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You know that feeling when you wake up knowing that you slept through your alarm? Or you forgot to set your alarm? So you’re in a state of panic and self-hatred right as your day begins? Jason Pargin wakes up like that every day, whether the alarm went off or not. Jason is the author of seven novels, including John Dies at the End, which was adapted into a movie, and the forthcoming Zoey Is Too Drunk For This Dystopia. The novels, each of which is quite lengthy have all come out in the last 15 years, which means that Jason has been keeping a pretty prolific pace, especially considering that until recently he held down a full-time job while continuing to write on the side. Jason’s books have sold well and he has garnered a loyal fan base, which you might think would be enough for Jason to be content if you didn’t know that Jason deals with an anxiety disorder. As is stands, he is wracked with the sense that he’s never doing enough, never writing enough, never promoting enough, and just generally falling short of what a professional author ought to be.

Preorder your copy of Zoey Is Too Drunk For This Dystopia, out October 31st, 2023, as well as Jason Pargin’s other novels wherever books are sold. Learn more about Jason and subscribe to his Substack by visiting his website www.JohnDiesAtTheEnd.com.

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Join host John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) for honest, relatable, and, yes, sometimes funny conversations about mental health. Hear from comedians, musicians, authors, actors, and other top names in entertainment and the arts about living with depression, anxiety, and many other common disorders. Find out what they’ve done to address it, what worked, and what didn’t. Depresh Mode with John Moe also features useful insights on mental health issues with experts in the field. It’s honest talk from people who have been there and know their stuff. No shame, no stigma, and maybe a few laughs.

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