Set in Camden Town, London, during the late 1980s, Junkie
Love is a study of addiction and loss, a nihilistic love story
for the blank generation. Focusing on the psycho-pathology of
addiction, it takes a look at what happens when hope disappears
and hedonism turns to despair and self-loathing. The characters
in this tale are rootless and adrift, dislocated from their pasts
with no belief in the aims and aspirations of a materialistic
society. Instead of turning to politics or religion, they embark
on a course of self-destructive sex and manically obsessive drug
abuse, a journey to the end of the night from which many do not
return. Largely autobiographical and leavened with irony and perverse
humor, Junkie Love follows the protagonist into the heart
of this morass to the point where corruption and dissipation coalesce
into something approaching transcendence.
Firecracker Alternative Book of the Year Award for 2002
Junkie Love a nice, nasty read.
I enjoyed it a lot.
— Nick Cave
A fine, gutsy, spare rendering of the
— Will Self
I’ve read quite a few rock-and-roll memoirs and most of them are interesting to read but not particularly well written. Shoenfelt's book was different. ... Shoenfelt's psychological observations are precise and
astute – so much so that it's a book I'd recommend to anyone who has difficulty understanding why addicts behave the way they do, doing the same thing over and over when they know it will result in heartbreak and ruin.
Filled with refreshing graveyard humour,
Junkie Love is a gripping soldier's story of the times when
the junkie's worst worries were himself and the badly cut
— Iva Pekarkova
This book is tough love. Junkie Love shoots straight frm
the gut, puts the picture in your face, what a junkie faces
from moment to moment, through each night, through each
day. That Phil Shoenfelt, the author, is well today
to tell it, is a triumph of a soul in its struggle to the
light. The art of Jolana Izbická draws a haunting
line through Shoenfelt's story, ending with a
— ruth weiss
Shoenfelt brings a sure, cold, almost
empirical precision to his
descriptions: ever-descending scenes of brute squalor, self-inflicted
wounds and abjection. Ultimately though, what's revealed
is an underlying compassion for the characters . . . A trenchant,
cautionary tale, that successfully avoids the self-righteous
tone of the recovered...
— Michael Gira (author of The Consumer)
The best book about heroin since Junky. An essential read!
— Nikki Sudden
A modern evocation of classic fin de siecle
literature, complete with classy illustrations and parchment-style paper. This love affair between a man, a woman and a needle goes the same tender,
heartbreaking was as Hubert Selby Jr.'s Requiem for a Dream. From the warm glow of
kindred spirits binding with the chemical mix of love and
heroin to the suppurating end, Junkie Love is as beautifully
written as it is presented.
— Bizarre Magazine (London)
Beautiful. A great story of drugs, sex and trying to figure things out in our fucked up world . . . neurotic illustrations depicting the psychosis going on in the character's head . . . complimenting the written word.
— Cherry Bleeds
Shoenfelt's vivid descriptions of the junkie's daily journey from low to lower are accompanied
by the stunningly scary line-drawings of Jolana Izbicka, and constitute essential reading for anyone interested
in how things go wrong.
— The Financial Times (London)
The author is a musician, writer and reformed heroin addict in the mould of Nick Cave, which is to say dark and lyrical,
and he achieves a rare thing in the wake of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, which portrayed substance abuse
as cool. Shoenfelt has written a heartfelt novel based on his own experiences in London's filthy underbelly without
glorifying the drug scene . . . His descriptions of drug culture — the trade on the streets and in the swirling
squats behind closed doors — are vivid and at times disturbing. The romance which forms the book's backbone is
gritty and tragic with no saccharine resolution. Shoenfelt brings reason and a strong literary voice to the usually hip
genre of the drug novel.
— Lewis Crofts (author of The Pornographer of Vienna), The Bulletin (Belgium)
This is one of the best works of fiction I've read in a long time.
— Jessica Powers, NewPages.com
13.5 x 20 cm
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9 pen & ink drawings
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