This is a story of desire and decadence, of the pursuit of fame and youth wasted in the striving for the adoration of the millions. Young and old, successful and the discarded, all are stripped naked in Hollywood.
Young studio assistants and hangers-on troll the backstreets and back rooms of Los Angeles's trendiest neighborhoods looking for their next deal, their next sex partner, the next opportunity to make it big. Across town and in the office next door, studio executives, agents and producers weave a conspiracy of gossip, lies and publicity to sell their wares, fool the public and hide their deeds and desires from the glare of day. In the shadows of the sun-soaked palm-lined City of the Angels, all bets are off and everything's for sale.
There are 2 Hollywoods, one that outsiders aspire to and one insiders protect at all costs.
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About the Author
Roger Leatherwood worked on the lower rungs of Hollywood in numerous capacities for almost 20 years before returning to print fiction, where the stories he told were his own. He worked in movie theatres and production companies, projecting all manner of films and kicking out all manner of customers. He wrote coverage for scripts and cataloged stock footage. He also cataloged the scripts and covered up the footage at the end of the day.
His interests focus on the matching of genre and high art, in unorthodox structures and the tension between literary intent and the authenticity of the profane. He studied moving image archiving at UCLA; his debut feature "Usher" won numerous awards on the independent film festival circuit.
His writings have or will appear in Thirteen Myna Birds, Skive Magazine, Oysters & Chocolate, Crack The Spine, Liquid Imagination, Cleaver Magazine, KY Scary Story, Infernal Ink, Nefarious Ballerina, Oulipo Pornobongo, Apocrypha & Abstractions, Surreal Grotesque, Circa Literary Review, Bohemia Arts Journal, Temptation (UK) Magazine, Razor Dildo, HorrorSleazeTrash, Eunoia Review, Nicki Haze's Apocalypse, European Trash Cinema and others.
He can be reached at rogerusher at gmail dot com.