Me and the Devil

A Novel


Author: Nick Tosches

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 031621566X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9415

A raw and blazing novel by "the single, most brain-searingly dangerous man of letters. Read him at your peril." (Anthony Bourdain) An aging New Yorker, a writer named Nick, feels life ebbing out of him. The world has gone to hell and Nick is so sick of it all that he can't even have a glass of champagne. Then one night he meets a tantalizing young woman who agrees to come back to his apartment. Their encounter is the most strangely extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he enters a new and unimagined dimension of the forbidden and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy that is as intense as it is unholy. Suddenly Nick's senses are alive. He feels strong, unconquerable, beyond all inhibition and earthly morality. He indulges in life's pleasures, pure and perverse, sublime and dangerous, from the delicate flavors of the perfect tomato to the fleshy beauty of a woman's thigh. But Nick's desire to sustain his rapture leads him to a madness and a darkness far greater and dreadful than have ever ridden the demon mares of night. Writing in a lineage that includes Dante, William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Hubert Selby, Jr., and Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches may be America's last real literary outlaw-a fearless, uncensorable seeker of our deepest secret truths and desires, from the basest to the most beautiful. Me and the Devil is outrageous, disturbing, and brilliant, a raw and blazing novel truly unlike any other. Like the man said: Read him at your peril.

Me and the Devil Blues

The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson


Author: Akira Hiramoto

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345501370

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 563

View: 8180

Reimaginging of the life of blues musician Robert Johnson. Cf. Vol. [1], p. [4] of cover. 1.

Me and the Devil Blues

The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson


Author: Akira Hiramoto

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780345499264

Category: Graphic novels

Page: N.A

View: 4198

Reimaginging of the life of blues musician Robert Johnson. p. [4] of cover.

Me and the Devil Blues


Author: Walter M. Ellis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059514733X

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

View: 5943

In Me and the Devil Blues, Walter Ellis brings us a ghost story, a passionate romance, and a unique look into our musical and historical past. This fast-paced novel, in the tradition of Larry McMurtry and Toni Morrison, combines comedy and pathos with just a touch of the supernatural. Robert Foster is down on his luck. He wants to be a Blues musician, and he wants the beautiful Beatrice White, the prettiest girl in Memphis. Both seem beyond his grasp. Robert is disowned by his supposed father and driven into the Depression-era Mississippi Delta. There he meets the talented, funny, and alcoholic Charlie Patton and the mysterious and evil Matthew Foster. Robert sells his soul to the Devil for Beatrice and for fame but finds neither to be what he expected. There is a surprising twist in the last chapter that will shock the reader into an entirely new dimension. Me and the Devil Blues is a blend of fact and fiction and features several real people as characters including Louis Armstrong, Chester Burnet, "The Howling Wolf," and the cranky and irascible Rice Miller, also known as Sonny Boy Williamson. What does it mean to sell your soul? In an episode, near the center of the novel, Robert dreams that he makes a deal with his real father, the evil Matthew Foster, for the woman that he loves and for the fame that he craves. Robert then achieves fame, makes some popular records, and returns home to Memphis a hero. Beatrice White, who is living with Todd Young, a bootlegger and dope pusher, drops Todd and comes to live with Robert. Only gradually does Robert come to undestand Beatrice's secret, a secret that will drive her to the brink of suicide and him to the brink of madness.

You and Me and the Devil Makes Three


Author: Aaron Gwyn,Jess Walter,Luis Alberto Urrea

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453264531

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 3342

Three new stories for men, by three of the most ambitious and talented names in fiction A search for an eight-ball of cocaine, turns into a pistol-whipping and executions in Aaron Gwyn’s stunning and disquieting “You and Me and the Devil Makes Three.” Gwyn, who was born in Tulsa and raised on a cattle ranch, is the author of the novel The World Beneath and the story collection Dog on a Cross, about which the Boston Globe wrote, “In Gwyn’s expert hands, nothing, including good or evil, is ever so simple . . . part Flannery O’Connor, part Shirley Jackson, and wholly original—so brilliantly compelling.” This new story is no less shocking and revelatory. In “Young Man Blues,” Luis Alberto Urrea introduces us to Joey, the son of a motorcycle gangster tasked with caring for his mother while his dad serves time in Pelican Bay. Packed with rottweilers and German Lugers, roaring car engines and doughnut girls, this story is as riveting and funny as it is affecting. Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is the author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter, which was twenty years in the making and named a book of the year by numerous publications. His most recent novel, Queen of America, is a New York Times “editor’s choice” selection for 2011. Jess Walter’s “Big Man” depicts middle-aged men trying to relive their glory days in their local recreational basketball league. Beer bellies, ex-wives, and middle age come together in a hilarious and absurd riff on mortality that is vintage Walter. Walter’s novels include The Zero, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Financial Lives of the Poets, which Time called “the funniest way-we-live-now book of the year.” He most recently published Beautiful Ruins, which Richard Russo describes as “an absolute masterpiece.” Esquire's Fiction for Men is a new ebook series whose mission is to publish the type of original short stories men love to read—plot-driven, immediate, essential, and impossible to put down.

Me and the Devil


Author: Maria Elena Cristiano

Publisher: Delos Digital srl

ISBN: 8825402724

Category: Fiction

Page: 334

View: 910

Narrativa - romanzo (334 pagine) - Se non fosse l’uomo a proporre al Diavolo la sua anima in cambio di fama, successo e denaro, ma fosse Satana a invaghirsi dell’anima di un mortale, cosa accadrebbe? Me and the Devil trae spunto dalla leggenda che aleggia attorno alla figura di uno dei padri del blues, Robert Johnson, divenuto improvvisamente celebre nella prima metà degli anni Trenta. Il grande chitarrista amava raccontare ai suoi colleghi musicisti di aver ottenuto il dono di suonare così mirabilmente la sua fedele sei corde, grazie a un patto stretto con il Maligno. Il romanzo si ispira a questa macabra storia, per porre un interrogativo diverso: se non fosse l’uomo a proporre al Diavolo la sua anima in cambio di fama, successo e denaro, ma fosse Satana a invaghirsi dell’anima di un mortale, cosa accadrebbe? La trama si svolge fra il Mississippi della fine degli anni ‘30 e le assolate spiagge della California della metà degli anni ‘80. I protagonisti sono quattro musicisti rock di Van Nuys, sobborgo industriale di Los Angeles, alle prese con la difficile e tortuosa ricerca del successo, con il fantasma di Robert Johnson e con Satana in carne e corna. Il carismatico leader della band, un italo americano dalle belle speranze infrante, coinvolgerà, suo malgrado, i suoi compagni di avventure, sbornie e divertimento, in una giostra infernale dove lecito e illecito, bene e male, sesso e amore, si confonderanno in un turbinio di soldi, successo, fama e vizio. La vita dei quattro cavalieri del rock, divenuti improvvisamente idoli dello show business, sarà distrutta e ricostruita dall’oscuro signore che manovra le menti, i pensieri e i cuori dei membri della band... Maria Elena Cristiano nasce a Roma, dove ancora risiede. Laureata in Medicina, è direttrice di un'agenzia di servizi letterari, il Babylon Café. Ha all'attivo due romanzi: L'isola delle bambole (Europa Edizioni, febbraio 2016) e Immortali (Kimerik, gennaio 2012).

The Devil, Me, and Jerry Lee


Author: Linda Gail Lewis,Les Pendleton

Publisher: Longstreet Press

ISBN: 9781563525261

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 166

View: 9940

The youngest sister of the notorious musician describes their childhood, their relationship as touring musicians, and the details of their troubles and their love for music.

Driving with the Devil

Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR


Author: Neal Thompson

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307522269

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 432

View: 4553

“Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey and you go to jail.” —Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend and one-time whiskey runner Today’s NASCAR is a family sport with 75 million loyal fans, which is growing bigger and more mainstream by the day. Part Disney, part Vegas, part Barnum & Bailey, NASCAR is also a multibillion-dollar business and a cultural phenomenon that transcends geography, class, and gender. But dark secrets lurk in NASCAR’s past. Driving with the Devil uncovers for the first time the true story behind NASCAR’s distant, moonshine-fueled origins and paints a rich portrait of the colorful men who created it. Long before the sport of stock-car racing even existed, young men in the rural, Depression-wracked South had figured out that cars and speed were tickets to a better life. With few options beyond the farm or factory, the best chance of escape was running moonshine. Bootlegging offered speed, adventure, and wads of cash—if the drivers survived. Driving with the Devil is the story of bootleggers whose empires grew during Prohibition and continued to thrive well after Repeal, and of drivers who thundered down dusty back roads with moonshine deliveries, deftly outrunning federal agents. The car of choice was the Ford V-8, the hottest car of the 1930s, and ace mechanics tinkered with them until they could fly across mountain roads at 100 miles an hour. After fighting in World War II, moonshiners transferred their skills to the rough, red-dirt racetracks of Dixie, and a national sport was born. In this dynamic era (1930s and ’40s), three men with a passion for Ford V-8s—convicted criminal Ray Parks, foul-mouthed mechanic Red Vogt, and crippled war veteran Red Byron, NASCAR’s first champion—emerged as the first stock car “team.” Theirs is the violent, poignant story of how moonshine and fast cars merged to create a new sport for the South to call its own. Driving with the Devil is a fascinating look at the well-hidden historical connection between whiskey running and stock-car racing. NASCAR histories will tell you who led every lap of every race since the first official race in 1948. Driving with the Devil goes deeper to bring you the excitement, passion, crime, and death-defying feats of the wild, early days that NASCAR has carefully hidden from public view. In the tradition of Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit, this tale not only reveals a bygone era of a beloved sport, but also the character of the country at a moment in time. From the Hardcover edition.

The Devil and Daniel Webster


Author: Stephen Vincent Benét

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822203032

Category: Drama

Page: 38

View: 2605

Having promised his soul to the Devil in exchange for good fortune, Jabez Stone asks the talented lawyer Daniel Webster to get him out of the bargain.

Conversations with the Devil


Author: Jeff Rovin

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780765346315

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 8546

In the wake of the suicide of one of her patients, a young Satanist, psychologist Sarah Lynch, a cynic who had lost her own faith years before, attempts to conjure the devil himself in order to understand what the teenager had been thinking at the time of his death, only to discover that her experiment has succeeded all too well. Reprint.

Dating the Devil


Author: Lia Romeo

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books

ISBN: 1611942527

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

View: 4062

"He's a hell of a great boyfriend"--Cover.

Requiem for the Devil


Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0759523029

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1467

Set in modern-day Washington, D.C., Requiem for the Devil depicts the end of the Devil's ten-billion-year career. For the first time in his existence, Lucifer falls in love, and this event threatens to transform his identity and perhaps even his destiny. Gianna O'Keefe is the woman who drags him out of his ancient despair and points him toward possible salvation. Yet Lucifer's path from evil is neither straight nor smooth. Pursuing love means betraying his fellow fallen angels, the loyal friends who once followed him to damnation. Divine and infernal forces seem to conspire against his and Gianna's union. Lucifer's empire crumbles around him as he dares to defy the natural order and question his fate.

Devil in the Grove

Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America


Author: Gilbert King

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062097717

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 3406

Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law. It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history, and offers a rare and revealing portrait of Thurgood Marshall that the world has never seen before. As Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns did for the story of America’s black migration, Gilbert King’s Devil in the Grove does for this great untold story of American legal history, a dangerous and uncertain case from the days immediately before Brown v. Board of Education in which the young civil rights attorney Marshall risked his life to defend a boy slated for the electric chair—saving him, against all odds, from being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

Darkness and the Devil Behind Me


Author: Persia Walker

Publisher: Blood Vintage Press

ISBN: 0979253829

Category: Fiction

Page: 330

View: 1388

Esther Todd, rising star pianist in 1923 Harlem, vanishes from the snowy streets of Harlem. Days later, thieves hit the home of her society patron, pulling off a million-dollar heist. Lanie Price, former crime reporter and current frustrated society columnist helps Esther's sister Ruth hunt for closure.

The Devil's Song


Author: Lauren Stahl

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 161775613X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 3080

"Family secrets, childhood memories, and old crimes influence the present in this suspenseful debut. Kate is a gutsy character, and her romance with Sam is enjoyable. An open-ended finale leaves room for future conflicts within the Magda family...A solid bet for fans of dark crime dramas." --Library Journal "[An] exciting first novel...Stahl keeps the reader on a roller-coaster ride with unexpected twists and turns to the end." --Publishers Weekly "I was up all night, utterly riveted by The Devil's Song, with its memorable characters, crisp dialogue, and meticulous plotting. It's hard to believe this is a debut. Lauren Stahl is a writer to watch!" --Alafair Burke, best-selling author of The Ex "The Devil's Song is a book born from those dark places most writers and readers dare not go. It's not just about cops and killers, lawyers and judges. It's about real people with real lives. It's about family, fathers and daughters, lovers and friends, and the ghosts of the past that haunt them all. In this stunning debut novel, Lauren Stahl paints a chilling portrait of childhood nightmares relived, rich with both suspense and emotion." --Keith Gilman, author of Bad Habits "A racing read by an author who knows how to tell a story, The Devil's Song plunges the reader equally into two worlds: one of killers, insanity, child victims, and revenge; and another of the details and especially the politics and power plays of law, order, and investigation. It's hard to tell at times which world is the more difficult to comprehend. Grabbed and held me straight through to the last page." --S.J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author of Ghost Hero Up-and-coming Mission County, Pennsylvania, prosecutor Kate Magda has been given the assignment of a lifetime: lead counsel on a string of murders rocking the community. As the privileged daughter of a powerful local judge, Kate views the case as her chance to show her boss, her family, and the public that she is more than just "the judge's daughter." As Kate delves into the case, she becomes convinced that she shares a personal link with the killer, who seems to know intimate details about a tragic childhood event from Kate's past--an event she’d long been trying to forget. Paranoia sets in, the night terrors return, and Kate has a strong sense that she's the killer's next victim. She no longer feels assigned to the case...she is the case, and solving it is her only chance for survival.

Dance With the Devil

A Dark-Hunter Novel


Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429976183

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 8345

Zarek's Point of View: Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude. Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don't suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it. Trust: I can't trust anyone...not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way. Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I'm tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters. Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?

A Deal with the Devil

The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History


Author: Blake Ellis,Melanie Hicken

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501163868

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

View: 7223

In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an exposé of one of the longest running cons in history. While investigating financial crimes for CNN Money, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken were intrigued by reports that elderly Americans were giving away thousands of dollars to mail-in schemes. With a little digging, they soon discovered a shocking true story. Victims received personalized letters from a woman who, claiming amazing psychic powers, convinced them to send money in return for riches, good health, and good fortune. The predatory scam has continued unabated for decades, raking in more than $200 million in the United States and Canada alone—with investigators from all over the world unable to stop it. And at the center of it all—an elusive French psychic named Maria Duval. Based on the five-part series that originally appeared on CNN’s website in 2016 and was seen by more than three million people, A Deal with the Devil picks up where the series left off as Ellis and Hicken reveal more bizarre characters, follow new leads, close in on Maria Duval, and connect the dots in an edge-of-your-seat journey across the US to England and France. A Deal with the Devil is a fascinating, thrilling search for the truth and is long-form investigative journalism at its best.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea


Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110159389X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 384

View: 8616

“Looking for dark and eerie read...? Look no further than April Genevieve Tucholke’s YA debut, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.” — “Deliciously creepy.” — *“A stunning debut with complex characters, an atmospheric setting, and a distinct voice… Tucholke has real talent.” —VOYA, starred review You stop fearing the Devil when you're holding his hand... Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town... until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it. A gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop—a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Anna Dressed in Blood.

No Sympathy for the Devil

Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism


Author: David Ware Stowe

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807834580

Category: Religion

Page: 291

View: 1791

In this cultural history of evangelical Christianity and popular music, David Stowe demonstrates how mainstream rock of the 1960s and 1970s has influenced conservative evangelical Christianity through the development of Christian pop music. For an earlier