Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Dead Writers in Rehab (December 2018)

By Paul Bassett Davies

December 13, 2018

When literary reprobate Foster James wakes up in a strange country house, he assumes he’s been consigned to rehab (yet again) by his dwindling band of friends and growing collection of ex-wives.  But when he gets punched in the face by Ernest Hemingway he soon realizes there’s something a bit different about this place…

Is Foster dead?  Has his less-than-saintly existence finally caught up with him?  After a hostile group therapy session with Hunter S. Thompson, Colette, William Burroughs and Coleridge, it seems pretty likely.  But he still feels alive, especially after he gets laid by Dorothy Parker.

When he discovers that the two enigmatic doctors who run the institution are being torn apart by a thwarted love affair, he and the other writers must work together to save something that, for once, is bigger than their own gigantic egos.

Dead Writers in Rehab is a darkly funny tale about the strange and terrible entanglement of creativity and addiction, told by a charming, selfish bastard who finally confronts his demons in a place that’s part Priory, part Purgatory, and where the wildest fiction can tell the soberest truth.

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