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.
“Dermaphoria advances Clevenger’s dark art, powerfully evoking the paranoia of a man attempting to reconstruct his life.” (San Francisco Magazine)
“Gloriously shifty puzzle-fiction whose resolution is much less important than the kaleidoscopic journey towards it.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A sometimes brilliant, heavily stylized novel whose psychedelic prose and labyrinthine story line will enthrall….” (Publishers Weekly)
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