(c) Marion Ettlinger
"Good evening peepers, prowlers, pederasts, panty-sniffers, punks and pimps. I’m James Ellroy, the demon dog, the foul owl with the death growl, the white knight of the far right, and the slick trick with the donkey dick. I’m the author of 17 books, masterpieces all; they precede all my future masterpieces. These books will leave you reamed, steamed and drycleaned, tie-dyed, swept to the side, true-blued, tattooed and bah fongooed. These are books for the whole fuckin’ family, if the name of your family is the Manson Family."
(James Ellroy's traditional opening speech)Ex-panty-sniffing burglar. Ex-alcoholic hobo. Ex-husband twice over. Lock up your daughters and their underwear, LA Confidential author James Ellroy is the man your English Lit teacher warned you about and he's coming back to London on October 6.
Famed for a Twitter-like writing style and his heavily plotted books chronicling the underbelly of mid-twentieth century America, this gangster Schama is here to promote his second edition of memoirs, The Hilliker Curse (My Pursuit Of Women).
Last year, his Q&A session with the erudite Mark Lawson packed out the Queen Elizabeth Hall. His latest public outing - a increasing rare event for this vegetarian recluse who took over 15 years to write his last trilogy and claims to spend much of his time lying in a dark Kansas room listening to Beethoven - is in the Bloomsbury Theatre where he will be interviewed by the brave Chris Moss, Time Out's Books Editor.
Watch Ellroy here running rings around talkshow host Conan O'Brien as he describes Bill Clinton's private parts, proposes an equal opps KKK to be led by black comedian Dave Chapelle and discusses the Irish Curse of American politics. Good luck, Chris.
Tickets are £10. You can get more information and book online here.