Yes, that is a Rob Zombie movie reference.
First (watch the whole thing) listen to this moment in my favorite documentary about Hubert Selby Jr.
There will forever be a link between Selby and Stahl for me. When Permanent Midnight came out (sorry affiliate link) in 1995 originally I bought a copy and it hung out on my bookshelf for a while because I was weaning myself off of The Beats and Henry Miller, Anais Nin and had found Hubert Selby jr.
I was given a shitty battered probably missing pages copy of Last Exit to Brooklyn by a man who was a lot older than me and likely had nefarious dick related plans.
Now at the time I didn’t know there was a connection, but after reading both, I felt them.
I was 18 years old and just starting to write fiction outside of the wanna be Henry Miller porn I was writing.
I had already been steeping myself in junky heroes. Uncle Bill, Jim Carroll (who NONE of my friends were reading prior to that movie coming out, I met him at a show for his band once and he signed my poor old shitty copy of Living at the Movies and gave me a hug because I was crying) etc etc.
Beyond the drugs there was that underlying darkness that I just craved. In the next few years (late 90s) I met and loved some drug addicts, I interestingly never had that romanticized phase of thinking about drugs like a lot of people. I did a shitload of drugs back then and knew why I was doing them.
I have this theory.
When it comes to drug use I feel like you’re either a TURN UP THAT CRAZY TO 11 FUCK IT! Type or you’re an …oh shit I must get numb type. Generally speaking, of course.
I am a turn up the crazy sort.
That’s a whole other thing.
I have a point.
OH right. Someone asked me the other day why I am so drawn to shit that is dark as fuck.
These are my people. It is in these sorts of books and bios where I started to figure out the people I can go to. I understood Jerry Stahl writing Forum letters and I understood Harry from Last Exit to Brooklyn.
I understood feeling alienated and weird. I understood something about this type of work that made me feel less alone.
It made me feel less suicidal.
It made me feel like I could write some shit and maybe it would make someone else who was just like me, feel better.
That’s why I like the dark.
That’s why I like to roll around in it, I like to live there, I like to visit and I like to create it.
It’s why I want a line from Bluebird by Bukowski tattooed on my body forever. Bluebird, that fucking poem saved my life.
These are feelings that often transcend for me. There is a desire in me to have that connection with a thing, darkness for our purposes and I don’t like not having it.
For years I tried very hard to not. I thought I shouldn’t feel so close to these writers, these themes, this type of literature because I don’t know why.
I didn’t believe I could write about it.
I didn’t believe I had a place there.
But the darkness always welcomes me home.
Sometimes there’s a light in it.
Sometimes there’s not.
The darkness is there.
Brought to you by some shit I wrote earlier today while sitting in the sun and thinking about how it would feel to be a Trap Empress.
I love y’all. Go read some of this stuff that I love if you haven’t. For srs.
Also brought to you by insomnia and me wanting to curl up in the darkness and write things and give zero shits about anything but the work.