This week, I review two Deadite Press books. GHOUL by two time Bram Stoker award winner Brian Keene and “ZOMBIES AND SHIT” by the bonkers, bizzaro king of mean, Carlton Mellick III.
GHOUL by Brian Keene
The story of Ghoul follows the lives of three young boy’s set in an area of Pennsylvania where farm country meets factories. Timmy Graco, a twelve year old boy who collects comic books and one time pissed on an electric fence, is the protagonist who along with his two best friends, Doug and Barry, live their lives out like all kids do… making secret hideouts in cemeteries and playing among the dead. All is well and good until people start disappearing alive and turning up dead and not to mention the Ghoul munching that takes place. Needless to say, the ghoul is a problem for the town and there is no way a monster or anyone else is going to foul and smash the dreams of a 12 year old boy and his buddies.
Sounds cool right? Well, it is.
I won’t tell anymore about GHOUL, because that would ruin it, but I will say that there is much more to the story then three boys and a ghoul eating people. There is an underpinning of something greater within the pages, a terrible secret, and the fact that GHOUL is also part of Keene’s ongoing mythos that he calls The Labyrinth (Got to be a fan to catch and connect it). Keene creates believable characters and I always feel bad when one, or more, of the characters get hurt, eviscerated, killed, ect. But this is exactly why his work is so good, and I have no reservations in recommending GHOUL or Keene’s other works to anyone. The ending of GHOUL was some of the best, truthful, honest writing I have ever read (these are other qualities I admire and enjoy from Keene), and will have you thinking the same way too. Ghoul has a strong plot, complex characters and classic monster mashing…err… melting, what could be better?
Ghoul is set in the 1980’s and, while some say it is a coming of age story with elements of the horror genre just “thrown” in, I disagree with the second part, and feel that it was more of a solid classic horror trip that takes you through a plethora of characters and one crazy ass monster legacy.
Re-released by Deadite Press (One of my new favorite presses ), this edition is of excellent quality and is well worth the read and the best part of all, coming from Deadite press, you can pick up the trade paperback for only $11 bucks! Ghoul was a retro pleasure to read and like I said, it’s a terror filled joyride that will burn your fingers as you turn the pages and it will catch your mind afire. Congratulations Mr. Keene, another excellent book. Buy it hear. Also, look out for the film adaptation of Ghoul coming later this year! Click here for more info on that.
Zombies and Shit by Carlton Mellick III
Carlton Mellick III (hereafter known as CM3, for space purposes) is a strange man, and I wouldn’t have it another way. If you’re not used to this genre called bizzaro, the let me tell you something… Either you get the humor or you don’t. Nay Sayers and people who just don’t understand aside (no one really cares about them anyways), let me state that I am now a complete fan of CM3 and Zombies And Shit was the book that started me on the path to his fandom.
Zombies and Shit ( Hereafter known as ZnS) has a simple premise: Twenty people wake up to find that they are in an abandoned building, in the middle of the zombie post apocalyptic, mad max world. To top everything off, they are contestants in a battle royal for a game show called Zombie Survival! Each contestant is given a backpack of supplies and a unique weapon. The catch? There is only one seat…for one person… that means everyone else must DIE!!!
ZnS is filled with some of the most dirty, raunchiest, punk filled characters that would make even G.G. Allin throw up. Still, I loved every minute of the carnage and chaos that ensued between these pages. My favorite part of the whole book is when the T-2000 shows up. You will laugh your ass off, or at least crack a smile once you find out who or what T-2000 is. I won’t spoil it. You must read it for yourself.
CM3 writing is like on one else and for some strange reason, when I’m deep in his prose, I can’t help but feel like the story is being told to me by a horney teenage boy! And I would know, trust me on that. I can tell CM3 has a lot of fun writing these books and it shows big time.
But what about the voice, the plot, the structure?
I say whattaboutem? Because when the writing and story is as good as it is in ZnS, nothing else matters. You will be glued to this book and it will entertain you.
And if it doesn’t entertain you, then you just don’t get it. Go read a romance novel, Nancy. (No offense meant to those names Nancy. It’s a very pretty name.)
ZnS is available from Deadite press and you can order it here for the low, low price of $12.95 for the paperback and 7.95 for the kindle edition.
Next week I will review some Edward Lee! Also, Dark Fuse has some excellent titles avilable for ebook or Hardcover and I will get around to some reviews of APARTMENT SEVEN by Greg Gefune and BACK FROM THE DEAD by J.F. Gonzales.
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