Today, kids, we're going to talk about the author who has changed my whole way of thinking in terms of how to write a story.
Carlton Mellick III is at the forefront of the Bizarro Fiction movement. For years he has written stories of the weird and, in my humble opinion, he continues to improve and mature as an author. I've devoured every single one of his books over the course of little more than a year. I have yet to find one that I didn't zip right through at breakneck speed. Many of them I've already revisited because they're just that goddamned good.
Let's pause for a minute so that I may explain exactly what Bizarro Fiction is.
Bizarro is "equivalent to the cult section at the video store". It is weirdness of plot as opposed to experimental fiction which is weirdness of style. Many Bizarro tales are written in a very simplistic style but the characters and situations are very weird. One can pick up on influences from filmmakers such as David Lynch and David Cronenberg. Bizarro Fiction often takes typical characters or situations and adds many absurd (often hilarious) elements to make it weird and original.
Mr. Mellick is also a very kind, approachable fellow. Through Twitter, Facebook, and Brian Keene's Forum, I've talked to him. If only to tell him I've read and enjoyed his latest releases. He's always gracious and humble when responding to my praise. I've also talked with fellow Bizarro authors Jeremy C. Shipp (who has recommended so many great movies) and Jordan Krall (who shares my love of H.P. Lovecraft and Spaghetti Westerns). All great guys.
I can't thank author and friend Brian Keene enough for introducing me to Mellick and Bizarro Fiction. Reading Bizarro has totally changed my personal taste in literature. I've found a nice little niche where I feel I belong. As if the stories were written for me.
Here's a list of books/novellas by Carlton Mellick III:
Electric Jesus Corpse
Sunset With A Beard (Collection)
Razor Wire Pubic Hair
Teeth And Tongue Landscape
The Steel Breakfast Era
The Baby Jesus Butt Plug
The Menstruating Mall
Ocean Of Lard (with Kevin L. Donihe)
Sex And Death In Television Town
Sea Of The Patchwork Cats
The Haunted Vagina
Cancer-Cute (Avant Punk Army Exclusive Collection)
Ugly Heaven, Beautiful Hell (with Jeffrey Thomas)
Adolf In Wonderland
The Egg Man
The Faggiest Vampire
The Cannibals Of Candyland
Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wasteland
The Kobold Wizard's Dildo Of Enlightenment +2
Zombies And Shit
The Morbidly Obese Ninja
Barbarian Beast Bitches Of The Badlands
I Knocked Up Satan's Daughter
Other notable Bizarro authors (in no particular order):
Jeremy C. Shipp
Kevin L. Donihe
John Edward Lawson
D. Harlan Wilson
I can't stress enough; if you're looking for something different, pick up some Carlton Mellick III books. If you like it, pick up some more. By this point you should be hooked. Then you can delve into some of these other fantastic authors I've listed above.