Tony O'Neill is a writer.  His debut novel, Digging the Vein, was published in 2005 via Contemporary Press (USA) and Wrecking Ball Press (UK)



His subsequent novels Down and Out on  Murder Mile, Sick City and Black Neon were published via Harper Collins and Bluemoose Press, and have been translated into several languages.  A film adaptation of Sick City, via Jayson Rothwell's Invader Films is slated to begin production early next year.  His debut graphic novel, La Vie Sauvage / The Savage Life with illustrations by David Brulhart was published in French via Helice Helas in 2016.




His other books include the short story collections Notre Dame du Vide, Dirty Hits, and Seizure Wet Dreams.  Notre Dame du Vide was first published in France by 13e Note Editions, with noted French writer Patrice Carrer in the role of translator.  It was the beginning of a long relationship with the fledgling French press who would go on to translate all of Tony's work up until Black Neon, earning him a sizable French-language following.


An accomplished writer of non-fiction, Tony has co-authored several memoirs most notably Hero of the Underground with Jason Peter (A New York Times bestseller) and Neon Angel - Memoir of a Runaway, with Cherie Currie, which became the source material for the 2010 movie The Runaways. 


His most recent release was his first graphic novel, La Vie Sauvage (The Savage Life), a collaboration with noted Swiss illustrator David Brulhart.  Released to acclaim in a French edition, via Swiss publisher Helice Helas, the much-anticipated English debut will happen sometime in 2018.

His journalism has appeared in a number of esteemed publications, including The Guardian, Dazed and
Confused, The Fix, Black Book Substance and Vice.  A collection of his non-fiction, Keeping the Wolves From the Door: Adventures With Dandies, Junkies, Necrophiles and Drug Warriors will be released as a limited-run hardcover edition in Fall, 2018. 

He lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.  For the latest news on upcoming books, readings, and new projects you can keep up with Tony in the following ways:

He tweets from @IAmTonyONeill

His Amazon author page is: amazon.com/author/tonyoneill

He is also on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19588.Tony_O_Neill

His Harper Collins author page is: https://www.harpercollins.com/cr-103954/tony-oneill


                                                                                               Photo copyright David Field [2017]



"Reading it you can taste the LA smog... Digging the Vein comes at you like a Mack Truck."

- Dan Fante [Chump Change]


"Tony O'Neill writes like a man with his tongue in a light socket and his toe in a puddle of spilled blood."

- Jerry Stahl [Permanent Midnight] 


"While he remains something of a cult figure in his native country, thanks to a series of excellent translations via 13e Note Editions Tony O'Neill has secured a reputation in France as heir apparent to the same grimy literary lineage that gave us the likes of Dan Fante, Jim Thompson, Charles Bukowski and Eddie Bunker."

- La Monde [France] 


"Tony O'Neill is a man who has taken the term 'rock'n'roll poet' to new extremes."

- The Guardian [UK]