M O O N L A N D
A novel by Hank Belbin
When Julian moved to the city with dreams of being a famous actor, he had no idea what he was getting into. Behind the glitzy facade of well-paying jobs and nightclubs, there is a whole other world of addiction and isolation. All the actors are fake and no one is who they seem. After landing the biggest role of his career, things get worse when he becomes involved with drugs and people begin to disappear. London is a place of many layers. Some get lost in those layers.
Moonland is the brutal and poignant coming of age story of a lost young man, confronting drug abuse and mortality head on in an unflinching depiction of modern life.
BRAD AND I ARE STANDING IN WANDERLUST, overlooking the Seine River and I don't know what time it is or why we're even here. We've been here since 11 p.m and Brad tells me that he needs to find some more coke because we've run out. He starts talking about Craig and he asks me why Craig is even coming out here because he's already lost his part in the shows. Where Are Ü Now by Justin Bieber is playing and the people around us dance while we stand motionless in the middle of the crowded club.
“Why would I know?” I say.
“Fuck knows,” Brad shrugs. “Maybe he’s coming to get his part back. Or his passport,” he smirks and I squeeze the glass so hard that it feels like it’ll shatter in my hands. “Why do they call this club Wanderlust?” he then says.
“I don't know. ‘Cause it's by the river?” I say.
“Yeah, I'm bored, let's go back to the hotel,” Brad says while looking over his shoulder and smiling at a drunk, brown-haired girl who's wearing sunglasses and smoking a thin cigarette. I look up at the weird, green, glassy structure from the terrace and then focus on all the drunk and whacked out people dancing in the club.
“Fine,” I say and we leave and I end up sleeping with Brad.