"Imagine if Bukowski got drunk and wrote Stephen King's book of advice for aspiring authors, On Writing. The result would be a lot like Raping the Gods (Again!)."
-Patrick Quinlan, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of All Those Moments
In the tradition of Charles Bukowski and Hunter Thompson, comes a black comedy about professional writers and the work they do. Oh yeah, and about alcoholism, male camaraderie, and the dark side of sex. And also women.
Brian Whitney is back (again!) - he's a dissolute, dead broke, alcoholic writer in Portland, Maine. This time, it looks like he's found the career breakthrough he's been waiting for.
He's been hired to co-write the memoirs of Leon Powell, the infamous Cannibal Cheater of New York City tabloid fame. Leon once had a thriving career as a so-called "cheating coach," a man who taught other men how to successfully cheat on their wives and significant others.
But Leon has a dark side. He harbors fantasies of kidnapping, killing and eating women, and indulged these fantasies in role plays with like-minded partners online. Leon thought this was harmless, since he never actually kidnapped, killed, or ate anyone. His wife didn't agree. Nor did the New York City Police Department.
Leon is out of jail, and eager to get his story out. He and Brian team up to write the book. Brian is intrigued by the notion of locking up a man for his thoughts. Also, he wants to make money. Leon just wants to get back on top. And make money.
Together, they navigate the world of literary agents, publishers, TV shows, newspapers, and low-budget filmmakers. Also there are bars, especially bars that serve a free hot dog with every drink, and the denizens of bars. Also, there's women.
They spend a lot of time in bars.
About the Author
Brian Whitney has been a prisoner advocate, a landscaper, and a homeless outreach worker. His interests include ruminating and perseverating. He has written or co-authored numerous books, and has been featured in Newsweek, Esquire, Inside Edition, Dr. Phil, Fox News, People.com, Cracked.com, True Murder, and True Crime Garage. He has written for Alternet, Pacific Standard Magazine, Paste Magazine, and many other places.
He appeared at CrimeCon in 2019.