Johnny Future

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Johnny Future, lover of all that exists, hopelessly unrepentant and quixotic, knows that life is calling him. He can feel it, man. Inanimate objects, exterminator icons, street signs are all talking to him, telling him he’s a loser.

His grandmother, Dolly Flowers, the only mother he has ever known, is in a nursing home. He hasn’t seen her since she got sick, but with a stolen car and a prostitute named America in tow, Johnny’s adventure to save her from death takes him from the...

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Johnny Future, lover of all that exists, hopelessly unrepentant and quixotic, knows that life is calling him. He can feel it, man. Inanimate objects, exterminator icons, street signs are all talking to him, telling him he’s a loser.

His grandmother, Dolly Flowers, the only mother he has ever known, is in a nursing home. He hasn’t seen her since she got sick, but with a stolen car and a prostitute named America in tow, Johnny’s adventure to save her from death takes him from the slums of Hollywood to a wild freeway chase with the LAPD to the doorstep of fate.

Steve Abee taps the well of broken hope and tattered heroism that sits beneath his nihilistic generation. A heartening, hypersexual, punch-drunk tour de force, Johnny Future ushers the drug narrative into the new American century.

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Johnny Future, the drugged-out narrator of Abee's abysmal latest, lives on a skuzzy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. After a night of recreational Nyquil drinking, Johnny visits a friend and has the first of several hallucinations that will plague him throughout the novel. His wastoid adventures are the stuff of adolescent fantasy: he consumes many drugs, has many bizarre experiences, lands a job at a sex shop and ends up on a wild adventure with a stripper named America. Despite self-assessments like “I'm Johnny Future, small parking lot good creature of the sun, friend of man and beast, taco stand of love,” he remains a cipher, and the novel rests artlessly on his shoulders. The supporting characters fare no better and seldom rise above caricature: paraplegic transvestite Baby Juice is paraded for shock value, and America is a cliché vagabond Madonna whose sudden, soulful connection to Johnny is predicted by a fortune teller. This disorganized mess goes nowhere interesting and says nothing new. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849821513
  • Publisher: MP Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


Steve Abee began writing when he held a job as an orderly at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica. His mind started to unfold itself and he thought if he was going to save it, he better start writing things down. Abee has previously published two books, King Planet and The Bus: Cosmic Ejaculations of the Daily Mind in Transit. He teaches middle school English and lives on the eastern-most edge of Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
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