A dark, twisted, and sexually warped ride on one man's downward spiral, The Face Burns Red is at turns erotic, provocative, funny and disturbing.Former Security Operative Greg Simmons flees the scabrous landscape of Birmingham for the sunnier climes of Los Angeles in search of an imagined "better life".However, memories of an encounter with a blind student begin to impinge upon his ability to enjoy California's celebrity haven and he is forced to contend with the dangerously prurient thoughts swirling in his head.Add to that the vampish new object of his desire and the fact that he can't bear to go out in public because his rosacea has flared up (a skin condition causing a permanent state of facial embarrassment) and he begins to feel even more isolated.Settling into misanthropy, an intense sexual topography emerges as Greg explores his licentious urges without restraint.As carnal boundaries are pushed to the limit, so is Greg's mind. Just how far will he go to satiate his sexual proclivities?
Greg Simmons was born in Birmingham in 1979. His first book - Rock & Roll Hotels - was published in 2011 by Punk Publishing Ltd. Rock n roll history and a travel guide packed into one, it received favourable reviews from The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Lonely Planet Magazine, and many other publications across the globe.
His second book - The Face Burns Red - was published in November 2012 by Oh the Woe. A dark and sexually twisted novella, it is (loosely) based on Greg's experiences of researching rock n roll hotels in Los Angeles.