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Angel Dust Apocalypse Paperback – February 10, 2005
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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'm a longtime fan of Johnson. A master of derangement, he's been bringing it for years."--LAIRD BARRON, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
"[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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I randomly came across this book on Amazon and for the low kindle price , figured I would give it a try. It's so different from anything else I have ever read. I'm truly hooked. I just really enjoyed the stories.
I thought at first I might not like this genre because generally I dislike "shock value" in stories. I mostly think it's a cheap trick.
Just to get people to say "omg, I can't believe he wrote that!" And maybe distract them from the fact that the character development blows.
I'm the sort to roll my eyes instead.
However, even though this genre is filled with shock value, there isn't anything cheap about it.
It's good. It's really good. I've already read the extinction journals and just downloaded skullcrack city.
I'm actually pretty stoked I have came across this genre as its opening up tons of new reads for me.
If you are already a bizarro fan, you probably aren't reading this as you know it's good, but for those new to the style, give it a try. No regrets.
These are truly some of the best, creepiest short stories I have ever read. Each one is really weird, but he uses that weirdness to explore desperation, hope, loss, addiction, and other extremes of the human condition, and that makes him one of the best, if not THE best, writer in the Bizarro genre.
Every story in here is a gem, but pay particular attention to these two:
League of Zeroes, about EXTREME body modification, from which Skullcrack City springs; and,
The Sharp Dressed Man At The End Of The Line, about a man who makes himself a suit of cockroaches in an attempt to survive nuclear holocaust, from which his first novella, Extinction Journals, comes.
It's hard for me to recommend one Jeremy Robert Johnson book as a starter between Angel Dust Apocalyse and his other collection, We Live Inside You. Do yourself a favor and just get both. You won't be sorry.
After getting over the hump as it were, I believe that Angel Dust Apocalypse is the book to use when trying to turn others on to the genre. Johnson's writing reminds me of many favorite entries in pulp and hardboiled stories. I think he makes great use of detail to create tangible scenes. Story elements that initially seem safe or familiar turn troubling and ill-fitting in excellent ways. My only regret is not spring for a hard copy of this collection to hoist onto my friends and enemies.