John Dies at the End is a comic horror novel written by David Wong. It was first published online as a webserial beginning in 2001, published in paperback form in 2007 by Permuted Press, then republished with additional material by Thomas Dunne Books in 2009.
From the back cover of the 2009 edition …
- You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.
- No, don’t put it down. It’s too late.
- They’re watching you.
My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.
You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.
The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.
THE IMPORTANT THING IS THIS:
- The drug is called soy sauce, and it gives users a window into another dimension.
- John and I never had the chance to say no.
- You still do.
Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we’ll have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.
I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:
NONE OF THIS IS MY FAULT.
Girls, guns or zombies? Soy sauce and other dimensions!
My thoughts… John Dies at the End is one of my favorite books! It’s a absolute mind-fuck of a thriller! Funny, scary, and brilliant! The 2012 film adaptation directed by Don Coscarelli [Phantasm (1979), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)] is just OK. I liked Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes as David and John but it wasn’t enough – the book is soooo much better!