John Dies at the End: Volume 1

· John Dies at the End Book 1 · Sold by Macmillan
692 reviews

About this ebook

John Dies at the End is a genre-bending, humorous account of two college drop-outs inadvertently charged with saving their small town--and the world--from a host of supernatural and paranormal invasions.

Now a Major Motion Picture.

"[Pargin] is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and Stephen King... 'page-turner' is an understatement."
—Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm I-V, Bubba Ho-tep


You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you.

My name is David. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye.

The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this:

The sauce is a drug, and it gives users a window into another dimension.

John and I never had the chance to say no.

You still do.

I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:

None of this was my fault.

Ratings and reviews

692 reviews
Joshua Roemlein
January 8, 2024
To be honest, this series was not at ALL what I was expecting. I thoroughly enjoyed the No-Holds-Bar style of writing and I found myself absolutely captivated and craving more as I finished each book and moved onto the next. I think it takes a lot for an author to just write a good book/series without worrying about offending people and catering to this ridiculous society we live in. Thank you, Jason, for keeping me entertained and captivated while I'm doing my chores. You are a real one, man!
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A Google user
October 18, 2010
Written with both a comical immaturity and an incredibly poignant insight, this book truly haunted me. With the groundwork that literally anything can happen, you never know what to expect or believe, and it truly doesn't matter by the end. The reality Pargin has created here allows for an unending stream of surprises, humour, and suspense that will leave you wishing you could erase it from your memory, simply to have the pleasure of reading through anew. A work of modern brilliance.
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Robert Jarrell
January 16, 2023
that certainly was.....something. I can honestly say I have never read anything like this before,take that as a regular or backhanded compliment if you wish as I am still deciding if I mean it one way or the other. Worth the price and I may very well read the series through. Here is to hoping the next one doesn't meander around intrigue,boredom,understanding,and complete nonsense(or atleast if it does I can make up my mind on whether I like it or not.)
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About the author

DAVID WONG is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin, New York Times bestselling author of the John Dies at the End series as well as the award-winning Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. His essays at have been read by tens of millions of people around the world. ZOEY PUNCHES THE FUTURE IN THE DICK: A Novel.

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