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Disco Bloodbath

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,591 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Murder Was Never So Much Fun When Disco Bloodbath was first published, it created a storm of controversy for its startlingly vivid, strikingly fresh, and outrageously funny depiction of the hedonistic world of the New York City club kids, for whom nothing was too outre -- including murder. Nominated for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year, it also marked t...more
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Published August 11th 1999 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing (first published January 1st 1999)
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Kristina
Okay, so I have the "Party Monster" paperback - less than $300 - version, but still. Mine is corrected on the inside cover by James St. James; he hates that they changed the title. I agree, it is WRONG to take an author's title away from them. Oh well, if you enjoyed the movie, this is almost better. well, more detailed, but there's no Seth Green & Macaulay Culkin so it may be a wash. Very interesting info on how to make Special K, and my favorite phrase for months after reading this was "bu...more
Robyn
This was so catty and so trashy and decadent, how could I not love it? I could NOT put this down, even for a bunch of important shit I was supposed to be doing.

If you're looking for a true crime novel, you will be disappointed, but if you're looking for a snap shot of a unique time and place, as taken by a one of a kind and vital character who was deeply enmeshed in that subculture, you've picked the right book. St. James' voice is not quite like anything else; he's amusingly catty, and seems q...more
Kevin Klehr
I first saw a movie about this topic starring Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin, not realising it was a true story. Straight away I was googling the 'club kids' and watching their appearances on Donahue and various other talk shows. Even tracked down the documentary which is very telling.

Essentially this is a tale about a murder. It's the story of young nightclub entrepreneur, Michael Alig, and his celebrity rise and fall in New York, thanks to a disregard of anyone but himself and by taking a s**t...more
Anita Dalton
I no longer review "norm" books but this one straddled the line between norm true crime and truly odd true crime. So I won't review it, but because it was such a fantastic book, I'll share some of the best quotes. St. James really does have a fascinating capacity to be glibly deep and deeply glib.

"There is no mystery to death. No complicated pattern, nothing difficult. They are no special. It could happen again. Anytime. Anywhere. Of course. A slight miscalculation, a simple mistake - it didn't...more
Jennifer
I really enjoyed this book. It's a true story of drug addiction gone unchecked and true madness. The style isn't literary, but I must say that this book really disturbed me, not only because it was based on a true story but because it smacks of a sad reality and the darkness in the human heart. This is also a story of deep alienation. Definitely not a "feel good" book, but a memorable one nevertheless. Recommended for unconventional and non-mainstream readers. In fact, I would place this beside...more
Anna
In tone and sense of humor, this book reminded me a lot of Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez. I haven't seen the movie, but I can tell you this is a book worth owning. A black comedy if ever there was one, told in short bites. I was fascinated by how far the story goes, how badly people behave. A trip down the rabbit hole ... or should I say K-hole?
Ashley Scott
This book reads about 35% Michael Alig/the Angel Melendez murder, 25% a random look at a not so necessary VH1 behind the music of Freeze's life (accompanied by some random chick named Mavis), 20% wacky random drug use and repetitive descriptions of binging and spiraling out of control, 15% snark, mudslinging, leading, and bragging, and finally, about 5% surprising empathy and warmth. It wasn't what I expected, nor was it as salacious as I had hoped, but I still enjoyed the ride. I am not the fir...more
Faye
I'm giving this book five stars because for what it set out to accomplish, it did perfectly. It is one man's recollection of the late 80s, early 90s, in which the Club Kids, led primarily by the eccentric Michael Alig, took the NY party scene by storm. James has a delightfully quirky and recognizable voice. I devoured this book in a day. As a person who is fascinated by club scenes, particularly the Club Kids, and has read and watched all articles and videos concerning them online (you're missin...more
Leslee
Decided to read this as it was timely with the recent release of Michael Alig on parole. Alig has hit the ground running with an already in use twitter account (aptly named Alig_Aligula), and James St. James has already written aDear Michael letter to his frenemy.

I'm dating myself but I came into adulthood around the time period of the club kids and have seen both the fictional movie and the 'shockumentary' that were based on this book. Perhaps because it was so sensationalist with so many maga...more
Christopher
Nov 17, 2007 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old club kids
Shelves: biographies
Anyone who was into the rave scene, or was a club kid in the early 90s needs to read this book. It's everything that the time was about. Drugs, partying, music, DJs and more.

St. James writes about death in a way that is both disturbing and at times funny. It's weird to say that a book about a ghastly murder had me laughing out loud at parts.
Amanda Mcmillen
I remember when this happened, well kinda. I followed it on the news as much as my then drug filled mind could. I was one of those kids who saw Micheal on TV and wanted to be just like him. I ended up in the Austin and Dallas club scene. I was a different generation of club kid, but only barely.

For years I told myself I would read this book, and never got around to it. I seen the movie more than a few times, and even hosted a few "Party Monster" themed parties.

One day I had to grow up, be a mom,...more
Sistermagpie
I seem to be on a kick with this story--I saw the documentary, then the movie, then figured I'd try out the book. I'm glad I did! Totally enjoyable, even though it's incredibly sad. The murder of Angel Melendez is technically the central crime, but the drug abuse slowing (or not so slowly) killing all the protagonists is far more horrific. In a way, it keeps the murder from even seeming like a real murder, at least to the people who are doing the killing. They've left actual life and emotions so...more
CD
One of many pop-culture, current events books from the near to distant past that I will admit reading.

A dark sordid catty tale soaked in drugs and as nearly pure evil as can be found on the bookshelf. And it's true stuff. Having been a denizen, if for a short time and mostly as an avid voyeur,of the Limelight crowd, one knew something really bad was going to happen. Nobody gets to live at the pace that so many on display at the clubs of the period did and get out unscathed.

JStJ writes amazingl...more
Cristina

I was kind of ashamed to read Disco Bloodbath at the time it was published because it was kind of trashy and gory but I couldn't put it down-it was so entertaining albeit tragic-all that fun and drugs came at a price. It was one of the first books i read when I got to New York as a teen and I probably lived vicariously through some of its characters as I couldn't get a fake ID or get into any of the clubs. The 90s were winding down but you could still see crazy japanese club kids in L.E.S., and...more
Barks & Bites
After finishing this novel about the drug fueled world of the club kids that James St. James describes with great detail I almost felt like I'd overdosed on his writing. A little past the half way mark his constant descriptions of their hedonistic world and the ever-changing group of so-called friends exhausted me. It was an interesting book at turns hilariously funny and yet depressingly melancholy. The lengths these kids took to be the center of attention and fill their lives with excitement w...more
Sarah
Style-wise, this is possibly the worst book I've ever read: It has none. It reads like St. James rambled into a recorder for several hours, then turned it in to his publisher, who had someone type it up verbatim. The movie version of Party Monster portrays him as an aspiring writer; I don't know if that's true, it's hard to imagine him aspiring to anything other than shoving a lot of drugs up his nose and being seen with the kind of washed-up Warhol-era "superstars" that the the rest of the coun...more
Heather
If we're all going to hell in a handbasket, we might as well make it a party on the way down.

1. This whole thing passed me by. I saw people going on about Michael Alig's release with excitement on Twitter and Tumblr, and thought I'd give this a read.
2. I haven't seen the movie either, so this was literally going in blind.

It's just generally a ramble, jumping between stories in an attempt to build up some kind of backstory for the reader to ~understand Alig and what happened. It was fun, it was...more
Winered200
Finished. Done. Finito. What a fantastic read. Witty, hilarious, lively and insightful. As I've mentioned earlier, reading this was like talking to a best friend who's just DYING to tell you her stories. And her stories were great! That's a huge part in what made this book to interesting to read, it kept you focused. It didn't hurt that it involved drugs, odd-ass-party-people and crazy shit, it was fun to read, to say the least.
I am, just as many others, not too happy with re-naming the book to...more
Tara
Usually I always choose the book over the movie, but in this case I'm tempted to rate them equally (for different reasons). While parts of the book offered more details than the movie, sometimes the details were boring or unnecessary. James St. James may be a good story teller, but he lacks necessary writing skills. I could do without the added whining and self loathing bits.
Lyco
I can't remember when I first discovered the Club Kids. I was born in the very first year of the 90's so I wasn't around to watch them on talk shows like everyone else, though I'm British anyway so I doubt the phenomenon would have been as gripping.

Either way, when I did discover the club kids through the magic of the Internet, I was utterly captivated. Here were people just like me, getting paid to be themselves. The freaks, the queers, the goths, the junkies all using their creativity to earn...more
Davytron
Wow, for all the critical acclaim this book has received, I found it to be a self-indulgent mess. I can only be distracted by crazy stunts for so long. Static characters doing the same things over and over makes for a bad read.

Even the movie was bad!
Peta Tron
I can't think of enough words to describe how fabulous this book is. Even when everyone is out of control and destroying themselves with drugs, James St James manages to keep my interest, the pages kept turning and it was all finished before I knew it.
Marla Shu
Oh the glamour of James St. James!! I don't care if they've renamed the book now. It will always be Disco Bloodbath to me!!
Tiffany
To be honest, when I started this book I didn't expect to find myself laughing at a true crime novel. That's something that just doesn't happen.

James St. James changed that. However, the book was hard to follow at points when drug use was occurring or when things just got mixed up in the club scene. I felt a little lost at times and at others I would get annoyed at the childishness and the tone in general of the narrator's voice.

As a whole, the product was worth a read-through, it took me a whil...more
Amanda  DeVore
Nov 18, 2008 Amanda DeVore rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and young adults
Recommended to Amanda by: My Aunt
Party Monster
James St. James

This book was based off a true story. So I believe the authors purpose, was to get the story out. Maybe, the purpose was to show what drugs and bad people can do to you. You can be one person at one minute and change to a completely different person another. ""Baby I can make you both stars!" That’s how I put it. And they were sold. "You two are going to be, hold onto your hats, CLUB KID DRUG DEALERS! Oh, you'll make a fortune. They all do. AND FUN! Woo Doggie! You'l...more
Vanessa
4.5 stars.

I sourced a copy of this book soon after watching the film 'Party Monster'. I didn't actually love the film like I thought I would from the trailer, but it was a very entertaining watch and the fact that it was a true story made me want to know more. I started watching clips on youtube of interviews with Michael Alig & James St. James, and clips of the Club Kids on various talk shows. They were a truly fascinating, grotesque bunch.
This is the story of Michael Alig, who arrived on t...more
Jess
In the late 80s and mid 90s a group of outrageously dressed young people dominated the nightlife of New York City, including the so-called "celebutante" James St. James. He befriended and guided newcomer Michael Alig through the world of clubs, drugs and self-promotion. Their friendship wasn't strong, built mainly on a friendly rivalry, but it all began to shatter when in 1996 Alig and another cohort, Freeze, murdered a drug dealer named Angel. It was to be the swan song of the brightly coloured...more
Jake
I guess I was hoping for a Brett Easton Ellis-meets-Truman Capote tale given the reviews/high ratings of this book. Instead, it is far more Ellis than Capote, with ten tons of drugs thrown in for good measure. Still, I could not help but to compare it to Capote's In Cold Blood as both true crime novels take their respective times to give the reader the complete context of the murders that happen. And while I don't have a great interest in knowing too much about 80s-90s drug-fueled New York club...more
Linda
I DID like this book even though the subject matter is eventually horrifying. It is, as the subtitle says, about murder. The scene is the 1980's "club" scene in New York. The gay, club scene. The amount of drugs consumed is ghastly and the things that these people did to one another is awful. But, actually, this is the funniest book you will ever read about murder. James St. James, whose photo on the flyleaf of the book is yummy-looking was right in the middle of the fray. No wonder he was such...more
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James St. James (born James Clark), is a former Club Kid of the Manhattan club scene in the late 1980s/early 1990s and the author of Disco Bloodbath (now published under the title Party Monster). He was notorious for a lifestyle of excess that included heavy drug use, partying, and bizarre costumes.
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“Funny, that no matter where you are in the world, there's always someone eager to help you destroy yourself.” 44 likes
“If we're all going to hell in a handbasket, we might as well make it a party on the way down” 35 likes
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