No one possesses a larger or more renowned oeuvre in the bizarro community than Carlton Mellick III (or CM3). It was in fact his novel Satan Burger that catalyzed the genre in the first place. Putting out roughly three books a year since 2001, he has a bibliography of over 60 books. It was this last fact that gave me an idea.
What if I made it my goal to read every one of his books? It’s not as crazy as it sounds: his “little books” (as they often referred to) are for the most part under 200 pages, his style addictively readable. And in my experience, I’ve never read a bad one (though I’ve been told some are better than others).
The hard part will be in acquiring them as some are out of print. Bizarro author Andrew J. Stone gave the example of Mellick’s book Electric Jesus Corpse, going for over $100 on Amazon. Author Amy M. Vaughn suggested reading his complete works chronologically, to watch his style develop, but the difficulties in acquiring them may make that impossible.
I’m fully aware of the scope of such a venture, so I’m giving myself plenty of time: five years. With 60 books, that’s a book a month. Considering I’ve already read many of his books (I’m counting those), that number is even lower. A very achievable goal, in my opinion.
I would like to invite any of you interested to join me in the Carlton Mellick Challenge. Below, I’ve included a table to make it easy to check off the books you’ve read (though this list will grow as more books come out). I left out both Electric Jesus Corpse and Cancer-Cute, because as much as I enjoy his work, I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a single book.
If you decide to take up the challenge, tweet me with the hashtag #CM3challenge or email me through the Contact page.
I really hope we can make this a thing. It’s a great way to celebrate such an amazing author.
|Sunset with a Beard|
|Razor Wire Pubic Hair|
|Teeth and Tongue Landscape|
|The Steel Breakfast Era|
|The Baby Jesus Butt Plug|
|The Menstruating Mall|
|Ocean of Lard (w/ Kevin L. Donihe)|
|Sex and Death in Television Town|
|Sea of the Patchwork Cats|
|The Haunted Vagina|
|Adolf in Wonderland|
|The Egg Man|
|The Faggiest Vampire|
|The Cannibals of Candyland|
|Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland (McPocalypse 1)|
|Kobold Wizard’s Dildo of Enlightenment + 2|
|Zombies and Shit|
|The Morbidly Obese Ninja|
|Barbarian Beast Bitches of the Badlands (McPocalypse 2)|
|I Knocked Up Satan’s Daughter|
|The Handsome Squirm|
|Village of the Mermaids|
|The Tick People|
|As She Stabbed Me Gently in the Face|
|Every Time We Meet at the Dairy Queen, Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes|
|The Terrible Thing That Happens|
|The Big Meat|
|The Boy with the Chainsaw Heart|
|The Bad Box|