Girl in the Glass Planet (2017)
Girl in the Glass Planet is an aural cyberpunk fantasy where the Pied Piper meets Franz Kafka in a labyrinth of glass tunnels and grotesque alien insects. Follow Cyberia (the girl in the glass planet) as she joins Darko, Basho, and the Shinkai in hunting down Zatoichi (a god-like creature known as “the speaker-man) after he destroyed their homes and left a swarm of insectoid cyborites in his wake. His sound drives them beyond the point of madness. They’re hunting for revenge, hoping they can reach the silence at the end of the tunnel. A fast-paced surreal sci-fi thriller from the author of The Orphanarium.
The Orphanarium (2017)
Here is us. We are here in the Orphanarium. Think: a city in a massive box, vacuum-sealed tight. No one is allowed outside. Here, people are born out of the air or made like computers and put together. Daff is me and Dil is you and together we are twins pulled from the same vacuum of space. Cyberia is our friend android and she has a window in her head, a sphere like a crystal mind monitor. Our pet is called Killy, a cyborg dog who was born out of the air like you and me, but has since been built up with robot parts so she can live longer.
This is the way things are. And the way things are right now is all about the situation with the Elementals. Some people are calling it a war. For others, it’s more of a slaughter. Us or them, it’s never specified. We try so hard to stay alive but the chaos spills through the walls onto us. There is no control. But there’s always talk of what’s going on outside the Orphanarium. Whispers of what’s happening out there, while we’re over here surrounded by candylions grazing on their holographic grass. Truth is we don’t know until we find out.
The Orphanarium is a surreal dystopian novel reminiscent of early bizarro works like Lost in Cat Brain Land by Cameron Pierce and Sea of the Patchwork Cats by Carlton Mellick III, as well as the poetic dreamscapes of Richard Brautigan and Hayao Miyazaki.
Kindle (coming soon!)
Kaiju Canyon (2016)
When a hunting expedition goes missing during a freak earthquake in the Australian Outback, the Alice Springs Police Department sends out a search team to find the missing hunters. Instead, the rescue party discovers a newly-formed canyon in the heart of the Outback.
Nothing could have prepared them for the horror that awaits them as they find themselves besieged by gigantic flying monsters and mutant lizards.
Kaiju Canyon is an action packed journey into primordial terror, where every step you take may be your last.
Beautiful Madness (2015)
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 in your own mind the madness within.
There are no limits to what chaos you may see.
Day of the Milkman (2014)
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.
House Hunter (2012) – an urban fantasy-esque action packed Bizarro novella, published by Eraserhead Press as part of the 2012/13 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.
Cover art copyright: Lauren Price 2012
Jess at Frellathon (+ ebook giveaway)
The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction (Issue Nine)
2013, Eraserhead Press.
Short story: Whoville Maximum Security Prison
Amazon: Print only
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
Amazon: Kindle only
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
Angels of the Toilet Bowl at The Mustache Factor
Johnny Depp: Solar System at The Mustache Factor
Pterodactyl’s Last Stand at Goodreads (collected short stories and poetry)
Soft Serve Hot Pursuit at Comet
John Hurt at Bizarro Central
Tower-in-Laws at The Mustache Factor
The Sinking at Bizarro Central
Whoville Maximum Security Prison in the Magazine of Bizarro Fiction #9
The Butterfly Effekt in the Bizarro Zombie Anthology That Wouldn’t Die
Wizard and Robot in the World of Sand and Bones in the Four Gentlemen of the Apocalypse anthology
Overgrown in the Wishing Weird anthology
Gigantic Death Worm in Surreal Grotesque Issue 3
Tekkon Kinkreet in Surreal Grotesque Issue 0