In Carlton Mellick III's fourteenth bizarro novel, The Haunted Vagina, the reader is presented with another Mellickian mind-bending concept--what if your girlfriend's vagina was a gateway to another world? We are introduced to Steve and his girlfriend Stacy, whose "haunted" vagina is a problem for their sex life. When a skeleton-like creature emerges from Stacy's vagina, the two decide to explore what may be inside of her.
When Steve explores (and becomes trapped in) Stacy's vaginal world, he reflects upon his relationship with her. Mellick makes it obvious through clear dialogue and abstract imagery that their relationship is not healthy. Despite these strange occurrences and relationship problems, Steve remains hopelessly devoted to Stacy. This love is the basis for Mellick's return to a common theme: the power, figuratively and literally, a women's vagina can hold over a man.
The joys and terrors that Steve finds in the vagina reflect his relationship with Stacy. The power and trust struggles are seen from inside both characters--inside Steve, who is the narrator of the story, and from literally inside Stacy. This allows the reader a uniquely personal viewpoint of Steve and Stacy's downward spiral as lovers.
Mellick has made a name for himself by writing consistently engaging, strange, and downright weird stories. His characters can sometimes get lost in the weirdness. The Haunted Vagina is not really about the hallucinogenic world Steve finds inside Stacy; it is about the characters themselves. Their doubts and fears fuel the plot.
Fan's looking only for Mellick's hardcore gore and extremely bizarre imagery may be disappointed, as this book is more subtle than its predecessors. Don't be mistaken: this is still very much a horror book that explores the vagaries and dangers of lust, love and obsession. In this Bizarro novel, Mellick illustrates the human condition better than many authors of "realism."
Despite having dealt with similar themes before (e.g. Razor Wire Pubic Hair and The Steel Breakfast Era), this is Mellick's most mature and effective representation of men's sexual fears. His sparse style paints an intimate portrait of Steve and Stacy's relationship. The Haunted Vagina deserves attention; it's among Mellick's very best.
--The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, Fall 2009
Wow what a ride they this book or should I say vagina funny, witty, crude had it all very very good book advise everyone to readPublished 12 days ago by Roostermama
A bizarre premise with some amusing imagery, but it doesn't go much further than that. This feels like it could have been so much more, but I'd rather the author leave off at a... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
I liked this book. It was a little short for my taste, I would have liked it if it was longer and got a little more in depth of what happened "after".Published 26 days ago by KHILL
Mellick practices a clean, spare technique. It’s an easy-to-follow style with an emphasis on action, good dialogue, and good characterization. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Warner
Reading this story is like getting a surprise mugging by a cheetah wielding a rubber squeaky sword. It's quick, leaves you stunned, slightly poorer and wondering what the heck you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eden Celeste
Good book. Ending came to fast though. But enjoyed the storyPublished 1 month ago by Jennifer L. Tatro
The end was too quick, and it left some things unexplained. But was excellent for the bizarre genre.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Written with the frankness of a children's book, and with the same abandonment of reality, the Bizarro world and events which take place are written as though this is merely... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Larissa Gudino