Charles Fleming

North Beach Blue and The Studio Kill both available now as e-books

North Beach Blue, the prequel to The Ivory Coast and After Havana, available as e-books.

The Studio Kill, the sequel to The Ivory Coast and After Havana, now available as e-books







Charles Fleming is co-author of the autobiography My Lobotomy, author of the 1998 national bestseller High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess and co-author of the 2003 New York Times bestsellers Three Weeks In October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper and A Goomba's Guide To Life. He has reported on the entertainment industry since 1987, as staff writer and columnist for Newsweek, Variety, LA Weekly and The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and as a freelancer for Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Playboy, Time, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Spy, M Inc., US, Penthouse, McCalls, Los Angeles, California, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Atlanta Constitution-Journal and many other publications in the U.S., the U.K. and Japan.

In 2007, he undertook a survey of the public staircases of Silver Lake and environs. The result: Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles. Published in April, 2010, the book hit #5 on the Los Angeles Times paperback bestseller list. In July, 2011, Fleming published the Northern California sequel, Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland.

Fleming is part of the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, where he teaches entertainment reporting, arts reporting and news writing.

His first novel, The Ivory Coast, was published by St. Martin’s Press in February, 2002. Its sequel, After Havana, was published in January, 2004. A third installment in this series is forthcoming.

Fleming is also co-author, with Steven R. Schirripa, of the New York Times bestseller A Goomba’s Guide to Life, published by Clarkson Potter in September 2002, and its sequel, The Goomba Book of Love, published in October 2003. Look for The Goomba Diet: Living Large and Loving It, in May, 2006.

Fleming and Schirripa's young adult mystery novel Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family, was published to great acclaim in November 2005 and was followed in November 2006 by Nicky Deuce: Home for the Holidays.

When he isn't writing, Fleming reads, travels, snowboards, plays tennis, rides motorcycles and cooks complicated meals with his wife and two daughters in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles.

Selected Works

Non-fiction, biography
My Lobotomy
The heart-breaking, award-winning National Public Radio story of childhood lobotomy survivor Howard Dully, now grippingly told in book form.
Fiction
The Ivory Coast
Explosive story of 1950s Las Vegas; "Impressive, sure-bet thriller,"
After Havana
Pre-Castro Cuba catches fire in this sequel to The Ivory Coast.
Nicky Deuce: Home for the Holidays
Nicky Deuce returns with more meatballs and mayhem.
Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family
Thrilling young adult adventure story for boys and girls aged 8 to 18.
Non-Fiction
Three Weeks In October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper
Riveting autobiographical story of the chief who caught the DC snipers
A Goomba's Guide To Life
How to live like a guy from the neighborhood ...
The Goomba Book of Love
How to make amore like a guy from the neighborhood ...
High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess
The fast life and ugly death of Hollywood's most notorious film producer
Travel Essay
"After Fidel"
Ten damp days in Havana