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
Worth reading. It was a strange book about a strange topic and some strange characters.
Fun and, at times, a tad disgusting, but in a interesting way.
A beautiful and hilarious premise that's a far better idea that actuality. The story's page count is off as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Burnley
I bought a bundle of Carlton's books off of ebay. They were my introduction to Bizarro. His stories are quick reads, which were great for my plane trip from Florida to California,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shana Wooster
This book was just as unusual and fun as the title predicts it to be.Published 1 month ago by Michael J. Morris
This is definitely a quick read but I really enjoyed it. Sexy weird gross it really kinda had it allPublished 1 month ago by Daniel Ticehurst
I've been wanting to read this for awhile and finally did. Can't wait to read more of his books.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Nelson
Okay, so let me start with the obvious: this is a TERRIBLE story.
But you're not reading it for the story. You're reading it for weird stuff. And there's a lot of that. Read more
This is certainly one of the strangest things i've ever read, but the bizarro fiction genre is growing on me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by carmen Moses
I loved it, it was sexy and strange as heck. I love way out there fiction. The author needs to continue writing from an insane asylum.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer