|Born||September 28, 1953|
|Pen name||Herbert W. Day|
|Period||1986 - present|
|Notable work(s)||Permanent Midnight|
Jerry Stahl (born September 28, 1953) is an American novelist and screenwriter, He is best known for his memoir of addiction Permanent Midnight. A film adaptation followed with Ben Stiller in the lead role.
Stahl has worked extensively in film and television. He has two daughters: Stella, who is a senior at Northwestern University and is studying theater and political science, and Nico Sophia born in 2012.
Early life 
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After the loss of his father, Stahl moved to Pottstown, where he attended the preparatory boarding The Hill School; after graduating he attended Columbia University. Post-college he traveled, living in Greece – in caves outside of Matala, on Crete, the streets of Paris, then London, where he landed a job as a bartender at an Irish pub. He later returned to America to live in New York, where he became a writer.
Stahl began publishing short fiction, won a Pushcart Prize, and made a living writing for magazines and doing porn stories for cash. One writing job as humor editor for Hustler meant moving to Columbus, Ohio and living at the YMCA until the magazine moved its headquarters to California. Stahl lost his job six months to the day after taking it and ended up on unemployment in California, alongside an escalating heroin dependency, which eventually led to his contracting hepatitis C.
Permanent Midnight, his 1995 memoir, was adapted by Stahl into a 1998 film of the same name starring Ben Stiller that raised Stahl's profile and set the stage for his ongoing work in film. He wrote the screenplay for Bad Boys II, which starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. His most recent film collaboration is with actor Johnny Depp who is producing his celebrated novel I, Fatty, the fictional autobiography of legendary movie comedian Roscoe Arbuckle.
Stahl has also written a number of CSI episodes which deal with transgressive topics and have been some of the most controversial but also gained some of the highest ratings. He introduced the dominatrix character Lady Heather who has appeared in a number of episodes, the first of which, "Slaves of Las Vegas", featured viewer discretion advisory warning, due to nudity and sexual content. Stahl has been criticised for his inaccurate portrayal of furries in "Fur and Loathing". However, while earlier episodes of CSI had been criticised for the treatment of transgender people, his episode "Ch-Ch-Changes" was highlighted as offering a sensitive portrayal of the topic. It also got the largest audience to date, 31.5 million, with his "King Baby" being the second most watched that season. That episode dealt with infantilism and the Parents Television Council declared it was the worst television show of the week.
In June 2010 it was announced that Stahl and Barbara Turner had written a screenplay for an HBO film about Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn entitled Hemingway & Gellhorn that Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman will star in. James Gandolfini served as executive producer to the film, which was directed by Philip Kaufman and first aired on HBO on May 28, 2012.
- Permanent Midnight (1995)
"Bad Sex On Speed" (2013)
Short stories 
- Love Without:Stories (2007)
Film work includes:
As Herbert W. Day:
- "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue?" (1986)
- "La Cuckaracha" (1987)
- "Mind Games" (1989)
- "Plastic Fantastic Lovers" (1989)
- "Perfetc" (1989)
- Twin Peaks: "Laura's Secret Diary" (1990)
- Northern Exposure: "Soapy Sanderson" (1990)
- Hemingway & Gellhorn (2011 HBO movie)
See also 
- Himmelsbach, Erik (19 October 1999). "Celebrity junkie". Salon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- Why not 'CSI: Kink'?, USA Today, February 7, 2006
- PeterCat's Furry InfoPage: CSI's "Fur and Loating" episode
- "CSI Sensationalizes Transgender Lives". GLAAD. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- Malinda Lo. "CSI's Mixed Track Record on LGBT Characters, page 3". After Ellen. Retrieved 2006-10-01.
- Bowling, Aubree (2005-02-20). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Worst Family TV Shows of the Week". ParentsTV.org. Parents Television Council. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- "HBO Orders Hemingway Film With Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen". TVGuide.com.
- Official website
- Jerry Stahl at the Internet Movie Database
- Radio interview on KPFA's Cover to Cover (April 30, 2009)
- LA Weekly article
- New Angeles Monthly interview published June 29, 2007
- Print interview, July 12, 2007
- Asylum.com, Jerry Stahl's Guide to Being Psychotic and Productive, April 2009