John Dies At The End is a horror comedy book as clever and fun as its title
I bought David Wong's 'John Dies At The End' because I liked Wong's comedy work at Cracked.com and I wanted to experience something that combined horror and comedy. Wong delivers a simply astounding hybrid that will have you laughing and then chilled to the bone. The testimonials on the book that state Wong perfectly blended horror and comedy seemed a little exaggerated, but thankfully they weren't.
At the time of writing there was one other review for this book, and the reviewer mentioned they stayed up until 5am to finish it. That was my exact experience too. I am not a big reader, I last read a novel abut two years ago. I could not put this down, and spent an entire, sleep deprived night getting to the end of an unforgettable story. One of the aspects of horror in John Dies At The End is the idea that what you see lurking in the shadows in the corners of your vision are real. When you are sleep deprived and start imagining the shadows around you are alive, the immersion and experience of reading this book become like no other that I've read. It was fantastic to become so drawn into a world of horror and to feel the same sense of 'was that actually a spider scuttling up my leg, a shadow cast from a fluttering curtain or my brain playing tricks on me?' that some of the characters experience.
As I mentioned I am not a big reader. I often read the first few chapters of a book and then put it down, never to be touched again. The last horror book I read was American Psycho which was good but disgusting. Jon Dies At The End likely won't tickle your gag reflex, but if you have trouble with descriptions of gross bugs or creepy crawlies you might find the book a bit too much. I could see how someone who would get chills at the thought of a cockroach crunching under foot would find the book less enjoyable. Then again, horror isn't about being comfortable, so if you have a fear of insects it'll likely ramp up the horror factor. It isn't a huge issue, as said the book is hilarious and well written, so don't let this put you off unless you have a severe fear, the kind where you scream and wail at the sight of a moth fluttering about a lightbulb.
John Dies At The End has also been adapted into a film, and has a sequel titled 'This Book Is Full Of Spiders, Seriously, Don't Open It.' I haven't seen or read either of these, but am very keen to do so as John Dies At The End is excellent. 'John Dies At The End' and 'This Book Is Full Of Spiders, Seriously, Don't Open It' are the kind of titles where you know you'll enjoy the story immediately if you find the titles makes you smile.
Really, if you saw the title of this book and thought 'that's clever and funny', you'll like it. If you like ridiculous situations, hilarious characters, and a horror story that is more than strong enough to complement the comedy, David Wong's John Dies At The End is for you.