''Apeshit'' is Creator/CarltonMellickIII’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:

* AbusiveParents: Stephanie's mom is an insane religious freak who believed that Steph's VaginaDentata is a sign of the devil and probably caused every single psychological problem the girl had that wasn't caused by her brother. [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler:Also Jason's dad]], who, believing fear to be a weakness, used techniques such as locking [[spoiler:him]] in a cellar for a weekend to help him overcome a fear of the dark. Taken to the extreme when, their thirteen-year-old self [[spoiler:Jason]] was forced to have homosexual relations after expressing a homophobic opinion.
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%%* AffectionateParody
* AlphaBitch: Des and Crystal, the richest, prettiest, snobbiest, most popular girls at school.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: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.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Desdemona.
* AxCrazy: The mutants, [[spoiler:Crystal, and Jason]].
* BiTheWay: Des, Kevin, and Rick are just [[BlatantLies one big happy three-way]].
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%%* BlackHumor
* BloodierAndGorier: ...than the already bloody and gory genre it homages.
* BrickJoke: The mangled hunter and piles of roadkill near the beginning are actually explained in the denouement, after so much horrifying stuff has happened that you probably forgot all about them.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Stephanie and [[JerkAss Dan]].
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Of course there's no cell reception. They're in the middle of the goddamn woods.
* ClosedCircle: 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 [[strike:a mindless, drunken orgy]] [[strike: depraved violence and the wanton slaughter of a bunch of stupid teenagers]] a weekend trip.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The climax. That is all.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Averted [[spoiler:in the most horrible way possible.]]
* DeathBySex: Required [[spoiler:but weirdly averted for most of them.]]
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: You will want to beat three of the characters to death yourself by the time they even get to the cabin.
* DontGoInTheWoods: Of course they do anyway.
* DrivenToSuicide: Horribly averted. Stephanie eats a pistol in the first half, blowing off the back of her head and getting brains everywhere, ''but is still alive''.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Good Lord, the climax.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: ''Every single one'' of the protagonists has some sort of weird sexual hangup, kink, fetish, deformity, or issue.
* {{Gorn}}: All over the place.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:Jason and Crystal]], who eventually snap and graphically rape and mutilate the monsters.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Steph, who has vagina dentata, and [[spoiler:Kevin, who is hiding he is HIV+ to avoid being ostracized.]]
* ImmortalityHurts: [[spoiler: Apparently, things in the forest don't die. Ever. No matter how horrifically damaged they are.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Happens to two characters, both by accident.
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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Or, in the case of the young Crystal, '''''stab the neighbor's dog with a screwdriver and clumsily decapitate it with a saw for no reason.''''']]
* LampshadeHanging: "We're out in the middle of nowhere. Some crazy killer could come in here and slaughter us all in our sleep and nobody would be able to stop them."
* MadeOfIron Everyone in the woods. [[JustifiedTrope There is a reason for it.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Despite the disemboweling, gunshots, stabbing, etc, the character's reactions are really just "''meh''"
* MisplacedWildlife: One of the dead animals seen on the side of the road leading to the cabin is a peacock.
* [[spoiler:MixAndMatchMan: All the human inhabitants of the forest. See ImmortalityHurts, above.]]
* MonsterIsAMommy: One of the killer mutants they encounter is a female, who looks to be about eight months pregnant.
* NeverTrustATitle: There are ''no'' apes in this book, nor is there any shits thereof. [[IWasJustJoking 0 stars]].
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: The mutants' unborn fetus is ''completely human''.]]
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* RefugeInAudacity: [[spoiler: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, '''''[[FromBadToWorse that isn't even the worst of it.]]'''''
* ShoutOut:
** When discussing the possibilities of psychos in the woods, Jason warns his friends not to piss off the wrong rednecks, or "they might go ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' on your ass."
** Kevin compares the cabin where they are staying to the one in ''Franchise/EvilDead''.
** Rick's lengthwise impalement [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext through his vagina]]]] conjures up a similar impalement in ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''.
** During the climax, one of the mutants is sodomized with a butcher knife. Remember the Lust killing in ''Film/Se7en''?
* SlasherFilm: ''Apeshit'' is basically one of these in literary form.
* SplatterHorror: As a love letter to the slasher genre turned up until the knob breaks, this novel contains loving descriptions of the most brutal violence and dismemberment.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:'''''Everyone but Desdemonia''''']] hides their true self for fear of rejection; [[spoiler: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.]]
* SureLetsGoWithThat: The ending provides a fairly brilliant explanation for the archetypal unkillable psycho.
* TooDumbToLive: 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.
* UpToEleven: This is an even gorier take on an already gory genre.
* VaginaDentata: Stephanie has a set.
* WatchThePaintJob: Averted. Jason's van gets scratched to hell by tree branches alongside the really narrow road. Jason doesn't care.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The disappearance of Jason's brother is never explained, though it's implied he was accidentally killed and became a monster.]]