Title: Apocalypse Now Now
Author: Charlie Human
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2013
ISBN 9781415201862 / ISBN 978-1-4152-0186-2
Softcover, 15 x 22 cm, 176 pages
Baxter Zevcenko is your average 16-year-old boy. If by average you mean kingpin of a porn-peddling schoolyard syndicate, and a possible serial killer who suffers from weird historical dreams. Baxter is the first to admit that he's not a nice guy. After all, high school IS a gaping, icy abyss and Baxter is not about to allow anybody to drag him down. That is until his girlfriend, Esme, is kidnapped and the clues point toward supernatural forces at work. Faced with navigating the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town's supernatural underworld, Baxter turns to the only person drunk enough to help: bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter Jackson 'Jackie' Ronin. On a mission that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they face every conceivable nightmare to rescue Esme, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse. Billed as a mash-up between Neil Gaiman and Quinton Tarantino, this debut novel by Charlie Human draws on his South African background and pours on a crazy, twisted narrative that is brilliantly entertaining. Apocalypse Now Now is a laugh-a-minute, entertaining and interesting book that will be enjoyed even by readers new to the genre. It’s fantastic in every sense of the word, will be published in the United Kingdom and South Africa simultaneously, and marks the beginning of this young writer’s promising career.