Limited Edition Leather-Bound pressing available for online pre-ordering only!
For decades, music writers have been penning tell-all artist biographies and their personal interpretation of rock history. But on Halloween 2009, Fab Press will unleash a book that takes readers on a much deeper and darker journey into the inspirations behind the world of rock music.
Entitled The Gospel of Filth, this coffee-table-sized volume is an all encompassing compendium of all things dark and taboo, written by renowned music journalist Gavin Baddeley (Dissecting Marilyn Manson, Lucifer Rising) and Dani Filth, the outspoken vocalist of British shock rock band Cradle of Filth.
The history of Cradle of Filth is but the linchpin that ties the expansiveness of The Gospel of Filth together. With over 500 pages of content, the book reveals the unspoken and debaucherous dark side of humanity as it relates to culture, media, literature, art, film and music. It unearths the mysteries behind our insatiable fascination with vampires, werewolves, serial killers, and the occult, tracing the traditions of depravity – from folklore to pop culture.
Says Baddeley of the work, “The Gospel of Filth must be the most ambitious project I’ve ever undertaken. Exploring every aspect of Cradle of Filth was just the first step in a journey which takes us to the furthest reaches of the dark side. The result is, I believe a definitive Gothic guidebook, an unholy text of truly biblical proportions!”
The Gospel of Filth includes interviews with all members of Cradle of Filth, past and present, offering their own personal takes on the world of the macabre. In addition, it contains edifying narratives from many of today’s dark music ringleaders, including H.I.M., Type O Negative, Within Temptation, Paradise Lost, Slayer, Gorgoroth, Behemoth, and many others.
Not limiting itself to the world of music, the book features expansive discussions of dark art, poetry, and other things uttered in hushed tones, accentuated with exclusive interviews with English historian Peter Ackroyd, filmmaker Dario Argento, photographer/author Sir Simon Marsden, and artist JK Potter. If that weren’t enough, The Gospel of Filth is textured with rich, decadent testimonials by Guy de Maupassant, Anton LaVey, Stephen King, Marianne Faithfull, HP Lovecraft, Aleister Crowley, and other cultural luminaries.
Filth elucidates on the immensity of this labor of blackened love,”This book is the result of five years of painstaking research and investigation into the far-flung corners of the occult, the realms of literal darkness and all things fun, fearful and macabre. From scream queens to fever dreams and everything in between, this black grimoire uncovers the secrets and history of the esoteric and forbidden and is an absolute must for any lost soul curious about the darker side of life – be it a craving for vampirism, witchcraft, horror movies, serial killers, femme fatales, illicit fiction, exotic sex and drugs, black masses, or gothic fairytales. Making Halloween last all year or just a passing interest in the musical macabre, this book stands like a roadmap to Hell and beyond.“
The Gospel of Filth is a reference book, a pop culture retrospective, a literary guide, and a biography all wrapped into one all-encompassing tome with content that spans nearly all of recorded history.
The first pressing of the book is a signed and numbered, leather-bound, hardcover volume featuring a bonus chapter written entirely by Filth and is only available online at www.thegospeloffilth.com. It will be followed by hardcover and trade paperback editions with different cover art. The hardcover edition will also be limited to online availability, and the paperback (which does not contain the bonus chapter) will be sold in retailers worldwide in January 2010.
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