Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson
Meth-heads, man-made monsters, and murderous Neo-Nazis. Blissed out club kids dying at the speed of sound. The un-dead and the very soon-to-be-dead. They’re all here, trying to claw their way free.
“[I]f you could marry well-crafted literature to stories of visceral horror, you would be holding Angel Dust Apocalypse in your hands. The writing is genuine and delicious. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll lose your lunch. 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 — and I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts you'll read them all more than once.”
“Admirably devious, laugh-out-loud sick, and shockingly smart, Jeremy Robert Johnson blew me away with Angel Dust Apocalypse. Johnson's verve for the surreal is high-octane: he burrows down deep into the twisted pathologies of his characters with the reckless abandon of a greased pig squealing down the pipings of a carnival slide. His writing is ferocious and fearless...and though it reminded me of a whole school of dark visionaries, it's truly in a league all its own. It's been awhile since I read something that actually made me do a double take, but this book had me reading passages over and over again, marveling over the ingenuity, chuckling over the inventiveness, and standing in awe of the sheer guts it takes to write like this. Angel Dust Apocalypse is a dark, imaginative treasure -- sophisticated, disturbing, witty, and refreshingly twisted. 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.”
“In its most twisted moments, Johnson’s writing (like fellow Portland, Oregon resident Chuck Palahniuk) 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. Johnson revels in turning inside-out our innate desire to mask our carnality and brutality. Angel Dust Apocalypse is a nice length; at 180 pages it’s what you could consider a ‘companion book,’ to be brought along in your rucksack on a road trip alongside your Henry Millers and your Hunter S. Thompsons... ADA is every bit as smart as it is gut-churning, and every bit as moving and introspective as it is horrifying and humorous. Is Jeremy Robert Johnson the next big thing? I can only hope that people will catch on. If he can keep it up, Johnson will surely earn a place as a classic voice of the contemporary counter-culture.” —Verbicide #14
“Like your favorite drugged teller of meandering anecdotes, 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 (Full review here)
“Jeremy Robert Johnson's one of the freshest, weirdest writers out there right now, and he's just getting started.”
“In one inky scream Jeremy Robert Johnson has established himself as a virtuoso counter-culture voice that must be heard. Listen to his siren song with bleeding ears and smile like a lipless wonder, like a marathon masturbator, like a sentient plague. You are guaranteed to enjoy this finely orchestrated literary Armageddon.”
“[T]his is a helluva-hypnotic, verging-on-overdose, and dangerously-close-to-hallucinogenic-coma collection! Harsh horror is not for everyone, and several of these push harsh to new limits... Blunt, enigmatic, and poetic are all shoved into the binding of this one, making it great because there’s something for everyone. But potentially, with the extremes used here, leaving emotional scars…” —Horror-Web.com
“…I read this book faster than I have any other short story collection, so Angel Dust Apocalypse is nothing if not a tweaking adrenaline feast of fast-paced, muscular prose.Angel Dust Apocalypse is a hardcore bizarro read definitely worth checking out…” —Fabian Delecto, Pense-O-Matic
“I highly recommend Angel Dust Apocalypse, and Jeremy Robert Johnson is definitely a writer to watch!” —Dark Discoveries #5
“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… Johnson gives his readers extraordinarily deep cuts out of a defining moment in the lives of his characters. They find themselves in situations that few have experienced, but that many of us carry in the back of our minds along with our deepest fears… I could not put this book down…” —Razorcake #27
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