One day during the week I started reading Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick III, my first piece of Bizarro Fiction, and later that night I finished it. I went to bed and woke up the next morning perplexed.
When you think Bizarro Fiction you think bizarre don’t you? It’s not that Satan Burger wasn’t bizarre in it’s own way, but I didn’t find it bizarre. Maybe that needs more explanation? Yes it probably does. I can see how it would be considered bizarre to other readers and in the general reading community, but when I read it I think ‘oh my does that man have a colourful and inventive imagination’ not ‘well that is bizarre’ like I probably should so I’m guessing my imagination is pretty colourful and inventive itself or I’m just so desensitised bizarre doesn’t mean bizarre any more if it ever did. Anywho, enough dribble from me and my ponderings.
Satan Burger Synopsis
God hates you. All of you. He closed the gates of Heaven and wants you to rot on Earth forever. Not only that, he is repossessing your souls and feeding them to a large vagina-shaped machine called the Walm–an interdimensional doorway that brings His New Children into the world. He loves these new children, but He doesn’t love you. They are more interesting than you. They are beautiful, psychotic, magical, sex-crazed, and deadly. They are turning your cities into apocalyptic chaos, and there’s nothing you can do about it …
Featuring: a narrator who sees his body from a third-person perspective, a man whose flesh is dead but his body parts are alive and running amok, an overweight messiah, the personal life of the Grim Reaper, lots of classy sex and violence, and a motley group of squatter punks that team up with the devil to find their place in a world that doesn’t want them anymore.
From a bizarro fiction perspective I don’t know if Satan Burger is well done because this is my first Bizarro Fiction venture, but as a general read without the bizarro factor I thought it was quite entertaining.
This is one of his first novels and I haven’t read anything else by him, but Carlton Mellick doesn’t exactly write the prescribed way (following grammar and sentence structure). Most of the time in a story that will annoy me because I can’t help nit picking over it (is that a writer’s habit?), but in Satan Burger it seems to add to the story rather then detract from it. It also helps that Mellick states in the beginning that he won’t ever change his writing and makes no apologises for it which I greatly respect because most of the time it should be about the story rather then the wording unless it makes no sense and you can’t read it of course.
The story follows a young man (the one mentioned who can see out of his body) and his friends as they discover what is going on with everyone’s souls and stave off boredom. The story includes Satan, Jesus Christ, the Grim Reaper, and all sorts of interesting creatures with even more interesting descriptions.
It’s one of those books that if you’re easily offended by religious references (that aren’t always in favour of that religion) then you might want to avoid it. Even though the whole religious aspect isn’t against religions, but it’s a different take, and a lot of religious people might find that blasphemous. I myself just find it amusing, colourful, and completely rational with the story.
Otherwise if you’re not easily offended (even if it’s with something not religious) and can take a lot of politically incorrect subjects lightly in this sort of delivery then you could probably read it. Especially because the use of politically incorrect terms in this story actually suit the story. It’s a bit hard to explain unless you read it and without giving it away, but with how society is in Satan Burger then it makes perfect sense.
If you’re after something that is shocking you’ll probably only find it so if you’re not used to reading anything disturbing or shocking at all. If you’re like me and have been interested in or watching/reading disturbing media then this isn’t going to do it for you like that. Hopefully you’ll at least get a laugh out of it and be entertained (because it may not be shocking to a shock junkie, but it’s still entertaining), but do keep in mind that for you it will probably be just a light read.