From the cow fields of Connecticut to the streets of San Francisco, Joe Clifford's Junkie Love traverses the lost highways of America, down the rocky roads of mental illness to the dead ends of addiction. Based on Clifford's own harrowing experience with drugs as a rock 'n' roll wannabe in the 1990s, the book draws on the best of Kerouac & the Beats, injecting a heavy dose of pulp fiction as it threads a rollicking narrative through a doomed love triangle, lit up by the many strange characters he meets along the way. Part road story, part resurrection tale, Junkie Love finds a way to laugh in one's darkest hour, while never abandoning its heart in search of a home.
Joe Clifford is an editor at Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a gritty, real, raw reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of the short story collection Choice Cuts and novel Wake the Undertaker (Snubnose Press). Much of Joe's writing can be found at www.joeclifford.com.