Friday, January 11, 2013

Confessions of a Transylvanian: a story of Sex, Drugs, and Rocky Horror by Kevin Theis & Ron Fox

Ok, I admittedly first picked up this book because I know the author. I knew NOTHING about the Rocky Horror Picture Show before reading this book, but thought I would give it a try and I was so richly rewarded!

I totally enjoyed this book. Kevin and Ron tell a great story of their lives in the Rocky Horror Picture Show cast in the early 80's. The authors (from Kevin's narrational point of view) juxtapose life stories from actual Rocky shows with life stories from outside the show, which really gives the reader a personal connection with Kevin/"Jack", Ron and their friends/fellow cast members. By the end of the book you really feel as if you know everyone mentioned in the book and have shared their crazy experiences with them. While Rocky Horror provides the context and is a fascinating subculture to explore, it's just fine to be a virgin to the RHPS freak show --the real magic of this story is how vividly it evokes the time in everyone's life when you first begin to find yourself.

Side note: as if the title didn't give it away, this is PG-13 material.

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