Yes, that’s right, we’re publishing the best of our in-house satirist C. J. Hopkins’ essays as a paperback series, starting with his essays from 2016 and 2017. We’re calling the first volume TRUMPOCALYPSE, because … well, we think you know. It will be out in November 2019, available from most online booksellers, or you’ll be able to order it from a bookstore near you, assuming you still have a bookstore near you.
You can’t pre-order it or anything, but don’t worry, you won’t miss the release date, as our marketing division is planning a veritable onslaught of relentless promotion that will likely cause all our followers to unsubscribe from our blog and send us a series of furious emails demanding that we stop clogging up their in-boxes with our repetitive and annoying ads. So just sit tight for now.
OK … so, you’re probably asking yourself, why would Consent Factory Publishing want to publish a bunch of Hopkins’ essays that people can read right here on the Consent Factory blog? Well, for one thing, we have no choice in the matter, as, due to some sort of German bureaucratic trickery that our legal team has been trying to unravel for years, Hopkins still, technically, owns the Consent Factory, so we have to do whatever he says, although of course we retain complete editorial freedom, you know, like the editors of The Washington Post, which is owned by a CIA contractor.
Moreover, here are some good things some good people have said about C. J. Hopkins’ political satire and commentary …
Plus, the book starts out with a big, fat, juicy introductory essay, The End of Everything, which you can’t read on our blog, or anywhere else for free. We haven’t read it yet, but our 26-year-old literary expert, who possesses an extremely expensive MFA degree from some prestigious university out in the middle of America somewhere, tells us it’s worth the price of the book in itself … which, incidentally, we’re planning on making as affordable as possible.
Also, take a look at that cover art. It was designed by Anthony Freda, who is brilliant. That’s worth the price of the book right there. Hell, if you wanted to, you could buy yourself a copy, rip the front cover off, frame it, and stick it up in your apartment. We can’t stop you.
But, seriously now, God knows how long the Atlantic Council, the Department of Homeland Security, and other anti-divisive-content monitors are going to let us keep publishing Hopkins’ essays on the Internet, or when exactly they are going to deplatform all the disreputable outlets that regularly re-post them. Don’t you want to have hard copies on your bookshelves in advance of that day?
All right, that’s our pitch for now. Stay tuned for further updates …
Oh, and, don’t forget our first publication, C. J. Hopkins’ debut novel, ZONE 23, which we published in 2017 under our venerable imprint, Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant Paperbacks.
ZONE 23 … a darkly comic dystopian satire about being human, all-too-human, featuring two of the most endearing and emotionally messed-up Anti-Social anti-heroes that have ever rebelled against the forces of Normality. Set in the post-catastrophic future, in a peaceful, prosperous, corporate-controlled society where virtually everything has been privatized and commodified, all dissent and non-conformity has been pathologized, and the human race is being genetically corrected in order to establish everlasting peace on Earth, ZONE 23 is a hilarious, heartbreaking affirmation of the anarchic human spirit, and a defiant departure from the norms of both the genre sci-fi and literary novel.
It’s available online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Dussmann, Hugendubel, Indiebound, this Dutch outfit, this one in Norway, Indigo in Canada, this suspicious-looking bookseller in Russia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld in Australia, and most other online booksellers … or you can physically order it from a human being at your local bookstore, if you’re into that kind of thing. It has sold surprisingly well during its first two years, especially given that we refused to put any money into promoting it, and that the corporate press won’t review it.
Here are some of the reviews it’s been getting from actual people …
“CJ Hopkins masterly depicts the scary, crazy state of advanced capitalist fascism we live in now. . . jacked up a good few notches. As the reader hurtles down Hopkins’ interweaving rabbit holes of the future, funhouse mirrors of eerie recognition pave the way. Zone 23, an inevitable movie, could easily hold its own alongside Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.” — Amazon Reader Review
“Hopkins’ ferociously funny yarn is not just a satire on our ever-worsening techno-dystopia. In imagining a genetic basis to the difficulties many of us experience adjusting to hyperconformist “technologically-enhanced” lifestyles, and in portraying individuals struggling and flailing against the uber-civilization around them like flies caught a spider web, Zone 23 resonates with the great critiques of technological civilization.” — Kevin Barrett, The Unz Review
“It’s a brilliant dystopian satire worthy of a place alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World …” — Vaughn Treude, Steampunk Desperado
“A piercing satire that cuts right to the genetically modified heart of our corporate-controlled world … the millennials’ 1984.” — Amazon Reader Review
“Zone 23 is a roller coaster ride. Actually, it is the whole fun fair! This is a very clever and gritty novel but beware; there are horrors as well as sardonic humour in Hopkins waterfalls of evocative description so detailed you can taste the stink, feel the despair and shudder at the pressure of the constant noise … Hopkins depicts the environment, the characters and the cascade of their thoughts in elaborate and exquisite detail.” — Wendy Lowdon, Wenlowdwhispers
“I loved this book. It had a real interesting story to it and I enjoyed the satirical approach to the dystopian genre. I cannot wait to see more works from this author.” — Destiny, TDC Book Reviews
“Zone 23 skewers the world so incisively that it is almost hallucinatory. Everything you know deep down inside but don’t want to see and certainly can’t talk about. Thank god that it is funny.” — Amazon Reader Review
“I devoured this book straight through. I would recommend it to fans of Atwood’s After the Flood series. Intense, crude, funny and incredibly smart.” — Goodreads
“Deeply engrossing … Zone 23 delivers a frightening look into a post-catastrophic future.” — Amazon Reader Review
“If Henry Miller lived in our time and chose to tell an Orwellian tale, this would be it … a must read for true conoisseurs of superb dialogue and literature.” — Amazon Reader Review
“… a head-on train crash between comedian/linguist George Carlin and science fiction writer Philip K. Dick.” — Goodreads
” C.J. Hopkins is about the best deadly serious humorist around.” — Amazon Reader Review
And here’s a taste of what the critics have said about C. J. Hopkins’ previous work …
“A brilliant (and hilarious) critique of the emptiness of American life and the meaninglessness of the popular culture that attempts to fill the void.” — Toronto Globe & Mail
“A blistering revelation … Hopkins’ work owes a huge debt to the absurdists and so manages to blast beyond the merely political or allegorical to the existential.” — Time Out New York
“Sharp, brilliant, intense, fast-moving, made for the moment we live in.” — The Scotsman
“America’s relationship with consumerism and the media is unerringly skewered.” — The Times
“Hilariously at odds with the mainstream.” — The Herald
“A hyperreal, tragicomedy, laced with wicked wit and spiked with horror.” — Metro
A gripping satire, which spills into sinister weirdness.” — Die Tageszeitung, Berlin
There’s much more shameless self-promotion on his official website, so we’re not going to duplicate it all here. We’re just trying to get you to purchase this book so that maybe Hopkins will stop calling our offices twelve to fourteen times a day demanding to know how sales are going.