RELEASE DATE: 03/15/2023
The Dark Side
Author: Christopher Curtis
Word Count: 73,100
Library of Congress Control Number: 2023931667
Gritty and realistic view into life on the dark side of Orange County
The land of milk and honey, streets paved with gold, and a place your dreams can come true are the illusions of Orange County. But, when you cross to the other side, The Dark Side, life is quite different. On the dark side, allowances given are lines of cocaine. Drive-by shootings are a daily occurrence, and parents are not the protectors but the ones who send you out to score for them.
This was Christopher Curtis’ life. Taking the reader to some of his earliest memories and on through his third strike prison sentence, this book is gritty and realistic.
All the systems in place to help the kids who fall through the cracks failed Christopher. As he matures, the addiction, crimes and lifestyle accelerate and degrade. The book contains the despair that, at times, Christopher did not even realize was part of his day. The ups and downs of drugs. The using and selling, the getting away with and being punished for his crimes. The community that revolves around an addict are all exposed in plain language, the original written by Christopher on a typewriter.
What do you do when the deck is not only stacked against you but reinforced with concrete? Survival is the only goal. And survive is what Christopher did. He is here to tell the tale with the hope that someone also on the Dark Side of their street catches a glimpse of themselves and can see the way to a better life.