In the past year Pamela DeMenthe has gone from nuclear scientist to publishing guru. Together with her polyamorous husband the couple has set up a publishing empire for her erotic fiction.
Pamela likes to sell herself as the thinking woman’s E.L James with titles like ‘Panties Inferno’ and one for the GDPR age: ‘S.T.D. Sexually Transmitted Data’
She’s been pumping them out at a rate of one every three days, cutting and pasting Wikipedia pages between the sex scenes. Yet after a few personal issues – which she candidly explains – Pamela has hit the metaphorical wall of ‘Writer’s Block’.
Undeterred, she pushes ahead and publishes her new novel anyway – the novelty being you make the ending up yourself. And here we are at the launch of her new idea of the book without an ending, ‘eVULVAlution’ – a time-travelling, prehistoric erotic fiction romp…set in Hull.
But what starts of as quite an ordinary book launch, with a read passage from the author, turns into a hilarious adventure, in which Pamela not only acts out scenes from her book, but gets the audience to join in too.
Ok, you might be thinking at this point, surely joining an on-stage Neanderthal orgy is a step too far? But what Pamela lacks in literary skills, her creator, Jenny May Morgan makes up for in her brilliantly crafted and intelligent comedy.
It is the little details Jenny includes that make this parody stand-out. She takes prehistoric hand paintings and imagines them being formed by some lustful dance. Soon the audience is pushing their hands forward, stamping their feet, and chanting the oohh–aahhhs she cajoled them into reading along with at the start of the story.
The wannabee paleontologist then gets down and dirty to ascertain the brown matter she finds on the ground is actual Neanderthal excrement.
It’s all about authenticity for the character and for Jenny, whose expertly maneuvered mobility scooter goes into a time-travelling mode if it breaks the 8mph speed limit. Like the best character comedy, DeMenthe is well-observed and then exaggerated for surreal comic effect.
And like the best popular novelists, DeMenthe has us hooked and waiting for her next installment.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Read our interview with Jenny May Morgan aka Pamela DeMenthe.