“He promised himself that the next time he found himself in a similar situation, he would really do it: really reach out and assert himself with his fist.”
Meet Toby Sharpe, a naive, pimple-faced freshman studying at a stridently progressive university outside of New York City. Aimless and insecure, Toby falls under the wing of Thomas Wallingford, a charismatic English professor beloved for his Marxist politics and laid-back attitude. However, Wallingford’s woke activism and postmodern pretensions mask a darker secret, one that leads Toby and those connected to him down a path to ruin.
Dragon Day is a tragicomic glimpse at America’s culture war and social atomization. Matthew Pegas’ debut novel offers a cutting and satirical look at the rise of the alt-right and their antifa counterparts, the incel mindset, and the factors that radicalize young men.
“It was funny, a sharp satire of academia, a great character study of outcast college students and how they can be radicalized, and it has a solid thriller plot. If I were to pitch this in a single line, I’d call it The Secret History if it was written by Michel Houellebecq.” — Ben Arzate, author of Elaine and The Story of the Y
“Dragon Day is a deeply absorbing tale of psychological vulnerability and predatory manipulation, as well as being a scathing take on academic corruption and intellectual chicanery…it is also perhaps the first piece of contemporary fiction to grapple honestly with the rise of the ‘alt-right,’ and its manifold implications for the present and future of the West.” — Andy Nowicki, author of The Columbine Pilgrim and Heart Killer
“Remember the quiet kid in class, the one you always willfully ignored? This is his story. Dragon Day is destined to become an incel classic.” — James Nulick, author of Valencia and The Moon Down to Earth
“Where once the ideological fate of the youth followed from the social leanings of an actual house on a college campus, Matt Pegas presents the energizing potential of the memetic Internet as launching an arms race to control political vitality. Both the virtual world to which one awakes and on-campus social hubs must stamp out any sense of beauty as fast as possible as they offer up their own visions.” — Timothy Wilcox, PhD, PreCursor Poets
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