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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861349
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,486,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jason S. Hornsby is the author of the horror novels "Every Sigh, The End" and "Eleven Twenty-Three," as well as several short stories and articles for time travel and zombie anthologies. His work has been highly lauded for its originality, dark humor, themes of paranoia, and extreme horror.

His latest novel, "Desert Bleeds Red," has already proven a huge critical success, and is widely considered his best work yet. Several early readers have commented on certain passages of the novel actually causing physical discomfort, hallucinatory sensations, and an overwhelming sense of despair. Audiences who are new to Hornsby's work are advised to approach "Desert Bleeds Red" with caution.

Originally from Lakeland, Florida, Hornsby is an honors graduate of University of South Florida, with degrees in Literature and American Studies. His first major release, "Every Sigh, The End" was written in his first year following graduation.

The author moved from his hometown to Beijing in 2008, where he remained for nearly four years. After the release of "Eleven Twenty-Three" in 2010, Hornsby began traveling to some of the most remote areas of China in preparation for "Desert Bleeds Red." He was present when the 2009 Urumqi riots began, as well as political insurrections in Sichuan and Inner Mongolia. He was witness and even party to stabbings, brawls, and routine sidewalk bloodshed, and spent a month recuperating from surgery in a Beijing hospital. He was a regular in the expat nightlife scene, frequenting dive bars and concert halls and hidden hutong hangouts. Fortunately, Hornsby was able to somehow balance work and play, teaching several creative writing courses to hopeful young authors, as well as tutoring several adult pupils in his off time from regular lessons.

He has traveled and dodged trouble in over fourteen provinces in China thus far, as well as backpacked through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

When not teaching English literature or traversing the globe, he also contributes to several travel and expat lifestyle magazines in Southeast Asia and China. Since 2012, Hornsby and his family have lived in rural Malaysia, getting lost in jungles while searching for spiritual enlightenment. His daughter, Taraniya Tian, was born in July 2013, and he considers her his proudest achievement, by far.

He has no current plans for a permanent return to America.

Customer Reviews

One of the few books, I've ever given a five star rating.
Daniel Henriksen
I very rarely say anything bad about a book, but here I can't find anything good to say.
Cherrie Kennedy
This is very slow moving and just has too much dialogue and angst!
J. L. Chase

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Ballard on May 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I like to refer to the 26-35 age group as Generation X-files. They see a conspiracy around every corner. Having read and enjoyed Jason Hornsby's two recent books, I would say he is definitely a member of that generation. Although I'm not a believer in many conspiracy theories, I'm not naive as to think they don't exist (think JFK). I just don't see a large-scale conspiracy working because of all the loose lips and loose ends. Hornsby's recent effort, "Eleven Twenty-Three," depicts such a massive conspiracy, involving various foreign governments in cahoots with our own to annihilate individual small towns. Why? I'm not 100 percent clear, but that didn't restrict my enjoyment of the book. Although the premise is somewhat murky, the plot is at least somewhat believable, because by God I found myself creeped out more than once. What I most appreciated about the book is the slow-burn to the meat and potatoes. Hornsby sets up the characters and plot gradually while maintaining my interest. Slow-burn but not slow ride. Once the table is set the pace quickens and the tension becomes non-stop. The characters, although not three-dimensional, are drawn well enough that you don't mind their lack of depth. Several reviewers have complained of Hornsby's characters being unlikeable. So what? In my opinion the characters are flawed certainly, but that doesn't make them unlikeable. And what literary rule stipulates characters must be likeable for the story to succeed? In this genre of literature it makes them more palatable to kill off. "Eleven Twenty-Three" marks an advance in Hornsby's writing. Although I enjoyed his previous work, "Every Sigh, The End," "Eleven Twenty-Three" is much tighter, the writing much crisper, and the characters more memorable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HE on June 7, 2012
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The plot is excellent, the writing decent and the characters quite likeable. The dream or ghostlike sequences which frequently pop up in between the suspenseful "real" passages are bothersome and distract from the quality of the novel. I could not understand what the author attempted to portay with those sequences.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Davis on November 7, 2010
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What happened? That's what I said with about 40 pages left and I continued to say that (sometimes out loud) until the last word. The book takes over 100 pages to get going, but the writing is good and the characters are entertaining, so I made it. Then, out of nowhere the action takes off and it becomes one of the better books I've read this year. The writing is terrific, the characters believable and likable, and the plot awesome. Then, AGAIN out of nowhere it just falls apart. After reading the whole thing, I see why the beginning took so long. It was an afterthought just like the ending. The book ends with confusing (and boring) dream sequences and an utterly unbelievable conspiracy. I normally rate books after a few days so I've had time to digest them as a whole, but I jumped right on this one because it turned into a rip off. I'd suggest Mr. Hornsby get help with a credible story-line next time he wants to work an international conspiracy into a violent zombie-esque book. I gave it a three only because the action is written so well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Clines on November 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked up Jason S. Hornsby's ELEVEN TWENTY-THREE at ZomBCon in October. Which is a bit odd, because this isn't really a zombie book. It's more of a rage-infected book, but it's not really that, either.

This is a very smart book, which I know sounds a bit uppity, but the simple fact is that not everyone's going to be up for it. If you're looking for zombies and gore, this is not the book for you (although there is a fair amount of gore). If you need everything spelled out for you, it's not the book for you. If you want bulky action heroes who solve problems with roundhouse kicks and a burst of 9mm rounds, you're not going to find it here.

What you will find is a delicate web of global politics and conspiracies that happens to center around a young man and his girlfriend who've gone home for a funeral. There's nothing special about either of them, and they've both got more flaws than appealing traits. ELEVEN TWENTY-THREE will make you think and figure things out while watching the characters fight for their lives every twelve hours.

It's not flawless. I'd give it 4.5 stars, but it's such a damned ambitious book and comes so close I'd rather round up than down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wyrd on March 10, 2014
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An American teaching English in China returns home with his girl friend to attend his fathers funeral. His career in on the downward slide to failure and disappointment, his girlfriend is pushing for marrage his mother is a sad alcoholic still grieving over being abandoned by her now deceased husband for a younger woman. A small town like any other, where it's sleepy days seem set in the comfort of the unchanging habits of small town life. Then at the funeral for his father, the family and friends gathered in well mannered show of grief for a man no one really liked, at 11;23, people he knew as preditacble as sunshine in summer, go mad a begin killing each other. Everyday twice a day at 11;23 am at 11'23 pm the madness strikes and the bodies pile up. The town cut off without phones or internet are surrounded by soldiers who speak foreign languages. The only clue to the madness is a mysterious briefcase hidden in his baggage by a man who chatted with him in the airport before he had left China. The death toll mounts as friends and neighbors twice a day go mad, There is no escape and no conspiracy theory too far out to be believed.
The author has a deft touch with descriptive language that he uses like a paint brush to paint the world in dark foreboding tones. His characters are true to life and fully formed with emotional dpeth you rearly see in a 'horror' genre book. Not all likeable not all heroic, trying to understand and survive a world gone mad. The ending is a bit confusing, you can never be sure if he has survived the horrors with his mind wholly intact or is wondering lost in a fever dream. A book well worth adding to your bookshelf, just read it with your door locked.
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