Carlton Mellick III
In Carlton Mellick III's Stacking Doll, readers enter into a surreal love story that explores the beauty and ugliness of relationships. Benjamin is in love with a Matryoshkan, a nesting doll that belongs to a subspecies of humans with smaller people living inside of them. Against all odds, Benjamin and his beloved are determined to get married, but first they have to pass The Trial, a matryoshkan tradition where couples lock themselves in a house for several days to introduce each other to all of the people living inside of them. This unique and bizarre love story challenges readers to fall in love with each and every one of the protagonist's fiancé's inner personalities, no matter how strange or disturbing they turn out to be.