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Black Hole

A Novel

Bucky Sinister


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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

Praise For Black Hole: A Novel

"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

"[This is a] scabrously funny novel...Reading about [the protagonist's] crazy antics is a heady experience in its own right."—Publishers Weekly

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

"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

Praise for Get Up:

"Step 13: Read Get Up, do what Bucky says, and find your inner A-Team character. And if you're a "normie", buy this book for your friend who thinks they are too cool to get sober." —Jen Kirkman, stand-up comedian, actor, and writer

"...refreshingly un-preachy...Get Up will strike a nerve in the recovery movement, which has heretofore had to convince certain people that it wasn't as lame as it seemed" —SF Weekly

“[Sinister’s] iconoclastic approach to addiction recovery will make a valuable addition to the growing works in this field. Highly recommended for university libraries supporting the helping professions and larger public libraries” —Library Journal Starred Review

Soft Skull, 9781593766078, 188pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2015

About the Author

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.