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David Wong

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David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin. He is the Executive Editor of Cracked.com, author of John Dies at the End and the New York Times bestseller This Book is Full of Spiders. His third novel, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits debuted on October 6 2015.

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John Dies at the End was adapted into a feature film and debuted at the Sundance film festival in 2012.



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David Wong Dave is on hold with comcast due to a haunted modem having driven him over his data limit, John is running for mayor but his profane yard signs have…moreDave is on hold with comcast due to a haunted modem having driven him over his data limit, John is running for mayor but his profane yard signs have drawn protest from locals. Amy says she is doing fine and thanked you for asking.(less)
David Wong I don't have their whole life story in mind, but I try to get to a place where if you put a gun to my head, I could come up with the rest of their…moreI don't have their whole life story in mind, but I try to get to a place where if you put a gun to my head, I could come up with the rest of their story - meaning I feel like I understand them enough that I could fill it in. The guiding principle from the start has been that everybody sees themselves as the main character of their own story - they may not think of themselves as heroic, the biggest jerk you know might just think of himself as a "survivor", someone who gets by in a world in which everything is stacked against him. Everyone is fighting their own battle. So if I write a rough version of a scene in which one of the "extras" is just an archetype, I try to go back on the second pass and really say, let's make this a human being. This guy dresses like a cowboy, why does he do that? How does he see himself? How would he react in an emergency? And like I said if you tied me down and forced me to come up with a biography for the guy I could work backward and say, "Well, probably grew up with both parents, played sports in high school, probably had brothers but was the oldest..."

And for you aspiring writers out there, here's a tip. If you watch people closely in your everyday life, you'll constantly get little hints about their life that really triggers your imagination - the middle-age real estate agent who has a faded tattoo on her chest that she tries to keep hidden but you glimpse it when she bends over, the mechanic who on his desk has a souvenir he brought back from India. Throw those little things in there - you see them in real life, they should be in your book, too. No, you don't have to explain them. You don't get those explanations in real life. They're just hints that your side characters have a life that has nothing to do with your story. Always imply that they're living out their own story, because they are. (less)
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“Son, the greatest trick the Devil pulled was convincing the world there was only one of him.”
David Wong, John Dies at the End

“Scientists talk about dark matter, the invisible, mysterious substance that occupies the space between stars. Dark matter makes up 99.99 percent of the universe, and they don't know what it is. Well I do. It's apathy. That's the truth of it; pile together everything we know and care about in the universe and it will still be nothing more than a tiny speck in the middle of a vast black ocean of Who Gives a Fuck.”
David Wong, John Dies at the End

“And watch out for Molly. See if she does anything unusual. There’s something I don’t trust about the way she exploded and then came back from the dead like that.”
David Wong, John Dies at the End

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For November, we are looking at Funny books and the Bizarro-Fiction genre. They should all provide a few lols ▬ in the literal sense ▬ which is a good change-up from October's Horror/Suspense genre.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) by Douglas Adams
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John Dies at the End
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John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1) by David Wong
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