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Carlton Mellick III

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Carlton Mellick III
Mellick posing c. 2007
Birth Date July 2, 1977
Birthplace Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genre Bizarro fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Movement Bizarro fiction
Influences Edson, Dr. Seuss, Lynch, Svankmajer, Koja, Troma, Vonnegut, Kafka, Block, Barker, Dahl, Acker, Giger.
Website http://www.carltonmellick.com/

Carlton Mellick III (b. 2 July 1977) is an American author currently residing in Portland, Oregon. He calls his style of writing "avant-punk," and is currently one of the leading authors in the recent 'Bizarro' movement in underground literature with Steve Aylett, Chris Genoa and D. Harlan Wilson.

Mellick's work has been described as a combination of trashy schlock sci-fi/horror and postmodern literary art. His novels explore surreal versions of earth in contemporary society and imagined futures, commonly focusing on social absurdities and satire.[1]



Carlton Mellick III was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He started writing at the age of ten and completed twelve novels by the age of eighteen.[2] Only one of these early novels, "Electric Jesus Corpse", ever made it to print. Mellick attended Clarion West in 2008.

He is best known for his first novel Satan Burger and its sequel Punk Land. Satan Burger was translated into Russian and published by Ultra Culture in 2005. It was part of a four book series called Brave New World, which also featured Virtual Light by William Gibson, City Come A Walkin by John Shirley, and Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan.

In the late 90's, he formed a collective for offbeat authors which included D. Harlan Wilson, Kevin L. Donihe, Vincent Sakowski, among others, and the publishing company Eraserhead Press. This scene evolved into the Bizarro fiction movement in 2005.

In addition to writing, Mellick is an artist and musician.


  • Satan Burger (2001)
  • Electric Jesus Corpse (2002)
  • Punk Land (2005) - sequel to Satan Burger
  • Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland (2009)
  • Razor Wire Pubic Hair (2003)
  • Teeth and Tongue Landscape (2003)
  • The Steel Breakfast Era (2003)
  • The Baby Jesus Butt Plug: A Fairytale (2004)
  • Fishyfleshed (2004)
  • The Menstruating Mall (2005)
  • Ocean Of Lard (w. Kevin L. Donihe 2005)[3]
  • Sex and Death in Television Town (2006)
  • Sea of the Patchwork Cats (2006)
  • The Haunted Vagina (2006)
  • War Slut (2006)
  • Sausagey Santa (2007)
  • Ugly Heaven, Beautiful Hell (2007)
  • Ultra Fuckers (2008)
  • Adolf in Wonderland (2008)
  • Cybernetrix (2008)
  • The Egg Man (2008)
  • Apeshit (2008)
  • The Faggiest Vampire (2009)
  • The Cannibals of Candyland (2009)
  • The Kobold Wizards Dildo of Enlightement +2 (2010)
  • Zombies and Shit (2010)
  • Sunset with a Beard (2000)
Selected short fiction
  • Porno in August - The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (2003)
  • God on Television - Falling From the Sky (2007)
  • The Immortal - The Flash (2007)
  • City Hobgoblins - Perverted by Language: Fiction Inspired by The Fall (2007)
  • Candy Coated - Vice Magazine (December, 2008)
  • Simple Machines - The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction #2 (2009)


The novel Satan Burger was brought to the public attention in 2005 when Jared Armstrong of Girdwood, Alaska was incarcerated. The charges were dismissed by the prosecutor four months later[4]. The Alaska Court found that the arrest and approximately 15 search warrants executed by the Anchorage Police Department for dissemination of the novel Satan Burger were illegal. A Federal Civil Rights suit brought by Armstrong against the lead Detective Gerard Asselin under Title 42 §1983 U.S.C is currently underway.[5]. Defense motions brought by the police officers to dismiss this action have been denied by The Court.

Notes and references

  1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1LTNPL5JQN85U/104-3914805-7956713 amazon profile
  2. Electric Jesus Corpse. Eraserhead Press, 2002. p.3 ISBN 0-9713572-8-5
  3. Claims to be #17 in the "Choose Your Own Mindfuck Fest" series, but is really a stand alone parody of the Choose Your Own Adventure series.
  4. http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/pa/pa.urd/pamw2000.o_case_sum?25252053 Alaska Court Case #3AN-05-11067CR
  5. http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-akdce/case_no-3:2007cv00243/case_id-6609 United States District Court Case #3:07-CV-00243-TMB/

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