The Devil and John Holmes


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Mike Sager is a best-selling author and award-winning reporter. A former Washington Post staff writer under Watergate investigator Bob Woodward, he worked closely, during his years as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Sager is the author of more than twelve books, including anthologies, novels, a biography, and university textbooks. He has served for more than three decades as a writer for Esquire. In 2010 he won the National Magazine Award for profile writing. Several of his stories have inspired films and documentaries, including Boogie Nights, with Mark Wahlberg, Wonderland, with Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow, and Veronica Guerin, with Cate Blanchette. He is the founder and CEO of The Sager, which publishes books, makes films and videos, and provides modest grants to creatives. For more information, please see


"The Devil and John Holmes" is one of the most terrific sagas we have ever published."- Jann Wenner, editor and publisher, Rolling Stone
"I can recognize the truth in these stories-tales about the darkest possible side of wretched humanity. Sager has obviously spent too much time in flop houses in Laurel Canyon."- Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hells Angels.
"In his audio commentary on the New Line DVD release of Boogie Nights, P.T. Anderson cites as a major influencereporter Mike Sager's article in the June 15, 1989 Rolling Stone, 'The Devil and John Holmes'."-Stephen Lemons,
"Mike Sager writes about places and events we seldom get a look at-and people from whom we avert our eyes. Butwith Sager in command of all the telling details, he shows us history, humanity, humor, sometimes even honor. He makesus glad to live with our eyes wide open." -Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of What It Takes: The Way to the White House and Joe Dimaggio The Hero's Life
"Mike Sager writes with uncommon grace and, always, with respect for those who give him their time. His stories cut tothe bone of our common humanity." -Paul Hendrickson, author, Hemingway's Boat and Sons of Mississippi,
"You know those engrossing books that keep you up all night? Don't pick this one up if you have somewhere to be the next morning."-E
"I once described Mike Sager as "the Beat poet of American journalism." The title is still apt. For decades, he has explored the beautiful and horrifying underbelly of American society with poignantly explicit portrayals of porn stars, swingers, druggies, movie stars, rockers and rappers, as well as stunning stories about obscure people whose lives were resonant with deep meaning-a 92-year-old man, an extraordinarily beautiful woman, a 650-pound man. He became a journalistic ethnographer of American life and his generation's heir to the work of Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson. His imposing body of work today is collected in more than a dozen books and eBooks, including the best sellers Scary Monsters and Super Freaks and Revenge of the Donut Boys" -Walt Harrington, author, journalist, and past head of Journalism at the University of Illinois.

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