Review: Sea of the Patchwork Cats by Carlton Mellick III

Sea of the Patchwork Cats by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press February 2006)

Sea of the Patchwork Cats by Carlton Mellick III begins with Conrad, a drunk, lonely, wretch of a man failing to commit suicide along with the rest of the human race. It would appear he is cursed from the very beginning, yet instead of succumbing to failure one last time, he unknowingly embarks on a watery adventure with several frozen female stow-aways who aren’t completely human.

When from his vessel (a mansion stocked with some food and certainly not enough liquor) he sees a strange dwelling shaped like conjoined women mysteriously located in the middle of the sea, he steers the house into the strangest drunken dream-like experience ever imagined.

In the sea structure that is called Nerve Works Conrad starts to transform from the self-loathing drunkard, despite still being able to get loaded as the house offers whatever he desires. Having to put up with three, cross-species of rather tempermental women, countless cats, and a mysterious female figure with an ominous, ghostly presence, Conrad struggles with his new self, one who is only required to enjoy himself.

What begins as a story about a drunk becomes a story about a man who gets a very weird second chance, as well as a re-creation story from one of the finest authors the Bizarro family can provide. Any true lover of fiction that goes beyond all genres would devour Carlton Mellick III’s Sea of the Patchwork Cats.