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Jerry Stahl is the author of the best-selling memoir Permanent Midnight and the novels: Pery â€“ A Love Story and Plainclothes Naked. His fiction and non-fiction have been anthologized widely and featured in a variety of magazines from Esquire to Playboy. He has also written extensively for film and television, most recently for the popular TV crime drama CSI. He has one daughter and lives in Los Angeles.
I have to fervently echo Johnny Deppâ€™s view when I say â€œI loved this book!â€. It is absolutely brilliant. I knew nothing about â€œFattyâ€ Arbuckle yet found myself utterly engrossed with this story from the very start. Written as though Fatty himself is telling you his story, the character comes to life and his no-holds-barred storytelling style captures you from the word go. He can be heart-wrenchingly touching, pungently witty, darkly sarcastic and downright hilarious. While the book offers a fascinating insight into the 1920s Hollywood scene â€“ the drugs, the parties, the movie politics, the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton â€“ it is ultimately a superbly human and absorbing tribute to the man behind the fat-suit.
Bad Sex On Speed is a savage, careening, hyper-real nightmare of a novel, taking us to the depths of Amphetamine America. Told with no concession to traditional narrative, in the voices of those in the grips and on the fringes, the stories that emerge are at once devastating, hysterical, and--perhaps most terrifying of all--going on all around you, all the time. Stahl digs deep into the psyche of the most demented and dispossessed among us, returning with a vision so unsparing that those not prepared to experience the screaming depths of speed psychosis up close and on the page should back slowly away and return to their lives unscathed.