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First edition cover
Author Craig Clevenger
Cover artist Jacket design by Dorothy Carico Smith
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher MacAdam/Cage
Publication date
October 9, 2005
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 214 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 1-931561-75-3
OCLC 60972005
813/.6 22
LC Class PS3603.L49 D47 2005
Preceded by The Contortionist's Handbook

Dermaphoria (2005) is a novel written by American author Craig Clevenger.

Plot summary[edit]

Eric Ashworth awakens in jail, unable to remember how he got there or why. All he does remember is a woman's name: Desiree.

Bailed out and holed up in a low rent motel, Eric finds the solution to his amnesia in a strange new hallucinogen. By synthesizing the sense of touch, the drug produces a disjointed series of sensations that slowly allow Eric to remember his former life as a clandestine chemist. With steadily increasing doses, Eric reassembles his past at the expense of his grip on the present, and his distinction between truth and fantasy crumbles as his paranoia grows in tandem with his tolerance.

Characters in Dermaphoria[edit]

Eric Ashworth
Manhattan White
Toe Tag
Detective Anslinger
Jack and the Beanstalk



Room 621, the room Eric Ashworth rents is also the room number belonging to Barton Fink in the Coen Brothers' movie of the same name.

Film Adaptation[edit]

The book was adapted into a film, which premiered on June 13, 2014 at the East End Film Festival. It was directed by Ross Clarke and starred Joseph Morgan, Ron Perlman, Kate Walsh, and Walton Goggins.[1]

U.S. editions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dermaphoria, Production Design by John Richoux. The film was produced by Teryn Fogel and Ross Clarke in association with their production company Keep The Car Running. Internet Movie Database, accessed 7 July 2013.


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