Originally released as an online serial where it received more than 70,000 downloads, "John Dies at the End" has been described as a "Horrortacular," an epic of "spectacular" horror that combines the laugh out loud humor of the best R-rated comedy, with the darkest terror of H.P. Lovecraft. The book went on to sell an additional 60,000 copies in all formats.
As the sequel opens, we find our heroes, David and John, again embroiled in a series of horrifying yet mind-bogglingly ridiculous events caused primarily by their own gross incompetence. The guys find that books and movies about zombies may have triggered a zombie apocalypse, despite a complete lack of zombies in the world. As they race against the clock to protect humanity from its own paranoia, they must ask themselves, who are the real monsters? Actually, that would be the shape-shifting horrors secretly taking over the world behind the scenes that, in the end, make John and Dave kind of wish it had been zombies after all.
Hilarious, terrifying, engaging and wrenching, "This Book Is Full of Spiders, " the next thrilling installment, takes us for a wild ride with two slackers from the midwest who really have better things to do with their time than prevent the apocalypse.
|Publisher:||St Martins Pr|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2012|
|Number of Pages:||406|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.38|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5|
Wong's much anticipated sequel to John Dies at the End, narrated in the first person with the author as the protagonist, tells the story of a small town that is suddenly besieged with spider-like creatures that take over a victim's body and turn them into zombie-like monsters with supernatural strength and speed. A heavy dose of crude comedy akin to what you'd find at Cracked. com, where the pseudonymous Wong (Jason Pargin) is the editor in chief, contrasts with the vivid horror that runs through the book.
Many characters die, and their demise are often very gruesome, but the jaded perspectives of Wong and his best friend John strike an interesting symmetry. Owing to the graphic nature of the horror as well as the perverse humor, this book is suggested for older teens and adults.
Verdict: Zombie fiction fans looking for a fresh take on a trope that has become a bit overplayed will want to give this title a shot.
-Matt Schirano, Grand Canyon Univ. Lib., Phoenix
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From the writer of the cult sensation John Dies at the End comes another terrifying and hilarious tale of almost Armageddon at the hands of two hopeless heroes.
You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull.
THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.
You will dismiss this as ridiculous fear-mongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fear-mongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection -- the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That's just as well, since the "cure" involves learning what a chainsaw tastes like.
You can't feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings. You can't see it, because it decides what you see. You won't even feel it when it breeds. And it will breed. So what happens when your family, friends and neighbors get mind-controlling skull spiders? We're all about to find out.
Just stay calm, and remember that telling you about the spider situation is not the same as having caused it. I'm just the messenger. Even if I did sort of cause it.
Either way, I won't hold it against you if you're upset. I know that's just the spider talking.
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