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A collection of fourteen stories that attempt to blend two opposing genres: surreal fiction and science fiction. The resulting journey through dark and desperate futures of aliens, diseases, and humanity's own madness is brain-bending and utterly bizarre.
Paperback, 127 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Silver Lake Publishing (first published 2000)
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Douglas Hackle
3.5 stars. Ehh, make that 3.6274. Final answer.

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Contained within this entertaining collection of short stories is an abundance of memorable sci-fi/surrealistic worlds, scenarios, happenings, and characters. The book starts off with “The Earwig Flesh Factory,” a sort of re-creation myth story in which an Eve-type character repopulates an earth decimated by “black toxic snot,” where many of her offspring must be harvested to produce the protective flesh-coating that people nee
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Dustin Reade
this was a great collection. All of the stories are worth the read, though some take a little more effort to get into. The writing is overall very solid, though some of the stories read very much like an author testing the waters. In the introduction, Mellick explains that most of these stories were written with sci-fi in mind, and he labels some of them science fiction. Others, he labels surreal.
Actually, they are both a nice blend of both genres, if surrealism can be said to be a genre. Mellic
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William III
I was first exposed to Carlton Mellick III's writing around 2004 or 2005 whenever I read SATAN BURGER. I was really excited to read it because the plot description sounded amazing - it sounded original, thought-provoking, and a lot of fun. Well, it was original and some parts of it were really funny, but I found myself getting lost in the weird rants and thinking that the book would have benefited from being only half the length. BUT this isn't a review of SATAN BURGER. The reason I bring this u ...more
William III
I was first exposed to Carlton Mellick III's writing around 2004 or 2005 whenever I read SATAN BURGER. I was really excited to read it because the plot description sounded amazing - it sounded original, thought-provoking, and a lot of fun. Well, it was original and some parts of it were really funny, but I found myself getting lost in the weird rants and thinking that the book would have benefited from being only half the length. BUT this isn't a review of SATAN BURGER. The reason I bring this u ...more
Derek
Where do I begin with Sunset With a Beard? Well, for starters, it's nice to read some of CM3's short pieces. I've never had the pleasure or the opportunity to do so, but after being requested to help proofread the latest edition, I was extremely delighted to find that Mellick's creativity is seemingly-endless.

Many of the stories were bite-y, and I did stop and wonder after reading a short every now-and-then, but I felt that there were a lot of duds that just didn't jive with me as much as I'd h
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Richard
This was my first exposure to Carlton Mellick III, so I don't know if I was to come at this from another angle, maybe after being familiar with other works of his, but what I found most unfortunate about this collection was its most basic mismanagement of its own genre.

After a rather basic intro that presents a rather short-minded distinction between science fiction and surrealism, Mellick poses a challenge to the reader to be able to distinguish surrealism from science fiction--whether Mellick
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Stefanie Von Guest
I LOVED this collection of short stories. Each one is so different from the other which is to be expected from Mr.Mellick as all of his stories are so unique. This book in specific holds one of my most favorite stories ever " Kiss The Sun" never have I felt emotional about a stoplight before haha! Definitely worth reading!!
Zoe Welch
This is the greatest Carlton Mellick book EVER

It is my all time favorite CM3 book.

I highly recommend it to all.
Amanda
Oct 24, 2007 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: strange ones
Short stories, little weird stuffs.
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Carlton Mellick III (July 2, 1977, Phoenix, Arizona) 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[citation needed] with Steve Aylett, Chris Genoa and D. Harlan Wilson.

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