2017 British Fantasy Award Finalist for Best Newcomer!
"Had Phillip K. Dick lived through riot grrrl and the collapse of the American industrial economy, STAY CRAZY would be his memoir. Erica Satifka is a prophet."
—Nick Mamatas, author of SENSATION and I AM PROVIDENCE
Stay Crazy is dark and intense sci-fi with a twist, in turns disturbing, amusing, and enlightening. It's not a book that fits into tidy genre boxes, so kudos to Apex for publishing a book that is that complicated--and good.
—Beth Cato, Nebula Award-nominated author of DEEP ROOTS
After a breakdown at college landed Emmeline Kalberg in a mental hospital, she's struggling to get her life on track. She's back in her hometown and everyone knows she's crazy, but the twelve pills she takes every day keep her anxiety and paranoia in check. So when a voice that calls itself Escodex begins talking to Em from a box of frozen chicken nuggets, she's sure that it's real and not another hallucination. Well ... pretty sure.
An evil entity is taking over the employees of Savertown USA, sucking out their energy so it can break into Escodex's dimension. Escodex needs Em's help to save his dimension and to keep hers from collapsing. But Em isn't certain she wants to help Escodex. She has other things to worry about, like staying off the Savertown USA bowling team, busting her sister's chops about her new found religion, and getting out of Clear Falls, PA.
When her coworkers start mysteriously dying, Em realizes that she may be the only one who can stop things from getting worse. Now she must convince her therapist she's not having a relapse and keep her boss from firing her. All while getting her coworker Roger to help enact the plans Escodex conveys to her though the RFID chips in the Savertown USA products. It's enough to make anyone Stay Crazy.
|Publisher:||Apex Book Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Erica L. Satifka is a writer and/or friendly artificial construct, forged in a heady mix of iced coffee and sarcasm. She enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. Originally from Pittsburgh, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and an indeterminate number of cats. Stay Crazy is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Life can be get very difficult for Em, Erica L. Satifka’s “Stay Crazy” protagonist, but I couldn’t help rooting for her. I was not sure how much of Em’s situation is real and how much is imagined and right up through the climax I found myself still wondering. In spite of this, though, I was pulling for Em to succeed. To her credit, Satifka has a very clear and easy writing style that quickly gets to the point. This direct approach gives Em a very infectious personality, especially when contrasted with those around her. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary. Phillip M. Johns