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Dermaphoria [Hardcover]

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Clandestine chemistry and the L.A. underworld provide the atmosphere for this tale of painful lost memories and the heartbreak of finding them.

Eric Ashworth awakens in jail, unable to remember how he got there or why. His only memory is a woman's name: Desiree.

Bailed out and holed up in a low-rent motel, Eric finds the solution to his amnesia in a strange new hallucinogen. By synthesizing the sense of touch, the drug produces a disjointed series of sensations that slowly allow Eric to remember his former life as a clandestine chemist. With steadily increasing doses, Eric reassembles his past at the expense of his grip on the present, and his distinction between truth and fantasy crumbles as his paranoia grows in tandem with his tolerance.

In Dermaphoria Clevenger creates a visceral world where divisions between love and loss, violence and tenderness, and fact and fiction prove to be less discernible than they ought to be.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   214
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  1931561753  
ISBN13  9781931561754  

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More About Craig Clevenger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Craig Clevenger was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where he studied English at California State University, Long Beach. He has traveled extensively and lived in Dublin and London. Disillusioned, he resigned from the high-tech industry to pursue a writing career. He currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, where he is at work on his second novel.

Craig Clevenger currently resides in San Francisco. Craig Clevenger was born in 1964.

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Twisty Sizzler!  Jul 21, 2008
This book wouldn't leave me alone. From the very first page I was hooked. What is real? What is drug-induced fantasy? And is there a place to stand between the two? I don't want to say much about the story--the hooks have already been written above--but I will say the the writing is beautiful and shifty and noir, and this is an author worth reading. And watching!
If anyone close to you has been addicted...  Jun 5, 2008
To any sort of hard drug, you MUST read this book.

A shockingly large improvement in writing style and story development since his last book (Contortionist's Handbook, which is also excellent). Dermaphoria is a love story, and an epic coming of age piece all rolled into one. Maintaining a clear style despite a clouded narrator's perspective and using ever sharpening wit, Clevenger does well keeping the reader in tune with the story as the narrator races to bring back memories lost in a lab accident while being pursued simultaneously by the police and the group that funded the drug lab that blew his memory to smithereens. While slowly revealing how all this happened Clevenger gracefully shifts in and out of ponderings on the morality and philosophy of drug use. A must read.
His second is just as good as his first.  Oct 28, 2007
Really loved this one too. CC is a vivid, intense writer, one of my all-time favorites.
absolutely brilliant  Jun 4, 2007
Captivating diction, brilliant imagery, and I especially love the jaded & cynical monologue of the protagonist. Clevenger effectively brings the real mechanics of paranoia to the forefront of the reader's attention; and not in a stupid or adolescent manner. He brings you into the fear and sickness, the world falling apart around you. The enemy always watching, the codes they speak, the patterns they manipulate into your reality.

He makes me want to throw out all my manuscripts and never write again. Terribly jealous, esp w/ the use of bugs & chemistry as the metaphors for reality breakdown.
Past? Present? Drug induced coma? Ah, Dermaphoria!  Apr 23, 2007
I'm a Palahniuk fan and therefore thought I should read Clevenger. I enjoyed "Contortionist's Handbooks." "Dermaphoria" was a bit different. His writing style hasn't changed, but reading this book was, at times, like watching "Memento" or "21 Grams" on shuffle.

The first 100 pages is more or less a drug-induced haze. This first half seems to be introducing the reader to the lingo, which is fine in 200 page quick read. After the first 100 pages, then the pace starts to pick up. And what has been happening becomes much more clear.

The only problem for "Eric" is that he's not sure what's real and what is not. Therefore, neither do we. At times, I felt cheated, other times, I felt like I had figured it out. By the end of the book, I was left feeling a bit empty and a tad unsure as to what had happened.

I gave this 4 stars since I enjoyed the ride. I really enjoyed the style and recommend this book to anyone who likes Chuck Palahniuk or this vein of writers. Look for a fast read, but don't look for a lazy read. You have to pay attention and be ready for the twists and turns the plot takes.

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