Tony O'Neill (born 1978, Blackburn, Lancashire) is a New York-based author. A one time musician with Kenickie (1997–98), Marc Almond (1997–98), The Brian Jonestown Massacre (1999) and Kelli Ali (2001–04), O'Neill is also the author of several books including Digging The Vein 2006, Down and Out on Murder Mile 2008 and Sick City 2010.
Digging the Vein was a novel based on the author's years as a heroin and crack addict as well as his experiences in the music industry, while the sequel, Down and Out on Murder Mile was released by Harper Perennial as a mass market paperback in November 2008. Jerry Stahl said of Down and Out on Murder Mile: "I fucking loved it."
Sick City was released by Harper Perennial in July 2010. The plot revolves around two heroin addicts who try to sell a legendary sex tape starring Sharon Tate. The book earned praise from Barry Gifford, Sebastian Horsley, Tom McCarthy among others. In 2012 the novel was option for the screen by screenwriter Jayson Rothwell
A sequel to "Sick City", "Black Neon" was published by Walde and Graf in German in August 2012. It follows the further adventures of Sick City's protagonists Randal and Jeffrey, and their adventures in the world of Santaria, art-house cinema and a their run-ins with a pair of lesbian pharmacy bandits.
He also co-wrote the memoirs of NFL player Jason Peter. The resulting book, Hero of the Underground was a New York Times bestseller published in July 2008 by St Martins Press. Other non-fiction works includes the memoir of the lead singer of The Runaways, Cherie Currie – Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways (2010, It Books / Harper Collins)
A short story anthology Notre Dame Du Vide was published in France, June 2009, by 13e Note Editions. Down and Out on Murder Mile and Sick City have also been translated into French, and Sick City will be published in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2011.
He has written short stories for 3:AM Magazine and Laura Hird's fiction showcase, among others. A short story collection, Seizure Wet Dreams, was published by Social Disease in the UK, also in 2006. In 2007 Songs From The Shooting Gallery, his first book of poetry, was published by Burning Shore Press of Long Beach, California. His short story, "Fragments of Joe" was featured in The Heroin Chronicles ed. Jerry Stahl, on Akashic Books.
- Digging The Vein Contemporary Press 2006
- Down and Out on Murder Mile Harper Perennial 2008
- Sick City (2010)
- "Black Neon" (2012)
- Seizure Wet Dreams Social Disease 2006
- Notre Dame du Vide 13eNote Editions, Paris 2009
- The Loose Canon Vol. 1 (Siren Song, Montreal) 2009 ISSN 1920-3225
- "The Heroin Chronicles" Akashic 2012
- Hero of the Underground (2008) Co-writer w/ Jason Peter
- Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways (2010) Co-writer w/ Cherie Currie
- Tony O'Neill's Official Site
- 3:AM interview
- Interview with Tony O'Neill
- Burning Shore Press
- Interview with Tony O'Neill in Exberliner Magazine