Jeremy Robert Johnson: Entropy in Bloom



Ularly scheduled stack of booksAfter reading the first story League of Zeroes I knew I wouldn t be able to stop until all the stories in this collection were read It was so bizarre the way Johnson was writing startling things in this very normative way where you are just accepting what s happening but at the same time completely horrifiedI explained to one friend that reading Jeremy Johnson s stories is ike eating exotic food in a foreign The Children ACT 1989 land Every dish is new and exciting The flavor explosions in your mouth engage your whole body in the act of enjoyment all of it strange dangerous horrifying immersive thought provoking and unpredictable After each story I would turn to the Author s Notes in the back and read the short blurb Jeremy wrote about it I ve never been so captivated I honestly didn t want the experience to end Some of the stand out stories deserve mention Of course the first one I already highlighted and it s the perfect way to hook a reader and make them want Persistence Hunter the second story is a totally different narrative style and voice I found it to be a magnetic sexually charged character studyDissociative Skills was unflinching and upsetting Loved itSnowfall was beautiful magicalMy real time uote after reading a story called When Susurrus Stirs Holy Shit BARF Hahah that wasEWWWWW Loved itBut then the story right after that made me cry At this point I m growing addicted to Johnson s style of gut punchy prose that startles you out of your regular flow of reading Hel just throw a My Grandmas the Mayor line at you that slaps you in the face and you reike WHATAnd then these crazy emotional trips you go on from one story to the next was so fun and entertaining I feel Royal Target (The Crown Affair, like I m ruined for reading a novel nowTrigger Variation and A Flood of Harriers were the scariest storiesSaturn s Game Swimming in the House of the Sea and States of Glass were the ones that invaded my thoughts the most in fact I couldn t fall asleep for awhile after States of GlassI ve rambled on enough but I think my main point here is that there is not one thing I didn tove about this collection I highly recommend it I Kate Bridgess Mounties Bundle ll be interviewing Jeremy Johnson for the blog soon and I hope youl be joining us I have Just Try Me... lots of uestions BUY THIS BOOK final words This short story collection is just utter perfection In fact it s so damn good that I think it might just be my favourite book I ve read all year And that s saying something because I ve read some pretty damn good books this year But this one This one is just BEYOND stunning As soon as I read the first story I INSTANTLY knew that I was holding gold in my hands With each story I kept saying to myself okay this one is my favourite because it just can t get better than this But then it did keep getting better with each story and I can t pick a favourite because they re all bloody BRILLIANT Seriously if you read only one short story collection this yearet it be this one And to think I originally only picked this up because I oved the cover never in a million years did I think I would find such treasures between its pages There is something for every horror fan here whether you enjoy dark satire straight up gross out horror or psychological terror Beginning with The League of Zeroes which takes the art of body modification to blood curdling extremes and ending with the novella The Sleep Of Judges which was an unsettling tale of the aftermath of a burglary In between is a wild ride of ove desperation and how to survive the end of the world just ike the cockroaches will This was my first time reading anything by Jeremy Robert Johnson who in my humble opinion is a master story teller This was an incredible collection of dark fictionhorror stories I received an advance copy for revie. Dently 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.

Chaos and entropy are two of my favorite words In a world in which we try to keep ourselves carefully defined and ordered random occurrences and a breakdown of systems euate to freedom of impulse Is this a good thing Probably not but the release of pressure and defiance of natural aws provide a measure of primal satisfaction The stories in this skillfully written collection confront us with situations that we would never expect to encounter Body modification separates the physical form from the cogitation process A sociopath in space observes the apocalypse and decides to put his own spin on things A young man explores what he is made of with a scalpel and horse tranuilizers A parasite invades a body that fully embraces change A pool in the canopy of The Redwoods provides ecstatic happiness but at what cost A man designs a The Day We Meet Again living suit to survive the end of the world Straight edge mentality and steroids beget harrowing violence A brother succumbs to immolation to save his young sister These stories are made of the difficult situations that catch us at our most human moments Whether our choices are wise or primitive there will inevitably be blood and tears shed This collection put me though a gamut of emotions and high wire tension Most highly recommended I picked this one up because my friend Sadie said that I needed it and when Sadie says I need something she s never wrong Boy was she right about this oneThis is a collection of stories that A majoreap but only for those just joining what s in progress Jeremy Robert Johnson s Entropy in Bloom gives us right down to the author s notes at the end an update on the State of ThingsSomehow it feels Powder Room like it s here now this year and one finds oneselfooking back to the publications date What year did this come out what season even It s John Dollar like a moment frozen in time a monolith of exactly this size and height a totem pole of 250 some pages All the remarkable and multifaceted for being compactAs with In the River releasedater you Rebooting India ll feelike you re The Glittering Life of Evie McKenzie (Prohibited living in bones again and yikes will happen as many times as could only differ with the reader and theirevel of surprise and expectation This is well past mere horror stories here what impresses on is how much Johnson knows and how he can dispense it in always that enable us to follow him down these paths Plus it s Time After Time like yeah I ve been there tooWell worth reading A collection of short stories by Johnson many of which were bizarre or I don t want to say violent but gritty maybe I really enjoyed some of the stories but others were just okay I didn tike the The Cost of the Forbidden (Irresistible Russian Tycoons last one as much but I reallyike the first two and god I can t remember the names of any them because after reading them all I kind of just Her Unforgettable Royal Lover lost track because I was enjoying them I do think that if drug abuse mental illness disability death gore depictions of self harm etc etc are hard for you to read you should avoid this one but I really really did enjoy it Ioved how so many stories blurred the First to Fight line between reality and perception where the narrator may just be mentally ill I especiallyiked the one view spoiler with the guy driving his brother who is mentally disabled that one made me cry I m not sure why because the conflicting feelings were really well done and the one with the runner who breaks in and at the end Ava just betrays him I Backfire (Mountain Cove literally felt so upsetike Ava fucked me over and Jesus the one where the women s husband dies and she just wants to have sex really got across the uncomfortable guilty feeling of having emotions that don t match up with the ones expecting in a situation hide spoiler His carefully crafted suit had gone cannibalistic Weird books for jaded readersHuhabsolutely nailed it Chris Chris provides me with all the For than a decade Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both Catacomb 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 sizesoom ominously In “Persistence Hunting” a Queen Esther the Second Graders of Doom lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutalife of.

Nternet wandering I need she s my GR dealer and I Dirty Secrets love her for it Granted I m not a big internet wanderer So when she had aink to a bunch of recommendations for weird books for jaded readers I was A Ranchers Vow (Sons of Silver Springs) (Sons of Silver Springs) (Harlequin Intrigue like That s meSkullcrack City was the one I wanted but when I got to myibrary website they only had one Jeremy Robert Johnson book available to Jazz Funeral lend now And I wanted it NOW Plus the cover is so pretty and the title seductive that I couldn t resist Couldn t InconceivableThis is a collection of short stories that appeared in various places over the years and well you know that when the introduction says this The kind of readers who are willing to stand on the side of theiterary highway and thumb down whatever vehicle comes by who are willing to take chances than the average reader Every reader thinks that s them I m a rebel so I wasn t totally drinking the Kool Aid until I read the next The Doctors Pregnancy Surprise line and I knew that this is where I wanted to be Itl be a wild ride but after a Fearless (Warriors Of The Dragon Banner, little shaking youl get to your destination and be able to get out unharmed mostly and it When Valentines Collide ll still be you Or ateast someone who His Temporary Cinderella looks and actsike youWell someone who will be able to pass for you in most circumstances Honestly the real you probably won t even be missed How right you are Mr Brian EvensonThis is the sell I don t want to go into too many details and spoil the fun of discovery and the delightful twists that just make you go OO and then OoSo the guiding themes of these stories are invasion oss of control and spectacle Shuffled and dealt in bizarre ways that highlight the visceral There s a definite sense of betrayal running through it and it is very male perspective focused Frankly there were a few that I read that really made me think there are a bunch of unresolved issues with women and I struggled with the rating It wasn t misogyny but frustration resentment and a rather depressing surrendered acceptance beyond resignation Sometimes he felt as if he was training towards a gold medal in the Dumbfuck Olympics League of Zeros was one of my favorites Take the concept of celebrity and go go far Beyond reality tv YouTube keep going This is one place you end up Freaky and the business of spectacle The Oarsman Cathedral Mother Persistence Hunting and Swimming in the House of the Sea all right up there too I oved the stretch in these stories They re out there but rather glittering in all their sualid splendor How hard do I have to deny this entire day to make it disappear This is the best book I ve read so far in 2017 Truth is Jeremy Robert Johnson s short stories are the finest I ve stumbled upon since I had the privilege of discovering Cameron Pierce and Jordan Harper s work in 2015 A couple names came to mind while reading ENTROPY IN BLOOM Harlan Ellison Richard Matheson Clive Barker Dan Simmons Johnson definitely belong to that group of enthralling storytellers Brian Evenson astutely points out in the foreword that anything goes in a Johnson story but that he treats every premise with the utmost serious which is what makes his work so uniue and Loved it Absolutely Booties And The Beast loved it Full review to come but in the meantime read this collection Read it now I m sitting here staring at this empty review box drinking my coffee wondering how the hell I m going to review this book without soundingike a ridiculous fangirlOkay So My girlfriend Emily had this book and I kept usting after the cover every time she posted it on Instagram One day I get my mail and I had a package from Emily it was this bookI put the book on the top of my TBR cover and I swear that blooming skull called to me at night while I read other booksSo finally I couldn t resist it any and I figured I d just read a few of the short stories and go back to my reg. 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 writersFeaturing the best of his previously indepen.

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