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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Clevenger Narrator: Craig Clevenger Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bailed out of jail and holed up in a low-rent motel, amnesiac Eric Ashworth has only the memory of a woman’s name: Desiree. With steadily increasing doses of a strange new hallucinogen, Ashworth finds that the drug allows him to reassemble his past in broken fragments. But as he begins to lose touch with the present, his distinction between truth and fantasy begins to crumble, creating a world where divisions between love and loss, violence and tenderness, and fact and fiction are less discernible than they ought to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reminiscent of William Gibson’s work, but Clevenger has his own attitude and a film-noirish literary style that is unique.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Clevenger’s trademark voice and pace are as good as ever, but the settings are his greatest triumph.”

    Santa Barbara Independent

  • Dermaphoria advances Clevenger’s dark art, powerfully evoking the paranoia of a man attempting to reconstruct his life.”

    San Francisco magazine

  • “Cleverly obtuse…Offers a full ration of contemporary grit for those who prefer their noir with a high intelligence quotient.”

    Texas Monthly

  • “A sometimes brilliant, heavily stylized novel whose psychedelic prose and labyrinthine story line will enthrall.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Whip-crack visuals and cinematic editing…It’s Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream by way of latter-day Cormac McCarthy.”

    Book Standard

  • “Gloriously shifty puzzle-fiction whose resolution is much less important than the kaleidoscopic journey towards it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Austin | 2/19/2014

    " This one was quite incomprehensible, mostly due to Clevenger's style, which hinges upon surreal prose as well as heavy use of metaphor and simile. When compared to his first novel, "The Contortionist's Handbook," this one suffers the horrible fate of falling into the Sophomore Slump category. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gary D. | 1/31/2014

    " The spelling errors, so invisible to spellcheck software, suggest that no human involved in the production of this book ever bothered to read it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin Beck | 1/15/2014

    " Not as good as contortionist handbook but sort of the same lost, confused, amnesiatic, possibly on drugs, main charactor. I felt at times the author was trying way too hard to create a beautiful line that it ended up sounding pretentious. Like chewing up light bulbs and firefly's to recreate the feeling of heartbreak in his mouth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jamie | 1/14/2014

    " The narrator is a fascinating individual and Clevenger really does a great job transporting us into his hallucinogenic world. "

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About the Author
Author Craig Clevenger

Craig Clevenger was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where he studied English at California State University, Long Beach. He currently lives in San Francisco. Dermaphoria is Clevenger’s second novel, following 2003’s word-of-mouth phenomenon The Contortionist’s Handbook.