The Gospel of Filth is an all-encompassing, coffee-table-sized book about the U.K.’s CRADLE OF FILTH, written by renowned music journalist Gavin Baddeley (Dissecting Marilyn Manson, Lucifer Rising) and the outspoken vocalist of the band, Dani Filth.
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 volume is a massive 500-plus page book that 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.
Beyond the musical realm, The Gospel of Filth also includes discussion in dark art and poetry with exclusive interviews with English historian Peter Ackroyd, filmmaker Dario Argento, photographer/author Sir Simon Marsden, and artist JK Potter.
Dani Filth comments, “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 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. The initial release is scheduled for Halloween 2009.
Visit the official website for all the details: www.thegospeloffilth.com
UPDATE: The pre-registration signup for the store is hidden. Here is a direct link to be notified when the pre-order store goes live: http://www.thegospeloffilth.com/signup.html