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Contributors: Adéle Olivia Gladwell - Jeremy Reed - Peter Sotos - David Kerekes - Stephen Barber - Romain Slocombe - Jack Hunter - Jack Sargeant

The Creation core list pivots around the revolutionary writings and art of visionary iconoclasts from recent centuries, including; de Sade, Apollinaire, Wilde, Lovecraft and Dali. Also featured are those who have expressed their singular, creative impulse through rock and pop music, underground and cult cinema, body modification and fetishism, and their own bizarre or bloody deeds.

Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film (1995) - David Kerekes [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

This study on the way death has been treated on film is cleverly structured, well researched and lucidly written. It comprehensively covers films made as fiction - e.g. Peeping Tom, "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" - films purporting to be real - e.g. "Faces of Death" series - and material that is all too real, such as car-crashes, autopsy films and news footage.

Creation Books

Creation Books is a British publishing house. Contributors include Jeremy Reed, Peter Sotos, David Kerekes, Stephen Barber, Romain Slocombe, Jack Hunter, David Slater and Jack Sargeant. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_Books [Dec 2005]


  1. Tokyo Sex Underground - Romain Slocombe, Jack Sargeant [Amazon.com]
    Those who purchased TOKYO SEX UNDERGROUND by Romain Slocombe probably expected a titillating photo expose of the raunchy side of Tokyo at night. The majority of the reviewers listed above were clearly disappointed by what was admittedly a grainy set of pictures of women who seemed unwilling or unhappy about being included. The reviewer for Amazon.Com called this book 'stunning.' Stunning is not the right word although I saw a running theme that the other reviewers may have overlooked. What I did see was not porn although some of the women were porn actresses. The collective image that built over over the course of the pictures was one of sadness and distress. The smiling colorful face of the model on the front cover was obviously a marketing ploy, and I realized that even before I bought it. What interested me was a call for help that I could sense from nearly each woman. The harsh nightlife of Tokyo sex women can not be materially different from women employed in any other sex capital of the world. The stereotyped image of prostitutes as glamorous comes mostly from Hollywood sanitized versions of celluloid hookers like Julia Roberts. The women in this book truly were pretty women, but they were sadfaced women too. The scarcity of accompanying text accentuated rather than hid this subtext of women caught in forces beyond their ken. It is not likely that any reader seeking arousal will find such feelings here. What he might find instead is the more sobering realization that the sex industry is shiny only on the exterior, and even then the grim faces of the women pictured give the lie to that canard as well.--martin asiner for amazon.com

  2. Guns, Death, Terror : An Illustrated History of International Terrorism - Jack Sargeant [Amazon US]
    Looking back to the first high-profile plane hijackings, car bombings, kidnappings and assassinations of the 1960s and 1970s, this book is the first single volume to explore and contextualise the roots of modern terrorism. From the Baader-Meinhof gang of Germany, to the Red Army in Japan, the SLA and the Black Panthers of North America, Guns Death Terror covers all these groups and is illustrated with rare photographs and original terror manifestos, making it a timely and essential study of international terrorism.

  3. Lost Highways: An Illustrated History of Road Movies by Jack Sargeant (Editor), Stephanie Watson (Editor), Stephen Watson [Amazon US]
    The road movie: a complex cinematic journey that incorporates mythic themes of questing and searching, the need for being, for love, for a home and for a promise of a different future, and yet also serves as a map of current cultural desires, dreams, and fears.

    Lost Highways explores the history of the road movie through a series of detailed essays on key films within the genre. Through these comprehensive and absorbing studies a clear and concise post-modern picture of the road movie emerges, tracing hitherto neglected intersections with other genres such as the western, film noir, horror and even science fiction.

    From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Crash", "Apocalypse Now" to "Vanishing Point", "The Wild Bunch" to "Easy Rider", Lost Highways is the definitive illustrated guide to a diverse body of film which holds at its nucleus the quintessential cinematic/ cultural interchange of modern times.

  4. Deathtripping: An Illustrated History of the Cinema of Transgression - Jack Sargeant [Amazon.com]
    Deathtripping is an illustrated history, account and critique of the "Cinema of Transgression", providing a long-overdue and comprehensive documentation of this essential modern sub-cultural movement. Includes:
    * A brief history of underground/ trash cinema
    * Seminal influences such as Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, George and Mike Kuchar
    * Interviews with key film-makers, such as Richard Kern, Nick Zedd, Cassandra Start, Beth B, Tommy Turner, plus associates such as Joe Coleman, Lydia Lunch and Lung Leg.
    * Notes and essays on transgressive cinema, philosophy of transgression, manifestos.
    * Film index, bibliography
    Heavily illustrated with rare and sometimes disturbing photographs, Deathtripping is a unique guide to a style of film-making whose impact and influence can no longer be ignored. --amazon.com editorial [...] [...]

  5. Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (Creation Cinema Collection, 7) - Jack Sargeant [Amazon US]
    The highly influential writings of the original circle of Beat generation authors have been widely studied, but motion pictures emerging from the Beat movement have been largely neglected. Film journalist Sargeant (Lost Highways: Road Movies), an authority on underground movies, fills that void with this articulate and entertaining cinema history. Starting with a detailed synopsis and analysis of Pull My Daisy (1958), a film written and narrated by Jack Kerouac, and ranging through subsequent underground efforts, Sargeant shows that the nonconformist Beat attitudes of social disillusion and rebellion against convention are especially conducive to visual expression in alternative film. Also, several lively interviews, most notably with Allen Ginsberg and Jonas Mekas, brim with vivid digressions and flashes of insight about cinema and American culture. The original 1997 British edition, upon which this expands, was largely overlooked, likely owing to the lurid nature of other titles in the publisher's cinema series, such as Eros in Hell: Sex, Blood, and Madness in Japanese Cinema. However, for admirably examining the emerging genre of a Beat-related underground cinema, the present work is essential for cinema collections. Recommended for academic libraries. Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno, Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc., amazon.com

  6. Suture: The Arts Journal Jack Sargeant (Editor), Lydia Lunch (Illustrator), Joe Coleman (Illustrator) [Amazon US]
    Zine of the Month: This new arts journal edited by mondo fetishist and splattercore archivist Jack Sargeant is published by Creation with the aim of documenting the taboo areas of fin-de-siecle culture...The result is a kind of pervo-deviant tribute to the spirit of Georges Bataille. --I-D Magazine

    A collection of illustrated essays on and by some of the most highly acclaimed figures in the global underground today. Suture documents radical artists, filmmakers, and writers working at the fringes of contemporary culture, including: Lydia Lunch, Joe Coleman, Romain Slocombe, Suehiro Maruo, John Hilcoat, James Havoc, Trevor Brown, Dame Darcy, Mark Hejnar. --Book Description

Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film (1995) - David Kerekes

Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film (1995) - David Kerekes [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

A captivating read...Creation's most accomplished film publication so far. This study on the way death has been treated on film is cleverly structured, well researched and lucidly written. It comprehensively covers films made as fiction - e.g. "Peeping Tom", "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" - films purporting to be real - e.g. "Faces of Death" series - and material that is all too real, such as car-crashes, autopsy films and news footage. --amazon.com

Included is a radical critique of feature films which have incorporated a „snuff“ element; a comprehensive history of „Mondo“ movies and „shockumentaries“; analysis of the validity or otherwise of supposedly real-life „snuff“ footage, and its links with certain individuals and organisations; a summary of other real deaths captured on film suchas live-TV suicides, executions, news-reel footage etc; and also a comprehensive filmography. The whole book is profusely illustrated with rare and extraordinary photographs from both cinema, documentary and real life.

  • The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema (2001) - Nikolas Schreck [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    Hot Dog, May 2001
    'Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, 'The Satanic Screen' is a detailed exploration of Beelzebub's celluloid century.'

    Loaded, June 2001
    'This is perfect film buff's companion.'

    Satan has figured in film since the very birth of cinema. The Satanic Screen is the first comprehensive study of the Devil's cinematic incarnations, covering over a century of film from the mainstream to the marginal: including Disney, horror classics such as The Exorcist, and sub-genres including sci-fi, mondo, porn and even westerns. Fully illustrated with complete filmography. --amazon.com


    1. Carroll, Lewis Reed, Jeremy - THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS -
    2. Barber, Stephen - ANNIHILATION ZONES -
    3. Reed, Jeremy - SCOTT WALKER -
    4. Barber, Stephen - ART OF DESTRUCTION -
    5. Barber, Stephen - ARTAUD -
    6. Drummond, Bill Manning, Mark - BAD WISDOM -
    8. Siratori, Kenji - BLOOD ELECTRIC -
    9. Penrose, Valentine - BLOODY COUNTESS -
    10. Wilson, Terry Gysin, Brion Burroughs, William S. - BRION GYSIN -
    11. Slocombe, R. - CITY OF THE BROKEN DOLLS -
    12. Manning, Mark - COLLATERAL DAMAGE -
    13. Stokoe, Matthew - COWS -
    14. Lovecraft, H.p. - CRAWLING CHAOS -
    15. Sargeant, Jack - DEATHTRIPPING -
    16. Morris, Dennis - DESTROY -
    17. Bataille, Diane Huttning, Marcus - DIRT -
    18. Bataille, Georges - DIVINE FILTH -
    19. Hunter, Jack - EROS IN HELL -
    20. Manning, Mark - FUCKED BY ROCK -
    21. Whitechapel, Simon - FLESH INFERNO -
    22. Boot, Andy - FRAGMENTS OF FEAR -
    23. Sade, Marquis De - GHOSTS OF SODOM -
    24. Hardin, John Wesley - GUNFIGHTER -
    25. Artaud, Antonin - HELIOGABALUS -
    26. HOUSE OF HORROR - Jack Hunter
    27. Pantziarka, Pan - HOUSE OF PAIN -
    28. Raphael, Hillary - I LOVE LORD BUDDHA -
    29. Sotos, Peter - INDEX -
    30. Hunter, Jack - INSIDE TERADOME -
    31. Kerekes, David Slater, David - KILLING FOR CULTURE -
    32. Sotos, Peter - LAZY -
    33. Dali, Salvador Parinaud, Andre - MANIAC EYEBALL -
    34. Simmons, Michael - FUTURE IS NOW! -
    35. Brottman, Mikita - MEAT IS MURDER! -
    36. Chapman, Jake - MEATPHYSICS -
    37. King, Francis - MEGATHERION -
    38. Artaud, Antonin Lewis, Matthew Artaud, Atonin - MONK -
    39. MOONCHILD - Jack Hunter
    40. NECRONOMICON - Andy Black
    41. Raphael, Hillary - OUTCAST SAMURAI DANCER -
    42. Lunch, Lydia - PARADOXIA -
    43. Sade, Marquis De - DE SADE PHILOSOPHY IN THE BOUDOIR -
    44. Wilde, Oscar - PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY -
    45. Wilde, Oscar Beardsley, Aubrey - SALOME AND UNDER THE HILL -
    46. Schreck, Nikolas - SATANIC SCREEN -
    47. Barber, Stephen - SCREAMING BODY -
    48. Angelis, Davide De -SEED -
    49. Moore, Alan - STARRY WISDOM -
    50. STRAIGHT TO HELL - Harris, Joel Chandler -
    51. TAR BABY - Curry, Christopher Wayne Curry, John W. -
    52. TASTE OF BLOOD -
    53. Slocombe, Roman - TOKYO SEX UNDERGROUND -
    54. Barber, Stephen - TOKYO VERTIGO -
    55. Guyotat, Pierre - TOMB FOR 500, 000 SOLDIERS -
    57. Andrei, Claudia -TRANSGENDER LONDON -
    58. Black, Candice - VENUS IN PINK -
    59. Parker, Alan - VICIOUS -
    60. Drummond, Bill Manning, Mark - WILD HIGHWAY -
    61. Short, Robert - AGE OF GOLD -
    62. Reed, Jeremy - PLEASURE CHATEAU -
    63. Holm, Dk - KILL BILL -
    64. Mcleod, Jamie Reed, Jeremy -
    65. MARK ALMOND -
    66. Louys, Pierre - SHE-DEVILS -
    67. Beckford, William - VATHEK

    Criminal Desires: Jean Genet and Cinema (2002) - Jane Giles

    Criminal Desires: Jean Genet and Cinema (2002) - Jane Giles [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    Jean Genet, the author notorious for his overt celebration of criminality and homosexuality in such novels as Miracle of the Rose, Funeral Rites and Querelle of Brest, was also fascinated with the possibilities of cinema.

    Genet made his only film, Un Chant d’Amour, in 1950. The result was a poetic and sexually explicit visual paean to homosexual desire, the criminal impulse, and the power of imagination to transcend physical captivity. Banned and prosecuted for obscenity, Un Chant d’Amour, has since become a cause celebre of gay rights and freedom of expression, as well as being recognised as a masterpiece of underground cinema in its own right.

    CRIMINAL DESIRES contains complete documentation of the making of Chant d’Amour, including an illustrated shot-by-shot description, thematic analysis, and exhibition history. The book also documents Genet’s many other unfilmed screenplays, film appearances by Genet himself, and finally the screen adaptations of Genet’s work made by other film directors, including The Balcony, Deathwatch, The Maids, Todd Haynes' Poison, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s extraordinary and apocalyptic vision of Querelle.

    Blood Electric: The New Japanese Cyberpunk Classic (2001) - Kenji Siratori

    Blood Electric: The New Japanese Cyberpunk Classic (2001) - Kenji Siratori [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    Vividly evoking the coming to consciousness of an artificial intelligence, Blood Electric is a devastating loop of language from the Japanese avant-garde which breaks with all existing writing traditions. With unparalleled stylistic terrorism fully embracing the image mayhem of the internet/multimedia/digital age, Kenji Siratori unleashes his first literary Sarin attack.

    Blood Electric is the black reverb of a soft machine seppuku, a molten unspooling of sheet metal entrails and crucified memory banks into the howling void of violence. It is a cyborg crash nightmare of the new flesh, a final despatch from the mutant Hell where the embryo hunts in secret.” -– Jack Hunter (author, Eros in Hell)

    “Contemporary Japan is exploding in slow-motion, and Kenji Siratori arranges the blood-and-semen-encrusted debris with the finesse of a berserk Issey Miyake. Rendering English-language cyberpunk instantly redundant with his relentless, murderous prose-drive, Siratori transmits his authentic, category-A hallucinogenic product direct to his reader’s cerebellum. A virulently warped amalgam of Tetsuo and cut-up era William Burroughs.” – Stephen Barber (author, Tokyo Vertigo)

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