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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  589 ratings  ·  96 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, 196 pages
Published October 22nd 2008 by Avant Punk Books/Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
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...more

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...more
Bob Milne
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...more
Stephan van der Linde
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...more
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
Rose O'Keefe
Most fucked up book I've ever published
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...more
Matthew Fryer
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...more
William M.
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...more
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
Ross Lockhart
"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
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...more
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...more
Anthony Chavez
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...more
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
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...more
Tamara Romero
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
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
David Richardson
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
Thomas Padley
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
Wow! What happens when you combine pornography and gore? Apeshit! I love gore films... I love splatter films. I've wathed anything you can imagine. But that book... It's tottaly fucked up!I feel like i was brain-raped! And i couldn't put it down.
The story is a typical one. Six teenagers go for a trip to an old cabin in the woods, like it happens in most of the horror b movies. But what happens then, it's not so typical... When i thought that "ok, what else will happen after that?", another thin...more
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...more
Steve Hammond
This was my introduction to the bizarro genre and I'm hooked. I downloaded a few Kindle samples from various bizarro authors and after reading the beginning of Apeshit, there was no way I could move on to something else. Being a horror movie fan, Mellick's intentionally cliche plot of teenagers in a cabin made me want to read the book, but his nonchalant way of introducing ridiculous concepts (a vagina with teeth) made me not want to put it down. Within a couple days I was finished with the book...more
Dustin Reade
there are things in this book you do not mention even on the internet. Read it.
Dave Whitt
An interesting travel book. A genre I've not come across before.
The book that sucks you into a funnel of increasingly sick absurdity.
Absolutely twisted and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.
More like a 3.5. Review forthcoming
One word: sick.

This has to be the most fucked up book by Carlton Mellick. I'm not sure I like it very much. The idea is as usual original, but Apeshit kind of went over the border of bizarre to a strange land I have no name for. I can best describe it the pornography of bizarre. I mean, sexual fetishes about aborted foetuses just isn't right, man. Killing them, cutting them up, and then re-inserting them? *shudder*

And there I thought The Haunted Vagina was bad. That was actually pretty tame.

Before I comment, here's a quote from Carlton Mellick in the Foreword:

"This book surely is not the most fucked up book ever written, it wasn't supposed to be, but it's fucked up enough. Part of me doesn't actually want anybody to read it.

I'm guessing people are going to accuse me of trying to be "shocking for the sake of being shocking" with this book. More so than any of my previous books."

Reading this book feels like watching some of the worst of the schlock-horror slasher movies, those ones...more
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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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