The Gospel of Filth
This article contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. (March 2016)
|Author||Gavin Baddeley & Dani Filth|
|Cover artist||Stu Williamson|
|Subject||Cradle of Filth and its influences|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
The Gospel of Filth (also known with its extended titles: The Gospel of Filth: A Black Metal Bible and The Gospel of Filth: A Bible of Decadence & Darkness) is a book by Dani Filth and Gavin Baddeley, documenting the history of the band Cradle of Filth and straying further afield to explore their influences and "lay bare the fascinating underworld of contemporary culture".
According to the advance press release, the book
dissects the Satanic sources that have influenced and informed Cradle of Filth, with a roadmap to every significant landmark in the domains of darkness, including the arcane secrets of black magic, via the sex rites of vampirism. Artfully combining Hammer horror style schlock, dripping with eroticism, backed by authentic black arts info and a wicked sense of humour, this will dazzle devoted disciples of darkness. Contributors include actor Christopher Lee, Satanist Anton LaVey, serial killer expert Robert Ressler, author Clive Barker and necrophile Karen Greenlee.
The chapters as revealed so far are: "Esoteric England"; "The Black Arts"; "The Femme Fatale"; "Dark Fairy Tales"; "Gothic Romanticism"; "The Mythology of Murder"; "Horror Film and Fiction"; "Deviance and Desire"; "Demonic Doctrines" and "Oblivion".
Each chapter, while loosely based around the band, our ideals and aesthetics, explores the ideas behind an album we've done. It's thoroughly researched and mostly written by Gavin Baddeley, a reverend in the Church of Satan. It's morbid but retains a level of tomfoolery; you can read it and chuckle.
It is totally finished, apart from my chapter. The rest of it is with the publisher at the moment. We’re hoping for an Easter release. The Gospel Of Filth has grown in enormous proportion. When I was going through it, making some amendments to some chapters, I couldn’t believe how in-depth it is! Not only is Gavin Baddeley an occult historian (and an ordained Reverend in the Church of Satan), it’s supplemented by a vast number of contributors: musicians, artists, occultists. There’s a slight dark humour in there as well so it doesn’t all disappear up its own ass. Lavish photos throughout; it’s going to be monumental. The special edition, which I’m doing, is going to be leather-bound and hand signed, with the additional chapter about mishaps on the road.
Three editions have been made for this book:
released on November 21, 2009 (although could only be purchased until midnight of Halloween).
Limited to 1150 numbered copies. Exclusively available through Cradle of Filth webshop.
released on February 5, 2010.
released on March 8, 2010.
The special edition and limited edition have extra 32 pages and 44 exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs.
The special edition has been released with the title The Gospel of Filth: A Bible of Decadence & Darkness.
The limited edition and trade edition have been released with the title The Gospel of Filth: A Black Metal Bible.