Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland
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 outré -- including murder. Nominated for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year, it also marked...more
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
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
"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
This reads like a fiction novel. I can almost guarantee that it will be unlike any other crime memoir you've ever read in your life.
I loved reading it at the time. I'm honestly not sure how I would feel about it now, but at the time, I was trying to figure out who I was and I was absolutely starved for any LGBTIQA fiction. So, reading this was sort of like a lifeline for me, ...more
If you think that you 'partied hard' in your youth think again. It's a miracle that James St. James survived this scene, so that he could document it in wonderful, over the top palaver. None of the screechy queenieness of his voice is lost in the prose. It is fabulously written in every sense of the word.
The author's writing about his 'friendship' with Michael Alig was really the best part. The word 'frenemy' came close to describing the relationship, but not quite. It was a complex ...more
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
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.
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
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
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
They're the post discotheque family.
From the heart of downtown,
They're a homage to the Factory.
Let's hear about the drug dealer they killed
Unsolved, through NYPD's lassitude.
When you're with the Club Kids
you'll have a skrink-la-da time.
A slogger-do time.
You'll have a gay old time.
Never before have I felt the need to quote the Flintstones in order to properly review a book but then I've never read a book quite like Disco Bloodbath before. Which is a shame because thi ...more
Decided, okay, I need to get the book, I felt like I missed some key element to connect all these scattered pieces.
Nope. The book was just as much out there, random pieces attempted to ...more
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
This book is in no way a crime mystery or thriller, we know very early on who the culprits are and although a murder is a key incident touched upon throughout, more focus is paid on the characters surrounding this and their antics.
I found the book very funny and entertaining and would love to see the movie ...more
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
That being said, I found the book to be one of the funniest I have read in a long time. I would love to hang out with the author for a day and bask in the glow of his bitchiness.
i would highly recommend this book, it won't make the true crime ...more
But the narrative voice is original and self-deprecating, which is a good thing when you are talking about a subculture in which the main attraction is a person who pulls lit christmas lights out of his ass. ...more