Review: Clownfellas by Carlton Mellick




Publisher: Random House

Publishing Date: July 2015

ISBN: 9780804179355 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.8/5

Publisher Description: For years, the hard-boiled capos of the Bozo family have run all of the funny business in Little Bigtop, from the clown brothels to the illegal comedy trade. But hard times have befallen the Bozos now that Le Mystère, the French clown Mafia, has started moving in and trying to take over the city.

Review: The cover should have Vinnie Blue Nose on it. This is a collection of stories showcasing the Bozo crime family, a collection of clowns genetically altered with “Happy Juice” with various offshoots and genetic varieties. 

Listen very carefully (or read). You need to beg borrow or steal a copy of this novel. It is fugging fantastic. I don’t know where to start. The stories are inventive, the overall plot and concept is brilliant, the character development is superb, the movement is constant and entertaining and develops the characters wonderfully. The clown weapons are at once hilarious and deadly. I fell over laughing when all the clowns shouted in terror that “He knows how to mime!!” and subsequently makes a machine gun out of thin air.

I really liked Bingo Ballbreaker, Pogo and Captain Spotty. Even the French Clown syndicate (Le Mystere) and the sideshow story lines were great developments. This should be a movie. GET IT!




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