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Apeshit is Carlton Mellick III’s love letter to the great and terrible B-horror movie genre. Six trendy teenagers (three cheerleaders and three football players) go to an isolated cabin in the mountains for a weekend of drinking, partying, and crazy sex, only to find themselves in the middle of a life and death struggle against a horribly mutated psychotic freak that just won’t stay dead.Mellick parodies this horror cliché and twists it into something deeper and stranger. It is the literary equivalent of a grindhouse film. It is a splatterpunk’s wet dream. It is perhaps one of the most fucked up books ever written.Be warned: Disturbing material lurks behind many of the spoiler tags. Reader discretion is advised.
This work provides examples of:
Abusive Parents: Stephanie's mom is an insane religious freak who believed that Steph's Vagina Dentata is a sign of the devil and probably caused every single psychological problem the girl had that wasn't caused by her brother. When Steph tells her that her brother Dan got her pregnant, mom won't let her get an abortion because, regardless of the circumstances, it was a child of God, and aborting it would be killing God's child.
Also Jason's dad, who, believing fear to be a weakness, used techniques such as locking Jason in a cellar for a weekend to help him overcome his fear of the dark. Taken to the extreme when a thirteen-year-old Jason was forced to have sex with a man when he expressed a homophobic opinion to his father.
Alpha Bitch: Des and Crystal, the richest, prettiest, snobbiest, most popular girls at school.
And I Must Scream: The "surviving" characters at the end of the novel; character injuries include genital-impalement, being shot, being stabbed, having their skull blown off and losing some brains, disemboweling, being sodomized with a knife, multiple dismemberment, and having a fetus torn from the abdomen to name a few. And they're still alive, meaning they're going to be like that forever save for massive surgery or leaving the forest to die.
Closed Circle: It's a secluded cabin miles from civilization, only accessible by an unpaved road, barely big enough for their car, that winds up the side of a cliff, with no cell phone reception and no way to get help - the perfect setting for a mindless, drunken orgy depraved violence and the wanton slaughter of a bunch of stupid teenagers a weekend trip.
Rape as Drama: Stephanie, who is bearing her brother's rape baby, and Jason, who's father forced him to have sex with a man after he made homophobic remarks.
Refuge in Audacity: Jason corners the male monster, repeatedly smashes its head with a bowling ball on a chain, then starts anally raping it while pummeling it and ripping limbs off of it's conjoined fetus. Believe it or not, that isn't even the worst of it.
During the climax, one of the mutants is sodomized with a butcher knife. Remember the Lust killing in Se7en?
Slasher Film: Apeshit is basically one of these in literary form.
Stepford Smiler: Everyone but Desdemonia hides their true self for fear of rejection; Jason was abused by his father; Crystal has an abortion fetish and used to kill animals for fun; Steph is carrying her brother's rape baby and has vagina dentata; Kevin is HIV Positive; and Rick is gay and now has a vagina.
Too Dumb to Live: Yes, this camping trip is so important that piles of dead animals, the inaccessibility of the site, and an apparently undead hunter that none of the locals really care about are rendered irrelevant.
Up to Eleven: This is an even gorier take on an already gory genre.