Book review: Every Time We Meet at the Dairy Queen Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes – Carlton Mellick III

 

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Reading Carlton Mellick III always makes me feel like I have fallen down a rabbit hole, just like Alice did. One of the most original and entertaining voices out there, Mellick’s prose style is far from lush and poetic, but he has a captivating voice and despite his stories’ obvious weirdness I cannot help but love his books.

Every book I have ever read by Carlton Mellick III has been wildly different from the last. The guy never seems to run out of ideas or ways to entertain. His books often have a cartoon style to them, particularly from the storytelling point of view. This is further enhanced by the cover art, which again here is nothing short of stunning.

Every Time We Meet at the Dairy Queen Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes tells the story of a blossoming relationship between two youngsters in Ethan and Spiderweb. Spiderweb is the school weirdo who with a face like a patchwork quilt, it’s easy to see why and Ethan is in love with her. As the story suggests, the problem here is that Spiderweb’s head explodes whenever there is physical contact between them!

Mellick’s latest book takes a look at the awkwardness of relationships, particularly during the school years. It is a trippy yet heartfelt story that gets weirder and weirder the further you go. The book explores the emotions of young love and there are some incredibly touching moments within this strange story. These run alongside scenes of body horror and exploding heads, of course.

Mellick’s books are very easy to read despite their strangeness and Every Time We Meet at the Dairy Queen Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes is certainly no different. I breezed through this great story in two sittings, but it can be easily read in one. I’d recommend this as a good starting point if you wanted to sample his work or if you were wondering what the heck bizarro fiction is all about.

4/5 awkward kisses from the Grim Reader.

Pick up a copy from here.

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