The Heroin Chronicles


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$15.95  $14.67
Akashic Books
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5.3 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Jerry Stahl: Jerry Stahl is the author of six books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight, (made into a movie with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and the novels I, Fatty and Pain Killers. Formerly "Culture" columnist for Details, Stahl's fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, and the Believer, among other places. He has worked extensively in film and television and, most recently, wrote Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, for HBO.


"Desperate, degrading, wise, witty, these tales of addiction encompass family struggles, failed relationships, dirty sex, overdoses, and the constant drive for drugs that fuels each vein-digging author. Dispelling myths about the glamour of self-destruction, Stahl has chosen stories that are raw and real, focusing on the often bleak hopelessness of addiction, a life lived day to day with the next high as the only real motivator. And though Stahl is secretive about how many of his contributors are clean, still using, or in recovery, each narrative demonstrates a remarkable self-awareness, a revealing tone that allows readers to relate to addiction, even if they have never picked up a needle themselves."
--Interview Magazine

"This is a tough crew in these pages, but you will find them human and vulnerable, perhaps more so than your average 'normal' functioning being. 'Junkies are like veterans, ' Stahl writes, 'or bikers, or cancer survivors, or ex-cons.'...With this posse in tow, Jerry has no need to worry. They have been to the depths and, like Dante on the wrong road, come back to enthrall you."
--New Pages

"Not every junkie can write. And not every writer is a junkie. Stahl has assembled a fine roster of ballsy writers who tip their hats in respect to the junkie writer masters who came before them."
--Front & Centre (Canada)

"Akashic Books once again pushes the boundaries with the newest addition of the Drug Chronicles, The Heroin Chronicles...This book is out there, man. The stories are funny, sad, true-to-life, and most of all eye-opening...These stories are chaotically beautiful and they will draw you to the authors, forcing you to look for more of their work."