Craig Clevenger

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Narrated By: Craig Clevenger

Duration: 5 hours and 59 minutes

What to expect

Bailed out of jail and holed up in a low-rent motel, amnesiac Eric Ashworth has only the memory of a woman’s name: Desiree. With steadily increasing doses of a strange new hallucinogen, Ashworth finds that the drug allows him to reassemble his past in broken fragments. But as he begins to lose touch with the present, his distinction between truth and fantasy begins to crumble, creating a world where divisions between love and loss, violence and tenderness, and fact and fiction are less discernible than they ought to be.


Thriller / suspense fiction, Narrative theme: Interior life, Psychological thriller, Crime and mystery fiction

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“Reminiscent of William Gibson’s work, but Clevenger has his own attitude and a film-noirish literary style that is unique.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Clevenger’s trademark voice and pace are as good as ever, but the settings are his greatest triumph.”

Santa Barbara Independent

Dermaphoria advances Clevenger’s dark art, powerfully evoking the paranoia of a man attempting to reconstruct his life.”

San Francisco magazine

“Cleverly obtuse…Offers a full ration of contemporary grit for those who prefer their noir with a high intelligence quotient.”

Texas Monthly

“A sometimes brilliant, heavily stylized novel whose psychedelic prose and labyrinthine story line will enthrall.”

Publishers Weekly

“Whip-crack visuals and cinematic editing…It’s Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream by way of latter-day Cormac McCarthy.”

Book Standard

“Gloriously shifty puzzle-fiction whose resolution is much less important than the kaleidoscopic journey towards it.”