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John dies at the end
2009
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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.

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Originally published online to enthusiastic response at Wong's Web site, Wong's novel has now been updated and repackaged for readers less inclined to get their fiction from a computer screen. Buddies John and David are recent college dropouts nurturing the usual youthful obsessions with girls, music, and recreational drugs. Then along comes an illicit concoction called Soy Sauce that offers a gateway to previously unseen dimensions populated by alien creatures with unsettling predilections. Even worse, the Sauce that John deliberately and David accidentally ingest gives the creatures access to the human dimension. Soon the guys are battling shadow men and wig monsters while struggling to keep friends and family from being sucked into an identity-erasing wormhole. The good news is that the pair may just have enough video game-inspired savvy and philosophical pluck to save the world from an evil invasion. While much of Wong's humor and many of his cultural references seem tailored to younger readers only, the author strikes enough of a balance between hilarity, horror, and surrealism here to keep anyone glued to the story.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2009 Booklist
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