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For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In “Persistence Hunting,” a lonely distance runner is seduced into ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Night Shade
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Always Pouting
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories by Johnson, many of which were bizarre or, I don't want to say violent but, gritty maybe? I really enjoyed some of the stories but others were just okay. I didn't like the last one as much but I really like the first two and god I can't remember the names of any them because after reading them all I kind of just lost track because I was enjoying them. I do think that if drug abuse, mental illness, disability, death, gore, depictions of self harm, etc etc are hard fo ...more
Janie C.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chaos and entropy are two of my favorite words.  In a world in which we try to keep ourselves carefully defined and ordered, random occurrences and a breakdown of systems equate to freedom of impulse.  Is this a good thing?  Probably not, but the release of pressure and defiance of natural laws provide a measure of primal satisfaction.  The stories in this skillfully written collection confront us with situations that we would never expect to encounter.  Body modification separates the physical ...more
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm sitting here staring at this empty review box, drinking my coffee, wondering how the hell I'm going to review this book without sounding like a ridiculous fangirl.
Okay. So. My girlfriend Emily had this book and I kept lusting after the cover every time she posted it on Instagram. One day, I get my mail and I had a package from Emily, it was this book.
I put the book on the top of my TBR cover and I swear, that blooming skull called to me at night while I read *other* books.
So finally, I could
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Vivian
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
His carefully crafted suit had gone cannibalistic.

Weird books for jaded readers.

Huh...absolutely nailed it, Chris. Chris provides me with all the internet wandering I need, she's my GR dealer and I love her for it. Granted, I'm not a big internet wanderer. So, when she had a link to a bunch of recommendations for weird books for jaded readers I was like, "That's me."

Skullcrack City was the one I wanted, but when I got to my library website they only had one Jeremy Robert Johnson book availab
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Mindi
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this one up because my friend Sadie said that I needed it, and when Sadie says I need something she's never wrong. Boy, was she right about this one.

This is a collection of stories that will seriously be burned into my brain forever. They are all so disturbing, so unflinching, and unique! I've never read anyone like Jeremy Robert Johnson, and I can't believe it took me this long to discover him. I owe Sadie a huge thank you and one hell of a favor.

These stories are all so different, but
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Ashley Daviau
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story collection is just utter perfection! In fact, it’s so damn good that I think it might just be my favourite book I’ve read all year. And that’s saying something because I’ve read some pretty damn good books this year! But this one. This one is just BEYOND stunning. As soon as I read the first story I INSTANTLY knew that I was holding gold in my hands. With each story I kept saying to myself, “okay this one is my favourite because it just can’t get better than this!” But then it d ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I've read so far in 2017. Truth is, Jeremy Robert Johnson's short stories are the finest I've stumbled upon since I had the privilege of discovering Cameron Pierce and Jordan Harper's work in 2015. A couple names came to mind while reading ENTROPY IN BLOOM: Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Clive Barker, Dan Simmons, Johnson definitely belong to that group of enthralling storytellers.

Brian Evenson astutely points out in the foreword that anything goes in a Johnson story, b
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McGrouchpants, Ltd.
A major leap, but only for those just joining what's in progress, Jeremy Robert Johnson's Entropy in Bloom gives us — right down to the author's notes at the end — an update on the State of Things.

Somehow, it feels like it's here, now, this year, and one finds oneself looking back to the publications date — "What year did this come out? what season, even?" It's like a moment frozen in time, a monolith of exactly this size and height, a totem pole of 250-some pages. All the more remarkable and mu
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Irene
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
There is something for every horror fan here whether you enjoy dark satire, straight up gross out horror, or psychological terror. Beginning with The "League of Zeroes" which takes the art of body modification to blood curdling extremes and ending with the novella "The Sleep Of Judges" which was an unsettling tale of the aftermath of a burglary. In between is a wild ride of love, desperation and how to survive the end of the world just like the cockroaches will. This was my first time reading an ...more
Matthew
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Absolutely loved it. Full review to come, but in the meantime read this collection. Read it now.
Aksel Dadswell
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best collections I’ve read, period. Johnson’s work is deep and dark and mines the nastiest, most vulnerable crevices of our psyches, but it’s also fizzing good fun. His prose is whip-smart and has a furious momentum, and his characters are any combination of fallible, sympathetic, batshit insane, and/or heartbreakingly, hilariously human.
Johnson’s work could be categorised as weird fiction or bizarro or horror, but why waste time trying to put him in a box? The scope and ambition of
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Sjgomzi
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-list-2018
I can’t stop thinking about this collection, and actually had trouble falling asleep upon finishing. I kept asking myself “what the hell did I just read?” I read a lot of books and I don’t think I’ve ever read one as batshit crazy as this, and I say that with highest praise!
There is a generous dose of insanity running through here.
it’s Imagination running Wild with a chainsaw
The stories contained within-not a bad one in the bunch, run the gamut between Horrifying, laugh out loud funny, and hear
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Emily
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These stories were so fun and creepy. If I used one word to describe this book, it would be "unsettling". I'm so glad the publisher sent me a copy of this, because I definitely want to read more of Jeremy Robert Johnson's books. Also, the cover is so pretty.

Some of the stories in Entropy in Bloom are amusing, and some are sad, but most are just bizarre. I loved it. I definitely recommend this if you want to read some weird horror stories. If you need some encouragement, here are some of the aut
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Benjamin DeVos
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The range of themes and feelings Entropy in Bloom explores are vast, but there is something profoundly human at the core of each story. Whether it’s fear, love, or longing, what every character shares in common is a struggle against their innate nature. There is a force derived from this tension that draws the reader into the collection. Maybe it’s because Entropy in Bloom is a book about choices, about reactions and consequences, and the spectrum of human behavior that ultimately leads to chaos ...more
David Bridges
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As an established fan,  I was super excited to read JRJ's new book and was equally as excited to hear his work was being rereleased by a larger publisher leading to consumption by the greater public. JRJ is one of those dudes that paid his dues underground and has earned any success he attains today. I was originally drawn to Johnson's work when it was released through the indie publisher Swallowdown Press, who used some of the tightest artwork on books I have ever seen. So after the artwork of ...more
Danielle Dawson
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm so??? Why did I take so long to finish this, all I had left was Sleep of Judges and it was definitely one of my favorites in the collection. Dog man, oh my dog man, you keep on chasing that wolf.

Also, can I just say that Cathedral Mother basically made me never want to drink water ever again? A sad plight for a human liquid sack.

The only reason I gave this 4/5 stars was for two stories that made me kinda like huh, what? The scalping story had me like that sure was a thing that I read. And th
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Horror DNA
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: matt-e-lewis
Entropy in Bloom is an excellent primer to Jeremy Robert Johnson’s work. The stories are short enough that an uncertain reader can immediately determine if it’s the right thing for them or not (like hot sauce!). One taste and you can know – if self-eviscerating junkie teenagers, lip-removing body modification, and male members splitting into petals of flesh aren’t your thing, you can just stop reading. But for the readers who can’t look away, who only become more intrigued, a veritable carnival ...more
Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
This is probably the most bizarre collection of stories I've read, and I loved it. Jeremy Robert Johnson's writing is beautiful for every single story and it really gets under your skin. I took a few months to read this book because I read a story or two in between other books. It was necessary for me; it was just that weird and intense. Brian Evenson tries to prepare you in the enticing introduction of the book, but to no avail. You cannot prepare yourself for the workings of Jeremy Robert John ...more
Aaron
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read JRJ's cult-classic Angel Dust Apocalypse many moons ago, his latest collection—which features several stories from that earlier collection alongside some newer additions and an all-new novella—felt something like a homecoming, like a run-in with an old disease, dredging up memories only accessible via fever-dream.

It's hard to pin down exactly what makes these stories so brilliant (and they are brilliant), or precisely why they're impossible to put down, except that they're more than
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Danger
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A drug-soaked and paranoia-laced collection of stories that land at the intersection of body- and cosmic-horror. In turn: harrowing, scary, humorous, and revelatory - always surprising and often bizarre. I read this book in the low-light of a silent room, and could hear my heart beating in harmony with Johnson’s prose. Great stuff.
David Agranoff
I did a audio interview on my blog with JRJ about this book... it is on youtube, soundcloud but can be found at my blog... with the review:

http://davidagranoff.blogspot.com/201...

We have had a few authors in the horror genre really make huge strides in the last year. Some notables include the massive success of Paul Tremblay's Head full of Ghosts and Sarah Pinborough's Behind her Eyes. It is true That Jeremy Robert Johnson could be considered a part of a new wave of horror field to mainstream pu
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Tom Clarke
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Stories in order of how much I dug them, pretty much (1 = most dug, 16 = least dug):
1. A Flood of Harriers (when cultural appropriation goes wrong)
2. The Sleep of Judges (home invasion nightmare)
3. Dissociative Skills (ket-fuelled teenage experiments)
4. When Susurrus Stirs (gross-out parasite party)
5. Saturn’s Game (who NOSE what’s gone on here)
6. Luminary (wise older siblings and fireflies)
7. The Sharp-Dressed Man at the End of the Line (bizarro roach fest)
8. The League of Zeroes (body modifica
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Kristyn
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Usually, in a book of short stories, there's at least one story that you don't like. Not this one. Every single story is good!
Carol Ann
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always like saving short story collections for the end of the year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, NYEve etc etc) because by then my attention span is shot. Having said that, I could not have been happier to read this group of stories from JRJ. There is something for everyone in this terrific horror/scifi/speculative/psychological short story collection. Please don't miss it.
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
A truly bizarre collection of stories that at times turned me quite green. I originally was going to rate this book lower because of some of the icky stories that churned my gut and grossed me right the eff out. But the more I thought about, the more I realized that was exactly what I was looking for when I requested this collection from Netgalley, so I can honestly say that JRJ fully delivered.

-League of Zeroes – An over the top short story about insane body modifications including (but not li
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Kaj
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book wasn’t written by Chuck Palaniuk, but it wants to be. Like “Haunted” or “Fight Club,” “Entropy In Bloom” is an edgy, edgy collection. These lite-horror short stories are each based on some concept intended to shock and/or titillate you the reader. Many of them are based on extreme versions of body modification. By my reckoning, these stories appeal to exactly the kind of person that loved the parts of old Ripley’s Believe It Or Not episodes where weirdos hung themselves by meat hooks w ...more
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Looking at all these glowing reviews for Entropy in Bloom I feel like I was missing out on something during my reading experience. I’ve been wanting to read something by Johnson since hearing about his anthology We Live Inside You back in ‘11. I don’t have much experience with bizarro fiction but I’ve always liked body horror films and I’ve been looking to introduce more of that in my reading. From the descriptions Johnson’s work seemed to fit the bill nicely so I was pretty excited when I foun ...more
Andrea
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rating by story at bottom of review! Also some sort-of spoilery content recaps and standout quotes if you want to check them out, but I would recommend going into this blind!!


"It’s her fault, really. She’s the one who wanted to have her lips removed."



When a story starts out with people missing their lips, you know it's going to be a strange one. The pacing is great and you jump right from one story into another. Going into each story blind and with no idea about wh
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Tobias
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2017
Hot damn, that last novella is wonderfully unsettling.
Eileen Nichols
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just my kind of twisted stories.
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