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HUMANITY IS THE DEVIL is a deconstructed nightmare mixing David Lynch and snuff movies. The plot revolves around a central character, Seth, who is set about a crusade against humanity which, for him, represents pure evil. Through random killings he and his cronies try to accelerate the end of the world, in order to provoke and defeat the Demiurge, the false God that is rul ...more
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published March 10th 2014 by MorbidbookS (first published March 6th 2014)
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Danger
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was heavy. Not physically heavy, mind you. It’s not, like, 1000 pages long and printed up on strips of tree bark. Nothing like that. It sits comfortably just above the 200-page mark. And that might be a good thing. Humanity Is The Devil takes a toll on you. It’s a dense, DARK tome that deserves to be read and dissected in both literature classrooms and psychology classrooms. It’s a poetic descent into madness, terror, violent pornography and just...well...pretty much every fucked up or ...more
Jamie Grefe
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a Gnostic injection of shocking violence--some of the most unsettling scenes I've read--stunningly captured in a maze of fragments and murder scene mind-rooms (the blinds are drawn///television static///duct tape serenade) of horror. Pure. Horror. Yes, this novel is a horror-show that leaves you withered and trembling. It's a book about the human condition, a novel that plays like a manifesto, a Lynchian blog post from a secret forum, a tremor of the apocalypse. It might seem like I'm go ...more
Pedro Proença
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: morbidbooks
This book left me stunned.
A dark look into humanity's psyche, "Humanity Is The Devil" is beautiful.
That's it, I can't describe it better. It's beautiful.
It made me feel bad about myself while reading.
And still, it's beautiful.
This book will reach down inside of you and grab your heart and it will squeeze it. And you will love every second of it.
Duane
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Duane by: Jordan Krall
One sitting. I don't often read things cover-to-cover, especially when I start them after midnight, but I was compelled to keep thumbing the kindle once I began. One of my rules of thumb is that you lose me immediately if you cite devils, demons, Xtian objects in general, but I've read a few of the author's things and was willing to compromise.
Oftentimes it is said that the evil people harbor within them is worse than any number of movie monsters, and that's the principle this book operates on.
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Philip
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At its lowest: a beautiful verbal assault. At its highest: a masterpiece of reflection on a society controlled by extreme violence and utter chaos. It burrows down into your guts and makes a home like a scaring over friendly guest you’ve brought to bed. And like Burroughs at his most rebellious and Ballard at his most intelligent, Jordan Krall has created the literary equivalent of a hand grenade. And when it detonates no one will be safe for, HUMANITY IS THE DEVIL.
Vilém Koubek
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Občas se prostě stane, že otevřete knížku a ona vás následně profackuje hned prvními stránkami. Humanity is the Devil tohle provedla mně a troufnu si říct, že podobně explozivní zážitek nabídne každému – ale ne všichni jej budou schopni unést.

V podstatě jde o novelu, kterou jako by spolu napsali Palahniuk s Lynchem a Burroughsem. Výjevy ze světa se střídají, intenzita agresivně kolísá, některé obrazy jsou čistě abstraktní, jiné hraničí s poezií. Vše nicméně postupem stránek krystalizuje a vytvá
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M.C. O'Neill
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
J.G. Ballard as delivered by one part William Bennett, one part Peter Sotos. A punch to the soul that questions, of course, reality as a construct and humanity as the assumed most vile byproduct of this projected fantasy.

A fear of the possibility of a solipsistic reality is the impetus for the protagonist to kill and terrorize. Said reality is the gnostic, or here, anti-gnostic machinations of the Demiurge - a blind, childish godhead who creates and goes on its merry way with no thought to its b
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Scott
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Humanity Is The Devil is the written equivalent of a harsh noise album. Short narrative bursts clash with discordant, nearly impenetrable stream-of-consciousness word associations. Motifs and themes recur throughout, verbatim or with subtle variations. The nightmarish framework holds together thematically and as a whole has an ugly beauty.
This anti-novel is aggressively misanthropic. Everyone is a monster, and the passages that try to empathize and understand people's actions when juxtaposed wit
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Michael Faun
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: morbidbooks
I experienced Humanity as an express-train into the darkest depths of mankind. Parts of this brilliant and grimly dark book seriously caused physical reactions on me, manifesting in panic, anxiety and queasiness. I imagined Jordan Krall writing this work with tiny knuckles on each fingertip as he hammered away, or a knuckle on the pencil since, if I remember rightly, that the majority of the manuscript was handwritten. Anyway, a brilliant piece of societal fiction, moving with subjects such as t ...more
Kyle Atwood
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I give this a five star because... well... I don't get it most of the time, but when I did it was a brilliant novel. Honestly, that's all I can say other than the form of Mr. Krall's writing was well-done and the way the story came together was also unnerving in the most wonderful way.
Jason
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mind blown, simply brilliant

I don't know how to review this but I'll start by saying absolutely brilliant hooked from the first page. Very hard to read if you are faint of heart. This was one of the best books I have ever read, I highly recommend to all fans of modern horror
Merzbau
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book is fucked up in the best and worst possible ways
Tea
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Craig Podmore
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Explosive and vitriolic, this book by Krall is a molotov in the face of the modern world. It's fiery, incendiary prose spits out like venom from the depths of profound darkness. It's structure consists of fragmented, episodic and ritualistic sermons from the mind(s) of disenfranchised personas, conjuring a cocktail of a kill-frenzy malaise. Krall dissects modern society in the vehicle of deluded militants with a hunger for existential dread and destruction in the name of false gods. The 'humanit ...more
Steven Rage
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Entropy and Decadence, July 10, 2014
By M.C. O'Neill (Des Plaines) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Humanity Is The Devil (Kindle Edition)
J.G. Ballard as delivered by one part William Bennett, one part Peter Sotos. A punch to the soul that questions, of course, reality as a construct and humanity as the assumed most vile byproduct of this projected fantasy.

A fear of the possibility of a solipsistic reality is the impetus for the protagonist to kill and terrorize. Said reality is the gno
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Jason Allen
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With the seminal Humanity is the Devil, Jordan Krall has established himself as one of the most exciting and relevant voices in independent fiction. This book is important, a testament to the times, and a document of our decay. I don't know if I would say it is Krall's best work, that's kind of up in the air, because in terms of style and theme, the guy is all over the place. I want to compare it to something else he's written, and he touches on similar themes previously in his False Magic Kingd ...more
Michael
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Humanity Is The Devil isn't an easy book to read. I don't mean that to intimidate anyone or even keep them from reading it. This is a dark, violent book that grabs you by the throat and forces you to look at the dark side of human nature. Let's be honest we as a society have advanced so far that we are being fed violence with our morning coffee.
Krall forces us to look and I swear sometimes I wonder if he's daring us to flinch, and even stop reading. Told in a variety of styles, this truly is a
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Michael Adams
A chilling 'anti-novel' told in slice-of-life vignettes exploring a thrill-kill cult driven by existential hopelessness, and modern American ennui. There are glimpses of modern gnostic philosophy, and the desensitization of modern teens by access to increasingly graphic and extreme images of pornography and violence. None of this is spelled out for you, mind you. You see it all through the viewers eyes, so be forewarned this is a challenging book. It may disturb or shock you, but you have will k ...more
Ben Arzate
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
FULL REVIEW HERE

I personally loved HUMANITY IS THE DEVIL. I found it to be a powerful attack of language on modern values, but it's a difficult book to recommend because of it's subject matter and because of how different it is from most books. I'd recommend it to any readers feeling particularly adventurous. If you've enjoy books such as William S. Burrough's NAKED LUNCH or JG Ballard's THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION, you'll definitely enjoy Jordan Krall's Humanity is the Devil.
R.A. Harris
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
Humanity is the Devil pulls no punches. It creates a dread atmosphere that doesn't let up until long after you've finished reading.

Terrifyingly nonchalant in its recounting of hideous crimes, the book is like being stabbed in the heart by a psychopath. The chapters are the knife being thrust forward in rapid succession, the prose: its keen edge sharpened razor thin by the ribs of all the evil humans portrayed within.

Though it has aesthetic similarities to the False Magic Kingdom cycle, Humanity
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Christopher
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
There is a good critique of media sensationalism, cult foundation, and the gnostic world view all wrapped together here, but you have to be willing to go through quite a lot of Peak Edge to see the whole picture.
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