April 30th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Michael Alig cooks up a post-prison career

Talk about an appetite for destruction!

The notorious Michael Alig - the erstwhile uber-Club Kid portrayed by Macauley Culkin in the 2003 film "Party Monster" - has been cooking up some notions about his post-prison career.

The 44-year old former New York party promoter and talk show staple pleaded guilty to the grisly 1996 killing and dismemberment of drug dealer Andre "Angel" Meléndez and is due to possibly be released from Coxsackie Correctional Facility this fall, pending completion of a drug treatment program. After serving his manslaughter sentence, he'd like to serve the public. Some food, that is.

In a recent conversation with Interview magazine, Prisoner #97A6595 told writer Christopher Bollen, "I’d also like to open a restaurant - you know, something that doesn’t entail staying out until seven o’clock in the morning."

Curiosity whet, we asked Alig's longtime clubland cohort and "Disco Bloodbath" (the memoir upon which "Party Monster" was based) author James St. James, what might be on the menu, should the two of them team up on such a venture. Said he, jokingly, "We'll serve Bloody Marys and finger sandwiches. And the servers will wear orange jumpsuits. Or terribly chic black-and-white stripes."

St. James, who was played by Seth Green in the film, who is now an award-winning novelist and frequent guest on America's Next Top Model, was just warming up.

"We'll call it Blood Feast Cafe," he said, alluding to a famous Alig-promoted Disco 2000 party, prior to the crime, advertised by a flyer picturing fellow club kid Jenny Talia eating Alig's brain from his severed head. Partygoers reported that some guests came adorned in raw liver and beef slabs - which sounds like dandy restaurant decor to St. James.

"There could be a large, slaughtered calf, preserved in formaldehyde, hanging from the ceiling al la Damien Hirst!"

On a more somber note, St. James shared, "(Alig) will always be a part of my life. If someone is there for 25 years, they're there for a reason. You don't have to coddle them. You don't even have to like them. You just have to stand by them."

And we'll stick to the vegetarian side of the menu, thanks.


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  1. Sean

    Anyone with a brain knows that Michael will be dead of a drug overdose or do something else to land himself in hot water. Michael only is getting out of prison early because in th mid 1990's he helped the feds set up Peter Gatien with drug charges.He'll have his 10 more minutes of fame and really will hit rock bottom very soon after. KARMA IS A BEAST. He's not showing any feeling for what he did. He's a loser.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. aguy

    james just has a twisted sense of humor. If james was in and alig was out alig would be saying the same thing. I think when alig gets out he should do whatever his heart leads him to doing and if that's opening a diner or a slaughter house... Let him.

    January 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Boo Radley

    I cant think of anything less relevant or more played out than club kids.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joel

    James St. James help the police in prosecuting Micheal. That's what friend's are for.

    August 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. clubbkueen

    I think its wonderfull that michael is trying to get clean and stay sober obvioy there are still many ignorant to the fact that it takes effort and hard work to do so at least he has plans for for the future. and james st jameswas obviously being sarcastic about having a blood fest resturant! the clubb kids are not as taboo as many think. i think their story is tragically beautiful

    July 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bubba

    Amusing, but not possible. If they ever let him out he'll be in the witness protection program, running a buffer on the night shift in Paducah.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • hm

      he wouldn't be in witness protection program... that's for someone that saw (in most caeses) a murder and helped the cops and that person could be tracked down by the people that had anything to do with the murder, so they move them to an new area and change their name.

      August 27, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Zebula

    So St. James thinks murder is a joke? His comments were inappropriate and disgusting. What an idiot.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      the comments were in reference to the old parties Alig promoted in New York in the early 90s, not the murder of his drug dealer Angel

      August 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lauratj

    GOOD LUCK , has he really changed ??? this is a serious offense.He sould count every blessing & is very lucky if he is released in the fall.

    May 1, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. AlienNation

    These two sad queens make me wanna go back in the closet.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LEE

    They are letting this thing back on the streets? People that have drug charges get thrown in prison for life. So he has some rehab and now he is cured? What he did is so heinous and twisted. How do you rehab that?

    April 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |

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