John Dies at the End by David Wong

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David Wong has updated the Lovecraft tradition and infused it with humor that rather than lessening the horror, increases it dramatically. Every time I set the book down down, I was wary that something really was afoot, that there were creatures I couldn't see, and that because I suspected this, I was next. Engaging, comic, and terrifying.-- Joe Garden, Features Editor, The Onion

"Wong is like a mash-up of Douglass Adams and Stephen King... 'page-turner' is an understatement."

--Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm I-V, Bubba Ho-tep



"That rarest of things--a genuinely scary story."--David Wellington, author of Monster Island, Vampire Zero


"JOHN DIES AT THE END has a cult following for a reason: it's horrific, thought-provoking, and hilarious all at once. This is one of the most entertaining and addictive novels I've ever read."--Jacob Kier, Publisher, Permuted Press


STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.


The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault.

 

About David Wong

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DAVID WONG is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin, Senior Editor and columnist for humor megasite Cracked.com.
 
Published September 23, 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books. 479 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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When smart but troubled video-store employee David gets a peculiar late-night phone call from a friend, he assumes John is just having another of his semi-regular drug- or alcohol-induced freakouts.

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Publishers Weekly

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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.

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Book Reporter

I will admit at the onset that I am going to have a difficult time fully explaining to you what JOHN DIES AT THE END is all about.

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AV Club

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David Wong isn’t his real name, but that’s not what’s important.

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Huffington Post

Based on a cult novel by David Wong, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End suffers the same problem as its source book: an elaborate imagination in service to writing that is never anywhere near as funny or clever as the writer seems to believe.

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Pajiba

While David is chasing after Molly, a stray dog, and as the band is finishing their opening number, Camel Holocaust, David runs into a Jamaican doing magic tricks for teenage girls.

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Pajiba

Watching John Dies at the End is, one assumes, not unlike being on the mysterious drug that fuels much of the film’s darkly comic, vaguely metaphysical plot: It’s an alienating experience that can feel right in the moment but that adds up to an empty and nonsensical journey.

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Tor

Imagine that you stumble across an insane story about two college dropouts who kill interdimensional demons under the influence of the only drug that can truly satisfy the definition of “mind-altering.” You start reading David Wong’s (real name Jason Pargin) story John Dies at the End when he ser...

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SF Site

In Book II: Korrok, John and David find a part from Dr Marconi's book on the alien fiends who seek to terrorise and enslave man, Page 192 of Science and the Beyond by Albert Marconi makes out that an Egyptian god called Kuk was a frog-like deity who was steeped in darkness and chaos: "Haleine, ...

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SF Signal

Adapted from David Wong’s audacious trans-genre horror novel, JOHN DIES AT THE END is written and directed by Don Coscarelli (BUBBA HO-TEP) and also stars Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Paul Giamatti.

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Anthony Allsopp 14 Nov 2013

Unpredictably insane, darkly silly, bafflingly stupid (but in a good way) and horrifically hillarious. This book is all of these things. It establishes itself by imitating Douglas Adams' nightmares...

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