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Porn legend John C. Holmes tells his own story in new book, ‘PORN KING’

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CHATSWORTH, Calif. — PORN KING, the long-unavailable autobiography of
legendary porn star John C. Holmes, has been released by publishing house
BearManor Media, with a new epilogue by Holmes’ widow Laurie Holmes.

“John was a fascinating, yet simple man. He had a heart of gold, but there
were many times when John was lost somewhere between reality, fantasy, and
the sexual revolution,” Laurie Holmes said.

“He often spun wild tales of grandeur and elaborated on the truth. Like most of his peers, he found it difficult to live up to someone else’s fantasy.”

Revered as “The King” by legions of ’70s porn fans, John C. Holmes was the
iconic porn stud whose massive endowment riveted the attention of adult
filmgoers worldwide. His amiable detective character “Johnny Wadd,” which he first performed in 1971, helped establish him as a popular personality when most porn performers were anonymous bodies in 8mm loops. Holmes’ troubled life included legal and drug problems before his comeback to adult film in 1983 and his eventual death from AIDS-related complications in 1988.

The bigger-than-life Holmes has been a part of mainstream feature films
including “Boogie Nights,” where the fictional Dirk Diggler bears a
resemblance to Holmes, and “Wonderland,” where Val Kilmer plays Holmes
himself.

In PORN KING, Holmes talks freely about his childhood, his time as a swinger and paid gigolo, his on-set experiences as he shot 8mm loops in small offices and Johnny Wadd films on location, the rise and fall of his
struggles with cocaine addiction which led to the notorious 1981 robbery of
L.A. nightclub owner Eddie Nash and the retaliation murders on Wonderland
Avenue, his arrest, trial and acquittal before his return to adult
filmmaking with performer Misty Dawn, who he married and is now known as
Laurie Holmes.

PORN KING was compiled from audio tapes that John Holmes recorded during the last five years of his life. The book was originally privately published in 1998 and copies of the heirloom edition have been seen on the used-book market for prices ranging up to $1000.

The newly revised edition, including an updated, heartfelt, no-holds-barred
epilogue written by Laurie Holmes, is an incredible story. The 160-page book is illustrated with family photos, production stills and news photographs of Holmes at adult conventions and putting his hands in cement outside of the famous Pussycat Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard in Southern California.

PORN KING is available at all major online booksellers and as a paperback or Kindle download through Amazon.com. ISBN is 978-1-59393-685-3.

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