Press Release: “Porn, drugs, mass murder—the story of adult film star John Holmes has been told before, but not like this … Schiller’s unflinching prose makes a gruesome story that is much more compelling.” — Los Angeles Magazine
LOS ANGELES — Author Dawn Schiller will speak about her new book, “The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes” (Medallion Press, August 2010, $19.95), with three local events.
With forewords by actor Val Kilmer and actress Kate Bosworth, “The Road Through Wonderland” is a surreal and mesmerizing memoir about Schiller’s underage relationship to charismatic and gregarious adult film star John Holmes. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Schiller (age 15) met Holmes (then 32) near his home in Los Angeles. At first protective, Holmes acted as her guardian. But their disquieting relationship shifted to intimacy, and Schiller’s reality was turned upside down as Holmes became steeped in drugs.
A harrowing story of survival, Schiller paints a haunting and vivid portrait of Holmes, exposing his true character apart from the man lauded by the adult film industry and in movies including “Wonderland” and “Boogie Nights.” Though her naive, teenage eyes, Schiller recalls how she was thrust into Holmes’ unpredictable world-one where he began abusing her and prostituting her for drug money, including to payback infamous drug lord Eddie Nash. Schiller also details the aftermath of Holmes’ involvement in the famed Wonderland Murders and how she eventually broke free of Holmes, turning him into the FBI.
When: Thursday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Nobel, Pico Westwood (10850 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064)
Contact: For further info about the event, please contact Lisa Kingsly at (310) 475-3138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Friday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: BookSoup (8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069)
Contact: For further info about the event, please contact Jen Ramos at (310) 659-3110 or email@example.com.
When: Saturday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Studio City (12136 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604)
Contact: For further info about the event, please contact David Clark at (818) 505-9528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: At each event, Schiller will be discussing “The Road Through Wonderland”, her harrowing experiences as the girlfriend of John Holmes and her work in preventing teen victimization. Her events will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, and are free and open to the public.
For more information on Dawn Schiller, please visit www.dawn-schiller.com. Also visit her non-profit organization at www.empowerteens.com. For more information on her book, visit www.theroadthroughwonderland.com.
Dawn’s book The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes can be purchased at:
To book an interview with Dawn Schiller or for a review copy of “The Road Through Wonderland”, please contact: Jen Wisnowski, Publicity Manager, Independent Publishers Group, (312) 337-0747 ext. 227 or email@example.com