About American Blasphemer by John Matthew Gillen:
Would you dance with the Devil in New York City?
Even if she wanted to kill you?
A wild, intimate, literary novel written in the tradition of Denis Johnson, Charles Bukowski, and Hunter S. Thompson, each chapter of American Blasphemer delivers new characters and unforgettable experiences – a knife fight with a sex addict, a psychedelic family Christmas, a Cathedral burning in Manhattan, a midnight visit to Elvis’s grave, and more.
This debaucherous but heartfelt tale culminates in a showdown with a tattooed witch who tries to get the writer to join her coven after meeting him at a rock concert in Times Square.
★★★★★ “Love this new book. Refreshing to read, long on the memory. Images that stick with you. Emotion that cuts through. Fabulous.” -CharlieGo, reviewer.
★★★★★ “The writing is excellent. Vivid. Wild. Honest. Gillen could write the user manual for a printer and make it hard to put down.” -Twitchard, reviewer.
★★★★★ “Incredible plot. Well written. Original, yet relatable. This is my new favorite book.” -Cody DeWees, reviewer.
★★★★★ “If I were still teaching lit, I would add this book to the optional reading list.” -Kindle Reviewer
★★★★★ “This unabashedly honest romp with heartbreak will satisfy readers who are looking for a story of self-discovery under psychedelic circumstances…This delightfully lecherous debut is a masterful exercise in debauchery, understanding religious interpretations, and coping with heartbreak.” – BookLife Review
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At ten years old, John Matthew Gillen was sent to a summer camp where campers were allowed one elective activity. John was the only camper who chose Storytelling. The camp director asked him to choose another class so they wouldn’t have to offer Storytelling that year.
Since then, he has been fired for writing poetry at work, cussed out by the Chief Clerk of the United States Supreme Court for accusing him of Satan worship, and has spent over $10,000 on tickets to Bob Dylan concerts.
John’s first novel, American Blasphemer, was published in May, 2020, and premiered at #1 in the world on Amazon’s Kindle Store in American Literary Fiction.
His debut short film, ‘American Ugly’, played a dozen film festivals around the country, and his recently produced ‘Legacy Sessions’ won several awards on the festival circuit.
John has had his written work published in literary journals including The Laurel Review, Storgy Magazine, and The New Guard Literary Review, and he is currently the Chief Content Editor for Soigne Magazine.
His favorite authors include Jorge Luis Borges and Hank Bukowski, and he harbors a deep reverence for Martin Scorsese.