The Heroin Chronicles

The Heroin Chronicles

Book - 2013
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"The third and finest Akashic entry yet in its Drug Chronicles series focuses on the enigmatic opium poppy and its various derivatives...As the 13 contributors to this all-original anthology reveal, those who partake of the sacred flower are forever changed, but the price of paradise is often steep: overdose, hepatitis C, degradation, self-destruction. Stahl, himself a recovering addict with long-term sobriety, has assembled an impressive array of writers to create this ''encyclopedia of badbehavior.'' Indeed, these tales of chasing the dragon, with corollaries often violent and savage, will satisfy devotees of noir fiction and outsider art alike."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Editor Stahl ( Permanent Midnight ) has put forth a gritty, naked collection of short stories on the bleak life of heroin addicts. These tales by such edgy literary writers as Gary Phillips, Lydia Lunch, and Nathan Larson give different voices . . . that keep the stories fresh and above comparison."
-- Library Journal

"Like its two predecessors, devoted to cocaine and speed, The Heroin Chronicles confirms how drugs are . . . the basis of some of the most unforgettable fiction you''ll ever read."
-- Bookgasm

"For all the bleakness, suffering, and crime seeping from the pores of this anthology, Stahl welds together a creative whole from disparate voices. Because illegal drugs, especially heroin, are so damaging, it is refreshing to read an anthology focusing on drugs that neither moralizes or condescends to the reader. These stories reflect upon the human damage, one individual at a time."
-- CCLaP: Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

" The Heroin Chronicles conveys the sentiment that a life of heroin addiction is a human comedy, but it will usually end in dark or, even worse, banal tragedy."
-- MysteryPeople

" The Heroin Chronicles , the third entry in the [Akashic Drug Chronicles] series, is the finest so far -- a collection of short fiction that puts this series on the same must-read category as the Noir Series... The Heroin Chronicles is full of stories about suffering, survival, overdoses, hepatitis C, poverty, self-loathing, humiliation, danger, death, degradation, guns, and self-destruction. They''re all told with unflinching sincerity by authors who have either been there or extremely close to it. If you''re familiar with the Drug Chronicles, you know saying this is the best one yet is saying a lot. If you''re not familiar with the series, this is the definitely the book to start with."
-- Verbicide Magazine

Inspired by the ongoing international success of the city-based Akashic Noir Series ( Brooklyn Noir , Boston Noir , Paris Noir , etc.), last year Akashic created the new Drug Chronicles series. On the heels of The Speed Chronicles (Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, Megan Abbott, James Franco, Beth Lisick, etc.) and The Cocaine Chronicles (Lee Child, Laura Lippman, etc.) comes The Heroin Chronicles , a volume sure to frighten and delight. The literary styles are varied, as are the moral quandaries herein.

Heroin has long been understood as the most "literary" of narcotics, and this collection will, for better and worse, have tremendous pop cultural appeal.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch, Jerry Stahl, Nathan Larson, Ava Stander, Antonia Crane, Gary Phillips, Jervey Tervalon, John Albert, Michael Albo, Sophia Langdon, Tony O''Neill, and L.Z. Hansen.

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 the 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.
Publisher: New York : Akashic Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781617751066
Branch Call Number: F Her
Additional Contributors: Stahl, Jerry


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