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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (February 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976249839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976249832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What makes JRJ's work stand out from his contemporaries' is the strange sense of empathy--in that regard he is not unlike David Foster Wallace's wicked and perhaps deranged younger brother. Sometimes the horror is so understated that it's deadly. JRJ has the ability to balance sheer humanity with sheer grotesquerie."--21C MAGAZINE

"[I]f you could marry well-crafted literature to stories of visceral horror, you would be holding Angel Dust Apocalypse in your hands... Johnson is probably a few books away from doing for horror what Jonathan Lethem did for science fiction. Plain and simple? Forget horror; this is good fiction. From stem to stern, each story will amaze you..."-- GIRL ON DEMAND

"Johnson weaves vivid and fascinatingly grotesque tales regarding such things as a group of extreme body modification addicts (one of whom is pretty much made out of vegetables) to a cockroach suit that helps its maker survive WWIII. [T]hese stories...have been given serious treatment and emerge as fantastic and often graphic scenarios full of characters you hate to love."-- BOOKGASM

"[Johnson] excels at pathology and perversity... A confirmed weirdo and authentic writer of uncommon emotional depth who deserves to be watched."-- CEMETERY DANCE

"Angel Dust Apocalypse hits the reader in the gut and goes to work... Within these pages the dark underbelly of the human subconscious is captured: those things that people think about but never mention... I could not put this book down..."-- RAZORCAKE

"In its most twisted moments, Johnson's writing is too gleeful to pigeon-hole as strictly 'horror,' and when he steps outside the gross-out game, he transcends most other straight literary writers. Angel Dust Apocalypse is every bit as smart as it is gut-churning, and every bit as moving and introspective as it is horrifying and humorous."-- VERBICIDE

"Where postmodern fails to offer direction, Jeremy Robert Johnson's Angel Dust Apocalypse builds bright trail markers out of luminescent beetle guts and fetal sinew."-- THIRDEYE MAGAZINE

"Admirably devious, laugh-out-loud sick, and shockingly smart, Jeremy Robert Johnson blew me away with Angel Dust Apocalypse. Surrealist horror -- absurdist excess -- and pure postmodern fun. You absolutely must read this book right away. It'll change you in a way you couldn't imagine."-- MICHAEL A. ARNZEN, author of 100 Jolts and Play Dead

"In one inky scream Jeremy Robert Johnson has established himself as a virtuoso counter-culture voice that must be heard. You are guaranteed to enjoy this finely orchestrated literary Armageddon."-- JOHN EDWARD LAWSON, author of Last Burn in Hell

About the Author

Jeremy Robert Johnson is the Wonderland Award Winning author of WE LIVE INSIDE YOU, the cult hit ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE, the Stoker Nominated novel SIREN PROMISED (w/Alan M. Clark), and the end-of-the-world freak-out EXTINCTION JOURNALS. His fiction has been acclaimed by authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Jack Ketchum and has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. In 2008 he worked with The Mars Volta to tell the story behind their Grammy Winning album The Bedlam in Goliath. In 2010 he spoke about weirdness and metaphor as a survival tool at the Fractal 10 conference in Medellin, Colombia (where fellow speakers included DJ Spooky, an MIT bio-engineer, and a doctor who explained the neurological aspirations of a sponge). Jeremy also runs indie publishing house Swallowdown Press and is at work on a host of new books. For more information: jeremyrobertjohnson.com.

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Jeremy Robert Johnson is the Wonderland Award Winning author of WE LIVE INSIDE YOU, the cult hit ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE, the Stoker Nominated novel SIREN PROMISED (w/Alan M. Clark), and the end-of-the-world freak-out EXTINCTION JOURNALS. His fiction has been acclaimed by authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Jack Ketchum and has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. In 2008 he worked with The Mars Volta to tell the story behind their Grammy Winning album The Bedlam in Goliath. In 2010 he spoke about weirdness and metaphor as a survival tool at the Fractal 10 conference in Medellin, Colombia (where fellow speakers included DJ Spooky, an MIT bio-engineer, and a doctor who explained the neurological aspirations of a sponge). Jeremy also runs indie publishing house Swallowdown Press and is at work on a host of new books. For more information: www.jeremyrobertjohnson.com.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Ellis on May 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Though I do enjoy novels, I get the most enjoyment when I can engross myself in an entire story from start to finish in one sitting, and yet still be able to return to the author's world at a later time.

With that in mind, it says a lot about the addictive quality of Johnson's writing when I found myself taking in all 18 stories in Angel Dust Apocalypse in only two sittings-granted, I read about 12 of them while on a two-hour train ride to New York one evening, but hey, usually I just sleep.

The unifying factors of the stories in ADA are the surreality of the world in which the characters live and the relentlessness with which Johnson explores the individual psyches of his subjects. Though the majority of the circumstances and settings in these shorts are purely fictitious-even other-worldly-the qualities exposed are pure and concentrated doses of the darkest aspects of humanity that we ourselves are rarely brave enough to face up to. Johnson revels in turning inside-out our innate desire to mask our carnality and brutality.

The best example of Johnson's sinister mutilation of morality is in eleventh piece, entitled "Saturn's Game." The story starts like this: "You could bite Todd's nose off. That's the thought at the back of my head. That's the thought I ignore. I squelch the sinister sentiment and refocus on my friend."

The first time I read that opener I knew I was in for trouble. In the ADA author's notes, Johnson explains himself by stating, "C'mon, you know you've had thoughts like this guy. Someone once told me that there's no such thing as morality, and that it was just a social construct to eliminate a person's willingness to do hideous things. Or maybe I just made that up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DED on April 27, 2006
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Back in the 80's, Stephen King proclaimed, "I have seen the future of horror... and his name is Clive Barker." Well, there was some good stuff there ("Books of Blood", "The Inhuman Condition") but I lost interest after "The Damnation Game", not that it wasn't a good book. I didn't have any money for any books other than textbooks back then. But I digress....

I think that King was a bit premature in naming his successor. Now that 20 years have passed, he might reconsider that pronouncement and check out Jeremy Robert Johnson. Maybe he can refer to JRJ as the "next generation" of horror so that Clive can keep his title.

I found out about "Angel Dust Apocalypse" from Girl on Demands' blog POD-dy Mouth. She nominated it for a 2005 "Needle Award", her best-of-the-POD's award (POD stands for Print On Demand, a popular means of self-publishing for individuals and small presses). After reading her review, I was convinced that it was worth checking out... and I was not disappointed.

ADA, published by Eraserhead Press, is an excellent collection of short stories. JRJ has an uncanny way of getting inside the heads of his characters to reveal just how screwed up they are. I'm reminded of Lovecraft, not in an imitative way like Derleth, but more evocative in that his essence seeps into the way JRJ narrates from the main character's POV. Whereas Lovecraft dealt in cyclopean horrors and things-that-should-not-be, JRJ shows us the horrors of pharmacopeia, biotech, and neurological damage. He bring us inside the minds of these damaged (well, most of them were) individuals and show us, quite rationally, the method to their madness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Rutledge on February 21, 2006
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This book is amazing. The story placement is seemingly random but everything fits. It starts off with a body mod story and goes to a kid mainlining lightning bugs with little or no transition. But the truth is that the book doesnt need it. Each peice is a stand alone mastepiece but as a collection it just works.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Rogers on December 25, 2005
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I bought this book reluctantly, because I am not fond of short stories. I am more of a novel reader. However, I was amazed at these short stories. What struck me was what Jeremy Robert Johnson knew what not to write. His stories didn't seem different for the sake of being different. He didn't hype up the drug references or any kind of gore. The stories were just good short stories that showed a different world that one could see happen.

I am jealous of this writer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jarrid Deaton on December 21, 2005
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This was the most original and entertaining book that I have read all year. Johnson has elements of Palahniuk in his writing, along with a little Steve Aylett and some splatter-punk awesomeness added to the mix. This collection of short stories never has a dull moment. I suspect that many people will be able to plow through it in one sitting. I look forward to seeing more of Johnson's work in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arp on August 14, 2005
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The horror stories that stay with you at night are always the ones that seem like it could have been you. The ones that happen in familiar settings with familiar characters and then just go completely nightmare. That's the world of Angel Dust Apocalypse. Its the feeling you get when you've been up far too long and it isn't quite daylight yet and seems like your house has somehow changed but you can't say how.
This book reminds me of the Borderlands anthology series. Jeremy Robert Johnson's writing has elements of Brite (pre-food obsession), Mellick, Vonnegut, and Orwell, but still completely unique. It's no wonder he won best first book from Eraserhead Press. The author's website [...] is very worth checking out as is his myspace profile.
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