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Sausagey Santa (Avant Punk Book Club) [Paperback]

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Item description for Sausagey Santa (Avant Punk Book Club) by Carlton Mellick III...

For Matthew Fry, inventor of the 'Sly Guy' haircut, life at the North Pole just isn't what he expected. The elves are way too obsessed with playing Dungeons and Dragons, Frosty has a Hitler mustache made of coal, the reindeer have a tendency of exploding for no apparent reason, and Santa is a piratey mutant with a body made of sausages.

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Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 19, 2006
Publisher   Eraserhead Press
ISBN  1933929561  
ISBN13  9781933929569  

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It's beginning to look a lot like Decapitron  Jun 26, 2008
An absurd little jaunt into Bizarro-land during the yuletide, Christmas, or Jesus' birthday - whichever you may call it; Carlton Mellick III presents a comical, yet disturbing take on the traditional holiday tale. "Sausagey Santa" is the novel-version of what the best holiday-themed action-movie would be like. Similar to Mellick's other works, there is method to the madness. The traditional Christmas fairy tale proposes a kind of forced moral value down the throats of families everywhere - the tightly-woven, greeting-card-style family unit; complete with adoration and worship, replete with bullshit and fake sentiment.

Matthew Fry's family is enjoying another festive Christmas holiday; however, Matthew is not. He fears his dominatrix wife Decapitron, and surrenders to his children - he is the weakest family member. In the traditional holiday-special spirit, the Fry family must band together and help Santa and his elves defeat his arch enemy, Frosty, a true detester of Christmas. Santa is scary, crass, and undeniably made of sausages - despite what your parents may have told you as children.

Certainly an unconventional and eccentric holiday legend, "Sausagey Santa" is not for children. Although this story contains its fair share of "miracles," Mr. Mellick's intentions are not to deceive the reader, nor are they to merely entertain him/her. The trials and tribulations featured in a traditional Christmas fairy tale are meant to test the family unit: to survive; to rely on each other; to trust that they are acting on the side of good, and that good is infallable and unbeatable. However, throughout this story, Matthew (our protagonist) never has this epiphany. His character makes very little progress, and is interminably unhappy and afraid. Mellick shatters the predictable presuppositions of holiday stories and their idealistic feel-good happy-endings, undoubtedly reserved by the average reader.

Having read a number of other works by Carlton Mellick III, I've become aware of his inclination towards alpha-female, dominatrix-type characters. The character of Decapitron becomes a sort of anomaly in this story. She is the head of the family, and the children's storyteller. She sexually dominates Matthew, and also becomes an intimidating force in the fight against Frosty. Christmas legends have their heroes, and they are usually male: Scrooge, Rudolph, the Grinch, and Santa Claus. Mellick turns the tables by making the most powerfully menacing character, female. English critic and editor, Cyril Connolly wrote "In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female." (The Unquiet Grave, 1944) No one but Mellick has perfected this female character-type.

If you're looking for some adult-themed, action-packed holiday fun or maybe just some role models, do yourself a favour and check this book out.
Christmas on Crack  Jun 9, 2008
The key factor to Carlton Mellick's success as a writer is his humor.
It's possible to get lost in the sea of absurdity that Mellick's paints. However, his humor tends to hold everything together nicely.
This is a North Pole loaded with sexual deviant elves, a nazi-Frosty, a Santa made of meat and chainsaw angel wings.
Definitely not your parents Holiday yarn. Mellick has once again proven he is one of the top cynical voices of our generation.
Try not to get too drunk this Christmas  Dec 13, 2007
First of all, the cover, by Ed Mironiuk, is great. The colors are much more vibrant on the actual book. What you can't see on this site, is that on the back, there is a little snowman with hammers for arms and forks sticking out of its head. It's pretty funny.

Now, as for the story--this is a twisted take on the classic sort of Christmas tales that pop up a month or so before Christmas. It plays with the concept, though, because this is no sappy, sweet tale--this is a surly, irreverent version of Christmas where you leave beer for Santa instead of cookies.Can Christmas be saved? Do you care?

The style is concise, fast, and humorous. I laughed out loud at some points of the book. Mellick explores a lot of really interesting ideas, which is one of the things I liked the most.

So, may you have a Christmas. Read this book, and leave a beer for Santa.

--lotus rose
My book, which also includes a Christmas story called, "The Worst Christmas Ever":
The Corruption of Innocence
Awesome story!  Nov 27, 2007
This book is totally hilarious. The story is basically about when an evil Frosty the Snowman who threatens to destroy Christmas, a character named "Sly Guy" Matthew Fry teams up with Santa and the elves along with Sly Guys totally wicked wife, Decapitron, to save the day. Santa is a crazy jolly pirate made out of sausage. Decapitron is has a candy cane samurai sword and is a pro street fighter. The elves are obsessed with dressing up like Dungeons & Dragons characters. And Frosty....well you'll just have to read the book to learn about Frosty.

This book is like South Park, Futurama, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and The Night Before Christmas all wrapped together with a giant chainsaw bow and a fancy hairdo. It's a ball of laughs and totally fun!
Holy Crap!  Nov 24, 2007
I just got this book and I am going to race out and buy more copies to give as Christmas gifts. This book is a winner!

There has never been a Christmas Book as entertaining and f'd up at Sausagey Santa. Elf s3x! Christmas fetish! Snowmen with axes for limbs! This book is hilarious, poignant, and ultra smashing x-massey goodness.

I am so happy that there's a bizarro christmas book like this. And I love the cover!

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