About the Author: Stuart Goldman
Stuart Goldman has been a journalist, and screenwriter since 1971. During that time period, Goldman’s writing—both fiction and non-fiction has found its way into virtually every territory—from True Crime, savage humor, short fiction, YA horror novels, investigative journalism...to name only a few.
Goldman first established himself as a Music Critic at the L.A. Times. He served as the Entertainment Editor at the L.A Free Press and The L.A. Weekly. His Country Music column ran weekly in the Los Angeles Daily News, and his bi-weekly column, “Final Cut,” turned him into the most popular columnist in the the Los Angeles Reader, whose sales went over the top after Goldman began writing his column, which earned him the moniker “The Journalistic Hitman.”
Goldman says the job he enjoyed the most was being the Executive Editor at G.L.O.W (Georgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) magazine. Unfortunately, the job was short-lived. The magazine folded after only two issues. Still, even in that short time, Goldman got to be close friends with a lot of the wrestlers. “Sweetest bunch of gals I ever met, “Goldman says with a wry smile, “unless you got them mad at you.”
Goldman’s pieces have appeared in Penthouse, Oui, Chic, Hustler, The Los Angeles Sunday Calendar, Paris Match, Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu magazines. In 1985, Goldman’s weekly column was syndicated in papers throughout the U.S.
In the film world, Goldman has optioned three original screenplays. The last one—based upon Goldman’s undercover investigation of the tabloid industry, “Spy Vs . Spies” sold to Phoenix Pictures, who attached Oliver Stone to direct the film.
Goldman also optioned his original story, “The Bouncer,” (based upon an assignment from the L.A. Reader to find the “Toughest bouncer in L. A.”
“Adventures In Manic Depression,” a collection of Goldman’s works over the past 40 years, includes both fiction and non-fiction material, ranging from true crime, dark humor and memoirs of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s.
When asked who the audience for his book is, Goldman smiles. “I know this might sound egotistical, but I really think there’s something here for everyone. The only audience Goldman has not aimed for is the Y.A. market. “Let those kids go read about vampires and zombies and the rest of that garbage.”
Along with the release of “Adventures In Manic Depression,” Goldman has launched his own publishing company, Shaker Square Press, and is actively searching for writers of every age range and category, except for “romance,”“how to” books, “science fiction,” and “New Age.”
Goldman is currently working on two more “collections,” culled from the same material as “Adventures In Manic Depression.”
"The first draft of 'Adventures' came out to 750 pages," Goldman smiles. "My office is stuffed with filing cabinets full of pieces that will fill at least two more collections. Now all I I need to do is to find a good editor."
According to Goldman, that’s no easy task. “I had to fire at least 10 editors until I finally found someone who could actually do what they said they could do. Most of these people who call themselves editors should go back and get day jobs.”
Goldman’s mentors include John Fante, John Irving, J.D. Salinger, Bruce Jay Friedman, John Barth, Frederick Exeley and Hunter S. Thompson—whom Goldman is often compared to. Whenever Goldman goes to Las Vegas, he still packs a copy of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” in his suitcase.
Goldman’s all-time favorite book is Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio.”