King Ink II

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King Ink II
Cover of the first edition of King Ink II by Nick Cave. The upper title reads "King Ink II" in red text and the lower title reads "Nick Cave" in white text. There is an image of a painting of a woman in the centre.
First edition cover, 1997
AuthorNick Cave
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenrePoetry, lyrics
PublisherBlack Spring Press
Publication date
July 1997
Media typePrint (hardback)
Preceded byKing Ink 

King Ink II is a collection of poetry, lyrics and writings by Australian musician and author Nick Cave. It was first published in the United Kingdom by Black Spring Press in 1997 and is a follow-up to Cave's first collection of writings, King Ink (1988).

Cave's writings included in King Ink II extends from the period from the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' fifth studio album, Tender Prey (1988) to tenth studio album The Boatman's Call (1997). The book also includes lyrics written for other artists and for film soundtracks, including Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close! and Until the end of the World.[1]

Other editions[edit]

Translated versions of King Ink II have also been published. Italian translations, under the title Re Inkiostro II were published by Arcana Editrice in 1997, Czech translations were published by Mata 1988, along with Japanese and Croatian translations (under the title Zagrebacka naklada). Polish translations were published in 1999.[2] In 1993, it was published in the United States by 2.13.61.


The A.V. Club reviewer John Krewson said although "Cave is one of the more interesting songwriters making music today" that King Ink II was "for-fans-only."[3]


  1. ^ " King Ink II (9788809854970): Nick Cave: Books". Amazon. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Books by Nick Cave". Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  3. ^ Krewson, John (29 March 2002). "Nick Cave: King Ink II | Books | Book Review | The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 20 May 2012.