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New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance -- Good Lust Charm with a Chill Technique: What can a drug addict do for a rape victim? [Kindle Edition]

Sebastian Briglia , cover art by Yung Lit
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Book Description

You know those clean cut boys who don't look like they belong in the ghetto, but here they are anyway, talking to the dope man on the corner? You just know they're going to shoot their drugs in a nasty bathroom and then go back to college and charm some hard-working man's daughter, who has never seen that honeymoon junkie "swag" so she falls for it and cheats on her fiance. Then her luck starts to change, and by the time she realizes she has confused lust for romance, and a lonely escape from reality with someone for sensuality, it's too late. Sebastian Briglia was one of those boys in college, and that was just what he ended up doing to someone's daughter. Not on purpose.

The story starts years later, as he is running from the law across the U.S. border into Canada. Sebastian is spreading his delusion to Raven, a girl he has made his accomplice, having decided, for the millionth time, to get clean. As he fails at it he remembers his drug honeymoon in college with Jennifer. They were both leading double lives back then--one with each other, and one in universes which should have never met. Hers was with her fiance when he visited, and his was with his junkie buddies late at night. Just how far did the damage reach when these worlds collided? Find out in this limited edition novella that will never be available again in its current form once the novel New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance is released. It features unique photo-illustrations only available in this edition.

Editorial Reviews


"Good title (New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance), good story. Firm grasp on the creative and technical aspects of this particular art. There's definitely a market for this story, maybe even a film. Underground of course. The story comes off as a potential cult classic." -Gideon Elrod,

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  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sebastian Briglia (January 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00889O308
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lust Charm April 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I found myself reading lines over and over, not because I couldn't understand them, but because I wanted to memorize them. Meticulous insight and inspired perceptions jump off of every page. Briglia writes, “Cheesiness combined with confidence often creates an air of authority,” which sounds like magical wisdom which had been hidden from me all these years. He says, “I have an aversion to any kind of group pride,” which is the expression of a person whose ennui has gravitas. Despite that heroin is likely a key to these doors of perception—the doors are truly open here, and one becomes wiser for having read Good Lust Charm.

Much like Jim Carroll’s Basketball Diaries, this book is the first person narration of a fearless Kerouacian—he’s whimsical and lyrical, brutally honest and erotic, wild with flavors and tastes and the insider’s nod that you have finally arrived where it’s at. This is a fantastic story and I look forward to more from Sebastian Briglia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unabashed Exploration of Addiction August 22, 2014
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Sebastian Briglia first started shooting up in dormitories between studying for exams at a New Jersey college. His story flashes between two time zones: 1) his post-college "new life" in Vancouver, Canada, where he is planning a sober existence as a journalist, since an editorial assistant position has opened at Cannabis Culture Magazine and 2) the all out drug fest that was Tuscarora College. In both time zones, doping women are his partners in crime. There's Sabrina (a college distraction from his crush on Jennifer), Jennifer (who has a fiancé, but he ends up sleeping with her anyway), and Raven (who travels with him to Canada and with whom he engages in many a drug-induced romp). The women are as much a substance to the protagonist as heroin itself. And though a huge part of him wants to be sober when he hits Canada, he can't help but relapse for the majillionth time.

This unabashed, richly detailed book makes the gritty reality of heroin addiction accessible and unromantic. Desperate for drug money, Sebastian "sells himself to science," enrolling in multiple medical studies on the physiological effects of heroin, speed and other drugs to get a free high, mentioning the times he was "too busy scratching and nodding to do anything." He does jail time (sleeping on the floor with a roll of toilet paper under his head due to overcrowding), freezes and sweats through withdrawal, and accidentally shoots up coke thinking it's white powder Chinese heroin.

No anecdote or description ever feels meant for shock value; it's all just a matter-of-fact telling infused with reflections on the thought process of an addict. Sebastian shows us how vulnerable we are to addiction, while reminding us that the high never lasts. No matter how much we try to divorce ourselves from reality, it is always there, waiting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK August 28, 2013
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there are 2 kinds of people in this world: the kind of people who wake up in the morning and say to themselves, today i may die and i choose to live as if i will never get another chance make the choices i will make today. i will make those choices and i will live like a god. the others watch reality tv. read this dang book before you die.
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5.0 out of 5 stars promising May 27, 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
This is not just another story about a good kid gone astray. There are many of those here. It's a reminder that we're one step away from the animal kingdom, always one step away from being divested of those dreams that keep us, existentially, intact. As we can see in this novella, we try to keep them safe from a savage reality by finding a supplement, which can very easily become a permanent substitute. I think Briglia's story is narrated without shame and it has just the right dose of realism and fantasy, of autobiography, quixotic episodes, and detective suspense. I think that in a couple of years the author will go from being a promising new writer to a great one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks to Us All November 5, 2012
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"Eventually, we would reach that strange, unimaginable frame of mind - that legendary status of being just... normal"

But what is a "normal" life? Throughout Sebastian's novella, the minds and meanderings of the addict are intimately explored. But the addict is not some foreign being, unknown and unrelatable. The addict is you and I, a facet of us all, striving and begging for a better world; chasing a dream while looking back, at a past sullied. Every human has a story, no matter how ravaged, how seemingly damaged. From the streets to the jails to the shroud of our own psyches, we are but creatures of the blood, driven by our wants and needs.

As Sebastian recounts the tides of time, of fading faces and distant places, of nights spent filling ones veins with drugs of choice, we can't help but feel. We can't help but feel that it could just have easily been us, us "normal" people, seeking pleasure through warm flesh and sharp needles, inextricable in our webs of addiction, wondering one day if we'd ever escape.
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More About the Author

AS A CHILD Sebastian Briglia wanted to be American, and luckily for him at the time, so did his parents. They emigrated from Bulgaria in 1991, not long after the fall of communism. As an adult, he wanted to be Bulgarian again, mostly because of his mounting legal troubles in America, though unfortunately for him at the time he was estranged from his parents and Bulgaria as he remembered it did not exist anymore. Later he began to suspect that Bulgaria as he remembered it never existed.

He has attempted to reach a balance between what he thinks he wants and what he thinks he needs by exploring spirituality and materialism both on and off drugs and new wave music, in urban as well as rural environments. All of this, of course, has been to no avail. His New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance series reflect this struggle.

Two excerpts of New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance, "Raven on Heroin" and "Raven in the Motel Room," have been featured in Horror Sleaze Trash Magazine. (, As a journalist, he has only written under his real name at The Italian Tribune News in Newark, NJ, where he worked as a staff writer over a decade ago. The rest of his journalistic and feature writing has been published under a pen name. He currently works in public relations and plays guitar in the New York band Like Herding Cats ( Their eponymous EP had just won The Deli Magazine's NYC Artist of the Month Award when he joined.

Sebastian Briglia's Facebook page is and his Twitter name is @Sebriglia.

He posts his impressions of everything from working the graveyard shift in the city to what addiction actually has to do with New Wave on


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