Even before Michael Alig, 48, was released from prison on May 5, after serving 17 years for first-degree manslaughter, speculation had turned to what the most notorious club kid of the 1990s would do for his next act. Based on interviews with friends, Alig, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing his friend and drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez, is seeking attention of a more respectable stripe. He is circulating a memoir to agents and pursuing writing assignments.
Earlier in the year, there was press speculation that Alig might star in a reality show when he was released, but club promoter-turned-Blackbook writer Steve Lewis tells Billboard it’s not likely. “I think Michael would rather work for a big media outlet,” he says. “He wants to write about fashion and cover events. He doesn’t want to throw events.” Fenton Bailey, the co-owner of World of Wonder, the production company behind a 1998 documentary about Alig, 'Party Monster: The Shockumentary,' and the 2003 movie, 'Party Monster,' says he’s heard that Alig was in talks to write for Vice magazine, but editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro denies this. “Guess it’s just a rumor,” he wrote in an email.