Eric Hublot’s sociopathically pornographic, bizarrely philosophical debut novel follows the life of anti-hero Jerome Esterson. Jerome has everything – looks, money, women, friends. And yet, he seems to be ﬁghting a losing battle with reality.
From the story’s reckless opening to it’s unforgettable conclusion, And Then Run’s net of desire, psychosis, and philosophy keeps readers unwillingly identifying with Jerome’s psychopathic tendencies, and wondering about the boundaries of their own personal realities.
"It's like Dexter without the Code, The Matrix without morality, The Unbearable Lightness of Being without decency. Most sociopaths will like it. Others may want to look elsewhere."
-Pornographer-Poet Stanton Audemars
If you buy a physical copy of And Then Run, you'll notice that it has been shrink wrapped. This is due to international regulations. In some countries, books like And Then Run must be shrink wrapped so that no children accidentally open and read them in bookstores. Other books like American Psycho are also shrink wrapped in many countries for the same reason.
"And Then Run" comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem, "Dream Deferred".
The character's first name, Jerome, is an homage to the film Gattaca, in which two characters share the name, "Jerome Morrow". The last name "Esterson" is a reference to Erhard Seminars Training (EST).
The bottom right picture on the cover has a man facing the right. The negative space to his right outlines a silhouette of an older looking man's face. This reflects the dual time lines of the story - the young Jerome full of energy, and the old Jerome who embodies emptiness.
The story contains several romantic tropes turned backwards. For example, in many romantic comedies, the hero stops his love interest at the airport near the end of the movie. What happens in And Then Run?