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Entropy in Bloom

Entropy in Bloom

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Trade Paperback - $15.99
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ISBN: 978-1-59780-925-2
Published: 10/10/2017

Hardcover - $25.99
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ISBN: 978-1-59780-895-8
Published: 04/18/2017


Available in hardcover for the first time, a collection of cult sensation Jeremy Robert Johnson’s best and most bizarre short fiction, including a brand-new, never-before-published novella.

For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In “Persistence Hunting,” a lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutal life of crime with an ever-narrowing path for escape. In “When Susurrus Stirs,” an unlucky pacifist must stop a horrifying parasite from turning his body into a sentient hive. Running through all of Johnson’s work is a hallucinatory vision and deeply-felt empathy, earning the author a reputation as one of today’s most daring and thrilling writers.

Featuring the best of his previously independently-published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella “The Sleep of Judges”—where a father’s fight against the denizens of a drug den becomes a mind-bending suburban nightmare—Entropy in Bloom is a perfect compendium for avid fans and an ideal entry point for adventurous readers seeking the humor, heartbreak, and terror of JRJ’s strange new worlds.

 

 

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(continued) Praise for Entropy in Bloom and Jeremy Robert Johnson

“An excellent primer to Johnson’s work. . . . As varied as his stories might be, what’s captivating about them is Johnson?s ability to immediately establish us in their own little universe . . . We only need a few hints and we can smell the rust of it, feel the rough oxidation between our fingers. This is something that takes a deft touch and can be found in the greats of short-story writers.”—HorrorTalk.

“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

“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

“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, reviewed 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

Praise for Entropy in Bloom and Jeremy Robert Johnson:

“A dazzling writer. Seriously amazing short stories. While I read them, they made time stand still.” —Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author

“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

“Smart, witty prose . . . an empathetic character whose addictions and struggle to maintain a human connection are both haunting and humorous.” —Nancy Hightower, Washington Post, on Skullcrack City

“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

“I don't know if Mr. Johnson sold his soul to the devil to give him this gift for nightmare imagery, but by god, this guy can write. Johnson excels at pathology and perversity. A confirmed weirdo and authentic writer of uncommon emotional depth who deserves to be watched.” —Cemetery Dance

“These stories can be uncomfortable, difficult, unflinching, but they’re also always entertaining. Johnson writes with an energy that propels you through some very dark spaces indeed and into something profoundly unsettling but nonetheless human.” —Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses and Last Days

“I've seen the future and it’s bizarre, it’s beautifully berserk, it’s Jeremy Robert Johnson.” —Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels

“An excellent primer to Johnson’s work. . . . As varied as his stories might be, what’s captivating about them is Johnson’s ability to immediately establish us in their own little universe . . . We only need a few hints and we can smell the rust of it, feel the rough oxidation between our fingers. This is something that takes a deft touch and can be found in the greats of short-story writers.”—HorrorTalk

“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

“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 The Girl Next Door and Off Season

“I’m a longtime fan of Johnson. A master of derangement, he’s been bringing it for years.” —Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

“The people populating these stories are real and vital and you WILL care, deeply, about what becomes of them . . . and in JRJ’s harsh universe, baaaaad things happen. Often. Prepare thyself.” —Craig Davidson, author of Rust and Bone and The Fighter

“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

“Jeremy Robert Johnson performs stand-up comedy for the gods. And their laughter is a marvelous, terrible thing. He’s the kind of post-Lovecraftian genius berserker who makes the Great Old Ones new again. As with Clive Barker, there is no glorious mutational eruption that Johnson can’t nail directly through your gawping mind’s eye.” —John Skipp, New York Times bestselling author of Spore (with Cody Goodfellow) and The Bridge (with Craig Spector)

“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

“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.” —Girl on Demand

“Johnson weaves vivid and fascinatingly grotesque tales.” —Bookgasm

"I don't know if Mr. Johnson sold his soul to the devil to give him this gift for nightmare imagery, but by god, this guy can write. Johnson excels at pathology and perversity. A confirmed weirdo and authentic writer of uncommon emotional depth who deserves to be watched."
Cemetery Dance

"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."—Girl on Demand

"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