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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (17 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383191
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CARLTON MELLICK III is one of the leading authors in the bizarro fiction movement. His influences range from offbeat children's book authors such as Dr. Suess and Roald Dahl to Japanese cult directors such as Takashi Miike and Shinya Tsukamoto to trashy B-movies such as those from Troma and John Waters.

He lives in Portland, Oregon, where the breweries, bookstores, and strip clubs are the best in America.


"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America." - GOTHIC MAGAZINE

"Carlton Mellick III has the craziest book titles... and the kinkiest fans!" - CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of The Stupidest Angel

"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

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"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America." - GOTHIC MAGAZINE


"Carlton Mellick III has the craziest book titles... and the kinkiest fans!" - CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of The Stupidest Angel


"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


"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


"Carlton Melick 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


"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


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Reeve on 22 Mar. 2011
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I love my bizarro, and I love my zombies. I also love cheesy horror movies. Damn, this book has all of those elements and it doesn't get better than that.

There are some very unique zombies in this book, and although the idea of people being on a gameshow isn't totally original, Mellick's characters make it stand out amongst ANY zombie tale. It's a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat almost the whole time and you get to explore all the backgrounds of the characters.

This is also a great 'laugh-out-loud' book. There are so many amazingly cheesy and funny lines, it's AWESOME.

A+ for this book. Zombie and bizarro fans alike will get a kick out of it.
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‘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 entertainment of the rich masses. Escape is limited to one seat in a helicopter that will carry the winner to the rich sector as their prize, but who’s going to make it to the chopper?

The book is written in third person present tense. This isn’t a narrative choice I come across often and I’m not overly keen on present tense in general, but I have to say it worked very well for this book, keeping the action moving, and dragging the reader along in the story’s destructive wake.

The ‘Battle Royale with zombies’ plot was instantly appealing and it didn’t disappoint. With a few great twists and some jaw-dropping surprises, this was an awesomely entertaining read, amusing and disturbing in equal measures. I’m not sure I can say much more without dropping stinkin’ huge spoilers so the only other thing I’ll say is this – this book contains two of the rankest sex scenes you’ll ever read, back to back! Depending on your sense of humour, I suppose you might find them more amusing than gross – and they were admittedly kind of funny - but I really could have done without the first one – yuck.

The dystopian backdrop with rich and poor divided into different quadrants was well developed and believable. There are a lot of characters, but this never got confusing as they were all distinctive and came with their own memorable back stories. For some bizarre reason I was picturing Alicia Silverstone as Rainbow Cat, the whole way through. I don’t know if it was something about the drawing of her character, or what, but there you go.
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I knew nothing of Bizarro movement until recently and ordered this along with Edward Lee'sCarnal Surgery Both books are mad and brilliant.
For me this Zombies and... was a good starting point. A bunch of diversely different 'people' (some human,some not-so-much) including the genius involvement of the terminator version of Mr T are drugged and wake up on an island, given a weapon and told that only one person can survive and escape within a certain amount of time and that it will all be filmed for television. So far, so 'Battle Royale'. But, unlike those kids, this group not only has to fight each other but also zombies,loads of zombies. These are old-skool zombies for the most part but just because they move slow doesn't make them any easier to avoid, in fact they're almost impossible to kill e.g decapitated heads still roll around snapping at ankles and groaning.It's to the credit of the writer that each character we meet is believable,you may not like some of them and hope they die and be guiltily gleeful when something disgustingly terrible happens to them or you may really like them and hope they live even though you know they probably wont. Mellick sets the scene vividly, flicking into the past to reveal the histories of not only the enigmatic characters but the post-apocolyptic world they came from where the poor people have to die to entertain the rich and not just die but get torn to bits and munched on and then thats still not enough to keep up the t.v. ratings.There's some social dissection here which adds weight to the witty,tar-black funny,gross-out thrills.
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Ah, zombies. Like vampires before them, they are marching into that stale oblivion that we know as the mainstream. It's a shame really, especially if you were already a fan when the zombie boom hit. Thanks to that boom there are no shortage of books, movies, TV shows, and pop references to the shambling dead. This is both a good and bad thing. Back when zombies were rare, we appreciated them more. Now you have to slog through a lot of plain stuff that just uses the zombie formulas that are now classic. All so you can find a zombie story of ANY kind that does something truly different and interesting.

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.
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