TNB Hall of Fame
In a piece entitled “I Was a Child Porn Model”, author D.R. Haney remembers a creepy two-week stint at an Elks Lodge summer camp during childhood. He writes: “The camp, for boys only, was located somewhere in the Appalachians and administered by the Elks Lodge. Boys from all over the state of Virginia were attending, and it must have been a big deal, since, the morning I left, a photographer from my hometown paper materialized to snap a picture of me and twelve or so others awaiting deportation in the Elks Lodge parking lot. One kid cried. I frankly felt like joining him, never having been separated from my family for more than a couple of days, but I choked back my tears, afraid of appearing as pathetic as the crybaby. Besides, I didn’t want to give my parents the satisfaction.” Haney is the author of the blistering novel Banned for Life, now available in paperback.


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3 responses to “TNB Hall of Fame: D.R. Haney’s “I Was a Child Porn Model””

  1. Megan DiLullo says:

    It is a blistering novel. Great way to describe a great work.

    • D.R. Haney says:

      Thanks, Megan. “Blistering” is a blistering adjective, and I’m honored to have it applied to my book.

      I didn’t realize that comments could be left in this spot until I noticed yours to the side of the front page. I see possibilities that I didn’t knew existed!

      Oh, and to briefly touch again on the subject of adjectives, I just came across this in a book by Alexander Hemon: “…everybody was imbibing elating beverages.” I love that “elating.”

  2. Megan DiLullo says:

    That is good. Totally dig it. What’s the book?

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