If There's A Heaven Above

If There s A Heaven Above If There s A Heaven Above takes the reader on a tour of the Southern California demi monde goth scene of the mid s as seen through the eyes of club kid Matt Andrew Demcak combines innocence with

  • Title: If There's A Heaven Above
  • Author: Andrew Demcak
  • ISBN: 9781481120456
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • If There s A Heaven Above takes the reader on a tour of the Southern California demi monde goth scene of the mid 1980s, as seen through the eyes of club kid, Matt Andrew Demcak combines innocence with experience, sex and drugs, Love and Rockets, with just the right touch of poetry It is a thrilling ride along the freeways and turntables of that era when AIDS was new, If There s A Heaven Above takes the reader on a tour of the Southern California demi monde goth scene of the mid 1980s, as seen through the eyes of club kid, Matt Andrew Demcak combines innocence with experience, sex and drugs, Love and Rockets, with just the right touch of poetry It is a thrilling ride along the freeways and turntables of that era when AIDS was new, Reagan was King, and hope was a wounded kitten, cared for by the creatures of the night Eric Norris, author of Nocturnal Omissions A Tale of Two Poets Sibling Rivalry Press

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    1. Andrew Demcak

      Andrew Demcak is an American poet and novelist, the author of four poetry collections and four Young Adult novels His books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry, The Nervous Breakdown, and Poets Artists He was a FINALIST for both the 2017 Gloria E Anzald a Poetry Prize and also the 2016 Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence in Poetry About his latest Teen GLBTQ Sci Fi Coming Out novel, A Little Bit Langston, Kirkus Reviews raved This book really takes its place in the marginalized will lead us genre, as popularized by The Matrix and the X Men franchises His first Young Adult YA novel, Ghost Songs, was published March 13, 2014 His first literary novel, If There s A Heaven Above, was published January 5, 2013 by JMS Books, and was nominated by The American Library Association as an Outstanding novel for older Teens 17 His first play, The Inevitable Crunch Factor, won the Cal Arts New Playwrights Series and was cast and produced in a multi week run His fourth book of poetry, Night Chant, was published by Lethe Press His other poetry books are A Single Hurt Color, GOSS 183 Casa Menendez Press, 2010, Zero Summer, BlazeVOX Books , NY, 2009 and his first poetry book, Catching Tigers in Red Weather, three candles press, 2007, which was selected by Joan Larkin to win the Three Candles Press Open Book Award Andrew Demcak Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2017 Literature Resource Center, golegroup Accessed 27 May 2017.

    948 thoughts on “If There's A Heaven Above”

    1. Cross-posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsMeh.I so wanted to like this book. It took place during the mid-80’s, a time of my life I’ll always remember fondly. I had a job, a brand new car and my own apartment. I loved my Jordache jeans. I loved my very practical and stylish mullet.I loved my denim jumpsuit.And I loved Queen, Depeche Mode, U2, Kate Bush, Alphaville, Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads.What I didn’t love was that my younger brother was newly gay during a time of ignoranc [...]


    2. I have received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, many thanks to the author for being brave and believing enough in his work to do this.What we have here reads like a biography. A tale of growing up and awakening; it contains a soundtrack to sing along to and a setting that you can taste and feel on your skin. The carefully and fully described lives of our three young protagonists invades your senses and invokes visceral memories.As we delve into the heady and often grotesque w [...]


    3. Concerto for Six Voices and Goth BandAndrew Demcak has arrived at that level of success as a poet that provides him with a wide audience base, eager for his next collection of the sensuous and pungent observations of the world of relationships. So now he tests the waters of his readership (and newcomers) with a novel. It seems a logical step - to push the boundaries of a gift into a new configuration. In many ways the transition is successful, and those ways hold as their core his poetic gifts.D [...]


    4. rating: 3/5I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.I spent the 1980s crawling, chewing on my Smurf figurines, cutting the hair off my Barbies, and hunting ducks with Duck Hunt while making my parents wonder if my uncle was sane for getting a 7 year old a gaming console with a gun. I was probably as far away and as ignorant of the 80s goth scene as anyone could get. But I grew an appreciation for it in high school; even turned in my metal/rocker uniform (jeans, combat boots, b [...]


    5. Matt his friends Annie and Suzy are teenage club kids in 1986 Los Angeles. This had the potential to be lots of fun but fell flat. Matt can never co-ordinate with his new guy, Patch, who's a druggie and a thief. Suzy's girlfriend cheated on her and Suzy wants Annie, but it isn't mutual. While the three main characters are likeable enough, I wasn't rooting for any couple to work out. And the hijinks were the same night after night, get drunk or high at a club or party. The main drama surrounded a [...]


    6. Andrew Demcak's *If There's A Heaven Above* unfurls like an alternate universe John Hughes' movie, with a fabulous soundtrack by Love & Rockets, Siouxsie and The Banshees, This Mortal Coil, and Bauhaus. The story of these young friends navigating love, sex and heartbreak in the LA goth scene of the 80s is brilliantly rendered by Demcak. I read it in one sitting. You will, too.- Collin Kelley, author of *Conquering Venus* and *Remain In Light.*


    7. Character-driven, stylish, and keenly detailed, Andrew Demcak's debut novel is a superfine evocation of the teenaged Gothic lifestyle in the summer of 1986 in Los Angeles and environs. Its main characters, Matt, Suzy, and Annie (gay, lesbian, straight, if that word can be applied to so determinedly individualistic a character, as are all the characters), party endlessly, popping Valium and LSD, washed down with quantities of alcohol, and searching for love and the hot ticket to see Love and Rock [...]


    8. Darkness shrouds suburban kids. Goth is what they eat and breath. If you haven’t read this book, you’re a poser.


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