LOS ANGELES—Flesh of the Lotus: A Johnny Wadd Novel, by AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame director Bob Chinn—who discovered John C. Holmes in 1971 and whose 10-year relationship with the “King of Porn” is the subject of a planned biopic by Hollywood production company Formosa Films—is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com and also on the website of the book’s publisher, BearManor Fiction.
According to an announcement issued yesterday, “The book is based on the second film of the detective series (shot in 1971) and is the first of six Johnny Wadd novels to be published by BearManor Fiction. In 2008 BearManor Media published the critically acclaimed John Holmes biography titled, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches by Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson.”
Chinn, a UCLA film school graduate, had aspirations of becoming a mainstream Hollywood director but began working in adult entertainment as a way to support his young family. It wasn’t long before fate introduced Chinn to perhaps the most infamous personality the pornography industry has ever produced.
“The film noir character, private detective Johnny Wadd, was conceived by Chinn when a tall young man sporting an unruly afro entered Chinn’s office seeking employment as an actor,” the announcement continued. “Recognizing the potential after the man dropped his pants Chinn hired John Holmes on the spot, and wrote a script for his new talent on the back of an envelope. Two days later, the very first Johnny Wadd movie was in the can. The modest picture was an instant sensation among adult film fans and created an immediate demand for a sequel.”
Forty years after the release of Johnny Wadd, the series has become “a historic and timeless piece of filmmaking that ignited Holmes’ stardom and defined Bob Chinn as one of the most influential and respected players of the so-called Golden Age of adult pictures.”
The current series of novels was inspired by Chinn’s desire to expand upon the adult film’s original storyline and character, “Something he was unable to do as a maverick filmmaker in the 1970s within the confines of budget restrictions and time constraints. In his debut as a compelling crime novelist, Bob Chinn invites readers to join lusty gumshoe Johnny Wadd on an absorbing journey of murder, sex and intrigue, in resolute pursuit of his former girlfriend’s killer.”
In November, AVN quoted Chinn as saying, of his freshman effort as a novelist, “In this book I have tried to depict the character as more or less as I had originally envisioned him and would have liked him to be, and the story is set in the very era in which he was created. It was the era of the Vietnam War when both our country and our society were in the beginning stages of undergoing a radical transformation.”
AVN also reported at the time, “Chinn’a biopic will be co-produced by Will Tiao (the producer and star of the political thriller Formosa Betrayed) and John Radulovic (producer of the Showtime TV series Californication).
“I feel an overwhelming responsibility to tell [Chinn’s] story, John's story, and the story of all those who you worked with in a way that honors all of you,” Tiao said. “Your story is part of America's story and it must be told in an honest, truthful, unflinching way.”