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Diary of a Sex Addict Paperback – August 31, 2011
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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
Author "Benedetto Casanova"
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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You will laugh, want to hug the character, and will crave pleasure as you read this novel. Completely refreshing and honest, the text is modern and relevant. I hated returning to my own real life and having to put the book down for anything longer than a few hours. You'll especially appreciate this piece of work if you're a New Yorker, but it will certainly be enjoyed by all who read it. The book evokes an inner self you may have never met, and will leave you feeling both filthy and satisfied. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who's looking for an intense "quickie" read. I can't wait to land my eyes on Scott's novel, Bergdorf Boys.
Funny, sexy, titillating, and outrageously entertaining: a must read!
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.
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.