Peter Sotos

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Peter Sotos
Born Peter Gus Sotos[1]
(1960-04-17) April 17, 1960 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Writer, musician

Peter Gus Sotos[1] (born April 17, 1960) is an American writer and musician. In his books, Sotos examines sadistic sexual criminals and sexually violent pornography, particularly involving children. His writings are interpreted by some as commenting on media hypocrisy around these issues. His books are often first person narratives, taking on the point of view of the sexual predator in order to explore sadistic and pedophilic sexual impulses.

Early life[edit]

Sotos is a graduate of Holy Cross High School. He attended Northern Illinois University for one year and the Art Institute of Chicago for three and a half years.[1]

Pure magazine[edit]

In 1984, while the day care sex abuse hysteria phenomenon was sweeping the nation and while attending the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotos began producing the controversial magazine Pure, notable as the first zine dedicated to serial killer lore. The original publications are now collectors' items.

In addition to offering many details about the crimes of serial killers and Nazis, the text in the magazine praises them, describing them using such terms as "genius", "glorious", "exemplary", and "illustrious". The text is juxtaposed with pictures and newspaper clippings relevant to the crimes discussed, showing that the media also abuse the victims. A short manifesto introducing the first issue says the magazine "satiates and encourages true lusts."

A photocopy from a magazine of child pornography was used as the cover of issue #2 of Pure which led to Sotos pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, receiving a suspended sentence. A copy of the magazine was found by Scotland Yard in Edinburgh, in the home of a suspect in a series of child abductions, murders and grave robbings, which led to Sotos' arrest.[1] Despite his early legal troubles, Sotos continues to garner support for his ideas and literary output.[citation needed]

Recent books[edit]

In Show Adult (2007), Sotos analyzes the TV shows Supernanny and To Catch a Predator as publicly acceptable forms of pornography. Predicate (2005) explores the Dunblane Massacre in Scotland in 1996 and the motives and life of the perpetrator Thomas Watt Hamilton. Other topics covered include Operation Ore, the Wonderland murders, Russian orphanages, Megan's Law, and non-nude teen websites. Comfort and Critique (2005) explores the hidden motives of reporters and citizens as shown by their reactions to sexual crimes.

Musical career[edit]

Until 2003, he was a member of the British power electronics group Whitehouse. In 1992, he released the solo album, Buyer’s Market, which consisted of sound collages of spoken word samples from parents, law-enforcement officers and victims of sex crimes.[2]


  • Pure 1984-1985 Self-published and released two issues, with a third having been completed before controversy of publication led to a now-infamous trial.
  • Parasite 1993-1995 Self-published twenty issues.
  • Total Abuse: Collected Writings, 1984-1995: Pure, Tool, Parasite, 1995 (Goad to Hell Enterprises, Portland, OR, ISBN 1-111-17832-1)
  • Index, 1996, Printed in 1998 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-000-8)
  • Special, 1998 (Rude Shape, ISBN 1-890528-02-1)
  • Tick, 2000 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-048-2)
  • Lazy, 2000 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-010-5)
  • Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey, 2004 (Void Books)
  • Proxy: Peter Sotos Pornography 1991-2000, 2005 (Creation Books). A compendium of five of Sotos' works (Tool, Special, Tick, Index and Lazy). First edition, with CD by Sotos and Steve Albini
  • Comfort and Critique, 2005 (Void Books)
  • Predicate, 2005 (Creation Books)
  • Waitress, 2005 (Creation Books). Came as an extra for those who preordered a copy of Predicate from Creation Books
  • Show Adult, 2007 (Creation Books)
  • Waitress, 2007 (Creation Books). Separate volume from the one included with Predicate. Came with orders of Show Adult in hardcover.
  • Lordotics, 2008 (Creation Books)
  • Perfect: The Collected Peter Sotos Volume One, 2009 (Creation Books)
  • Waitress, 2009 (Creation Books). Third in a series of additional material offered in limited editions from Creation. Came with pre orders of Perfect.
  • Public: The Collected Peter Sotos Volume Two, 2009 (Creation Books)
  • Waitress, 2009 (Creation Books) Fourth in a series of additional material offered in limited editions from Creation. Came with pre orders of Public.
  • Private: The Collected Peter Sotos Volume Three, 2009 (Creation Books)
  • Waitress, 2009 (Creation Books). Fifth in a series of additional material offered in limited editions from Creation. Came with pre orders of Private.
  • Kept: The Collected Peter Sotos Volume Four, 2010 (Creation Books)
  • Waitress, 2010 (Creation Books). Sixth in a series of additional material offered in limited editions from Creation. Came with pre orders of Kept.
  • Mine, 2011 (Creation Books, reprinted in paperback by Nine Banded Books in 2013)
  • Pure Filth, 2012 (Feral House) with Jamie Gillis
  • Tool, 2013 (Nine Banded Books). First printing as a stand-alone volume
  • Home, 2013 (Kiddiepunk) with images by Michael Salerno
  • Desistance, 2014 (Nine Banded Books)

Texts featuring Peter Sotos[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Myers, Linnet and Dave Schneidman (December 6, 1985). "$100,000 Bond In Child Pornography Case". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Peter Sotos – Buyer’s Market". Heathen Harvest. March 17, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 

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