John Carrigan, best known as Captain Kargh, Star Trek: Phase II’s resident Klingon nemesis, has just published a new book called, “The Other Side of Harry.” In his book, he tells the personal story of his life, beginning with his childhood in a family dealing with the challenges of his schizophrenic father and the impact mental illness can have on family and careers. “This is truly an incredible story,” said Executive Producer James Cawley, “We can all draw strength from John’s compassionate story of personal survival.”
John Carrigan offered the following message to Phase II fans:
Many of you know me as Kargh the Klingon and some of you know me as John the British actor. Well my friends I have just had a book published which tells the story about the incredible and sometimes terrible life my family and I had while I was growing up, and how Star Trek and a meeting with Gene Roddenberry was part of my salvation. Most of the money from the book is going to charity and I think my book will help some of you to get through your dark times (as I did) and fight the demons the past can leave with us, but please be warned that the book deals with strong issues and is not for children.
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Synopsis Of The Other Side Of Harry
My book is about the dark illness of Schizophrenia which continues to tear people apart even today, and about the legacy of demons it leaves behind for the families to deal with, demons which take years to conquer…if they ever truly can be conquered. But this book is also about love, sacrifice and hope, which against all odds were the only things which brought my family through hell to the brightness of today and the hope of tomorrow.
This is the story of Margaret and Henry Carrigan (Maggie and Harry) my mother and father who were childhood sweethearts and married to have a lovely daughter Susan then a son John (me). When I was two weeks old and was lying on the sofa by the fire my father who was also by the fire with my mother turned to the woman he loved and…began smashing her head in with a poker. After that desperate fight for life all our lives were changed for ever.
Schizophrenia had possessed my father turning him from a wonderful man into, the other side of Harry. Thus began our life of hospitals, Police sieges, straight jackets and need. Almost abandoned by the rest of our relations my mum began her sole fight to support us all and never once did she abandon her Harry or give up hope. She worked night and day and was the rock in all our lives.
After suffering violence and domination from my father, my sister left home at 16 to live with my aunt and try for a normal life. Thus I was left with my mum to witness and take on the full force of Schizophrenia, as time and time again my father went through the many stages of madness, and then back again to the man we loved and hated at the same time. From keeping me as an over protected virtual prisoner, to making us sit in darkness for hours with his ever present rantings ringing in our ears, to seeing him kneeling in the middle of the main road praying in the rain with a laughing crowd around him. This was all part of the life I had growing up with my fathers insanity, and it was topped off by the constant fear that Harry would erupt in violence toward my mother and I would be unable to do anything to stop him. With all of this going on around me the demons of doubt, loneliness and fear would have torn me apart if not for the hero in my life, my mum.
My father was a lovely well mannered man and a talented pianist, his true self without his illness was a gentle, intelligent being who would dress in a suit and tie and always look immaculate whenever he could, and that was the man we loved. But not by choice we were torn, and forced to hate his alter ego, which could be the most cruel of beings, the being I called the other side of Harry.
Between being tormented at home with my fathers illness I was also beaten up and bullied at school, the only things I found in my life to give me comfort were my mother and the TV program Star Trek which would turn out to have such an influence in my future life. After one day being beaten up outside my own front door by a group of thugs even my father knew he needed to do something to help his introverted son who was so unprepared for the outside world, so he enrolled me in a martial arts school, and it began.
I took a journey of self-discovery and after years of dedication and struggle turned myself from a timid boy into a black belt martial artist and teacher with my own martial arts school, also a bodyguard to the rich and famous. I went on to become a stunt man and actor working on TV and films, and finally having a guest starring role on a new incarnation of, of all things, Star Trek, acting with my childhood heroes. In spite of or because of, I have ended up achieving things most people with a normal up bringing can only dream of.
My book goes from the old Londoners hop picking days in Kent which was a big part of my family’s life, to the lights of Hollywood. From the demons and disasters which haunt anyone with my kind of background, to triumph and hope for the future.
This book is a story of struggle and love, of pain and loss, and finally hope. With a message for anyone who lives through their darkest days, that they can make it. The thing which makes a star bright is the darkness which surrounds it, thus sometimes it is only our dark past which can propel us to a bright future, if only we do not give in to the darkness first.