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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)
The book takes every pop culture trend of the past twenty years, peppers it with 14-year-old dick and fart humor, and blends it all together with a huge heaping of splatterpunk gore…. Successfully blend[s] laugh-out-loud humor with legitimate horror. (i09.com)
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 day 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 day ago by Nathan E. Clegg
I probably read it about once a year and I always find myself laughing to myself as I go. The mix of dark humor and stupid jokes keep it going throughout. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mike
Funny, dark, full of weird twists, nothing not to love. I devoured the book in two sittings and immediately wanted more.Published 5 days ago by Dustin E Hotz
David Wong is a genius; the movie is great too (See it on Netflix.) Funny and a page turner.
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