by Jeff Ward



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/19/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781452049557
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781452049533
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781452049540

About the Book

When Jeff arrives in New York City seeking adventure and a fresh start in the land of the free, as well as an apartment in which to complete his book celebrating the vaudeville cast of reprobate pleasure victims with whom he cohabited on the dole in England, he soon meets Monica, a seductive debutante model who invites him to move in with her. She also invites him to try meth-amphetamine. And so the crystal meth nightmare begins.

The nightmare, the brutally introspective speed-comedowns, and the cast of characters that follow in Monica's wake are, he decides, worthy of a book also: her estranged, jealous husband, and their drug dealers. Sylvie, an escort, her clients, and her sugar daddy. Plus, a procession of fellow low-rent American dreamers: artists, musicians, drag queens, fag hags, and wannabe-gangsters.

Hence, in a series of back-and-forth episodes, Jeff describes the unfolding, spiralling nightmare, and seeks solace from it by recalling sagas from strange and darkly humorous soap opera back home.

Ultimately, Parasite is a modern-day immigrant tale, but also a cautionary, yet unapologetic, glimpse at the American crystal meth culture.

About the Author

Jeff Ward was born in 1969, and hails from England's Black Country region, near Birmingham. During his late teens and early twenties he played guitar in a rock 'n' roll band called Gunfire Dance, who received fleeting notoriety during the early 1990's. With the intention of becoming a writer, in 1996 he moved to New York City, a place he had become familiar with due to the band's numerous performances there.

Following his debut novel, Mac & Beth, which followed a cast of foul-mouthed football hooligan-types who unwittingly re-enact Shakespeare's Scottish play, Ward concentrated on a true fiction, touching closely on his personal experience of his first year in New York City.

Parasite is a modern-day immigrant tale set in New York City, amidst the harsh environment of crystal meth addiction and abusive relationships. It is a memoir, a true-fiction dedicated to two lost friends. In a series of back-and-forth episodes, he celebrates the vaudeville cast of reprobate pleasure victims that surrounded him on the dole in England, and on the run in New York: rock 'n' rollers, ravers, artists, escorts, models, freaks, fruits, fag hags, football hooligans, drug dealers, wannabe-gangsters.

A sequel to Parasite with the working title Carry on Dreaming is already completed, and bastardizing other Shakespeare plays is under consideration. He remains in New York City, occasionally recording what he calls `agnostic spirituals' for his music project and sometime band, ElectraJet.