Candy and Blood is a collection of essays about one man’s prison experience over the past 12 years.
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The Misguided Germaphobe

I am not a medical professional, but I have heard it said that cold kills germs. Supposedly, if illness has me gripped in its brutal grasp, I should stroll out in the bitter winter chill and breathe in deep that frosty air to eradicate all those pesky bugs and viruses that have so besieged my […]




Athlete’s Crotch

One time I had a particularly vicious itch that wouldn’t go away, and I didn’t know why. All I knew was that the affected area was extraordinarily itchy and an angry shade of red. Being that it was in a particularly private and embarrassing spot, I eschewed seeking the proper medical assistance in favor of […]




The Sounds of Violence

There was a bestial savagery to the beating, unsettling and primal, yet I couldn’t look away. My stomach twisted, turned, and churned as his fist smashed the man’s head and blood began to flow. Still, I remained transfixed. === My cellie Torrez and I had been together for nearly six months and had easily managed […]




Arts and Crafts

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. The first time that Cee asked for the plastic wrapper that encased my cookie, I thought he wanted my cookie in its entirety, like he was trying to gangster it. To be fair, I hadn’t been down long and was still learning that not everyone […]




Manscaping in Prison

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. This package must be handled with care. There I stood, stark naked, perched on one foot with the other planted waist-high against the wall. My back was bent and twisted in acrobatic fashion, my neck craning and turning to get the best vantage point. A […]




The Fastidious Squirrel

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. Even before I saw him in action and discovered his proclivities for food storage, he first reminded me of a nerdy rodent in a children’s cartoon: large, round eyes encased in over-sized glasses, rounded pouches for cheeks apparently designed for smuggling, and an overbite and […]




Lunch and a Show

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. “You’re a bitch,” Gary sneered. Then, as if one utterance of that loaded word wasn’t enough, he repeated it. “You’re nothing but a little bitch.” Finally, he upped the ante. “You say it to me one time, say it, and I bet I beat your […]




Teddy Bear Throwdown

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. As I watched the two of them pummel each other, with teeth bared in some feral display of rage and dominance, my fellow inmates and I cheered them on. In that moment, I experienced a flash of clarity that shames me to this day. === […]




Fun with Sunstroke

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. I lay there on my sticky mat and tried not to move. My body was emanating more heat than an Easy Bake Oven as my cellie retched out the few remaining contents of his stomach into the steel toilet. He had spurned my courteous warnings […]




A Confluence of Unfortunate Occurrences

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. Standing there with my bruises and torn boxer shorts, I felt the unwarranted shame of a victim, as if I had somehow done something to bring this entire situation upon myself. Sometimes bad things just happen. === To begin with, I wasn’t expecting a court […]