A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

A Scanner Darkly

By Philip K. Dick


A Scanner Darkly

By Philip K. Dick


“Dick is Thoreau plus the death of the American dream.”—Roberto Bolaño

Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug dealer, both using and selling the mind-altering Substance D. Fred is a law enforcement agent, tasked with bringing Bob down. It sounds like a standard case. The only problem is that Bob and Fred are the same person. Substance D doesn’t just alter the mind, it splits it in two, and neither side knows what the other is doing or that it even exists. Now, both sides are growing increasingly paranoid as Bob tries to evade Fred while Fred tries to evade his suspicious bosses.

In this award-winning novel, friends can become enemies, good trips can turn terrifying, and cops and criminals are two sides of the same coin. Dick is at turns caustically funny and somberly contemplative, fashioning a novel that is as unnerving as it is enthralling.

Additional Book Details

Mariner Books; Reprint edition


  1. Avatar Test User says:

    I read somewhere that RDjr’s dialogue was written on post-its and roto’d out during the animation process.
    Personally, I think this is the most accurate translation of PKD to film – it’s an exceptionally faithful adaptation of the book, right down to the credits.

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