster crabs rampaging the countryside is a pulp horror masterpiece and is considered a cult classic at this point. Jack’s Magic Beans is a reprint of a rare novella from Brian Keene about 95% of the population becoming murderous crazies one day, set in a supermarket. And Urban Gothic is everything you want from a horror novel: a group of teens trapped in an abandoned house, fighting for survival against flesh-eating mutant underdwellers. This is horror the way it should be. Check them out. I trust all horror fans will dig them.

Brian Keene & J. F. Gonzalez sign with Deadite Press

Posted in Bizarro Books, Fiction, horror, Publishing on January 26, 2011 by carltonmellick

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If you haven’t heard the news on Monday, hardcore horror writers Brian Keene and J. F. Gonzalez have signed with Eraserhead Press’s cult horror imprint Deadite Press. The press will be re-releasing multiple books by these authors, starting with Urban Gothic by Brian Keene and the first two books of the Clickers series by J. F. Gonzales, Mark Williams, and Brian Keene.

Keene is not only one of the coolest fucking writers out there in horror, he has also been one of the biggest supporters of my work and bizarro fiction in general for the past decade, so I’m really excited to see him working with Deadite Press. As many of you know, I design all the covers for Deadite (including the ones pictured above) and with these upcoming releases I hope to give these writers the badass presentation their work rightly deserves.

For more information, go to Brian Keene’s blog at: http://www.briankeene.com

For more information on this year’s Deadite Press releases, go here: http://deaditepress.com

In 2011, Deadite Press is going to kick some serious ass.

New Message Board

Posted in Bizarro Authors, Bizarro Books, horror on January 21, 2011 by carltonmellick

I’ve got a new message board at the Keenedom.

Stop by and say hi.

http://www.briankeene.com/forum

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.

OUT NOW: Zombies and Shit

Posted in Bizarro Books, Bizarro Fiction, horror, zombies on November 3, 2010 by carltonmellick

My new book is now available. For those of you who wantedbook from me like Apeshit but the epic scale of Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland, this is the book for you. As an obsessive zombie fan this is a book I just had to write. It is everything I have ever wanted to see in a zombie story since I was a little kid playing “zombie apocalypse” with my GI Joes.

Check it out:

Description:

Battle Royale meets Return of the Living Dead in this post-apocalyptic action adventure.

Twenty people wake to find themselves in a boarded-up building in the middle of the zombie wasteland. They soon realize they have been chosen as contestants on a popular reality show called Zombie Survival. Each contestant is given a backpack of supplies and a unique weapon. Their goal: be the first to make it through the zombie-plagued city to the pick-up zone alive. But because there’s only one seat available on the helicopter, the contestants not only have to fight off the hordes of the living dead, they must also fight each other.

Zombies and Shit is Mellick’s craziest book to date. A campy, trashy, punk rock gore fest that is as funny as it is brutal, as sad as it is strange. An edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that twists the zombie genre into something you’ve never seen before.

Available at amazon.com