Everyone’s Talking About Jeremy Robert Johnson’s Entropy in Bloom

Last week, Blumhouse released When Susurrus Stirs, a (VERY NSFW) award-winning short film based on a story of the same name by Jeremy Robert Johnson (and included in his brilliant collection, Entropy in Bloom). An utterly original body horror narrative, the short story fascinated and horrified us when we read it, and the film is, if anything, even more intense. It’s called “The Goriest Short Film You Will See This Year”, but it’s much more than that; above all, it’s the story of a man’s relationship to the world around (and within) him. The blood and guts and horror just happen to help tell that story . . .

After watching the film, and remembering the dark genius of Jeremy Robert Johnson, we decided it’d be a good time to gather up and link to the accumulated praise we’ve seen for the book itself. If you liked the film, you’ll love the rest of the stories, and if you didn’t—or just haven’t had a chance to watch it yet—take a look at the blurbs below. We trust you’ll be impressed enough to consider reading these brilliantly twisted, beautifully poignant stories by a modern master of the bizarre.

(And if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, don’t forget that the paperback edition is out October 10th!)

Entropy in Bloom

Praise for Entropy in Bloom and Jeremy Robert Johnson

“Johnson is a master of mood, seamlessly combining the literary with the grotesque. Horror fans will find much to chew on, and these stories will certainly reach a wider audience. Johnson deserves to be a household name, as this superb collection makes clear.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A perfect place to get acquainted with one of the darkest stars in the genre. . . . Johnson captures humanity’s absurdity, our grotesqueries, sometimes our triumphs, all the while pushing past the limits of reality, transforming it into something dark, and surreal, and unforgettable.”—B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“[Makes] readers and fellow authors scratch their heads while wondering ‘How the hell did he pull that off?’ Crime, horror, bizarro, and everything in between; Johnson can do it and blow your mind in the process. . . . I guarantee you will be seeing this on best of 2017 lists, so get on it.”—LitReactornamed one of the Best Books of the First Half of 2017

Entropy in Bloom is an instant classic, a carefully curated manifesto whose main goal is to tell the world one of the brightest stars in indie lit is now too brilliant to remain hidden…. This collection should turn him into the writer everyone is talking about. These fifteen stories and one novella show a powerful imagination, a great talent for storytelling, writing chops that allow him to tackle any genre, and a flowing, dynamic voice that, if Johnson were a singer, would extend to an impressive eight octaves.”—Electric Literature

“Exciting, unpredictable, and feels slightly dangerous…free of the boundaries of conventional literature in ways you can’t quite imagine. Entropy in Bloom is emotionally challenging, unpredictable and thoroughly original. I cannot say it enough: I had a great time with this book.”—Dead End Follies

“With a collection like this there is no wrong way to jump in.  All that matters is you do.”—Clash Media

“I say again, brilliant. There is not a bad story in the bunch here. Every single one is an exercise in tight writing and language and giving a middle finger to convention. Johnson tells them well but the way he wants to. I applaud him for that.”Splatterpunk Zine, reviewed by John Boden

“Johnson writes powerful stories. It’s an undeniable fact, but the thing that impresses me the most is his ability to humanize things so well . . . it’s this that makes the collection so vivid and unique. Entropy in Bloom is a book that any reader of any genre can get into, and find something they’d enjoy.”—PenBoysReview, 10/10

“One of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction. Jeremy Robert Johnson’s work has always tested the limits of both genre and literary fiction.”—Bookslut

“Highly entertaining. . . . Johnson brings a pulpy urgency to the page, which blends neatly with the frequently heady concepts that he utilizes in his fiction. . . . a fine primer to his work.”—Tor.com, reviewed by Tobias Carroll

“Johnson can write horror, science fiction, crime, and Bizarro. Sometimes he does all of the above within the same story. He’s at once brutal and elegant, innovative and an immediate classic, ridiculously talented and an obvious perfectionist.”—Horror Talk

“With Entropy in Bloom, Jeremy Robert Johnson continues to deliver the very best in short fiction. He seems to have the complete writer’s toolkit; original ideas, compellingly realistic characters, wonderfully vivid language. . . . we have to wonder if there is anything he cannot achieve once he puts his mind to it. From body horror to psychological to cosmic, every story hits the intended mark and leaves the reader wanting even more. And we cannot wait to see what Jeremy Robert Johnson comes up with next.”—This Is Horror (UK)

“Johnson has been churning out literary, surreal, beautiful and repulsive word filth for more than ten years with his short fiction. . . . What links these stories is a sense of damage appraisal and bittersweet heart. Even in the most phantastic and otherworldly stories there is a sense of real, lived in hurt and longing that centers the more extraordinary decorative elements of each piece . . . he’s really talking about the monsters within us all.”—DarkMoonDigest

“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.”—Verbicide

“A trickle of cosmic horror ripples the borders of the narrative . . . Johnson’s ability to sustain till the end this level of tension is astonishing.”—Metaphysical Circus

“Where Entropy in Bloom separates itself is in the “bloom:” the beauty in all that horror is the point here, and not a side effect. . . . You should be reading Entropy in Bloom. You have great things to look forward to.”—The Coachella Review, by Eli Ryder

“Entropy in Bloom shows Johnson is capable of blurring genre boundaries with regard only for mining and expressing their mythic power—whose impersonal archetypes guide us—beneath.”—The Horror Review