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An award-winning writer, Scott Alexander Hess' gritty debut novel, Diary of a Sex Addict (JMS Books), was called “relentlessly erotic and divinely written” by Richard Labonte of Bookmark. His new novel The Butcher's Sons will be release April 2015 from Lethe Press. His other work includes the novel Bergdorf Boys (JMS Books), and his fiction has appeared in Thema Literary Journal and Omnia Revitas Review. He is working on his new novel, The Jockey, set in rural Arkansas and New York City circa 1918. His screenplay, Tom in America, is being produced by Queens Pictures in 2013, and he is collaborating with author Marten Weber on Letter to a Naked Boy. Scott has been a contributor to Genre, OutTraveler, and Instinct. Scott is an M.F.A. graduate of The New School.

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The Unauthorized Top 5 Gay NYC Holiday Musts

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:24 PM

First off, in creating a gay holiday must see list, lets set the record straight: my picks may be unauthorized (as in who deemed him queen of NY!), but they are not uninformed.

I've been swirling through gay Manhattan for two decades. Before I began writing novels,...

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Choreographer Mark Dendy Enters the Labyrinth

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 3:33 PM

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I will never forgot the day OBIE and Bessie Award-winning choreographer Mark Dendy (pictured at far left with Stephen Donovan, Matthew Hardy and Heather Christian) taught me how to lift a chair.

We were rehearsing his dance-play Dream...

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Larry Keigwin: From Dynamite Dancer to Choreographer Extraordinaire!

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:06 PM

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The last time I saw Larry Keigwin he was dancing like Vaslav Nijinsky. I was sharing the stage with him (before I wrote novels I did a bit of acting) in Mark Dendy's much-celebrated show, Dream Analysis...

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Werewolves, Bullying & Vera Farmiga

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:36 PM


At one point I was obsessed with werewolves.

They seemed more reckless and masculine than vampires, the way they burst out of their clothing, muscles bulging (well some of them) running through the countryside facing a bone-white moon. It all thrilled me.

Ultimately I channeled that beastly, hyper-masculinity and lyrical violence into my latest novel Three Brothers but I still love a good wolf flick, including MTV's testosterone-soaked Teen Wolf (my boyfriend's fave).

Most recently, I tumbled across a book trailer for the novel WHEREWOLVES, by John Vamvas and Olga Montes which combines the legendary creature with a high school bullying theme. I caught up with the authors just in time for Halloween and chatted about the book, the subsequent screenplay and their dream cast for a potential film.

The book's basic set up according to the writing team is: A group of high school seniors and their teacher, The Sarge, go on a survival training weekend and must face their biggest enemy: Themselves. A fresh take on bullying told using a fun, rapid-fire style -- with edgy, layered characters and plot twists that will keep you guessing.

Scott Alexander Hess: What attracted you to the werewolf genre?

John Vamvas and Olga Montes: As lifelong horror film fans, we thought our story would best be told through the horror genre. Just like with rollercoasters, horror is popular because of the thrill-the adrenalin rush-you get from being scared. We thought our story would be more interesting were it devilishly fun. We weren't initially planning on werewolves -- they somehow just manifested. Our characters are raw, their emotions visceral, the plot and situations guttural-animalistic. Werewolves can at once be horrifying and beautiful -- they're an incarnation of primal rage, strength and beauty. The beasts presented themselves as we developed the story.

Scott Alexander Hess: What is the best werewolf book and film out there (other than yours!)?

John Vamvas and Olga Montes: We haven't read enough werewolf novels to fairly pick one. But we are horror film buffs. Favorite werewolf movie: Though extremely difficult to choose,we'll go with John Landis's An American Werewolf in London. There are a lot of great werewolf films, though, (including The Wolf Man (1941 version), Silver Bullet and Dog Soldiers) and we pay homage to many of them throughout the story.

Scott Alexander Hess: What inspired you to work in the bullying aspect and how does cruelty, pleasure and pain work within the narrative?

John Vamvas and Olga Montes: Apparent bullying that lead to the Columbine High School massacre, the Chardon High School massacre and other such atrocities has really marked us --especially now that we have children. We wanted to make a statement and tell a story without giving opinions, only observations. We want the reader to be left with something to think about. We present the reader with parents who serve their country, but at great cost to their children. Teachers who mean well but are riddled with their own monsters. Political events that have skewed our views of the world. Peer pressure, greed, insecurity, desensitization, it goes on. The cruelty in the story is motivated by emotional pain. One character deals with her inner turmoil by taking pleasure in inflicting physical pain upon herself -- cutting. Other characters verbally abuse. Some are physically abusive and others think the cruelty is funny; unwittingly adding to the horror. Despite their lack of likability, we hope our characters' humanity shines through, thus distorting the reader's concept of good and bad, black and white, right and wrong. Because, what is a monster? Something that grows hair all over and howls? Could be. But the real monster is within, and when it comes out, it's as ugly as you see it, or as it lets you see it.

Scott Alexander Hess: What's up with the screenplay and any dream casting ideas yet?

John Vamvas and Olga Montes: WHEREWOLVES had been optioned by a production company in 2010. Though there were a lot of great people involved (including an Academy Award nominated special effects makeup artist), things fell apart in late 2011. The script is now being shopped by our U.S. literary agent, Whitt Brantley, at WBMT, Literary, Film and Television Agency. Our dream cast would include Kiefer Sutherland or Norman Reedus as Sargent Tim O'Sullivan. Taissa Farmiga as the angst-ridden teen, Doris. Vera Farmiga as her mother. And Josh Hutcherson as the tormented...

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David Drake's Tawny Heatherton: A Brilliant Creation

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Last year I went to see David Drake's Tawny Heatherton creation at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. I went in expecting a smart little drag show, but I walked away breathless and in awe of one of the most talented writer/performers of our time.

I shouldn't have been surprised. The Obie-winning...

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Tom of Finland Movie in the Works

(22) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 9:59 PM

I always thought Tom of Finland (the artist Touko Laaksonen) and French novelist Jean Genet would make great lovers. I discovered them both as a budding young writer at university and was struck by their incredible ability to create material that was at once artful and...

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Leaving the Rest

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 8:22 PM

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When editor Leslie L. Smith approached me a few years back about contributing to his collection of essays Leaving the Rest (Magnus Books), I presumed he wanted something about sex.

I had just released my debut novel,...

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Yoga Shows and Sex Addicts

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 2:31 PM

I ran into the amazing performer/writer Amanda Miller at Think Coffee this week as she was hanging a poster for her knock-out One Breath, Then Another: An Interactive Yoga Show. Of course I had to stop and ask: So I get a solo show and a...

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Are Book Trailers the Next Big Thing in Publishing?

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 4:47 PM

This month I've been contacted by new fans from India, Los Angeles and Brazil, all inquiring about my novel Diary of a Sex Addict. They found me, not as the result of a stellar review (Edge had a few good things to say), but because they...

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Colton Ford Lives Again!

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:54 PM

2013-06-11-COLTONFORDTheWayIAmAlbumCover.jpgMy crush on Colton Ford had nothing to do with his amazing body. It was his voice that caught my attention.

It was a hot summer night, and I was devouring an episode of the deliciously campy here...

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Can a Hot Book Trailer Spell Success?

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 5:31 PM

As I planned for the release of my debut novel, Diary of a Sex Addict in 2012, I knew nothing about the burgeoning new field of professional book trailers. I just wanted to create something visual to snag some social media attention.

I had once optioned a...

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Page to Stage: The Journey of a Memoir

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 5:43 PM

I first met Amanda Miller while we were both MFA Graduate students at NYC's New School. We were studying non-linear narrative form with the outlandishly creative and incredibly inspiring Shelley Jackson. I always looked forward to Miller's class presentations, due to her keen sense of the theatrical (I seem to...

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How to Win a Coveted Spirit Award!

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:55 PM

OK, when I say "win," I mean "be nominated for," because as Best First Screenplay nominee Jonathan Lisecki puts it, "the nomination is the win!"

Wait! Don't roll your eyes! He is being absolutely sincere, and I totally buy it. (Read his off-the-cuff, inspiring interview below and...

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Michael Lucas: Undressing Israel

(59) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 2:39 PM

I imagined that some day I'd sneak a peek at a titillating Michael Lucas film (like his high-grossing, sexed-up 2006 twist on La Dolce Vita), but I never guessed it would be a thought-provoking documentary. The outspoken gay celeb, safe-sex advocate and uber-successful gay porn kingpin (ever heard of Lucas...

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Sean Curran, Choreographer, Uses Literature to Inspire Movement

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 7:08 PM

I've only shared the stage once with the astounding Bessie Award-winning choreographer Sean Curran -- and I'll never forget it.

Sean, myself and our friend Mike were dancing back-up for a dear friend, singer Carl Chesna, at a funky downtown Manhattan club. Why Chesna,...

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David Drake: From Gay Warrior to Farrah Fawcett Wild Child!

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:10 PM

I first saw David Drake when he was a gay superstar. It was 1994, and I was lost, bleach-blond and wandering the West Village, trying to imitate Neely O'Hara.
There was a half-naked Drake on a billboard. His groundbreaking (Obie-winning!) solo show

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Are Book Trailers a Must?

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:23 AM

I've always been a film fanatic. When I'm not writing, I clear my head with celluloid fantasy. So when my debut novel Diary of a Sex Addict came out in 2011 and a PR pal insisted on a must-do book trailer, I signed on with enthusiasm. I've written...

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Are Books Dead? Is Honey Boo Boo a Poet?

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:20 PM

I recently came across a colorful cartoon featuring a cluster of school children with iPhones poking a hardbound novel with a stick as if it were a mysterious relic.

I immediately thought: Is it true? Are books dead?

While pursuing my MFA in fiction at Manhattan's The New School...

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Sex in the Urban City

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 2:50 PM

Since publishing my debut novel Diary of a Sex Addict, I've been slammed with invites to parties and events that are mildly subversive, suggestively literary or just plain outlandish.

Busy at work on my fourth book Three Brothers, and being a method writer (Three Brothers is set in 1930s...

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Sexy Lit Before Fifty Shades of Grey

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 7:33 PM

I was walking by a toy shop on the Upper East Side the other day, and in the store window's far corner, near the plastic clown doll and a psychedelically colored board game was a copy of E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey. I presume...

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