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3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  781 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Friday the 13th meets Visitor Q. Apeshit is Mellicks love letter to the great and terrible B-horror movie genre. Six trendy teenagers (three cheerleaders and three football players) go to an isolated cabin in the mountains for a weekend of drinking, partying, and crazy sex, only to find themselves in the middle of a life and death struggle against a horribly mutated psycho ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 22nd 2008 by Avant Punk Books/Eraserhead Press
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Paul Nelson
Nov 08, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it it was ok
What the fuck can I say about Apeshit, well pretty often, almost as easy as the flip of a coin, the story went from flat-out batshit crazy to head shaking incredulous wonder.

We have six college kids taking off for a break to a country retreat, one of the kids grandfather has died and left him the cabin. So that’s where they are heading. There's plenty of weirdness in this story, on the way up the perilous mountain road to the cabin they run past an area full of dead animals and a random dead blo
Dan Schwent
Jul 30, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, bizarro
Six teenagers go to a cabin in the woods for a weekend of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Little did they know they'd end up with a psychotic monster trying to kill them...

Wow. This was the goriest, craziest, goriest book I've read this year. I realize I said "goriest" twice but this book is so gory I thought one "goriest" wasn't going to cut it. It started out like a typical slasher movie. Three guys, three girls, various sexual entanglements. Then the inbred mutant showed up and things got turn
Feb 20, 2013 Mark rated it liked it

Maybe I've read too much splatterpunk. Folks like Skipp/Spector (John Skipp and Craig Spector), David J. Schow, and later authors like Edward Lee and Bryan Smith. And the granddaddy of them all: Clive Barker and his Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3. In splatterpunk, writers seek to push the envelope of good taste off the side of a desk, light fire to the envelope (and the desk), kick the smouldering ashes into the face of the first passerby, and - in some cases - stick out and wiggle their collect
Bob Milne
Dec 19, 2011 Bob Milne rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarre-extreme
The back cover describes Apeshit as "perhaps one of the most f*cked up books ever written." That's an apt description. This is either the most revolting, graphic, offensive piece of splatterpunk horror I've ever read, or the most brilliant, original, insightful piece of satire upon the genre ever written.

Then again, maybe it's both. Or neither.

As far as basic plotting goes, this is part Friday the 13th, part Evil Dead, and part The Hills Have Eyes. Basically, a bunch of teenagers (the requisite
Jan 04, 2016 Kaisersoze rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Carlton Mellick III may not be my favourite writer, but he sure is intelligent. I know this because in his Author's note which prefaces Apeshit he defends against the obvious accusation that the book is shocking for the sake of being shocking by saying this couldn't be further from the truth. Instead he suggests he's trying to be interesting for the sake of being interesting.

Well if this is the type of "interesting" Mellick III is pedaling, I think I'll get my wares else where, thank you kindly.
Stephan van der Linde
May 13, 2011 Stephan van der Linde rated it really liked it
Mellick writes in the so-called “Bizarro”-genre. This is the second book I read of Mellick and this time it’s not the story that is so bizarre, it’s what happens in the story.

The cover says it all. “Apeshit” is a slasher. A slasher with a simple story about 3 teenage girls and boys, staying in a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere, with a mutant killer creature roaming around.

What this story mades it so bizarre, is the love-triangle between the characters, “certain seks-issues”, inexclip
Rose O'Keefe
Dec 30, 2008 Rose O'Keefe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eraserhead-press
Most fucked up book I've ever published
Dec 28, 2011 Tonya rated it did not like it
Speaking as someone who's read --and completely enjoyed-- a lot of crack fic, parody novellas, and disturbing horror stories; this was extremely badly written crack fic at its worst. Perhaps there are people who want to read stories where none of the characters are relatable, redeemable, or even remotely realistic. It tries so hard to shock while not realizing that you have to care to some degree to be shocked. The characters are so removed from reality that it's impossible to care for them even ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Bandit rated it liked it
As a long time horror fan, I'm tough to gross out and/or disturb, but this book just about managed to do it. Mellick's take on the classic "teenagers go to a remote cabin in the woods, crazy things happen" is so amped up, so extreme, so incredibly messed up, that's sort of mesmerizing in a way. I think what I liked the most is how the author peels back layers upon layers (figuratively and literally) from the main characters revealing the ugliness and profound degree of "messedupness" that makes ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the blurb I had to buy this. As a fan of Mellick and cheesy b-movies it was an obvious no brainer. You can look at Apeshit as an homage to cheesy horror or a parody and both would be correct. To be fair this book is a nasty yet fun mess.

Mellick has perfectly blended splatterpunk and bizarro and offers no apologies. There are quite a few disturbing scenes and the second half of the book is a gore fest. People that should die don't and as Apeshit winds to its conclusion you are
Dec 29, 2014 Rush rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, wtfery, gore-ious
Me and my morbid curiosity again.

I really don't know why I do this to myself. I guess I'm trying to see where my shock and disturbed threshold lies. How could I pass up a book that had this in the blurb?
"It is perhaps one of the most fucked up books ever written."
I just couldn't but I wish I had. It's not that this book isn't shocking because if you're not into this type of fiction, some of it may get you feeling quite uneasy. It's that I was expecting so much more out of it.

First off, I get th
Matthew Fryer
Aug 03, 2011 Matthew Fryer rated it really liked it
Stop me if you’ve heard this before…

Six teenagers go to an isolated cabin for a party weekend of booze and sex, only to discover themselves being stalked by a mutant freak lurking in the woods.

Familiar? Of course it is. The author is an unapologetic fan of bad slasher B-movies, and this book is his indulgence. The problem can be that parodies of this kind often end up as a checklist of clichés masquerading as homage. But not here. We have Carlton Mellick III at the helm, and his imagination is f
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, bizarro
4 AND 1/2 STARS.

After reading this book, it took me less than one minute to go online and order more titles from this author. He's that good. I've heard his name mentioned as one of the better writers of the new Bizarro genre, but I don't think that does him justice. Forget whether you like Bizarro or not, or even if you know that heck that is. Mellick is a great writer. Period. His prose is simple and direct, always cutting through the fat to get to the meat... and I mean the juicy meat. This
Ross Lockhart
May 23, 2009 Ross Lockhart rated it really liked it
"Friday the 13th meets Visitor Q" promises the back cover copy of Carlton Mellick III's Apeshit, and that's exactly what the book delivers; this is the literary equivalent of a Takashi Miike slasher flick, reveling in the conventions of B-movie horror, yet layering on enough gore, gristle, and grotesquerie to make even Kane Hodder squeamish. At the heart of the novel's plot is the requisite group of horny teenagers, heading out to the requisite isolated cabin in the woods for the requisite weeke ...more
Pedro Proença
Oct 07, 2014 Pedro Proença rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eraserhead-press
It's not the violence that's disturbing.
It's the complete mix of strange and f***ed up characters that make this a really fun (and disturbing) reading experience.
Six high-school kids on a trip to a cabin in the woods, a sex-booze-drugs-filled weekend that goes terribly wrong. Maybe it was the sea of roadkill that was the first clue that this trip was not meant to end well. Maybe it was the semi-alive zombie in the road that runs off at the sight of the kids.
Maybe it was the really disturbing mat
All of them are mutilated. They have had limbs severed and sewn back on. They have missing pieces of meat. They are deformed and mangled, like living road kill.

hands down, this is the most fucked up thing I've ever read in my entire life. admittedly, I'm kind of new to this whole world of bizarro fiction, but... everything that I found myself thinking, "that would be disgusting, it definitely won't happen!" happened. this book had a little bit of everything: rape, abortion, molestation, torture,
Dec 02, 2014 Sheryl rated it it was ok
Shelves: gross-outs, owned
Hmmmm, how do I rate this? Well, first let me say I dig me some inbred scary cannibals out in the woods stories be it in books or movies. This is short and to the point. 6 seriously F'd up teens go into the woods for a little get away and tangle with the crazy, F'd up freak of nature. It's not brilliant. It's been done before but it's a formula that works. What hasn't been done is the F'd up things the writer makes the teens into. Spoilers ahead ***********

There's a guy who's happy being a guy b
David Richardson
Jun 06, 2014 David Richardson rated it did not like it
Possessed female genitals, bisexual love triangles, mutated killers, abortion fetishes...yes it is as bad as it sounds. I couldn't even make it past the first 30 pages or so, not because of the horrific and taboo events that awaited me in the later pages but because it is a poorly written book and the prose reads like it was written by a five - year old with a box of crayons. It is promised to be in the same vein as Friday The 13th & Evil Dead, 6 teenagers in a remote cabin in the woods with ...more
Anthony Chavez
Jul 17, 2011 Anthony Chavez rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Wooo boy what a doozy. I haven't read Carlton Mellick before but man was this a thrill ride. He definitely takes you to the edge of bizarro as many have stated, but watch out because if you are easy to get queasy you might wanna get off the ride before it starts. I'm not sure if this was the right book to introduce myself to Carlton Mellick as I have heard others of his have more witty and clever ideas but this definitely was a good book nonetheless.

Carlton takes us on a ride with characters wh
Dec 18, 2013 Pierre rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Extreme horror fans only
Let's go off a path into a place where everyone has some really bad sh*t in their life baggage and is about to lay it all out and let's roll it up in a sick, twisted tribute to the well worn horror trope of the teens isolated in the deep woods log cabin. Can we get something good out of it? You bet! Does it go off the deep end by taking you into the deranged minds of the teens that wind up in these lost cabins when the movies can only deliver visuals of the gory bloodfests? You bet! Carlton Mell ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Duane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, mellick
I'm not entirely sure how to rate this book because I'm completely new to Carlton Mellick's Bizarro writing style. This novel is beyond strange and filled with more extreme gore and excessive violence than you can chuck a whirling chainsaw at. This book is NOT for MOST people and that's part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. With the flip of each page you think to yourself, "Could this possibly get even weirder?" and the answer is a resounding YES.

The writing is as straight-forward and simpli
Jan 11, 2013 AndrewP rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
One day I came across a category on Amazon called 'Bizarro Fiction'. When I mentioned it to a friend he told me he had one of those books and would send it to me.
I guess when someone gives you a 170 page book and tells you they couldn't finish it's a red flag right there. Well, I went ahead and read it anyhow. Probably wish I hadn't as it was a VERY weird horror book that made me think a Quentin Tarantino making a gore flick with a shoestring budget. There is more gore, slaughter and downright
Tamara Romero
May 05, 2013 Tamara Romero rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro
There's a big bunch of goresque stuff going on here. Six guys -three boys, three girls- decide to spend a weekend at a lost cabin in the woods. But soon things will turn up really bad for them. This is a classic re-tell of FRIDAY 13th with a twisted bizarro vision. Fans of gore-y and splatter movies might definetely enjoy it. (Not really my thing), but it is a catchy story with interesting plot points. The most appealing thing for me in this book was the weird web of relationships among the six ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Eric rated it it was ok
Shelves: bizarro-fiction, 2012
If you've ever wanted to know what it would be like to bite into your own intestines, this book is for you. "She didn't know the taste of her entrails would be so vile as she bites into it. She can taste salty mucus as she puts it into her mouth. The skin of the intestine makes a popping noise as it breaks open, like the skin of an Italian sausage. A glob of sour feces squeezes onto her tongue like toothpaste... The taste of shit is bad enough, but the intestine has a lining of rotten build-up t ...more
WTF did I just read? This is Bizarro fiction doyen, Carlton Mellick III's homage to the classic "cabin in the woods" story, complete with with redneck hillbilly mutants, abortion fetishism, undead and non-stop, gratuitous sick-ass perversion.

I wouldn't recommend this if you're a queasy reader but it's more gore and WTF than suspense thriller. An interesting introduction to the Bizarro genre.

Some classic lines:(view spoiler)
Thomas Padley
Apr 30, 2014 Thomas Padley rated it liked it
this is not going to be a full in depth review, more like an overview and final thought kinda thing as honestly i'm a little lost for words as what to say about this but will of course try my best and try and let people know what there getting into, because believe me if you have a weak stomach or are easily offended/ disturbed my certain things this book really isn't for you, I like to think I have a strong stomach and granted I haven't read that many gory books I have seen a fair share of film ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of CM3 and hadn't read any of his horror novels before. I love slasher flicks and psychological horror. This is a book version of everything I love about splatter and exploitation films and gives it that Bizarro twist we all know and love.

A hot, tattooed cheerleader named Desdemona, goes with a group of her jock and cheerleader friends on a camping trip. This is the start of a classic slasher but as soon as a road filled with dead animals and a living dead hillbilly turn up, you
Michael Kelly
Sep 29, 2015 Michael Kelly rated it it was amazing
Whenever I've been reading too much serious stuff, either scholarly or downbeat, I know that I can always redress the balance by plucking a Carlton Mellick III title off the shelf.

This novel is completely batshit crazy. It's depraved, it's disgusting. it's obscene, it's so far out in looneyville that you wonder if the real world will still be there when you close it. In his introduction, Mr Mellick wonders if maybe, just this once, he may have gone too far and been too shocking. Yes, it is shock
Jun 21, 2015 Jesse rated it really liked it
All I can say about this, the first novel of Mellick's that I've read, is that the title is correct. This book is completely and totally apeshit. Bananas. Koo-koo. Gonzo. Fucked up. And I loved it. This is a fast-paced and energetic tribute to '80s slasher flicks, with a heady dose of surrealism, extreme gore, and an incredibly dry sense of humor. The detached, matter-of-fact narration serves to make the weirdness just that much weirder, but it isn't all just mutilation and fucking (not that the ...more
HOLY APESHIT!!! I have no real idea why I loved this book so goddamn much, but WOW! It hit me in a spot that hasn't been hit for a while. Its corny, trashy, and incredibly ridiculous. If you like cheesy, goofy horror movies, this book is for you. I'll admit, it may not be 'deep,' but it certainly works to take your mind off of everything for a few hours and I promise you will laugh your ass off. Don't miss it!
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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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