British extreme metallers Cradle of Filth have finally crossed the murky and treacherous depths between music and comics--a feat oft attempted, but rarely achieved with the power, elegance, and literary fire of The Curse of Venus Aversa. This winter, the long awaited Cradle of Filth graphic novel will escape from the printer into the ether. Based on a story by Dani Filth and New Orleans comic book author Kurt Amacker (Dead Souls, The 69 Eyes: Helsinki Vampires), the tale drags readers back to the cold, dark days of Victorian England. After the murder of his lover Gabrielle, the salacious poet Lord Daniel Impudicus faces down authorities, hoards of vampires, an ancient goddess, and his own demons. This 72-page graphic novel features stunning black and white art by Monty Borror and a seductive limited edition cover by Jamie Huntley.
The story at hand is inspired not only by key selections from the Filth’s extensive discography, but by authors of the Victorian macabre, including Lewis Carroll, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde. The notorious poet and playwright even appears as a supporting character and friend to the book’s beleaguered poet, Lord Daniel. The graphic novel’s title is a play on the song “The Cult of Venus Aversa,” and it reflects the story’s use of the band's songs as a starting point—but not as a script to follow to the letter. Singer Dani Filth states, “Early on, we played with the idea of kind of following a few songs beat by beat, but it didn’t flow really well. We decided to just play in a world inspired by the lyrics, but not wholly derivative of them. What we’ve got now is an exploration of a Victorian horrorverse where all the songs are true!”
Speaking from his home in New Orleans, Amacker stated, “Cradle of Filth inspired me to write about ten years ago. They’re one of the few artists that has truly influenced me, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. This is a dream project. I’m not a musician, so it’s an honor to contribute something to their legacy."
Amacker continued, “We wanted to avoid telling a biography of the band—fictional or otherwise. This is more about the dark forces that shaped their eventual creation. We find out that, throughout history, there may have been others like Cradle of Filth—and that they portend something truly sinister.”
By using Kickstarter, Filth fans have a unique opportunity to get in on the under-the-ground floor. While the book will be available following the campaign, early pledgers will receive an exclusive cover printed only for the first edition, along with a limited edition print, a new t-shirt and work shirt, and a voodoo doll. The campaign will run for 30 days (and nights).
This newest and most lustful of Cradle t-shirts is bought to you by no less than Sigh Co. Graphics--a venerable purveyor of sartorial darkness and longtime Filth fans.
Amacker remarked, “We’ve also got these Dani Filth voodoo dolls made by Quarter Kids here in New Orleans. They’re ‘blessed’ by the city's vampire tour guide, Lord Chaz—or horribly cursed, depending on your point of view. If you get one, it’s like Dani can watch you while you sleep. And seriously, good luck. I’ve heard that when no one’s around, the dolls do…strange things.”
But, the truly devoted will reap even greater rewards. The upper tier pledges can receive a personal appearance in the comic, drawn by artist Monty Borror. At the very top, fans can pledge for a personal phone conversation between Kurt Amacker and Dani Filth. Dani remarks, “It’s an open and friendly chat. You can ask us whatever you like. But depending on the question, we may reserve the right to remain silent!”
The campaign starts now. Pledge, and learn the occult origins of the forces that shaped Cradle of Filth. You've heard the band. Now, learn the story...
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Risks and challenges
Traditionally, graphic novels based on music have been underwhelming. With notable exceptions such as KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, and Alice Cooper, most tie-in comics are treated less like an opportunity for a potentially great story and more like another piece of merchandise.
Cradle of Filth, Kurt Amacker, and their international team of artists plan to change all that. The Cult of Venus Aversa draws not only on the band's music, but their influences--Gothic and romantic literature and poetry, Victorian horror, and a dedication to decadence. This 72-page graphic novel is not merely a blood-soaked exercise in metal mayhem, but a sublime work unto itself--one that embraces the band's origins, but stands as a stunning original tale for both fans and new readers alike.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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