Saturday, January 31, 2009



The March 2009 Edition of Hustler magazine has selected John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches as their selected premier 'book of the month' pick, on page 24 of the "Bits and Pieces" section.

John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches

By Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson

"Porn Star John Holmes led a seedy and sordid life that included drug addiction, the notorious Wonderland Murders and AIDS -- all of which makes for a helluva read. The intricate and gory details of the master cocksman's existance are exposed in John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches. Whether or not, you were a fan of Mr. Wadd, you won't be able to put down this fascinating biography by Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson. (Available now.)" - by Keith Valcourt

Friday, January 16, 2009

SWANK Magazine Book Review Excerpts - 02/09

Image from W-Pink TV 1985 - Courtesy of Paradise Visuals

The latest issue of SWANK magazine is now available and on the newstands until March 28/09. Included in the February '09 issue is a full two page article and review about our book, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches - text by Ron Jeremy, in the column "XXX Reality Check - Ron and the King!" The article is appropriately titled, "John Holmes versus Ron Jeremy" and can be found on pages 42/43, including four images. Below are some selected excerpts:

"What brings about this column about the famous porn stud that died over 20 years ago? It's because of the release of a fascinating new book about Holmes, a biography titled John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches by Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson ( and released by Bear Manor Media (

Holmes and I had a very, very friendly rivalry back in the late 1970s when I was starting to do a lot of the X-stuff, and he had become a big draw at the box-office. Back then of course, there was no internet, no DVDs, no VCRs, and porn-lovers who wanted to see an X-rater had to go to an actual movie theater, and in those days they went to see Holmes do his thing.

We co-starred in several features together and various loops as well... There were lots of them back then, I can hardly remember, but luckily in addition the book contains reviews of hundreds of Holmes' feature films and shorter clips as well as a very comprehensive filmography, to get you up to speed.

John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches is written in a very interesting and provocative style that I found very compelling. A chronology of Holmes' life as told through interview excerpts by the people who were with him at the time, and from things he had written himself, and recorded himself, as part of Holmes' own personal archives of documents and tapes. And then the authors intersperse their own observations and musings as the chapters lead the reader from Holmes' early life, up to his tragic death -- he turned out to be the first-ever real X-industry superstar, but the first known porn star to contract HIV and die from AIDS. Talk about irony?

As I told the book's authors through hours of interviews I gave them over a period of months, I'd always liked Holmes, he was a very nice personable guy, and always nice to me. But obviously, his drug problems led him to do a lot of things that can't be condoned. But, in general, I think you have to look at a person's entire life and and examine both the positives and the negatives if you want to be fair. And while John had a big downside later in life, and he paid the price for it, we can never forget the upside as well.

It is hard to know what to say in talking about John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches because so much of it is personal narrative, of the persons closest to Holmes telling their personal stories involving him. The tales and insights in the book are so human and intimate -- on all levels -- the only way to truly appreciate how the Holmes story is told is by reading it yourself. Just be prepared for a very long and touching, and disturbing journey.

And in the final analysis [Sugar and Nelson] present a fair, balanced and complete look at "The King", John Curtis Holmes, without anti-porn hysteria on one hand, and without sugar-coating on the other -- just the good, the bad and the ugly of one man's life. May "The King" rest in peace."

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Las Vegas Recap & New Book Review

Laurie Holmes, Bill Margold, Jill Nelson & Jennifer Sugar - AEE 2009

Jennifer Sugar, Jason Green (of Paradise Visuals) & Jill Nelson - Day 2

Vintage John Holmes film posters and memorabilia display at Erotic Heritage Museum - Las Vegas 10/01/09

The 2009 AEE Las Vegas convention was a tremendous success and busy! Jennifer and I had a great time chatting with event attendees and many members of the adult entertainment and mainstream media. We participated in various interviews that will be forthcoming, and posed for photos. Thursday and Friday evenings, we attended parties hosted by Jason Green of Paradise Visuals at Hard Rock Cafe, and also by Clinton Davison of the Erotic Heritage Museum.

On Saturday afternoon, after spending our final day at the convention, Jennifer and I, along with Laurie Holmes and adult film historian William Margold (who wrote our book's Foreward and crowned John Holmes with the title, "The King"), appeared at the Erotic Heritage Museum book signing where we read bio excerpts, engaged in a lengthy Q&A and posed for more photos. The people we encountered there were wonderful. For a limited time, signed copies of the bio by Jennifer, myself and Laurie Holmes will be available at the EHM gift store.

The Las Vegas experience was fun and exhilarating and we only wish we'd had more time to spend, but overall, it was a great opportunity to continue to spread the word about INCHES.


Book Review:

Ottawa X-Press January 8th, 2009 (Canada)

John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches


by Geoffrey Brown

John Holmes: A Life Measured In Inches by Jennifer Sugar & Jill C. Nelson (BearManor Media) 584 pp John Holmes' uncut life

John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches is an almost ludicrously well-researched biography of the first true superstar of adult cinema, the legendary John Holmes (or Johnny Wadd as he was called in many of his films), renowned for being extremely - some might say grotesquely - well-endowed.

Jill Nelson, a hearing instrument specialist in Hamilton, says she was drawn to Holmes as a subject after watching Val Kilmer portray John Holmes in the movie Wonderland (which depicts the robbery of a notorious L.A. mobster, night club owner and drug lord by the name of Ed Nash, a man with whom Holmes had become affiliated through a mutual interest in freebase cocaine). "I found myself wanting to learn more," notes Nelson. "I couldn't fathom how an uncomplicated country boy from Ohio had somehow managed to be catapulted to the pinnacle of the erotic movie industry. I was interested to know what made Holmes tick, and in my spare time I began researching him on the Internet."

Nelson's co-writer, Jennifer Sugar (the two met on an entertainment message board), came to the subject in a similar manner. "She had watched Wonderland in 2004 and wanted to read a book about John, only to find that one did not exist. She decided to write it herself," says Nelson, "and about a year after she had commenced writing she invited me to assist her with the project and our collaboration began."

Nelson and Sugar's objective "was to provide an unbiased, balanced and unprecedented presentation of the events of Holmes' life, without resorting to a sensationalized account" (despite barely touching alcohol and completely abstaining from using illicit drugs at the beginning of his career, Holmes, in addition to eventually becoming addicted to cocaine, was also arrested for his part in the brutal "Wonderland murders" in 1981 and eventually died of AIDS). To that end, they conducted interviews with 35 people, including Holmes' ex-wife, Laurie, whom they interviewed at length and who "opened up to us and revealed new information about her personal life with John which was significant to the book, as she is generally guarded about talking to people about her late husband."

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the book is the very thoroughness of the research, especially the extremely detailed and comprehensive film and scene reviews at the back of the book. "We wrote all of the movie reviews and loops synopses ourselves. I'd say that our film reviews are more erotic in nature, while our loops are sexually explicit, since they are much shorter than the features (only 10 minutes in length, on average) and merely brief set-ups for sex. Jennifer and I indeed watched every single one of the 114 Holmes feature films," says Nelson, "and all 86 of the loops that are included in the reviews and loops sections of the book. It was definitely a herculean effort."

Monday, January 5, 2009

Las Vegas City Life News

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John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches


To say porn has gone mainstream would be a gross understatement. Jenna Jameson, famous almost exclusively from fucking, rose from porn a household name. Shit, she even has a wax statue of her own at Madame Tussaud’s. But 30 years ago, in a time where porno was still underground and illegal in some states, the biggest (ha) star of them all was a former meat-packer (ha ha) with a really large wang (ha ha ha). John Holmes, the first king of porn and famous for his gigantic tool, was a star in porno nearly overnight. But drugs, erratic behavior, his oddly large … ego, and alleged involvement in the horrific 1981 “Wonderland” drug murders in Hollywood took over the porn king’s legacy. And even though his death from complications from AIDS in 1988, he lived a crazy life.

Authors Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson’s new biography, John Holmes, A Life Measured in Inches — along with widow Laurie Holmes — plan to tell you all about it at the Erotic Heritage Museum, and where better to celebrate the man’s career than during the Adult Video News Network’s annual convention? There, everything from the murders to speculation of the actual length of Holmes’s famous ego (OK, I’ll stop) can be discussed with the best of them.

Also, if you’re not busy the night before, Ginger Lynn, widely considered one of the first famous porn stars, also MCs a night of art, live music, autographs and, of course, live S&M demo, also to be held at the Museum. It’s a whole lot of debauched fun, and seriously, how often can you celebrate the proto-years of porn with other members of the adult entertainment community outside of your own bedroom? Aaron Thompson,

Last updated on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm
John Holmes, a Life Measured in Inches book signing, with Jill C. Nelson, Jennifer Sugar and Laurie Holmes Sat., Dec. 10, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.Erotic Heritage Museum

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