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We Live Inside You [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Robert Johnson
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"WE LIVE INSIDE YOU is fucking terrific. Jeremy Robert Johnson is dancing to a way different drummer. He loves language, he loves the edge, and he loves us people. These stories have range and style and wit. This is entertainment... and literature."--JACK KETCHUM, author of Off Season, The Girl Next Door, and The Woman (w/Lucky McKee)

We are within you, and we are growing. Watching. Waiting for your empires to fall. It won't be long now.

We are the fear of death that drives you and the terrible hunger that reshapes you in its name. We are the vengeance born from senseless slaughter and the pulsing reptile desire that negates your consciousness. We are the lie on your lips, the collapsing star in your heart, and the still-warm gun in your shaking hands. The illusion of control is all we'll allow you, and no matter what you do...


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1146 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Swallowdown Press (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N0L708
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jeremy Robert Johnson is the Bizarro author of WE LIVE INSIDE YOU, the cult hit ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE, the Stoker Nominated novel SIREN PROMISED (w/Alan M. Clark), and the end-of-the-world freak-out EXTINCTION JOURNALS. His fiction has been acclaimed by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk and has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. In 2008 he worked with The Mars Volta to tell the story behind their Grammy Winning album The Bedlam in Goliath. He also runs indie publishing house Swallowdown Press and is at work on a host of new books. For more information you can access his techno-web presence at the cleverly-named

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely sublime 21 Oct. 2012
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This book is one of those story collections that everybody should read. In turns fascinating, poignant, scary and all too human, Jeremy Robert Johnson taps into the nightmare psyche that threatens to eat you every moment of your life. Each story highlights another gremlin that snacks on your nerves, tells you things you don't want to hear.

This books is so good it has been nominated as one of the best bizarro story collections of the year. That's right, everybody who has read it has loved it, and it is recognised as one of the best. I say year, probably, it could win the award for the decade.

My favourite story involves a young man who becomes embroiled in a plot to steal a large amount of drugs from, and elope with the girlfriend of, another man. However, not all goes to plan, of course. It is the voice, the narration, the real visceral and emotional content and enunciation that Johnson gives to the narrator that set this work aside from almost all others.

You just have to read it. I sincerely doubt you will be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It will live inside you, for a long time. 16 May 2014
This is an awesome book, I love Jeremy Robert Johnson's work, and this is no exception. He has a way of creating an atmosphere that is unparalleled in modern literature. I would wholeheartedly recommend reading any of JRJ's work (I am an English tutor and regularly use his short stories as examples of effective and efficient ways to create atmosphere and invoke a reader's emotions). This, as with Angel Dust Apocalypse, will fill your brain with scenes that are not easily forgotten and will be spontaneously recalled at the most subtle cues leaving you with odd flashbacks while waiting in the queue at the post office.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JRJ is the MAN ! 6 Mar. 2014
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Jeremy Robert Johnson is a fantastic storyteller, who deserves a wider audience. He is very innovative, and unafraid to draw the reader into the uncharted waters of his tales.
We Live Inside You is a masterpiece. Each of the stories collected cast a divinely dark spell on the reader. It is, in fact, so good that I cannot name any favorites, as all of the stories are amazing in their own rights. JRJ masters different literary genres (horror, crime, bizarro...) and narrative styles and crafts highly imaginative, chilling and fascinating stories. The only non-fiction piece of We Live Inside You is about the very unusual making of a superb album (The Bedlam in Goliath) by The Mars Volta, which is of my all-time favorite bands - utterly fascinating !
In case you have not read this book yet, here is a little "foretaste" -

""You are more fun than the elephants", he says, "They didn't drink enough water and always fed us the same things. You fed us the soft pieces, the animal bits. We spread faster now. We are everywhere. We are growing." - When Susurrus Stirs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look 7 Nov. 2014
By M. King
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Disturbing and atmospheric.

A great collection of stories here that thoroughly entertained me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Simple Stars Cannot Convey The Awesomeness 10 Feb. 2013
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I honestly feel intimidated, unsure if I can give Jeremy Robert Johnson's classic the amount of praise this collection of the best modern short stories in genre fiction written in years, and in my opinion only rivaled by Stephen King's Night Shift, the book deserves, but here goes...

We Live Inside You does not fire off blanks. Every story! Every. Single. Story is a jarring, shotgun-kick blast upon ending, echoes for days after the reader comes to a different revelation, and leaves the scent of cordite in the air...if I could think of more gun metaphors I would, as cliche' as it sounds, these stories explode! We Live Inside You is terrifying, and cross into realm of speculative fiction that should leave fans of the genre on the edge of their seats wondering what Mr. Johnson's going to say next. Much like Jack Ketchum, Jeremy Robert Johnson not only scares us and makes us think, but these stories are as equally emotionally involving. Like Chuck Palahniuk also, some of Johnson's characters are subversive and despicably criminal, but you have to know what happens to them. There are some bad people here but very interesting.

The storytelling is experimental--ever have an English Comp. instructor drill into your head not to narrate in the second person? I have. Anyway, the story Persistence Hunting is a smirk in the face of that teacher and anyone else who's opposed to the second person narrative. It can be executed without sounding rude, contrary to what some of us have been told, and apparently told brilliantly in a fast-paced, clipped noir tone. I'm not going to give too much away, but stories like Persistence Hunting, and also stories like Consumerism told from an eerie perspective that leaves you feeling kind of dirty and spine chilled--read it, you'll see what I mean-- This willingness to experiment breaks up the simple first and third person, good guys and bad guys archetype in storytelling, and throws a different kind of parasite into the waters of genre fiction.

This Kindle version comes with B-sides and rarities like a longer version of Persistence Hunting and more experimental and collaborative stories with legend Alan M. Clark.

As a writer I found myself rereading stories and passages to see how exactly Mr. Johnson had done some of this, and as a fan I found myself doing the same just cause this book is awesome!

Next on my reading list: Angel Dust Apocalypse and considering I haven't been disappointed with a Swallowdown Press title yet more from them too.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Body of the host. . . . 10 Jan. 2012
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I have always felt that Jeremy Robert Johnson had the potential for more than he was showing. I didn't know what I'd get with this collection, especially as there was a five year wait between this and his last one. (Sometimes fiction writers just lose it after a hiatus.) I'll be honest and say that not all of the stories in here were for me, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. They're all very well-written, well thought out. The strength in this is that Johnson writes for all sorts of people. You will enjoy stories that I didn't get and vice versa.

My favorites were "The Oarsman," "When Susurrus Stirs," "Laws of Virulence" and "Persistence Hunting." Others may prefer the oddball bodybuilder story, "Trigger Variation." Or that throwback to Angel Dust Apocalypse, "Consumerism." But I have to say that "Persistence Hunting" is my favorite piece that Johnson has ever written. It's a rather unorthodox and clever crime story about small change B&E jobs, crazy infatuation and new beginnings. This story is so good, it almost outshines everything else in the collection, except . . . the director's cut. Yes, that's right. This collection of stories is packed with DVD-style bonus features. I'm not a fan of commentaries (Stephen King does that, and not always for the better), but I found Johnson's insights nostalgic and entertaining. The presentation of the book is beautiful. It's also a fine "bridging" point for fans of his old work and new, less "Bizarro" oriented readers to hop on and discover a good writer they might have overlooked before. Just resist the urge to cut out your guts in search of parasites.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Bizzaro 15 Jan. 2014
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I like bizzaro, I really do, but sometimes it just feels juvenile and empty. Not so with JRJ's We Live Inside You. This is bizarre on a more sophisticated scale, with tales that swing wildly at your heart and guts. The thing I like about JRJ, aside from his rich imagination, is his writing style. The man can write! But what I really like about this collection of stories how much of a buffet it really is when it comes to genres. There are tales here that go from Objectivist Satire (Consumerism,) Invasion Body Horror (When Susseruss Stirs), Neo-Noir (Persistence Hunting) Doomsday Sci-Fi (The Oarsman)... even long form jokes (The Brilliant Idea). Then you have something like Cortical Reorganization, which sounds like some hard sci-fi but in reality is a gut-wrenching piece of very short fiction. I think there's great talent in being able to illicit such responses in such limited space. And that's not to mention all the space in-between, and there's a lot of space to explore in this work. Having read this and Angel Dust Apocalypse, Jeremy Robert Johnson has become one of those people I'll pretty much take a chance on and pick up without a second thought. This was my first JRJ read and I'd recommend it as yours, also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Passion so Evident, it's Almost Savage 13 Jan. 2012
By Lee Widener - Published on
Jeremy Robert Johnson's "We Live Inside You" blew me away. I don't know how else to say it. I have only read one other book by Mr. Johnson before this- "The Extinction Journals." I enjoyed that book very much, but this latest release finds Johnson at the very top of his craft. His writing has improved since the earlier book, and that's how it should be. His voice is more self-assured, his plots tight and focused, his passion so evident it's almost savage.

This is a collection of stories mostly written since 2005. The subject matter varies considerably. The first two tales are straight-up science fiction, and they led me to believe I knew what to expect from this book. The next two stories spun me around and told me to stop thinking I knew so much, as they veered into gritty present day territory that knocked me up side the head. They keep hitting me in the head, opening my eyes and mind to new attitudes, new ideas, until about a third of the way through, almost as if he just wanted to show he could, he gives us a fairly traditional ghost story- and that turns out to be my favorite story in the entire book.

There's violence here, there's savagery, but it's never gratuitous. It's all for the sake of the yarn. This is a master storyteller spinning his tales for us, entertaining, enlightening and educating us along the way. There's also tenderness. "States of Glass" brought me to tears- and it takes a lot to do that to this cynical old geezer. He even manages to set one story during World War Two, and tell the tale convincingly. He just keeps amazing me.

Johnson even presents us with the same story twice- first with the previously published version, and later with the "extended director's cut" - the story as he first wrote it, before he edited it down for publication. Both are good reads. It's not gimmicky at all to do this. The second version has a different feel, and, in my opinion, a stronger ending.

Listen- just buy this book. Read these stories. The vitality of the prose will make you smile, and the sheer force of the ideas will widen your perception. Keep an eye out, because after you ead this book, you're going to want more from this important author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too much fun. 16 Sept. 2014
By Tyler Kenneth Spragg - Published on
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I'm ashamed I don't have much cred on here book review wise. This short story collection earns a solid five for several reasons.

Many of these stories are so fun, and over the top that you will without a doubt be re reading them shortly after your first go. Persistence Hunting and the Gravity of Benham Falls are my two favorites, having read them before in a sampler, and a few times now that they are housed in this book.

You may be asking, "what genre is it?!"

Weeeelll, this is my favorite part about JRJ, he seems to pack a multitude of genres into one book. Of course most of it is crime/thriller/horror, but the Alex Pardee cover artwork should be a dead giveaway for a outline of genre. Once you've started reading, you quickly realize Johnson knows short stories, he knows genres, and he knows how to captivate a reader in each form he writes from. This is much more than just some collection of horror stories with a gnarly cover.

There's even a little surprise in here for fans of good music. I can say with no shame that I had learned something very interesting by the end of this books that I felt disappointed I had not known already. Johnson turns to non fiction and documents the creepiest "behind the music" happening I've ever had the joy to discover. After finishing this book, I did something an author had never so easily convinced me to do, which was listen to an entire album promptly in isolation.

Looking back on WE LIVE INSIDE YOU, I can't help but marvel at how it feels Johnson has crammed more into a book this size than it is possible to. This book is packed to the brim.

If you are considering checking this out, I would strongly recommend grabbing EXTINCTION JOURNALS and ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE as well. Maybe even THE BEDLAM IN GOLIATH album he discusses in this book. You'll be a happy camper if you order it all at once.
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