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The Junkie Tales [Kindle Edition]

J. A. Kazimer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Love, lies & Methadone. Not your mother's Celebrity Rehab.

From suburbia to the back alley shooting galleries of New York City comes a collection of previous published short stories by author j.a.kazimer. The Junkie Tales offers a voyeuristic glimpse into the life of a junkie. The tales are gritty, urban, sometimes humorous, but always twisted.

Sex With a Shooting Star:
Benjamin Coleman is in love. Jodie Dean has a secret. Will either survive sex with a shooting star?

Dope. Sick. Love:
Colin lays dying on a dirty bathroom floor, a lethal dose of heroin in his veins, and her name on his lips.

BENT:
Meet Geraldine, a junkie with a heart of ice and a habit to match.

Daddy's Girl:
What happens when a mother's addiction tears a family apart?

Slut. Bitch. Whore 2.0:
What will one man do for the thing he desires most?

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Editorial Reviews

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...the standout for me was "Slut, Bitch, Whore". This was a dark and funny story with a great final twist. Kazimer is a new name to me but one I'll be keeping an eye out for.  ~ Savage Kick #5, Spinetingler Magazine
--Spinetingler Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 174 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Obscure Publishing; First edition (October 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZRIFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading... May 6, 2012
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I loved this. The tales were heartbreaking, sick, painful to read, and sad. It made me FEEL. A few of these short stories should be required reading in high school - they pack a big punch. If you know an addict - or hopefully a recovering one - the stories will really speak to you. Give this book a read - you'll learn something.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring and frightening November 26, 2012
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Often caught off guard, this is a book that will make you contemplate life and the disease of addiction. It will sometimes move you to tears, but more than anything, it will fill you with gratitude. But, for the grace of God, go I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales January 21, 2013
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From the darkest side. Hard reading as so sad the lives...had to put down after a few stories as the creepiness almost came to life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, Precise, Powerful October 9, 2012
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The Junkie Tales by J.A. Kazimer is a collection of short stories centered around the `incomprehensible demoralization' of substance abuse and addiction. Although fairly short in length (hence the term "short stories"), each story packs so much point of view and so much power that I couldn't help but devour page after page until I was completely finished.

Like a coke addict on a three day binder, I found myself up all night, helplessly consumed by Mrs. Kazimer's direct, concise, and almost confrontational narrative. Her characters aren't only three-dimensional and fully-loaded, they are real people with real problems. In fact, several times, I found myself stopping to ponder the familiarity of the stories. Nearly every character in there reminded me of someone I'd met during my adventures in rehab. It was hard to pinpoint who exactly. I've been in recovery so long and have heard so many different stories, after a while, they all seem to just wash together. But the familiarity was there, somewhere in my subconscious, which tells me one of two things; either Mrs. Kazimer has first hand experience with addiction or she's done enough research to paint us the harrowing picture. Either way, the stories performed for me a very valuable function; they remind me how good it is to be clean and sober. Believe it or not, I still need help remembering. Even though it's been four and half years since my last sip of alcohol, I still catch myself fantasizing about taking a drive to the liquor store. The numbness, the tranquility, the absolute euphoria...I know it'll kill me, but sometimes I just crave it. You know?

But then I read something like this and I am quickly reminded of all the pain and all the havoc that comes with relapse. And I ask myself a simple question: Is it really worth it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly imperfect April 13, 2014
By Kayla
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This book was amazing. I would recommend for anyone that has struggled with any kind of addiction, on either side of the problem. The author does an excellent job portraying the emotions and hardships that occur in the crazy, tragic lives of addicts and the people that are closest to them. A life changing read
Truly amazing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped.. July 30, 2013
By weezie
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Don't waste your money..very short tales and no character building . Just an awful read..I only read it all the way through because I bought it..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Junkie tales July 15, 2013
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Super sad stories. It was a decent book, really had some interesting stories about addicts and how the drugs make them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow June 29, 2013
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I loved it..... great stories all betrayed to be real life hard hitting sad to a degree but sadly many people's lives...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
This book gave me such an insight on the struggles of addicts. Each short story had my heart aching. Five stars
Published 22 hours ago by brianna hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary and addicting
The author uses the wrong forms of "there, their, and they're" but the book is interesting and frightening all at once.
Published 2 months ago by Martie King
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!
I have read several books about the life of a junkie and this was the worst book by far. It wasn't a very personal book by any means. The details were scattered and limited. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eryn McNabb
4.0 out of 5 stars Did not know what to exspect ,
A fast read . I suspect you would have to know the lifestyle to grasp the reality of what is said in this , for me, entertaining book !
Published 17 months ago by ken conforth
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Read it in a day and continue to go back and read some stories again because they hit so close to home
Published 18 months ago by michelle thuai
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroin Chic
It's like a documentary meets the satire of David Sedaris. It's dark and poetic and powerful. While a quick read, it haunted me for days.
Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth A. Khuri
2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
I was hoping for a story similar of my own or those traded by friends to friends. It was interesting to read little pieces of a story.
Published 20 months ago by vicki
2.0 out of 5 stars Not reality of addiction
They were to short no real ending to most. I regret reading this one. Everyone likes different stories and I just didn't care for this one.
Published 20 months ago by destiny
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More About the Author

J.A. Kazimer is a writer living in Denver, CO. Books include The Junkie Tales, The Body Dwellers, CURSES! A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale, Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons, Dope Sick: A Love Story, SHANK, Froggy Style: A F***ed Up Fairy Tale, The Assassin's Heart, and the forthcoming Deadly Ever After series from Kensington Books - The Fairyland Murders.

When Kazimer isn't looking for the perfect place to hide the bodies, she spends her time surrounded by cats with attitude and a little puppy named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants, kayaking, snowboarding, reading and theater. After years of slacking, she received a master's degree in forensic psychology, which she promptly ignored and started writing novels for little to no money.

In addition to studying the criminal mind, Kazimer spent a few years spilling drinks on people as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator in the Denver area. You can find her online at jakazimer.com.





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