Review: Fantastic Orgy by Carlton Mellick III

Carlton Mellick III has been hailed as one of the brightest, bizarrest talents in the field of weird lit. His latest collection, FANTASTIC ORGY, is a fine example of his strengths, five stories that blend visceral thrills, erotica, social satire, and vicious wit into a thoroughly unique vision.

In the title story, the collection’s centerpiece, mutants meet at an exclusive swingers’ club to trade fashionable, functional STDs (I’ll not spoil the fun in discovering just what that entails) until a strain of violent, unpredictable disease turns the revelry into a fight for survival. Like a fever-dream remake of Cronenberg’s THEY CAME FROM WITHIN, this longer tale is worth the price of admission alone.

The other stories are no less impressive. Featuring a body-building douchebag with a lollipop head (and a taste for fine cheese), a bio-engineered cat made of ears, a porn-film cast adrift in a very strange ocean, and shark sex–lots of shark sex–Mellick serves up oddity after oddity without sacrificing story or character.

Highly recommended.

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