Nerds Read Books: "John Dies at the End" by David Wong

The votes are in, and coming in with the most for the horror genre is "John Dies at the End" by David Wong. The venue this time around will be Amorelia Mexican Cafe, which has a solid 4 stars on Yelp.

For our December/January book event, we're going to change things up a bit. We'll read a book that has a movie based on it out in theaters, then go watch the movie together. Make sure to bring your book suggestions to the Meetup. I'll set up a poll after the event so we can decide which book to delve into.

Back to our horror selection, though. Here's a review of "John Dies at the End" from

“In this reissue of an Internet phenomenon originally slapped between two covers in 2007 by indie Permutus Press, Wong— editor Jason Pargin's alter ego—adroitly spoofs the horror genre while simultaneously offering up a genuinely horrifying story. The terror is rooted in a substance known as soy sauce, a paranormal psychoactive that opens video store clerk Wong's—and his penis-obsessed friend John's—minds to higher levels of consciousness. Or is it just hell seeping into the unnamed Midwestern town where Wong and the others live? Meat monsters, wig-wearing scorpion aberrations and wingless white flies that burrow into human skin threaten to kill Wong and his crew before infesting the rest of the world. A multidimensional plot unfolds as the unlikely heroes drink lots of beer and battle the paradoxes of time and space, as well as the clichés of first-person-shooter video games and fantasy gore films. 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."

The attendance policy will be in place for this event. Hope you can make it!

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  • Katie

    Had a great time with you all discussing the craziness of "John Dies at the End." Thanks for coming out!

    November 19, 2012

  • Erin

    I'm just getting off work! I'm going to be late :(
    Save me a spot please

    November 15, 2012

  • Katie

    Hey everyone! I just sent out an email with info about tomorrow's event. If you didn't get it, please let me know by sending me a Meetup message or posting in this comments section, and I'll forward the email along to you.

    November 14, 2012

  • Katie

    Hey all! I just sent out an email about this, but if any of you have discussion question ideas for Thursday, feel free to send them to me via Meetup message or post them in this comments section. Thanks!

    November 13, 2012

  • Cathleen C

    Food is good here. You guys will enjoy it. Good choice Katie!

    November 5, 2012

    • Katie

      Thanks! Glad to know it's a good place to eat.

      November 5, 2012

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