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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,231 ratings  ·  163 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
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Published October 22nd 2008 by Avant Punk Books/Eraserhead Press
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Jun 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, reviewed, 2000s
"Okay self," I say to myself. "We really need to talk."

"Are we really doing this joke again?" I ask myself as press for the next page on my Kindle.

"Yes, this is serious. I'm worried about you Tim. I know you've had a recent foray into horror, and I'm tolerantly accepting that for the moment, but this latest book... seriously?"

"What's wrong with it?"

"It's called 'Apeshit' Tim. Are you really going out reading a book called 'Apeshit' and with a cover like that?"

"You will note that I already mentio
Paul Nelson
May 30, 2015 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 bl
Dan Schwent
Jul 14, 2011 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 18, 2013 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
Jun 05, 2014 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.
This book started really well for me. The story was already fairly obvious which kinds of teen slashers it was going to be spoofing and the characters were breaking all the stereotypes of the horror movie group of teens. I was sold. However, as the story progressed further I felt like I wanted a refund. The story remained entertaining throughout but not necessarily in a good way. More in a 'oh my god, what the fuck?' kind of way. Which, I guess means the author still did their job but the more c ...more
Tonya Breck
Dec 28, 2011 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
Rose O'Keefe
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eraserhead-press
Most fucked up book I've ever published ...more
Oct 13, 2011 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
Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
After reading this I feel the need to scrub my brain with Lysol and a steel wire brush!
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
As brutal and twisted and messed up and psychotic as this book is... I gotta give it 5 stars! The most effed up book I've ever read. Full review to come! ...more
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, horror
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
Jul 06, 2013 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
Angus McKeogh
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
My first foray into "bizarro fiction". I wouldn't call this book a masterpiece, and it's certainly not the pinnacle of literary form or storytelling. But it was ridiculously campy, overtly disgusting, and cornily entertaining. I never reached a section where I considered setting it aside because I'd lost interest which for the moment is something to be said for whatever I've been reading. At least something fun enough to finish compared to the over-the-top boring "literary" works I seem to be im ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I only started reading Bizarro fiction a year ago or so, mainly because I wanted something different, and you can't get more different than Bizarro. Apeshit was ok, there were some memorable moments and overall this was a fun read, with the last 20% of the book getting totally crazy, and the ending was pretty sweet, however I prefer Mellick's other works for the sheer outrageousness that he injects into every aspect of his writing. ...more
Matthew Fryer
Aug 03, 2011 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
Ross Lockhart
May 23, 2009 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
David Richardson
Jun 06, 2014 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 dru ...more
Nov 05, 2014 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
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read this book in a few hours and I'm glad I didn't put it down, even though it was a school night. Apeshit was well done, the character development was hilarious, albeit a bit rushed at times (Crystal having anti-social personality disorder is one example--Spoiler?)
Anyways, what good fun! I love b-movies and I enjoy the 'cabin in the woods' setting, and the inbreeding hillbillies. Oh how it reminds me of that one X-Files episode where Mulder finds this weird remote shack pretty much in the mid
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
Peter Derk
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This one definitely goes in the "shocking for the sake of shock" category. That might sometimes be a valid critique of a book, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut this one is called Apeshit, it has a blood-spattered woman wielding a machete with...let's call it 3/4 of her boobs out, and it's by Carlton Mellick III. So me being mad that this book does some shock for the sake of shock would be like being mad because Demolition Man ...more
Jul 05, 2020 added it
I don't know whether to give this book 5 stars for the sheer balls it took for the author to write it or 1 star for the sheer balls it took for the author to write it. I don't think I've ever read anything like it. ...more
Anthony Chavez
Jul 17, 2011 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
Jan 09, 2013 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
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! ...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.

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Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader
Wow, this was disgusting! I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I think it had every depraved thing you can think of and Mellick still managed to hold the story together. I’ll definitely be reading more of his work.
Nurse Nightmare
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I liked this novel, but i didnt LOVE it.

Very action packed and simple to read. I can see why this is bizzaro as some of the scenarios are so far fetched it is actually funny! A lot of lovely gore to let the imagination run wild. Not an overly long drawn out novel either.

Didn't mind this one, it did keep me interested but now that I have read it I cant see myself re-reading it... more 2.5 star rating, but I did also like the quick comic section in the back
Kelly Furniss
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Six teenagers go to a cabin in to the woods for a break. And it all goes wrong, very wrong.
It's brutal, gory, freaky, full of sex & mutants. Totally lovingly bizarre but of course it is Mellick!
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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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