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What the Hell Did I Just Read

A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End)

By David Wong

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Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Published In: United States, 03 October 2017
New York Times bestselling author David Wong takes readers to a whole new level with his latest dark comic horror What the Hell Did I Just Read, set in the world of John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders.John Dies at the End's "smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next" (Publishers Weekly) and This Book is Full of Spiders was "unlike any other book of the genre" (Washington Post). Now, Wong is back with the third installment of this black-humored thriller series.While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shapeshifting entity from another dimension snatching local children, the gang realize there might actually be something weird going on. Together they will navigate a hilariously convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence, attempting to uncover a terrible truth they'd be better off not knowing. Wong is coming off his foray into science fiction with the award-winning novel Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, which is now in development as a TV series and prompted critics to declare that Wong, "will be remembered as one of today's great satirists" (Nerdist).

About the Author

DAVID WONG is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin, New York Times bestselling author and executive editor at the hugely popular comedy site His first book, John Dies at the End, lives forever as a cult-classic movie directed by Don Coscarelli, and his second, This Book is Full of Spiders, scares people on a daily basis.


Praise for What the Hell Did I Just Read "Wong's wildly mind-bending third installment (after This Book Is Full of Spiders) of the adventures of protagonist David Wong is filled with the humorous horror readers have come to expect.... While the story gleefully wallows in absurdity, thoughtful themes of addiction, perception, and the drive to do the right thing quickly emerge beneath the vivid and convoluted imagery. The plot's rapid pace holds the reader's attention to the truly bitter end." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Wong--in reality, executive editor Jason Pargin--burst onto the horror-comedy scene with his phantasmagorical novel John Dies at the End and has been steadily ratcheting up the madness ever since.... A frenetic, welcome return to Dave and John's grotesque but funny grindhouse nightmare." --Kirkus Reviews"Introduced in John Dies at the End and last seen in This Book Is Full of Spiders, Wong's (pen name of Jason Pargin) irreverent protagonists return in another action-packed horror adventure full of crude but effective humor. For fans of the humor website, of which Pargin is executive editor." --Library JournalPraise for previous books in the John Dies series: "Kevin Smith's Clerks meets H.P. Lovecraft in this exceptional thriller that makes zombies relevant again... From the dialogue to the descriptions, lines are delivered with faultless timing and wit. Wong never has to reach for comedy, it flows naturally with nary a stumble... the most pertinent story of the genre since George Romero's Dawn of the Dead... a tighter, more concentrated read than John Dies at the End... David Wong (Jason Pargin) is a fantastic author with a supernatural talent for humor. If you want a poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, disturbing, ridiculous, self-aware, socially relevant horror novel than This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It is the one and only book for you." --SF Signal"The comedic and crackling dialogue also brings a whimsical flair to the story, making it seem like an episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead" written by Douglas Adams of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." ...Imagine a mentally ill narrator describing the zombie apocalypse while drunk, and the end result is unlike any other book of the genre. Seriously, dude, touch it and read it." --Washington Post on This Book is Full of Spiders"[A] phantasmagoria of horror, humor -- and even insight into the nature of paranoia, perception, and identity." --Publishers Weekly, starred review on This Book is Full of Spiders"Violence, soy sauce and zombie survivalists abound in this clever and funny sequel to John Dies at the End (2009). One of the great things about discovering new writers, especially in the narrow range of hybrid-genre comedic novels, is realizing that they're having just as much fun making this stuff up as you are reading it. Sitting squarely with the likes of S.G. Browne and Christopher Moore, the pseudonymous Wong (Cracked editor Jason Pargin) must be pissing himself laughing at his own writing, even as he's giving fans an even funnier, tighter and justifiably insane entry in the series.... The humor here is unforced and good-naturedly gory. Anyone who enjoyed the recent films The Cabin in the Woods or Tucker & Dale vs. Evil will find themselves right at home. An upcoming (cult?) film adaptation of John Dies at the End promises to lure new readers. A joyful return to the paroxysms of laughter lurking in the American Midwest." --Kirkus on This Book is Full of Spiders"The rare genre novel that manages to keep its sense of humor strong without ever diminishing the scares; David is a consistently hilarious narrator whose one-liners and running commentary are sincere in a way that makes the horrors he confronts even more unsettling." --The Onion AV Club on John Dies at the End"John Dies at the End is like an H.P. Lovecraft tale if Lovecraft were into poop and fart jokes. " --Fangoria"Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next." --Publishers Weekly on John Dies at the End..".strikes enough of a balance between hilarity, horror, and surrealism here to keep anyone glued to the story. " --Booklist on John Dies at the End"A loopy buddy-movie of a book with deadpan humor and great turns of phrase...Just plain fun." --Library Journal on John Dies at the End"You can (and will want to) read JOHN DIES AT THE END in one sitting.""Wong blends horror and suspense with comedy--a tricky combination--and pulls it off effortlessly." on John Dies at the End"It's interesting, compelling, engaging, arresting and--yes--sometimes even horrifying. And when it's not being any of those things, it's funny. Very, very funny." --January Magazine on John Dies at the End"This is one of the most entertaining and addictive novels I've ever read." --Jacob Kier, publisher, Permuted Press, on John Dies at the End

EAN: 9781250040206
ISBN: 1250040205
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Dimensions: 23.88 x 16 x 3.3 centimetres (0.52 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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