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"If Dennis Cooper and Chuck Palahniuk had a bastard love child, it would look like Scott Hess's Diary of a Sex Addict. It is bareback fiction: raw and dangerous, skin to skin and true.
The next morning, we almost regret it. Almost."
--Bryan Borland, author of My Life as Adam

"Relentlessly erotic and divinely written," Richard Labonte, Bookmarks

Scott Hess is one of the few writers who understand that erotic fiction is never about the description of hot sex, but entirely about motivations and the psychological tension of the moment. He has the literary talent to make his writing brutally honest and hugely energetic.

Marten Weber,
Author "Benedetto Casanova"
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IT LIST Hot Read,  Joe Thompson, Gay.Net "Opens with a bang!...feels like it's happening right in front of your eyes. What Hess has done is put you in the mind of a real sex addict, someone who is aware of what's going on and yet unable to stop himself." bit.ly/v0RdCz

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466258861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466258860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,583,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Alexander Hess earned his MFA in creative writing from The New School. He blogs for The Huffington Post and his writing has appeared in Genre Magazine, The Fix, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote Tom in America, an award winning short film starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. The Butcher's Sons is his third novel. His work has been translated into German. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess now lives in Manhattan, New York.

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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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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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"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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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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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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Scott Alexander Hess's "Diary of a Sex Addict" would not be everyone's cup of tea.

But if you like William S. Burroughs, I think you would enjoy a full pot of Scott's writing - no sugar or milk added, taken black, and slightly scalding to the lips.

Burroughs was who came to mind as I wound my way through the December days of Scott's novel.

In part, it was the gritty no-holds-barred storyline of a man on the edge in multiple senses of that metaphor.

Scott's narration takes us inside a tortured mind, struggling with pain and the impacts of excess, honest and transparent, intelligently self-reflective, at times totally amoral (as opposed to immoral) in social interactions, existentially balanced on a knife edge as to whether to continue to be or to choose not to be.

But what struck even a more resonant bell (and I am no Burroughs authority) was the writing style: clear, economical, incisive, delusionary, brutal, moving incessantly and precipitously forward, never maudlin or melodramatic or romanticized.

"Diary of a Sex Addict" is not for the faint-of-heart. But it is a novel for those who appreciate a gifted writer.
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