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Apocalypse Now Now

Charlie Human

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Published by Arrow, part of Cornerstone Publishing

Format: Paperback


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EAN: 9780099580775
Published: 3 Apr 2014


About the book



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

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

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

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

An extremely strong debut novel, from an author who exhibits a great deal of talent and potential. Apocalypse Now Now is bonkers, twisted, very funny, and utterly engaging... Human’s writing is immediate, addictive, funny, and expertly crafted... original, very well-written, funny, dark, and genre-blending. Charlie is definitely an author to watch
- Civilian Reader

Breakneck pace and mad imagination... an addictive experience.
- Tor blog

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

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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