But the most subversive thing about Vein is that it’s also a sweet little love story, boy meets girl. It’s just that the boy is in search of a book bound with alien skin, and the girl likes to get saline injected into her labia to simulate the sensation of having testicles. Crooked Little Vein is a tale of the fringes, the strange things people do to themselves and others. But there’s something refreshing about it, something raw and real behind all the oddity. Perhaps it’s as simple as this: Ellis’s characters are honest — unflinchingly honest — about what they think, what they feel, what gets them going and what turns them off.