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Black Hole

A Novel

List Price: $15.95

August 11, 2015 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.2, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781593766078

“Bucky Sinister offers plenty of smart observations about the difficulty of maintaining one’s youthful ideals into middle-age, and how navigating the self-deceptions of nostalgia and addiction can be as treacherous as driving through a dense San Francisco fog.” —Zyzzyva

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There are no old drug addicts. That’s what everyone says, at least. So how did Chuck get to his forty-third birthday and find himself still neck-deep in this scene? He knows he’s the creepy old guy with the drugs or the guy who’s too old to be at the party doing everyone else’s drugs, but if it ain’t broke… Well, he manages to make it to work at the dwarf whale distributor every day. He may hate that his dearly seedy San Francisco has become overrun with Starbucks, startups, and Lululemon moms, but he makes do every month for the rent-controlled apartment he shares with roommates he never sees. It’s not perfect, but it’s livable.

In the end, though, every addict has that one special vice that can tip them from relatively functional to completely unhinged. For Chuck, it’s a new drug that doesn’t even have a name yet; it’s just a smokable, everlasting gobstopper of mellow high. But when chunks of time begin to disappear and rearrange themselves , he wonders if this really is just another life-ruining drug or if it’s something straight out of a Philip K. Dick universe. Word on the street is that this little black marble is actually altering users’ timelines, but that’s impossible, right? That’s just something the schizophrenic homeless guy on Guerrero screamed at customers outside Tartine, isn’t it? Isn’t it?!

BUCKY SINISTER is a poet, self-help author, and comedian. He has published four books of poetry and two self-help books, including Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfists, Freaks, and Weirdos. His journalism, film reviews, and short stories have appeared on The Rumpus, The Bold Italic, and a number of other online and print publications. You can also spot him in the recently released Willow Creek, a film by Bobcat Goldthwait.

Praise

“Bucky Sinister offers plenty of smart observations about the difficulty of maintaining one’s youthful ideals into middle-age, and how navigating the self-deceptions of nostalgia and addiction can be as treacherous as driving through a dense San Francisco fog.” —Zyzzyva

“[A] fun read, with lots of sharp, satirical jabs at the Bay Area’s changing landscape.” —Bay Area News Group

“Sinister is self-aware and never talks down to the reader… Sinister knows something of this world (he’s the author of a self-help book that details his own recovery), and this allows the writing to attain a refreshing clarity.” —The Rumpus

“Classic down-the-rabbit hole drug fantasies in the spirit of the best of Hunter S. Thompson.” —KQED

“This scabrously funny novel is a character study of a badly aging punk whose prime motivation in life is his voracious appetite for drugs… Reading about his crazy antics is a heady experience in its own right.” —Publishers Weekly

“Although Black Hole is Sinister’s first novel, he’s an experienced storyteller.” —San Diego City Beat

Black Hole is designer drugs so new they haven’t been outlawed. It’s dead end jobs, douchebag dot com’ers, punk rock heroes… Bucky Sinister nails the incomprehensible demoralization of the addict’s existence. Hell, he nails it so well you won’t have to try it for yourself.” —Patrick O’Neil, author of Gun, Needle, Spoon

“Bucky writes with a bullshit blasting lazer beam. Funny and dark.” —Bobcat Goldthwait, comedian and film director

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