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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Returning to his avant-punk style introduced in the international cult hit, SATAN BURGER, Carlton Mellick III takes us on a journey into an absurd afterlife called PUNK LAND: the punk version of Heaven. The story follows Goblin, a deformed young hermit who is perfectly happy haunting an abandoned gatehouse far outside of civilization with his pet dildo, Frog Strips, until ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by Eraserhead Press
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Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: previously-read
This book was the first book I had read from Mellick. His style is like no other. I hate typing reviews so I'll keep it short. Punk Land was creepy, sickening, and oddly arousing with it's cannibal sex scenes. I recommend this to anyone who loves weird shit.
Richard Smith
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a lot going on here...commentary on religion, government and style. Not all topics are necessarily fully developed, yet the story is satisfying and entertaining.

Imagine a place where punk lifestyles, ideals and behaviors rule. Punk Land is that place. Punks denied access to heaven are exiled to Punk Land where they spend the afterlife as they did on earth. However, in a place where everyone is punk, different is the norm. Punk is the fashion and therefore no longer punk. A government
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Punk Land is really good at being what it is. When I found Satan Burger eight years ago in Texas, it was a battered and creased, being passed around a group of friends like some sort of drug, and that's kinda what Carlton Mellick III seems to be good at. I found Punk Land yesterday in a bookstore, the shock of recognition and the memory of that clandestine relationship was so great that I purchased it immediately and read it all that evening. (I will note that it feels a little unnatural to be ...more
Ekel Adolf
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro
People who follow my reviews might already know that I have quite a high opinion of Mr. Mellick's works. In other reviews I stated that his books can roughly be separated into two categories: Surreal, rather dark and nightmarish stuff on the one and fun, crazy and outright trashy novels and novellas on the other side. While Punk Land is clearly a fun read, it has an "all natural" flavour to it, which means that it feels and tastes like an organic composition and not like something created by ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was a pile of shit and I feel stupider for having read it. Ugh. Trying way too hard.
David Barbee
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I don't really consider this to be a sequel to Satan Burger, even though that's technically what it is. It's more of a bizarro espionage story with loads of famous punks and punk culture thrown in for flavor. And what flavor is it? I think its raspberry mixed with sewage mud. Delicioso.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
I adored "Satan Burger," "The Baby Jesus Butt Plug," "The Haunted Vagina," "Sausagey Santa," and "Ocean of Lard," but for some reason this one just didn't tickle my fancy quite the same way. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. Great ideas and images, occasionally funny, but there wasn't much of a narrative thrust. I think the problem here was that the many ideas going into it didn't come together quite so well--it might have worked better had the ideas been distributed into several different ...more
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a place which exists somewhere between Heaven and hell, a land where punks have erected their own afterlife rather than try to get along in Heaven. Goblin is a guard who works at the main gate of Punk Land, and yet, no one has visited the security station or entered Punk Land in some time. So Goblin is surprised to find two people who arrive not through the gate, but from within Punk Land itself. And they have many more shocking revelations which Goblin decides must be put before the ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Upon entering Noid, the atmosphere goes from peaceful nature sounds to blisteringly loud Oi! music attacking from twenty different directions.

this is Punk Land!" Nan says.

The city is much different than it was just a year ago. It has become a giant mosh pit. Skinheads and punks running through the streets punching and slamming each other. Oi! bands are playing everywhere and it's sometimes hard to distinguish between the band members and the audience. Perhaps half of the crowd are
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading this, I feel like CM3 wanted to write a Dummy's Guide to Punk just for the ironic satisfaction that such an effort would give. This work is an allegory for the commercialisation of popular revolution and the corruption of order-seeking hierarchy. It is a reinterpretation of the classic Crass song "Punk Is Dead". And it has the protagonist throwing dildos at God and punk icons. This is fun all around.
M.P. Johnson
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hanging With GG Allin In The Afterlife

Where do people like GG Allin go when they die? Punk Land, of course. It's like heaven, except for punks. And some of those punks may have talking dildo babies. And some of those punks may actually be human-shark hybrid assassins. Basically, this is a rad concept made better by goofing around with punk culture and punk lore, and by adding in a helping of cool characters and their weird pets/babies.
Jorge Palacios
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to Satan Burger is even funnier than it's predecesor. It's full of artwork, which makes the read even more surreal, and the humor and stakes rise and are off the chart in this one. One of my favorite books ever!
Sequal to Satan Burger... It was part of a four book series called Brave New World, which also featured Virtual Light by William Gibson, City Come A Walkin by John Shirley, and Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan. [note]
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you like punk rock. You will like this book.
Thomas Flynn
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
The kind-of sort-of sequel to "Satan Burger," which I also loved. Much more of an engaging adventure. With shark girls.
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Quite disappointing. The prose was weak; a forced sequel to the above average 'Satan's Burger'. Mostly, the type face made the novel feel even cheaper than it's cover promises.
Ed Wagemann
Apr 03, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Completely insane and ridiculous but very enjoyable (especially if you're familiar with the different genres of punk culture).
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it
...threw a dildo @ dildo's 'bruise never healed and probably never will. As if damage caused by God is eternal...'

Nice God.

Three stars so far.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
this was the worst book about a guy getting kicked out of heaven for throwing a dildo at God that I have ever read.
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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.

Mellick's work has been described as a combination of trashy schlock
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