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
Off the wall so hard it bounced into an alternate world inside a girls vag! The story is what I am slowing becoming a custom to with this writer.. they are original and insane! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jana Fimea
I have never read anything this ridiculous written this good. Fun ride and totally ridiculous. Thank you for making me smile.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you like the idea of an adventure inside a vagina and what it may be like to talk to vagina cartoons, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Snake Plissken
Not impressed. Not erotic, funny, nor well-written. Don't understand why it has such good reviews?? A one hour boring read.Published 2 months ago by J. Peace
This is the first Mellick book and I loved it. Th detail and the story is me hooked from beginning to end. I should it were longer.Published 2 months ago by Summer Casiano
I have seen better writing from a 5 year old with down syndrome.Published 2 months ago by jeremy colson