Milkman Days #6: Garrett Cook


Garrett Cook is a freelance editor. He runs bizarro workshops on occasion. He is an editor for the Imperial Youth Review. He is the author of Jimmy Plush: Teddy Bear Detective, Archelon Ranch, Murderland, and Time Pimp. Oh, and he’s the two time winner of the annual Ultimate Bizarro Showdown. Boom.

Garrett’s good for helping you to find your footing in the genre. He knows the people. He knows the books. If you’re unsure where you fit in with the bizarro scene, Garrett Cook just may be able to help you find your way.

For being such an integral part of the bizarro community, Garrett Cook is my sixth and final honorary milkman.

“Day of the Milkman is one of the weirdest damn things I’ve read. And I’m Garrett Cook.”



Milkman Days #5: Jeremy Maddux


Jeremy Maddux is a pretty rad dude.

He’s an editor for the Surreal Grotesque magazine, and the host of his own bizarro-themed podcast, Surreal Sermons. He reads a ton of bizarro books from a wide variety of authors and publishers (how can he keep up with them all?!?!?!).

On top of his diligent reading and interviewing habits, Jeremy is also hard at work on his own writing, and if he invests even a fraction of the time on his writing that he does on investing himself in the bizarro community getting to know books and people, then I think we’ll be in for a real treat.

Jeremy, we’re all rooting for you.

For all his hard work and dedication Jeremy Maddux is today’s honorary milkman.

“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.”

Keep an eye out for the next release from Surreal Grotesque, an anthology called Vertigo Schisms, featuring my story, the Orphanarium, alongside G. Arthur Brown, David W. Barbee, Vincenzo Bilof, Kevin Strange, and others.


Milkman Days #4: Gabino Iglesias


Gabino Iglesias is my bionic brother. We went through the NBAS together. He’s a great writer, journalist, and friend. There’s a lot to admire in his work ethic and his dedication to the small press scene. He reads a ton of top quality small press books and publishes reviews on some pretty awesome lit websites. His writing is always appearing in awesome anthologies, and he’s got a whole bunch of other stuff going on behind the scenes that I don’t even know much about, but I know Gabino is incredibly awesome. That’s all anyone really needs to know about him.

Oh, and he wrote this wicked, visceral dystopian beast of a book, called Gutmouth. It’s about a man with a mouth in his gut. And the complications that come with it. And the horrible, depraved world in which such beings exist.

For being a total badass with everything he does, Gabino is today’s honorary milkman.

“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.”


Milkman Days #3: Spike Marlowe


Spike Marlowe is a superhero. Literally, she wears a mask and everything.

She’s my editor at Eraserhead Press, taking over since Kevin Shamel stepped down.

Spike is the author of Placenta of Love, which was part of the 2011/12 NBAS. It’s a fantastic bizarre love story, and it is touching and bold and bright. Robot pirates, anyone? Spike can make magic happen. That’s her superpower.

She’s an awesome author, editor, and friend. She also writes the Tea House column at Bizarro Central.

Make sure to keep your eyes out for forthcoming works from Spike, including the wonderful chapbook project spearheaded by Constance Ann Fitzgerald: Ladybox.

For always listening to me and helping me talk things through, for being a great editor and friend, Spike Marlowe is an honorary milkman (milkwoman?).

“Lyrical, haunting, beautiful. Look out world—S.T. Cartledge has leveled up!”


Milkman Days #2: G. Arthur Brown


Let me tell you about Gary.

Gary is an author, who is not an author.

No. He’s an author who IS an author, and his first book, Kitten, kind of proves that.

I met G. Arthur Brown, AKA Gary the Pirate, way back in the Fall of 2012 in the bizarro-famous Edgefield hotel in Troutdale, Oregon.

Gary was one of six other authors who would share the next year with me as a New Bizarro Author. His book was the first one in the series which I read, and it was this fantastic surreal thing completely unlike anything else I’d read. No wonder people loved the shit out of it.

Since then, Gary has become the Flash Fiction Friday editor at Bizarro Central, and he’s got some big things coming through the pipelines soon, but I’ll spread the news on Gary’s revolutionary new nipple growth cream in due time.


Oh fuck.

Sorry, G.

Gary is my second honorary milkman. Here’s what he had to say about my own writing:

“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.”