2012, Eraserhead Press, New Bizarro Author Series.
Finding a good house is a house hunter’s job. If you want a great house, you need Imogen. She’s the best at capturing young houses and training them to be homes. But all of her skills will be tested when the Association goes after the mythical Jabberhouse in order to breed houses in captivity. With a mysterious helper, Imogen and her house fight to stay alive and keep houses free.
A bizarro adventure, with cockroach people, spider-cars, assassins, house-fights, and a big-ass castle stomping into battle against an ancient temple. House hunting has never been so weird.
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Day of the Milkman
2013, Bizarro Pulp Press.
In a world dominated by the milk industry, only one milkman remains after a terrible storm sinks all the ships and throws the Great White Sea out of balance. The storm has left HiLo, the last milkman, to endure the memories of a world that left him behind. Adrift upon a lonely sea in a lonely world, his search for food, drinkable milk, and survivors is soured by the ghosts of those he lost. But World Milk, HiLo’s former employer, left many secrets in its wake; with the company of a ghostly hologram woman, HiLo’s quest for answers might resurrect the once-glorious milk industry and return the world to creamy freshness. The day of the milkman is upon us.
2015, self-published, poetry.
Here lies a wild mix of collected imaginings. From dreams of watercolour samurai, to ice cream diamond bandits, to octopus gods, to burning chrome towns, close your eyes and illustrate your own mind with what you read here. Let the words loose and form poems of your own! There are no limits to what chaos you can come up with.
The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction (Issue Nine)
2013, Eraserhead Press.
Short story: Whoville Maximum Security Prison
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The Bizarro Zombie Anthology That Wouldn’t Die!
2015, Dynatox Ministries.
Short story: The Butterfly Effekt
The Four Gentlemen of the Apocalypse
2015, the Strange Edge.
Novelette: Wizard and Robot in the World of Sand and Bones
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Praise for S.T. Cartledge:
“Cartledge’s genius lies in his ability to create surreal worlds
so immersive that you can’t be sure whether you are reading
them or dreaming them.”
—G Arthur Brown, author of Kitten
“I am totally comfortable calling S.T. a modern day Richard
Brautigan for his consistently playful and arresting imagery.
His word pictures are like Brom paintings.”
author of Open Lines and editor at Surreal Grotesque
“Day of the Milkman is one of the weirdest damn things I’ve
read. And I’m Garrett Cook.”
—Garrett Cook, author of Time Pimp, Murderland,
Jimmy Plush: Teddy Bear Detective, and Archelon Ranch
“In Day of the Milkman, Cartledge continues to show us his
depth and gives us a new glimpse into the breadth of his
creative potential. Day of the Milkman doesn’t coast in on the
latest cream-coated indy formula for success. This work isn’t
a skim derivation of bizarro from preceding works in the
genre. In this book, Cartledge carves his own path, rising
above the ranks with vivid description, milk-laden metaphor,
and high-quality storytelling.”
—Kirk Jones, author of Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating
Inanimals and Journey to Abortosphere
“S.T. Cartledge is one of those rare authors who seem to have
an innate understanding of how the bizarro genre works and
what needs to be done to deliver great stories. In Day of the
Milkman, he starts by reinventing the shipwreck genre and
ends up reinventing his own elegant prose. Sure, this is weird
and has touches of science fiction, but it’s also proof that
Cartledge will be a very relevant voice in strange fiction for a
long time to come.”
—Gabino Iglesias, author of Gutmouth
“Lyrical, haunting, beautiful. Look out world—S.T. Cartledge
has leveled up!”
—Spike Marlowe, author of Placenta of Love