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Diary of a Sex Addict [Kindle Edition]

Scott Alexander Hess
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Book Description

Witty, dark and explosively carnal, Diary of a Sex Addict chronicles a gay New Yorker’s month-long descent into a circus of anonymous hook-ups as he struggles to erase the pain of a failed romance and blot out the routine of a soul-numbing day job. Bizarre gang-bangs and fleeting attempts at celibacy are interspersed with visits to his wealthy and eccentric dowager aunt, visits which awaken lost memories of a chaotic youth.

Written in prose that is at once poetic and unabashedly lewd, the novel offers a glimpse into a forbidden fringe world of longing and debauchery that ultimately reveals the narrator’s fervent search for something to fill a profound emptiness.

Inspired by the transgressive works of the Marquis de Sade, Dennis Cooper and Bret Easton Ellis, Diary of a Sex Addict blends wry humor, elegant language and graphic sex to offer a novel that is “relentlessly erotic and divinely written” (Richard Labonte, Bookmarks).


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Reviewed By: Ashley Lister, Erotica Revealed

In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolyn Fairfax says, I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. It's unlikely that innocent and naïve Gwendolyn, even in her most extreme flights of fancy, would have written anything as powerful, profound and absorbing as Scott Alexander Hess's Diary of Sex Addict. But that doesn't detract from the fact that this diary remains something sensational to read in the train.
 Diary of a Sex Addict
begins on December 7th in a New York apartment where the story's unnamed narrator relates the symptoms of a compelling addiction to sex. The story is set in a contemporary New York so vividly described I imagine the print version smells of bagels, pizza and yellow cabs. It's a New York so real that a reader could get mugged whilst turning from one page to the next.  It's writing that is rich in detail, vivid in description, and droll in execution. Full review at bit.ly/M8xiTP

About the Author

An award-winning writer, Scott's fiction has appeared in the Thema Literary Journal, and Omnia Revitas Review. Richard Labonte of Bookmarks calls Scott's gritty new novel Diary of a Sex Addict  "relentlessly erotic and divinely written." The short film based on the novel debuted this month on Vimeo. Scott's first novel, Bergdorf Boys was serialized in Ganymede Journal. He is working on his new novel The Jockey set in rural Arkansas and New York City circa 1918. His screenplay, Tom in America is being produced by Queens Pictures in 2012. Scott has a personal essay on intimacy appearing in editor Leslie Smith's collection this spring. Scott has been a contributor to various national magazines, including Genre, OutTraveler and Instinct. Scott is a MFA graduate of The New School.

Product Details

  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466258861
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JMS Books LLC (September 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MJVPIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Some Tweaking August 30, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Overall, I liked the book. It was a bit slow to get started, and a lot of time was wasted on describing aspects of the world around the main character, but once it got going this was a great book. Insightful into the sexual habits of gay men to a degree, this was definitely a book that I was pleased with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a sex addict - NSFW but vworth a read July 5, 2013
Format:Paperback
When I was a teenager my father tasked me with reading a book a week from his library. The plan was to increase my verbal skills to score higher on my college boards. Each week I’d go into the library and search the shelves for an interesting read. Dad had all the classics - Moby Dick, Waiting for Godot, The Count of Monte Christo, etc. I raced though them all quickly. But, one week I discovered my mother’s books - tucked away, way up high on a shelf near the ceiling. Dad called these books chick lit - trash - not worth reading. I found titles like Fear of Flying, The Happy Hooker and The Joy of Sex. I devoured them all. I just didn’t include them in my weekly book reports to Dad. That meant I had to read two books a week.

I have a similiar task this summer - read a book a week and review it here on Tumblr. I’m already a week behind on this self imposed assigment. I’ll try to catch up. This week’s book, diary of a sex addict, is written by a good friend of mine, Scott Alexander Hess. The best way to describe this book is NSFW - not safe for work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot get enough! September 12, 2011
Format:Paperback
The title says it all, yet this isn't your standard tale of addiction. The gay, unnamed narrator relates his day-to-day Grindr missions, break-time hookups, masturbation binges, raunchy orgies, and soul-crushing rituals (his personal "black hole") in a raw and sometimes gnarly manner, as if the readers have become the pages of his tell-all diary. In one part of the book, he does indeed revisit paper diaries he kept several years prior, which tell of a time when he felt truly in love; a love he had to abandon. The narrator's past, revealed in vivid glimpses, helps explain his dangerous and uncomfortable behavior.

While addiction --- even of the NYC-centered gay sex variety --- is universal, this novel is so highly specific that one has to wonder if the author has based his fearlessly detailed portrait on personal experience. Whether fact or fiction, the vibe here is wholly authentic and NOT just for shock. And although dark, the writing is steeped in humor, particularly when the narrator meets new partners with strange and completely ridiculous fetishes. Between a guy who's obsessed with jock straps to blind Sally at the clinic where he works to the homeless men he meets in the park to the celibate photographer who piques his interest and unintentionally convinces him to try going sex-free, there is simply a never a dull moment. The writing is dripping with luscious prose and bluntly erotic overtones, as well as undertones, as the narrator ducks in and out of risque escapades and that nasty, ever-persistent black hole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour-de-force September 11, 2011
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"Diary of a Sex Addict" might sound like ordinary erotica, but don't be fooled. Anything but arousing, the narrator's descent into a disturbing, ever more destructive vortex of sex and violence is at the same time horrifying and impossible to put down. Using prose that is by always vivid and imaginative, by turns exquisite and brutal, Hess skillfully weaves into a tapestry of soul-killing sexual escapades the narrator's nostalgic yearning the one truly intimate relationship he ever enjoyed. In the tradition of Bret Easton Ellis, this is a tour-de-force not to be missed, except perhaps by the faint of heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully Rendered September 9, 2011
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The prose is sharp in this erotic and disturbing page turner. The author does an incredible job of capturing the protagonist's emptiness after losing his long time lover; his experience is human and relatable. His sexual encounters are steeped in complicated emotion and powerfully rendered. I strongly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one will stay with you... September 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
It's a dark, sexy story that had me turning the pages quickly to see where it was all going. Elements of it reminded me of "American Psycho" although it's not as relentlessly dark. The mood and a tone stuck with me long after I finished. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a novel?
If you self-publish a book, and then get your friends to rave about it on amazon, does this make you an author? Does this offer anything in the way of clarity or humility? Read more
Published 18 months ago by robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Searing Poetry
Scott Alexander Hess's "Diary of a Sex Addict" would not be everyone's cup of tea.

But if you like William S. Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by David G. Hallman
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Get Addicted
From the opening line, you're hooked and there is no turning back. Scott writes an extremely voyeuristic and uncensored look into a tortured character's struggle to find serenity,... Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by Enrique Ordóñez
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Funny, Disturbing and Poignant
It generally takes me a long time to read a book but I zipped through this rather quickly, quite simply because I could not get enough. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Hoosier Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner
Every gay teen age boy's sex fantasy: sex whenever he wants it in limitless quantity, gone terribly, mind-numbingly wrong. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by Adam LeGrant
5.0 out of 5 stars dark--not for the faint-hearted/stomached--great writing!
full disclosure: i have known scott for 30 years. however, nothing of his i have read before prepared me for the power of this novel. others have given you an idea of the plot. Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Bruce C. Miller
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An award-winning writer, Scott's fiction has appeared in the Thema Literary Journal, and Omnia Revitas Review. Richard Labonte of Bookmarks calls Scott's gritty new novel Diary of a Sex Addict "relentlessly erotic and divinely written." Scott's first novel, Bergdorf Boys was serialized in Ganymede Journal and will be published by JMS Books in 2012. He is working on his new novel The Jockey set in rural Arkansas and New York City circa 1918. His screenplay, Tom in America is being produced by Queens Pictures in 2012. Scott has been a contributor to various national magazines, including Genre, OutTraveler and Instinct. Scott is a MFA graduate of The New School. A short film based on Scott's novel Diary is on his website www.scottalexanderhess.com and on Vimeo.

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