"From the first page, everything you experience through Clifford’s graceful yet biting narrative is beautiful and tragic.”
From the cow fields of Connecticut to the streets of San Francisco, Joe Clifford’s Junkie Love traverses the lost highways of America, down the rocky roads of mental illness to the dead ends of addiction. Based on Clifford’s own harrowing experience with drugs as a rock ’n’ roll wannabe in the 1990s, the book draws on the best of Kerouac & the Beats, injecting a heavy dose of pulp fiction as it threads a rollicking narrative through a doomed love triangle, lit up by the many strange characters he meets along the way. Part road story, part resurrection tale, Junkie Love finds a way to laugh in one’s darkest hour, while never abandoning its heart in search of a home.
Junkie Love is an original ride through the down-and-dirty underside of the drug and music scene, inspired and propelled by Jack Kerouac’s youthful dreams of an American nirvana, translated to a later, darker generation. Clifford is its passionate spokesman.
Battered Suitcase Press, paperback, March 2013, ISBN: 9780615782959
Wake the Undertaker is a noir thriller set in an alternative, darker Bay Area city. At nineteen, Colin Specter is an up-and-coming singer at The Lone Palm, a nightclub owned by the Christos' crime family, headed by Cephalus "the Old Man" Christos and his ne'er-do-well son, Gabriel. When Colin falls for Gabriel's girl, a stripper named Zoey, Gabriel orders the singer's vocal cords cut and has him take the fall for a crime he didn't commit. After seven years in prison, Colin is manipulated into working for his former tormentors. Gabriel is now estranged from the Old Man, who has branched into the legitimate, lucrative game of pharmaceuticals and politics, and a war between father and son is spilling onto the streets of Bay City. With the aid of a disgraced former newspaperman, Colin investigates the Old Man and delves into the whereabouts of his former love, only to discover that nothing is what it seems in a rain-drenched underworld.
Createspace, paperback, April 2013, ISBN: 9781484138533