Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks

Professionals and Their Clients Writing about Each Other

by David Henry Sterry and R. J. Martin & David Henry Sterry

List Price: $17.95
Paperback | 6 x 8.9, 449 pages | ISBN 9781593765071

Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chickenhawks: Professionals & Their Clients Writing about Each Other is the follow-up to Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys, the groundbreaking anthology that appeared on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. “Eye-opening, astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny… unpretentious and riveting — graphic, politically incorrect and mostly unquotable in this newspaper.” It is a unique sociological document, a collection of mini-memoirs, rants, confessions, dreams, and nightmares by people who buy sex, and people who sell. And because it was compiled by two former sex industry workers, the collection is, like its predecessor, unprecedented in its inclusiveness. $10 crack hos and $5,000 call girls, online escorts and webcam girls, peep show harlots and soccer mom hookers, bent rent boys and wannabe thugs. Then there’s the clients. Captains of industry and little old Hasidic men, lunatics masquerading as cops and bratty frat boys, bereaved widows and widowers. This book will shine a light on both sides of these illegal, illicit, forbidden, and often shockingly intimate relationships, which have been demonized, mythologized, trivialized and grotesquely misunderstood by countless Pretty Woman-style books, movies and media. This is hysterical, intense, unexpected, and an ultimately inspiring collection.

[A]n eye-opening, occasionally astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny collection . . . unpolished, unpretentious, and riveting. . . [a] rare ability to tell the truth, an ability that education and sophistication often serve to conceal.

The New York Times

His memoir is a super-readable roller coaste

—the story of a young man who sees more of the sexual world in one year than most people ever do." - Dr. Carol Queen, Spectator Magazine

Poignant...a rare pleasure... moving and original... revealingly honest... Sterry is a sharp comic, using his limber body and versatile voice to create memorably portraits of the hungry, lonely, wealthy women who employ his services...Sterry needs no other prop than a wooden bench to get full mileage out of the ludicrousness of sex... But what gives it depth is the hard, sad reality beneath its Rabelaisian humor... Richly entertaining and thought-provoking... Speaks cleverly and provocatively to anyone who’s ever been or had a child."

—Robert Hurwitt, Head Theater Critic to The San Francisco Chronicle

What a rare pleasure it is to see a writer perform his own work... dream-like profundity...Sterry’s portrayal of his 17-year-old self is immediately honest and believable... juxtaposed with his masterful control of poetic dialogue balances the show.

—SF Examiner

Sterry summons up in glorious technicolour an amazing array of characters... Extraordinary... engrossing and touching... a great story... It’s a must!

—Daily Mail

Graced with insight and empathy--Sterry finds a literary rhythm as fluid and alluring as the strut of his ’nuthugging elephantbells’... a sense of humor as bright and ridiculous as a ’blood-engorged wangdangdoodle- hammer’.

—S F Weekly

A tour-de force.

—SF Bay Times
"Sextacular." - Beth Lisick, SF Gate

Sterry tells a sad and harrowing story with humor, energy, and a sharp eye for the sort of characters an ’industrial sex technician’ might meet in the weird aftermath of the ’60s.

—Michael Scott Moore, The San Francisco Weekly

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