With Annihilation Songs: Three Shakespeare Reintegrations, writer and award-winning filmmaker Jason DeBoer presents radical anagrammatic takes on The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Hamlet. Using only the words contained within each original drama, DeBoer’s experimental fictions were created by disintegrating and then reintegrating Shakespeare’s language into new narratives of warfare and desire. The result is an ultra-vivid hypertext, a warped yet faithful concordance of astounding poetic power, with theoretical roots in the earth of Bataille, Nietzsche, and Sade.

These gripping tales are preceded by an introduction by Tosh Berman, and Killing the Dogs of Kathmandu, DeBoer’s psychedelic account of the origin of his technique in Nepal, and the history of the reintegrations.

Jason DeBoer is the founder of Trembling Sun Films. His feature film Dead River has garnered critical acclaim and awards in Europe and the United States. His writing has been featured in The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, The Barcelona Review, Stand, Exquisite Corpse, The Absinthe Review, and other publications.



“To say that there are surprises in Shakespeare after all this time and thought seems impossible, but DeBoer’s reordering of the prose draws attention not to the structure of the plays, or the characters therein, their plots, but to the language itself. And this is done in such a way that throughout I was not only dazzled by the way in which DeBoer pieced found fragments together, but the connotation of words, which had changed over time.” – Electric Lit.

“Fall into this book’s rhythms and the blend of old and new becomes captivating, a literary equivalent of what filmmakers like Julie Taymor and Michael Almereyda have done to take Shakespeare’s work in new directions.” – Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“Shakespeare’s words seem perfectly suited for a tale of great conflict, but it’s so strange to see them deployed in such a modern context. The tension between the origin of the words and the uses to which DeBoer puts them is exhilarating.” – San Diego City Beat

“An unprecedented supernova of narrative, DeBoer’s work transforms Shakespeare’s well-worn lexicon, taking it though a skillfully woven and compelling wormhole. Inverting a vocabulary deeply seared into the collective unconscious, DeBoer’s innovative text transports the reader to a glistening event horizon of satisfying new puzzles, mysteries, and timeless preoccupations. A resounding triumph of structure and language, form, and voice.” –Quintan Ana Wikswo, author of The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far