Chelsea Horror Hotel: A Novel

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Dee Dee Ramone doesn't quite know what he's getting himself into when he and his wife Barbara move into the squalid Chelsea Hotel with their dog Banfield. He spends most of his time trying to score drugs and walking Banfield, with whom he can magically communicate. Meanwhile, he can't stand his neighbors and shies away from violence, but wishes everyone were six feet under. He also thinks that the room he's staying in is the very room where his old friend Sid Vicious stabbed Nancy Spungen, and begins having ...
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Dee Dee Ramone doesn't quite know what he's getting himself into when he and his wife Barbara move into the squalid Chelsea Hotel with their dog Banfield. He spends most of his time trying to score drugs and walking Banfield, with whom he can magically communicate. Meanwhile, he can't stand his neighbors and shies away from violence, but wishes everyone were six feet under. He also thinks that the room he's staying in is the very room where his old friend Sid Vicious stabbed Nancy Spungen, and begins having nightmares of Nancy emerging from the bathroom with a knife wound. After one of his nightmares, an evil force enters his hotel room and hurls him against a wall. Dee Dee also gets involved with the transvestite lover of one of his gay fellow addicts. When his wife finds out, the two fight it out and become seriously wounded. During all this, Dee Dee is tormented by the living and dead demons that plague the hotel, along with the ghosts of his old dead punk rock friends Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators. And that's when the Devil himself decides to join the party¬Ö
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560253044
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 306,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    Pretty disturbing

    This book has its ups and downs. During sections of the book, Dee Dee sounds knowledgeable and has a unique, but simply writing style. At other times, though, his style deteriorates and he sounds pretty (not surprisingly) vulgar. I rather liked the beginning where Dee Dee is trying to help the homeless man and pointing out the filth of New York City. But later on, when his dog, Banfield, starts talking and his wife, Barbara, is floating over their bed and spewing nonsense, it lost me for a bit. On the other hand, as a huge Dee Dee Ramone fan, I rather enjoyed the portal into Dee Dee's mind that his novel offers, although it is a bit disturbing. If you aren't a dedicated fan of his, do not bother with this book as it is too weird for a normal person to sit through and read. If you are a fan, try and stick it out until the end and enjoy the insane enigma that is Dee Dee Ramone. R.I.P DEE DEE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    Dee Dee Needs Psycho Therapy

    If William Burroughs had a drugged-out nightmare involving Bret Easton Ellis' gory scenes from American Psycho, and it was all written out by an 11-year old, it might read something like Chelsea Horror Hotel. This short novel (generous use of line spacing, margins and font size make this 250+ pager a one-hour read) centers around Dee Dee Ramone and his talking dog, as they score drugs and violently torture and kill just about all the residents in the Chelsea Hotel. The book is one long freaky and disgusting hallucination, and could be used as a lesson for kids to not do drugs. People turn into demons, cockroaches crawl around by the millions, eyeballs go flying, Satan worshippers toss junkies into piranha-filled bathtubs, and Sid Vicious and Johnny Thunders haunt Dee Dee like junkie Obi-Wans. It's not a good book by any means - thematically or grammatically - but it's by Dee Dee so it's still pretty amusing (sort of like his horrendous yet ironically cool rap album). If you bother wading through all the gore, but you get some insight into his feelings toward his mother and wife, the fame of being a Ramone, and his love-hate relationship with the 70's rockstar/addict life. The last page is probably the best - Dee Dee injecting his last hit into his skull while singing 'Chinese Rocks' with Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, and Stiv Bators, as he slips down into Hell where the rest of the original Ramones lineup awaits. In the end, it's easy to begin to empathize with Dee Dee (although that's what he wants). It's a screwed-up book by a screwed-up guy and you sort of hope he'll figure himself out someday, preferably before he OD's like his other angels and demons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    wow

    this book was hands down the best book ever created , thats all i have to say....go and buy it now! and read it now!

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