Burn My Shadow: A Selective Memory of an X-Rated Life

Burn My Shadow follows the porn career of Tyler Knight, a black porn star who stars mainly in porn for couples. A star that breaks all stereotypes and barriers, Knight’s story is one of race and sexuality that pushes the boundaries of what is thought of porn and porn stars. Tyler Knight is a one of a kind star, and this is his story.


Editorial Reviews

“Tyler has one of the craziest life stories I’ve ever heard—and to top it off, he can really write. It’s a rare thing for someone to both have something to say, and be able to say it well, but Tyler does.”

Tucker Max, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Time magazine candidate for World’s Most Influential People

“A great, but disturbing read!”
Joe Rogan, UFC commentator, Host of NBC’s Fear Factor, and The Rogan Experience Podcast
Burn My Shadow is poignant, gritty, and blunt.”
Stoya, Former Digital Playground contract star, multiple AVN winner, and resident sex columnist for The Verge
“Tyler has never fit the typical mold of ‘porno guy.’ He’s great looking but he isn’t a meathead. His sensitivity, curiosity and introspectiveness are what make him so appealing.”
Oriana Small, author of Girlvert: A Porno Memoir

Burn My Shadow is at once bleak, heartfelt, and funny. Tyler Knight’s inside look at the adult film industry has made me not wanna be a porn star.”

Jude Angelini, Author of Hyena and co-host of Sirius Satellite Radio’s, The All Out Show


“Tyler Knight’s scalding and eye-opening memoir, Burn My Shadow, may well do for the sex industry what Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle did for meat-packing—with the difference that the author, a porn actor who writes like a cross between Ralph Ellison and Celine, actually packed his own meat. At once a full-frontal meditation on 21st Century American celebrity and an up-close, blow-by-blow of life as the ultimate first person shooter, Burn My Shadow’s real shock is not its Triple X-centric content, but the deep heart, wild-ass humor and fearless humanity of the writing itself. The perfect anecdote to literary memoir fatigue, Burn My Shadow is a truly unique, genre-defying, un-put-downable triumph.”

Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and Old Guy Dad


“Make no mistake, this memoir is unlike any memoir you’ll ever read―pornographic or otherwise.”
Litreactor’s Bookshots


“My pick, is Tyler Knight’s memoir Burn My Shadow: A selective Memoir of an X-Rated Life. I have gotten a few books over the years and none, I stress none, have been as entertaining as this one, Tyler is a fantastic writer who holds his pen with the same confidence that a samurai holds his sword.”



“…what shines most in this memoir is the sincerity with which Knight delivers these sometimes appalling, always eye-opening glimpses into an industry that many of us will probably never get a firsthand look into.”

―The Rumpus


“Tyler Knight sets the new standard for pornographic biographies, serving more of a sophisticated and informative work of genius than a mere collection of rumors and scandals…”
Consciousness Magazine