- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: Eraserhead Press (June 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781621050353
- ISBN-13: 978-1621050353
- ASIN: 1621050351
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,635,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Razor Wire Pubic Hair Paperback – June 29, 2012
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"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America."
- GOTHIC MAGAZINE
"Carlton Mellick III has the craziest book titles... and the kinkiest fans!"
- CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of The Stupidest Angel
"If you haven't read Mellick you're not nearly perverse enough for the twenty first century."
- JACK KETCHUM, author of The Woman and The Girl Next Door
"Carlton Mellick III is one of bizarro fiction's most talented practitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictional tale."
- CORY DOCTOROW, author of Little Brother
"Bizarre, twisted, and emotionally raw--Carlton Mellick's fiction is the literary equivalent of putting your brain in a blender."
- BRIAN KEENE, author of The Rising and Dead Sea
"Carlton Mellick III exemplifies the intelligence and wit that lurks between its lurid covers. In a genre where crude titles are an art in themselves, Mellick is a true artist."
- THE GUARDIAN
"Just as Pop had Andy Warhol and Dada Tristan Tzara, the Bizarro movement has its very own P. T. Barnum-type practitioner. He's the mutton-chopped author of such books as Electric Jesus Corpse and The Menstruating Mall, the illustrator, editor, and instructor of all things Bizarro, and his name is Carlton Mellick III."
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The premise of this book is this: A man made love doll is purchased by a sadistic dominatrix with the titular body hair for the purpose of having a baby. In this world men are now long gone and roving bands of rapists roam the barren landscape. Into this world, the love doll Celsia-2, who is named after her master, must try to find her purpose as the world begins to crumble around her and those around her fall into their own psycho-sexual hell.
Right from the first sentence you automatically get sucked into this disturbing landscape. Like his other work of supreme unease "Ugly Heaven" Mellick strings together different parts of speech to describe things that do not go together. This is a staple of his early work and it may seem hard to get past or even off-putting to those who try to read it. Those people however, are not the kind of people who read Bizarro anyway and are probably better off reading the latest James Patterson or Daniele Steel. For those of us who are looking for fiction outside the limits of the mainstream, this is a perfect book for you.
Besides being a quite sexually charged book, this is also a work of haunting and disturbing beauty. Mellick gives the narrator, Celsia-2, unique voice. She is both haunted by the world around her and fascinated by it, her innocence almost child like in the face of the depravity and savagery she faces on a routine basis. You kind of feel sorry for her and I think that is what CM3 wants us to feel for her. He also wants us to examine our own world, and it's its own repressed sexuality and the standards it places on women. He lays bare our social norms and presents it to us raw, bloody, and still breathing. This is a dangerous book and that's what makes it great.
So if you are willing to take a chance, pick this book up. You'll come out covered in cuts, but that's par for the course. Besides, would you expect anything less from the Godfather of Bizarro? I thought not!
It was one of the earlier Bizarro books that I read, and it's the one that's stuck with me the most as I've continued to read more in the genre.
This book is not in the style of most Bizarro novels, and definitely not in Carlton Mellick's usual style either- it's quite experimental. Not Finnegan's Wake or William Burroughs experimental (meaning there are actually sentences in Razor Wire Pubic Hair, and they make sense), but experimental all the same. The book uses a flitting, fleeting dream-style of very poetic prose not dissimilar to Samuel Beckett to place the reader inside a world that doesn't exist- but is such a strange parallel of our own subconscious that we care about it, are fascinated by it.
This book is about sex. Strange sex, violent sex, extreme sex, and plenty of at least somewhat-unwilling sex. But that doesn't make it porn, and really doesn't make it erotica either. (I didn't find it erotic in the least, but that's not to say that someone else MIGHT- I'm sure someone WILL in fact).
The book is set in a world ruled by women- who all have the personality and characteristics of dominatrixes (and the type who like LOTS of blood). 'Male' members of 'society' are not really people- they're artificially engineered sex-toys, for the purposes of pleasure, amusement, and occasionally procreation. They are not treated as thinking, living people who need to be respected. The story is told from the point of view of one of these sex-toys, kept past its original use-time to serve as a continued plaything for its brutal owner.
This is a dividing book- some will insist upon attributing lots and lots of meaning to the book and its topics (sex, male/female relationships, feminism etc), while others will see it as little more than a sick BDSM fantasy set in a sad, dreamy dystopian society. Both are quite correct, and both are wrong. I guess it's really all how you read, who you are, and what you're looking for. It gives YOU what you give IT. Either way, you will at least get a thought-provoking read with some truly beautiful scenes. This is one of the two Bizarro books that have made me cry (the other being Jordan Krall's Fistful of Feet).
It won't be everyone's cup of Bizarro Tea, but it should be experienced all the same. VERY highly Recommended.
"This book is a mirror. When a monkey looks in, no philosopher looks out."
- Lichtenberg as quoted by Robert Anton Wilson
Also, probably the strangest, most visually grabbing cover art and title of any book I've found by him, and that's saying something.
The story: a sex toy is treated well by its master, and allowed to live longer than they usually are allowed. We see things through the sex dolls eyes, basically, and the world it experiences is vastly different and more surreal than our own. THere are rapists to deal with, bizarre rituals, pain, death, and so on.
I think this is one of Mellick's best, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little bit of uniqueness of voice in their literature.