Skullcrack City by Jeremy Robert Johnson

29 Jan

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“A nightmarish yet hilarious journey that begins in the ugly world of toxic mortgages and progresses to the slightly uglier world of brain-eating monsters lurking in dark alleys. You’re in for an entirely unpredictable ride, the tale spinning ludicrously out of control as the hero uncovers layer after grotesque layer of a vast macabre conspiracy. Skullcrack City is original, utterly insane, and a shitload of fun.”–DAVID WONG, author of John Dies at the End

You weren’t always an agent of the apocalypse. You used to be a banker. Who knew that too much coffee and a few bad decisions would lead to the end of the world?

Life as a corporate drone was killing S.P. Doyle, so he decided to bring down the whole corrupt system from the inside. But after discovering something monstrous in the bank’s files, he was framed for murder and trapped inside a conspiracy beyond reason.

Now Doyle’s doing his best to survive against a nightmare cabal of crooked conglomerates, DNA-doped mutants, drug-addled freak show celebs, experimental surgeons, depraved doomsday cults, and the ultra-bad mojo of a full-blown Hexadrine habit. Joined by his pet turtle Deckard, and Dara, a beautiful missionary with a murderous past, Doyle must find a way to save humankind and fight the terrible truth at the heart of…

SKULLCRACK CITY

 “Skullcrack City messes with your mind the way William Burroughs or a bellyful of hallucinogens will do. I’m a longtime fan of Johnson. A master of derangement, he’s been bringing it for years. This time, though, it’s different. He’s burst into the clear and is taking seven-league strides across the literary landscape.”–LAIRD BARRON, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

Skullcrack City‘s blend of genres, breakneck pacing, brutality, and dashes of philosophy and social critique serve to cement Johnson as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction. Skullcrack City is a smart, incredibly well-researched, and painfully plausible look at our immediate future. Jeremy Robert Johnson’s work has always tested the limits of both genre and literary fiction and this novel proves that there’s still new ground to tread and that he’s already on it.”–BOOKSLUT

“Fucking incredibly well written and really entertaining the whole time. Wholly original–it’s a gem. Without question a FIVE STAR book.”–BOOKED

“A dazzling writer.”–CHUCK PALAHNIUK, NY Times Bestselling author of Fight Club

“Jeremy Robert Johnson is dancing to a way different drummer. He loves language, he loves the edge, and he loves us people. This is entertainment…and literature.”–JACK KETCHUM, author of Off SeasonThe Girl Next Door, and The Woman (w/Lucky McKee)

“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

“The guy’s a genius. Reminds me of William Gibson–the dark interest in altered states of consciousness, the unrelentingly furious forward movement, and the same kind of unlimited imagination.”–BEN LOORY, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

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