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In this reissue of an Internet phenomenon originally slapped between two covers in 2007 by indie Permutus Press, Wong—Cracked.com editor Jason Pargin's alter ego—adroitly spoofs the horror genre while simultaneously offering up a genuinely horrifying story. The terror is rooted in a substance known as soy sauce, a paranormal psychoactive that opens video store clerk Wong's—and his penis-obsessed friend John's—minds to higher levels of consciousness. Or is it just hell seeping into the unnamed Midwestern town where Wong and the others live? Meat monsters, wig-wearing scorpion aberrations and wingless white flies that burrow into human skin threaten to kill Wong and his crew before infesting the rest of the world. A multidimensional plot unfolds as the unlikely heroes drink lots of beer and battle the paradoxes of time and space, as well as the clichés of first-person-shooter video games and fantasy gore films. Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next. (Oct.)
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"John Dies at the End…[is] a case of the author trying to depict actual, soul-sucking lunacy, and succeeding with flying colors." –Fangoria
“David Wong is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and Stephen King . . . ‘page-turner’ is an understatement.” --Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm I–V and Bubba Ho-tep
“David Wong has managed to write that rarest of things---a genuinely scary story.” --David Wellington, author of Monster Island and Vampire Zero
"The rare genre novel that manages to keep its sense of humor strong without ever diminishing the scares." --The Onion AV Club
“Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next.” –Publishers Weekly
"When it’s funny, it's laugh-out-loud funny, yet when the situation calls for chills, it provides them in spades."--Kirkus Reviews
Absolutely amazing book! Would recommend the sequel "This Book Is Full of Spiders, Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It"Published 6 days ago by Emma
This is a pretty fun book. I can definitely say that I enjoyed reading it, it kept me engaged and never really lulled or dragged for a long time. Read morePublished 9 days ago by adidab14
This is a good entry into the ridiculous world of bizarro fiction.Published 13 days ago by Joseph W. Miller
I can understand how this book isn't everyone's cup of tea and the movie adaptation is certainly a pile of shit. But, this book is really quite excellent. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tad Beavers
Great book. I mean really great book. Read it. It could help you save the worldPublished 17 days ago by maya charné
Hilarious and terrifying. Great read, messed with my mind and made me laugh.Published 1 month ago by Frosta
This is one of my favorite books in general, and one of my favorite audiobooks in particular. I have listened to it several times since I got it, and I still enjoy it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kimble Wicker
Absolutely wonderful book. This was the first time I dipped my toe into the Bizarro waters, and I can't wait to read more. Definitely a must read.Published 1 month ago by Nathan E. Clegg