Jon Konrath has written and published about six books, including Summer Rain and Rumored to Exist. He is the principal of Paragraph Line Books and editor of the literary journal Air in the Paragraph Line (ParagraphLine.com), and written for many other zines and publications. He is also an inventor, computer programmer, and amateur x-ray technician. He lives in Oakland, and has bought 40 acres of land in the mountains of Colorado, where he plans to build a heavily-armed compound. He can be found online at rumored.com.
Rumored to Existby Jon Konrath
Meet John Conner: UFO enthusiast, militant screenwriter, explosives expert, and extreme sports enthusiast. He works for an insane scientist who collects human corpses and made millions on an impossible-to-solve children’s puzzle that shoots poisonous spikes when it isn’t completed. On his days off, Conner steals genetic material for blackmail purposes with his Columbian bodyguard Tito, and hangs out with his Lego-obsessed friend Nick. His Texan lawyer, preoccupied with his own earwax, has vanished to Vietnam; a guy named Ivan has started selling sheep for sexual purposes; a famous filmmaker is working on a cinematic trilogy based on vomit. Plus he and Nick found a way to talk to the dead via a library’s electronic card catalog terminal. But even in this strange world, the meaning of life eludes him, and he needs to know the answers, or at least find a way to pay his six-digit phone bill.
The nonlinear, experimental fiction of Rumored to Exist blasts through a hyperdimensional landscape of the near-future, mutated fact, and impossible science. A combination of pop-fiction references, heavy metal speed, and hilarious parody mix the half-dozen different stories together into a nightmarish tale of post-apocalyptic America.
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I found Rumored to Exist to be an interesting exposition dealing with the current world of media oversaturation, political hand-wringing, and high-power designer drugs. Many people would find Konrath's nonlinear fiction similar to the random babble of William S. Burroughs' _Naked Lunch_, but it's important to note that there is a story in the chaos, telling us not only that Konrath's satanism is driving the plot, but the quality of pure GHB is on the rise in New York. While some would argue that the inclusion of a character that runs a NAMBLA chapter in Tikrit and tries to convert Al-Queada operatives into pedarasts, it was a touching story arc, and resonates with the reader. Although I am not a drug enthusiast and have little use for instructions on how to build silencers for handguns, I appreciate the direction of Konrath's writing, and would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Clever, humorous and extraordinarily weird, "Rumored to Exist" jolts along with a supercharged cyberpunk writing style that's jam- packed with elements of tacky technology fetishism, rabid chunks of Fox TV's weeknight lineup, monster movies gone horribly awry, rewarmed and retwisted conspiracy theories, and- -why not?-- horrifically ill-advised scientific research. Among other things. It's as if the Post-Modern Paul Revere from Richard Linklater's "Slacker" (the guy who drove around blasting the sidewalks with dark warnings via the monster PA system atop his car) was told to crack his knuckles and get to typing... pronto fella. And then he did. With relish. The squeamish are advised to stay away. There are more fecal jokes here than in a ten-hour South Park marathon. The rest of you should crowd into this here tent and take your seat. The show's about to begin.