Charlie Human is a denizen of South Africa's speculative fiction scene. He has an MA in Creative Writing and lives in Cape Town. His debut novel, Apocalypse Now Now received rave reviews. Kill Baxter is the follow up.
This is the brilliant follow-up to the critically acclaimed Apocalypse Now Now. And He Thought The Hard Part was Over...The world has been massively unappreciative of sixteen-year-old Baxter Zevcenko. His bloodline may be a combination of ancient Boer mystic and giant shape-shifting crow, and he may have won an inter-dimensional battle and saved the world, but does anyone care? No. Instead he's packed off to Hexpoort, a magical training school that's part reformatory, part military school, and just like Hogwarts (except with sex, drugs, and better internet access). The problem is that Baxter sucks at magic. He's also desperately attempting to control his new ability to dreamwalk, all the while being singled out by the school's resident bully, who just so happens to be the Chosen One. But when the school comes under attack, Baxter needs to forget all that and step into action. The only way is joining forces with his favourite recovering alcoholic of a supernatural bounty hunter, Ronin, to try and save the world from the apocalypse. Again.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Teenage involuntary super hero, Baxter Zevcenko was first introduced in the manic Apocalypse Now Now, which managed to feature high school porn rings, zombies, pan dimensional octopi and transsexual valkyries. The follow up by the South African author proves as crazy and enjoyable, a demented fifth gear ride in which the Harry Potter-inspired sixteen-year old is packed off by an ungrateful world to Hexpoort, a Hogwarts-like school with sex, drugs, a good internet connection and much worse than rock n'roll. Aided and abetted by an alcoholic supernatural bounty hunter, Baxter has once again to confront the apocalypse, even though his powers of magic are painfully inadequate and his tendency to dreamwalk is something of a problem. A zany drop down the rabbit hole with laughs and spills to spare.
Charlie Human presents the sequel to the critically acclaimed Apocalypse Now Now.Baxter has been packed off to Hexpoort, a magical training school for MK6 agents. It sucks, but Baxter slowly learns to control his fledgling abilities and takes his first steps to becoming a dreamwalker. Lessons with Jackie Ronin lead them to suspect that the Obayifo may be involved with a doorway that Baxter inadvertently opened when operating the Mantis. Baxter and Jackie are plunged into the most dangerous place they've encountered yet: Cape Town Fashion Week.
now now adv. a common South Africanism relating to the amount of time to elapse before an event occurs. In the near future; not happening presently but to happen shortly Baxter Zevcenko's life is pretty sweet. He's making a name for himself as the kingpin of his smut-peddling high school syndicate, the other gangs are staying out of his business, and he's dating the girl of his dreams, Esme. But when Esme gets kidnapped, things start to get seriously weird, and the only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter who goes by the name of Jackson "e;Jackie"e; Ronin. Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town's supernatural underworld, Baxter and Ronin team up to save Esme. On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including an odd brush with the apocalypse.