Gospel of Filth, The (paperback)
The Definitive Guide to the Realms of Darkness and Devilry
The Gospel of Filth is the boldest, most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the realms of darkness and devilry ever published. Taking in every significant milestone and major landmark, this lavishly illustrated volume will prove to be the definitive guide to the dark side for decades to come. From ancient formulae for conjuring the goddesses of hell, to the latest research on the psychopathology of serial murder, no tombstone remains unturned in this wide-ranging and witty dissection of the uncanny and unholy, of the esoteric and erotic. Music forms The Gospel's entry point, but every medium, from movies and literature, to comics and computer games is considered, while the authorities consulted range from Oxford academics to metal musicians as well known for their criminal records as musical ones.
'I got the tome of all tomes! No wonder it took such a long time to get it done, the amount of info is ridiculous, it'll probably take me the entire year to get through it, a marvellous piece of work!'
- Ville Valo
The principal consultant is Dani Filth, who rides shotgun with author Gavin Baddeley throughout the book, providing insight and impish irreverence at every turn. Dani's band Cradle of Filth are one of England's most successful and controversial musical exports of the past decade, loved and loathed in equal measure, the singer bringing that same provocative edge to this, his first literary effort. Emerging from the violent cauldron of chaos that propelled black metal to the forefront of the extreme music scene in the early-'90s, Cradle of Filth have since transcended such subcultural boundaries, embracing the likes of Decadent art and Gothic literature to create an inimitable, sensuously sinister style all of their own.
The most realized band in the Black Metal realm... Cradle of Filth always create with an intelligence and self-awareness that reveals a great art.
- Rolling Stone magazine
Experts consulted range from ex-FBI Agent Robert Ressler (who first coined the term 'serial killer'), to Gothic actress and model Eileen Daly, and Oxford anthropologist and world expert on psychoactive drugs Richard Rudgley, via Satanic High Priest Peter Gilmore and Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey. Legendary horror film director Dario Argento gives insight into his art, as do War of the Worlds composer Jeff Wayne, controversial art director Nigel Wingrove, Lovecraftian artist John Coulthart, and ghost photographer Simon Marsden.
Baddeley is a sharp cookie.
- Anton LaVey
A galaxy of dark stars from the modern musical world are also represented, with Baddeley and Filth plundering their address books and archives to provide original, principally unpublished words from the likes of Tom Araya (Slayer), Pete Steele (Type O Negative), Sharon del Adel (Within Temptation), Glen Benton (Deicide), Ville Valo (HIM), J. Mann (ex-Mushroomhead), James Hetfield (Metallica), Adam 'Nergal' Darski (Behemoth), Bard 'Faust' Eithun (ex-Emperor), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Jason Mendonca (Akercocke), Andi Sex Gang (The Sex Gang Children), King of Hell (Gorgoroth), Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost), Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Le'rue Delashay (Christian Death), Montalo (Witchfynde), Jinx Dawson (Coven), Martin Walkyier (ex-Sabbat), Metatron (The Meads of Asphodel), John Bush (Armored Saint), Andrea Haugen (Nebelhexe), and many more...
1 - Invoking the Unclean
The birthplace of both Gothic literature and heavy metal, historically England has provided the world with the lion's share of dark culture. In this chapter we explore the links between the English and evil, and the role the band's geographical roots played in Cradle of Filth's creative DNA.
2 - The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
The Femme Fatale
The association of femininity and wickedness in our culture stretch back to the genesis of the Bible and beyond. Some Satanic artists have chosen to invert and celebrate this, particularly the Parisian Decadents of the 1800s, and this chapter explores both their scandalous lives and work, and the influence they've had on Cradle of Filth and their contemporaries.
3 - V Empire
Childhood has become one of the most incendiary topics in the world today, the idea that it might have a dark side all but taboo. But, as this chapter shows, the infant realms of fairytale have their roots in ancient pagan lore, while modern horror owes much to the fairytale, something frequently demonstrated by Cradle of Filth.
4 - Dusk... and Her Embrace
The Gothic Aesthetic
The term 'Gothic' began as a derisive term for medieval architecture in the 1600s, became the best-selling literature of the 1700s, and by the 1800s was becoming a burgeoning subculture celebrating cobwebs and coffins. From proto-goths like Lord Byron, this chapter takes us via the infamous Batcave club in 1980s Soho, to state-of-the-art interpreters of the aesthetic like Cradle of Filth.
5 - Cruelty and the Beast
Crime has been with us as long as law, and a fascination with the forbidden has often manifest as a guilty admiration for the criminal. This chapter looks at this in its most extreme forms, from the primordial cult of Cain, to 21st Century 'serial killer chic', and puts in the dock some of the murderers and malefactors Cradle of Filth have put on pedestals.
6 - Midian
Horror as entertainment is age old, in Beowulf or the Bible for example, but only in the 20th Century was it afforded a genre all of its own, though one routinely condemned as little more than sadistic exploitation. This chapter looks at a century of horror as art from the perspectives of its greatest creators, whose monsters have often taken on lives of their own, manifest in devotees like Dani Filth.
7 - Damnation and a Day
Inasmuch as we are a Judeo-Christian culture, Satanism is the definitive counterculture, but one little understood and routinely misrepresented. This chapter explains the authentic development of Satanism, both as a covert philosophy and a pop culture phenomenon, and exposes its sometimes violent impact on modern art and society, via such bands as Cradle of Filth.
8 - Nymphetamine
Sex and Drugs
Sex and drugs are among the modern world's chief preoccupations, though they have been with us throughout time - aids to spiritual enlightenment as often as the target of religious taboo - before transforming into purely recreational concerns. This chapter traces that development, focusing in particular on how they joined 'rock'n'roll' in forming the unholy trinity of modern Decadence.
9 - Harder, Darker, Faster
Heavy metal has been our culture's most unloved medium since its inception some years ago, but in recent years it's enjoyed a renaissance of critical redemption. This chapter analyses the development, and its effect, particularly on perennial pariahs Cradle of Filth, plus the relationship between such bands and our world today, particularly in the apocalyptic light of the 9/11 tragedies.
10 - Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
The Black Arts
The question most often asked, and least often satisfactorily answered in the realms of darkness regards black magic, specifically does it work? Starting with medieval ritual magic, the chapter illustrates clearly the theory and aims of the dark arts, leading on to notorious modern sorcerers, and culminating in an illustration of the black arts in action, viewing the career of Cradle of Filth through an occult lens.
About the Author
Gavin Baddeley is a priest in the Church of Satan, and an experienced journalist who has worked for publications as diverse as The Observer and Metal Hammer. He regularly appears as an occult authority in television programs for the BBC and Channel 4, and has been featured in full page profiles in newspapers such as The Independent and The London Evening Standard. He has been feted on the international lecture circuit, including an address on Satanism at Cambridge University. His previous three books received wide acclaim, Kerrang! magazine dubbing Baddeley 'King Goth'.
Dani Filth is one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in the heavy rock world. His status as a pin-up among the Gothic fraternity, and talent for a provocative sound-bite have combined with Cradle of Filth's popularity to earn him countless front covers in the worldwide rock media. The band have been the subject of features in influential journals, and appeared in numerous TV programmes, including being the subject of a BBC documentary. He also starred in the cult British horror film Cradle of Fear, cementing the band's substantial crossover with horror fandom.
Size: 260mm x 195mm
Extent: 512 pages, heavily illustrated throughout in colour & b/w
Publication Date: 8 March 2010
Market: Occult / Satanism / Music
Edition: First Edition, Second Pressing
Cover Price: £24.95 (UK) / $39.95 (US)