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Book Review | The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

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“Bizarro fiction? What’s that?” I thought to myself when I first heard the term. Of course, I needed to look up this previously unheard of genre, landing on suggestions. Most of them fall into the NSFW category, and I guess this one – The Haunted Vagina – does too, to a degree. Depends on how prudish your IT department is about the word ‘Vagina’.

Most examples I found looked as if they were trying to outdo each other with outlandish book titles. There are certainly some interesting ones out there…

Anyway, after a bit of a crawl through GoodReads I landed on this one that sounded less disturbing than others I’d seen, and sounded funny enough that it might be a good introduction to the genre.

What’s it about? The blurb:

It’s difficult to love a woman whose vagina is a gateway to the world of the dead…

Steve is madly in love with his eccentric girlfriend, Stacy. Unfortunately, their sex life has been suffering as of late, because Steve is worried about the odd noises that have been coming from Stacy’s pubic region. She says that her vagina is haunted. She doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal. Steve, on the other hand, completely disagrees.

When a living corpse climbs out of her during an awkward night of sex, Stacy learns that her vagina is actually a doorway to another world. She persuades Steve to climb inside of her to explore this strange new place. But once inside, Steve finds it difficult to return… especially once he meets an oddly attractive woman named Fig, who lives within the lonely haunted world between Stacy’s legs.

So that sets the scene. Stacy’s been hearing strange noises from down below for most of her life. One night after an adult-sized skeleton crawls its way out of her, she talks her boyfriend Steve into a mission to investigate.

Armed with walkie talkies and greased up like a Scotsman in an air duct, he ventures forth and finds Stacy is a doorway to an alternate reality.

It’s a short story, novella I guess at around 100 pages, but Mister Mellick packs quite a lot into those pages. The world he describes his both warped yet made vibrant and interesting by his words, and what happens once Steve gets trapped there kept me reading to the end.

Will I read more bizarre? I’m not saying no at this point, but it was a bit of an eye opener as a genre. I’ll see what GoodReads suggests as “also reads” once I’ve marked it as “Read”.

TL;DR Version

Certainly an eye-opener. An enjoyable short read. Check out the sample at Amazon.

Book Review | Uncanny Sally by W. Lawrence

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Uncanny Sally, a short story by W. Lawrence who you may know from Synching Forward which sets up this universe.

Reading Synching Forward isn’t a prerequisite for reading this as it works as a standalone novel, but if you have, you’ll have a deeper understanding on what drives our protagonist, Amara.

The Blurb:

Sergeant Agent Amara James of the Department of Homeland Defense is reassigned from her anti-terrorism task force to investigate a murder. A popular actress has been found dead at the Sathee Robotics facility, and Amara’s investigation will uncover our inventions sometimes mimic us too closely. Uncanny Sally is a whydunnit told in the asimovian style that will keep you guessing till the very end.

The Syncing In series complements the novel Syncing Forward, following the investigations of Amara James as she desperately tries to find a cure for her father. These novelettes can be read and enjoyed independently from the original novel.

This is a hard-boiled detective techno-thriller set in the universe W. Lawrence created in Synching Forward. The story is narrated by Agent Amara as she recounts a recent case she solved. She’s recording her life so that when her father returns he can get to know who she is. Read the rest of this entry »

Death Is For Other People

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cover_211My latest short story – Death Is For Other People – is now live on Amazon!

Death Is For Other People follows the life of the protagonist who is one of only a handful of people known as ‘Eternals’ – those who are cursed to be reborn as new people after death. They retain all of their memories from their previous life, and can be born into any family, anywhere.

Death Is For Other People is a rebirth tale spanning hundreds of years, and a battle to prevent  the extinction of all mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

Death Is For Other People

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My work in progress is going well since I first wrote about it last week. It’s now sitting at a little over 11,000 words with still some more to go.

Interestingly, I’ve written the beginning and part of the middle, but last time I sat down to write I skipped ahead and wrote the end. That isn’t something I normally do, but I knew exactly how I wanted to write it, plus I wanted  a break from the part I was currently writing. Next thing I knew Read the rest of this entry »

FTW Part 2… Or Is It?

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For the past couple of weeks I’ve been thrashing out ideas for the second part of my as-yet unreleased novella FTW. I’ve held off giving part one to my beta reader until I get a better idea of how part two is developing.

I didn’t originally intend on writing a second part so before I go too far down the publishing path I need to make sure my ideas for the second will gel with what I’ve written for the first.

I’ve thrown down a few thousand words already and so far it’s progressing nicely. It begins Read the rest of this entry »

3 Things + a bonus one

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Not one specific topic this week, more a summary of what’s been going on.

So first off, I’ve been busy converting two of my short stories into paperbacks. Both Storm View and Finsbury Park are now available as paperback and kindle books.

Originally I wasn’t planning on doing this, but given how easy it is to do with CreateSpace I figured why not, because it gives people the option then if they want it.

Plus, I like being able to see them on my bookshelf and insufferably pointing them out to people when they visit :). Read the rest of this entry »

FTW

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So my plan as I mentioned in last week’s post didn’t happen. I swear I tried to work on “Sanctuary”, to get it to a point where it’s ready for beta reading but my other work kept calling to me.

On the plus side though it means I’ve finished the first draft of my Young Adult dystopian story so it’s now ready for first round editing. I’ve called it “FTW”, and it’s clocked in at a little over 25,100 words (so to date it’s the longest thing I’ve written) and I’m mostly happy with all of it.

I’m going to let it sit for a few days then I’ll be attacking it with the red pen. When I’ve finished my first draft, I like to print it out for editing. I’ve spent so much time looking at it on screen I become blind to many things, so moving it to paper helps find all those annoying little errors. It also allows me to add notes in the margins for anything that doesn’t make sense, or things I think need to be added or cut. Read the rest of this entry »

Distractions

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I’ve had a lot of distractions over the last week. My eldest broke her elbow during the week which hasn’t left me with much time for anything. As such, this week’s blog will be short and probably a bit of everything.

One thing I have managed during the week (because I started this a few weeks ago) is the paperback release of Have Shovel – Will Bury. The proof copy arrived in the mail during the week and now I’ve reviewed it I’ve made it live on Amazon. Yay! Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Have Shovel – Will Bury

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Have Shovel CoverAn update to my previous post, my latest work Have Shovel – Will Bury is now live on Amazon!

It’s off to a great start already and within a couple of hours of it going live I’ve seen borrows from Kindle Unlimited and a couple of sales. I admit I was more hesitant with this one, being a departure from my usual genre of science fiction, but now it’s published I’m more relaxed.

I guess it goes to show you never know what is going to appeal to people until you write it.

Like everything I’ve published, I’ve made it available to read through Kindle Unlimited so you can read it for free. Read the rest of this entry »

Have Shovel – Will Bury

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I’m happy to report my next story due for release Have Shovel – Will Bury has come back from my Beta reader with a lot of great notes. I’m busily working away on incorporating their suggestions and giving the whole thing a spit-polish to get it as ready as I can for release.

In previous posts I’ve hinted at this one but never given much in the way of details. I’ve been a little more hesitant around this one mainly because it’s such a departure from what I normally like to write.

So what is Have Shovel – Will Bury all about? I’ll let the blurb tantalise you first… Read the rest of this entry »