Apocalypse Now Now
Neil Gaiman meets Tarantino in this madcap, wildly entertaining journey into Cape Town's supernatural underworld. I love the smell of parallel dimensions in the morning. 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.
Neil Gaiman meets Tarantino in this madcap, wildly entertaining journey into Cape Town's supernatural underworld.
"Lauren Beukes meets Neil Gaiman." WIRED "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." SFX "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
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.