The Carlton Mellick Challenge

CM3 Photo

Carlton Mellick III (via Wikimedia Commons)

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).

CM3 covers

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.



Read Book
Satan Burger
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)
Punk Land
Sex and Death in Television Town
Sea of the Patchwork Cats
War Slut
The Haunted Vagina
Sausagey Santa
Ugly Heaven
Adolf in Wonderland
Ultra Fuckers
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
Crab Town
The Morbidly Obese Ninja
Barbarian Beast Bitches of the Badlands (McPocalypse 2)
Fantastic Orgy
I Knocked Up Satan’s Daughter
Armadillo Fists
The Handsome Squirm
Tumor Fruit
Kill Ball
Cuddly Holocaust
Hammer Wives
Village of the Mermaids
Quicksand House
Hungry Bug
The Tick People
Sweet Story
As She Stabbed Me Gently in the Face
Bio Melt
Every Time We Meet at the Dairy Queen, Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes
The Terrible Thing That Happens
Exercise Bike
Spider Bunny
The Big Meat
Parasite Milk
Stacking Doll
The Boy with the Chainsaw Heart
Mouse Trap
Snuggle Club
The Bad Box

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