#ReadAnFnBookFridays: ‘Apeshit’ by Carlton Mellick III

Title: Apeshit

Author: Carlton Mellick III

Publisher: Eraserhead Press

At its core, Apeshit is the typical teenagers-head-into-the-woods-for-debauchery-then-it-all-goes-to-hell horor story. What sets it apart from the run-of-the-mill horror schlock are the imaginative touches bizarro author Carlton Mellick III uses to color in that framework.

In his introduction to the story, Mellick says Apeshit is not like any other book he’s written, and he was even hesitant to publish it. He was right about it not being like other books he’s written, and he was also right to go against the voices in his head telling him to bury it. 

It was his intention to write a story akin to classic cult horror films. It seems it was also his intention to turn the knob on that genre all the way up to 11. 

Carlton Mellick III (Photo from BizarroCentral.com)

Carlton Mellick III (Photo from BizarroCentral.com)

The crew of kids aren’t the typical preppie teens featured in the movies that inspired Apeshit, even though they are three football players and three cheerleaders. For example, two of the guys and one of the girls are in a three-way relationship, where everybody pleases everybody if you know what I mean, and I think you do. There’s also a hyper-depressive, and a macho kind of character. One of the cheerleaders also sports a mohawk and enough tattoos to earn her a job at the state fair. 

Things get weird right from the start. On the way to their cabin in the woods, they encounter several disfigured animals, including a man so mangled he shouldn’t be alive. 

Once there, they crew not only have to deal with each other, they discover beasts in the woods who watch them and stalk them. 

Then there is the issue of things simply not dying, no matter what happens to them, even the main characters.

Also like the films that inspired the story, it’s filled with sex, intoxication, and the pursuit of self gratification among the main characters. 

Shit escalates from there. 

Like Mellick said in his introduction, it’s not quite like his other books. It’s a little more mainstream in its content when compared to something like Razor Wire Pubic Hair, or The Morbidly Obese Ninja, but it does remain twisted enough to stand out from the typical books of this style. 

It’s worth a read. You can get the Kindle edition at Amazon for $7.95 (for now at least), or the paperback for $10.95. 

Mellick has a ton of books out there, and I’ve yet to find one I’ve absolutely hated, so I recommend checking out his entire body of work. 

In the meantime, though, why don’t you just read a fucking book or something.