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
After the campaign concludes on November 9th, you'll receive an e-mail from Kickstarter that asks you to fill out all of your information and send it back. Once you do that, it comes to Kurt and he gives it to the shipping house. Once the items are manufactured, they'll be mailed out to you.
Unfortunately, they don't. They use Amazon and only accept credit cards at this time. They are aware that for many customers this presents an issue and are supposedly working on it. In the mean time, consider purchasing a prepaid credit card and putting the money on that. Many stores carry them.
The Skype call will be voice, and it will be scheduled in the months following the campaign. Kurt will contact you directly to schedule a date and time. Once you're on, you can chat about whatever you like with them. Tell them about your cats!
But please, be polite and respectful as you would to anyone else. Overly personal questions or ridiculous ones just designed to provoke a reaction are probably not a good idea.
Again, this is a Kickstarter rule. If you want to purchase more than one package, you'll have to do so from another Kickstarter profile. It's a pretty common concern, but it's just how the system is set up.
At this time, we're only able to offer the packages you see here. Many times, Cradle of Filth will hold signing sessions before their concerts. It's probably best to wait until then to get it done in person.
We're not really able to take requests, and most of the fan cameos will be as background characters. Please understand that Monty has many fans to draw, and we have done our best to fit in as many as possible.
Dani Filth and Kurt Amacker, on the inside of the book.
If you ordered a package with a shirt (or anything else), you will receive an e-mail that requests your size, mailing address, and other details at the end of the campaign. Never fear, for we are here.
No, certainly not. This is an "adult graphic novel" after all. Those sites have rules about content, and we have to heed their policies in order to use them. But, the book will be shipped in all of its unfettered gory glory.
If I ordered a work shirt in addition to the PDF and I live outside of the USA, do I have to pay international shipping?
Yes. If you add a work shirt to your order of a PDF and you are ordering from outside the USA, you will still have to add the $24 shipping charge. You will receive a PDF with the work shirt anyway, so it might be worth just changing your pledge altogether. If you upgrade to a work shirt or add one to an order, the flat rate international shipping will remain the same.
If you add several shirts to your order from outside of the United States, it may incur an additional shipping charge. Please send us a message if you plan to do so.
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