First edition cover
Author(s) Craig Clevenger
Cover artist Jacket design by Dorothy Carico Smith
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) 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 Number 60972005
Dewey Decimal 813/.6 22
LC Classification PS3603.L49 D47 2005
Preceded by The Contortionist's Handbook

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


Plot summary

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

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.

U.S. editions

  • MacAdam/Cage Publishing, October 2005. Paperback Edition. ISBN 1931561753
  • MacAdam/Cage Publishing, September 2006. Paperback Edition. ISBN 1596921021

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