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Published by Arrow, part of Cornerstone Publishing

Format: Paperback


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EAN: 9780099580775
Published: 3 Apr 2014


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Baxter Zevcenko’s life is pretty sweet. As the 16-year-old kingpin of the Spider, his smut-peddling schoolyard syndicate, he’s making a name for himself as an up-and-coming entrepreneur. Profits are on the rise, the other gangs are staying out of his business, and he’s going out with Esme, the girl of his dreams.

But when Esme gets kidnapped, and all the clues point towards strange forces at work, things start to get seriously weird. The only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter that goes by the name of Jackson ‘Jackie’ Ronin.

Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, Baxter and Ronin team up to save Esme. On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse.

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What the critics say

Lauren Beukes meets Neil Gaiman.

Pure, unbridled joy ... every bit as awesome as you might think.
- Pornokitsch

It’s mad, dark, irreverent and wonderfully twisted in all the right ways.
- Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls

A riot – a firebomb of a novel, exploding with sick humour, violence and depravity.

With a wild imagination and savage glee, Charlie Human throws us into a school yard battle zone that’s part teenage wasteland, part Lovecraft fever dream. Rock and Roll High School meets the apocalypse.
- Richard Kadrey

Given the power of the prose and the unholy weird-ass quality of the storytelling, Charlie Human may not actually be human, but he is surely a writer to watch.
- Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds

If you want the dark imaginative wonder of Gaiman injected with the reckless, carefree abandon of a Tarentino flick, you'd be a fool not to hitch a ride into the mysterious world of Charlie Human's South Africa.
- Starburst Magazine online

From start to finish this just kept getting better and better ... it is a rollercoaster ride of twists, turns, surprises and revelations ... [it] doesn’t feel like a single word was wasted in crafting the intricate flow of the real, the fantastically surreal and the downright bizarre story contained within the covers.
- popbucket.co.uk

Hilarious and tremendous fun.
- SciFi Now

Brilliantly entertaining.
- British Science Fiction Association

Charlie Human’s urban fantasy is a journey down the rabbit hole into a side of South Africa that you wouldn’t know existed...Not for the weak of stomach, this is hopefully just the first adventure for Baxter and Jackson Ronin… Recommended.
- SciFi Bulletin

A bowl of fireworks... It has porn-peddling adolescents, ginger bearded monk ninjas, killer crows and zombie-filled sex dungeons ruled over by parasitic mega-spiders. What’s not to love!?!
- J for Jetpack blog

Human paints scenes and characters vividly... an attention-grabbing debut
- Cultbox.co.uk

Weirdly and gruesomely awesome!
- Book Geek Says blog

It is fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny and the hero and narrator is himself a teenage schoolboy…impressive.
- Magical Realism blog

[an] exciting, baffling horrifying and hilarious tale…A dark story that reaches deep in the paranormal, Apocalypse Now Now is a gripping read that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one, and hungry for more by the end of the novel.
- The South African online

Charlie Human has managed to write a novel that consistently (and I do mean on every page) shocks, delights, disgusts and amuses every one of the senses... easily, in a year where I’ve read Chuck Wendig for the first time, the maddest novel I’ve probably ever read... Madcap, outlandish and surreal.
- Wilder's Book Review

An incredibly exciting and fast paced thrill with characters that are a pleasure to read.
- thebookbag.co.uk

Charlie Human's debut draws you into a world of monsters and parallel dimensions ... the dark humour and plot twists carry the story through to its incendiary conclusion.
- Imagine FX

Reminiscent of Zoo City ... one for your reading pile.
- thierstein.net blog

This is highly entertaining and unexpected fiction that delivers on every single promise ... a truly astounding debut that is well worth your time.
- The Eloquent Page

A demented, raucous urban fantasy.
- Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls

With a cast of characters so weird and mysterious Apocalypse Now Now can stand proudly next to such works as Clive Barkers Weaveworld and Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

Every now and then a special book comes along, that blows the cobwebs from stale and dull genre. Apocalypse Now Now, not only gives the urban fantasy genre a spring clean it gives it a well need kick up the backside.
- Ginger Nuts of Horror blog

About the Author

Charlie Human is a denizen of South Africa’s speculative fiction scene. He has an MA in Creative Writing and lives in Cape Town. Apocalypse Now Now is his first novel.

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