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 This page Creation Books is part of the decadence series. Illustration: Elagabalus
This page Creation Books is part of the decadence series.
Illustration: Elagabalus

"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." (old blurb)

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Creation Books was a British publishing house founded by James Williamson (né Julian Hallett) specialising in experimental literature, surrealism, erotic and decadent literature. Creation also published non-fiction, with books on magic, subcultures, and taboo topics such as suicide and serial killers. They are best known for publishing a number of books underground film, experimental cinema, horror film and cult film. Contributors and authors included Jeremy Reed, Peter Sotos, David Kerekes, Romain Slocombe and Jack Sargeant.

Founded in England in 1989, Creation Books began by British author James Havoc's anti-novel Raism, before moving on to publishing non-fiction books, initially on the imprint Annihilation before moving all titles to the Creation Books catalogue. The first non-fiction titles included Simon Dwyer's Rapid Eye journal. Three volumes were published and included groundbreaking pieces on Genesis P-Orridge and Derek Jarman. Volume 2 was notable for a lengthy essay on Dwyer's journey through the American underground.

In this early period Creation also published avant garde poetry by Aaron Williamson and Geraldine Monk as well as a collection of horror stories: Red Stains. They also published Olivia Gladwell's post feminist analysis of music Catamania and the Mike Philbin novel Red Hedz. Later novels published include Lydia Lunch's Paradoxia, Mathew Stokoe's Cows and Peter Sotos's Index.

Creation published numerous literary classics including books by Oscar Wilde, H. P. Lovecraft, Dalí, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, and Antonin Artaud.

Creation began publishing their film studies series with Killing for Culture, before moving on to publishing Jack Hunter's Inside Terradome and Jack Sargeant's Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression. This numbered series would come to include books on topics ranging from erotica and pornography, beatnik film, Japanese pink film, road movies, and cannibal horror movies. By the mid-nineties Creation's non-fiction catalogue had grown to include non fiction titles by Jack Stevenson and Stephen Barber, as well as editions of Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis, Nietzsche's The Antichrist and Francis King's Megatherion.

Non-fiction books included numerous books on pop / rock music, including Alan Parker's Sid Vicious biography, and books by Jeremy Reed on Marc Almond, Brian Jones, and Scott Walker, as well as Bill Drummond and Mark Manning's cult Bad Wisdom.

Creation expanded into photography books and published two books by French artist Romain Slocombe, as well as a book by underground filmmaker Peter Whitehead. Slocombe, Havoc and Lunch also featured in Sargeant's book Suture. Other art books published by Creation include a volume of extreme manga by Suehiro Maruo.



Creation Books' erotic imprint; Velvet, published the one-off journal Heat and new translations of works by Marquis de Sade, alongside classic decadent erotica and works by dominatrix author Terrence Sellers. Velvet also published two Torture Garden volumes edited by David Wood, co-founder of the fetish club of the same name.

Creation Books also published a handful of pulp titles under the Attack! Books imprint, edited by Steven Wells, onetime skinhead poet and an early supporter of Creation. This imprint included books by Mark Manning aka Zodiac Mindwarp. The imprint was discontinued but Manning continued to publish with Creation Books.

Partial Bibliography

  • Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film from Mondo to Snuff, by David Kerekes and David Slater, ISBN 1-871592-20-8, paperback, 1996
  • The Starry Wisdom (anthology, ed. D M Mitchell) homage to H P Lovecraft, published by Creation Books
  • Artaud: Blows and Bombs by Stephen Barber
  • The Monk (The Modern Classics Series) by A. Artaud and Matthew Lewis, published by Creation Books
  • Heliogabalus : Or, The Crowned Anarchist (Creation Modern Classics) by A. Artaud, published by Creation Books
  • Ultra-Gash Inferno published by Creation Books. ISBN 1-84068-039-3
  • Alan Parker, Vicious. Too Fast To Live... (2004, Creation Books)
  • Simon Whitechapel, Flesh Inferno: Atrocities of Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition (Creation Books, 2003). ISBN 1-84068-105-5
  • Tick, 2000 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-048-2)
  • Index, 2000 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-010-5)
  • Lazy, 2000 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-010-5)
  • Proxy: Peter Sotos Pornography 1991-2000, 2005 (Creation Books), a compendium of five of Sotos' works (Tool, *Predicate, 2005 (Creation Books)
  • Blood Electric by Kenji Siratori, 2002 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-060-1)
  • Acidhuman Poject by Kenji Siratori, 2006 (Creation Books, ISBN 1-84068-117-9)

Creation Books bibliography

Creation Books bibliography from[1]

1 Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left Hand Path Sex Magic by Nikolas Schreck 2 Flowers from Hell: A Satanic Reader by Nikolas Schreck (Editor) 3 Straight to Hell: 20th Century Suicides by Namida King 4 Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff by David Kerekes 5 Eros in Hell: Sex, Blood and Madness in Japanese Cinema by Jack Hunter 6 The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema by Nikolas Schreck 7 Diary of a Genius Diary of a Genius by Salvador Dalí 8 Lips Hips Tits Power: The Films of Russ Meyer by Doyle Greene 9 Art That Kills: A Panoramic Portrait Of Aesthetic Terrorism 1984 2001 by George Petros 10 Standing in Two Circles: The Collected Works by Boyd Rice 11 Archiving Warhol: Writings & Photographs by Gerard Malanga 12 Meat Is Murder!: New Edition: An Illustrated Guide to Cannibal Culture by Mikita Brottman 13 Criminal Desires: Jean Genet and Cinema by Jane Giles 14 The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft by D.M. Mitchell (Editor) 15 Proxy: Peter Sotos Pornography 1991-2000 by Peter Sotos 16 .45 Dangerous Minds: The Most Intense Interviews from Seconds Magazine by Steven Blush (Editor) 17 Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression by Jack Sargeant 18 Blows and Bombs: Antonin Artaud: The Biography by Stephen Barber 18 Ultra-gash Inferno: Erotic-grotesque Manga by Suehiro Maruo 20 Body Probe : Torture Garden 2 - Mutant Flesh and Cyber Primitives by David Wood 21 Flesh Inferno: Atrocities of Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition by Simon Whitechapel 22 City of the Broken Dolls: A Medical Art Diary, Tokyo 1993-96 by Romain Slocombe 23 Moonchild: The Films of Kenneth Anger by Jack Hunter 24 Psychopathia Sexualis: A Medico-Legal Study by Richard von Krafft-Ebing 25 House of Pain (Velvet 6) by Pan Pantziarka 26 Flesh Unlimited 27 Necronomicon I: The Journal of Horror and Erotic Cinema by Andy Black (Editor) 28 Desperate Visions: The Films of John Waters & the Kuchar Brothers by Jack Stevenson 29 Lost Highways: An Illustrated History of Road Movies by Jack Sargeant 30 Blood Electric: The New Japanese Cyberpunk Classic by Kenji Siratori 30 Torture Garden [Old Edition] by David Wood (Editor) 30 The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen 33 Acidhuman Project by Kenji Siratori 33 Paradoxia: A Predator's Diary by Lydia Lunch 33 Salome/ Under the Hill: Oscar Wilde/Aubrey Beardsley by Oscar Wilde 36 Vicious: Too Fast to Live: The Authorised Biography Of Sid Vicious by Alan G. Parker 36 Crawling Chaos: Selected Works 1920-1935 by H.P. Lovecraft 38 Heliogabalus; or, the Crowned Anarchist by Antonin Artaud 38 Addicted: The Myth & Menace of Drugs in Film by Jack Stevenson 40 The Trial of Gilles de Rais by Georges Bataille (editor) 41 Bad Wisdom by Bill Drummond 41 Catamania: The Dissonance Of Female Pleasure And Dissent by Adele Olivia Gladwell 43 Suture: The Counter-Culture Arts Journal by Jack Sargeant (Editor) 43 Cows by Matthew Stokoe (Goodreads Author) 45 The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the "Manson Family" Mythos by Adam Gorightly 46 Get Your Cock Out [Uk Only] by Mark Manning (Editor) 47 Raiders of Low Forehead by Stanley Manly 48 Satan! Satan! Satan! [Uk Only] Satan! Satan! Satan! [Uk Only] by Tony White 49 Tits-Out Teenage Terror Totty [Uk Only] by Steven Wells 50 Vatican Bloodbath Vatican Bloodbath by Tommy Udo 51 Whips & Furs—My Life As A Bon-Vivant, Gambler And Love Rat by Jesus H. Christ by Stewart Home (Goodreads Author) (Editor) 52 The Whip Angels The Whip Angels by Diane Bataille 53 Apes of Wrath Apes of Wrath by Steve Bell 54 The Pleasure Chateau Omnibus: The Pleasure Chateau/ Sister Midnight/ The Purple Room 55 Philosophy in the Boudoir or The Immoral Mentors by Marquis de Sade 56 The She-Devils by Pierre Louÿs 57 Gunfighter: An Autobiography Gunfighter: An Autobiography by John Wesley Hardin 58 Caligula Divine Carnage: Atrocities of the Roman Emperors by Stephen Barber 59 Tokyo Vertigo Tokyo Vertigo by Stephen Barber 60 Dumb Angel: The Life & Music of Dennis Wilson by Adam Webb 61 Tokyo Sex Underground Tokyo Sex Underground by Romain Slocombe 62 Here to Go Here to Go by Terry Wilson 63 ARTAUD: THE SCREAMING BODY: The Screaming Body by Stephen Barber 64 A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates 65 Hammer of the Gods Hammer of the Gods by Friedrich Nietzsche 66 The Bloody Countess: The Atrocities of Erzsebet Bathory by Valentine Penrose 67 Brian Jones: The Last Decadent Brian Jones: The Last Decadent by Jeremy Reed 68 Marc Almond: The Last Star Marc Almond: The Last Star by Jeremy Reed 69 Another Tear Falls: a study of Scott Walker by Jeremy Reed 70 Rapid Eye Movement: The Best of the Counter-Culture Journal by Simon Dwyer 71 Inside Teradome: An Illustrated History of Freak Film by Jack Hunter 72 Charlie's Family: An Illustrated Screenplay to the Film by Jim Vanbebber 73 Naked Lens: Beat Cinema by Jack Sargeant 74 Renegade Sisters: New Edition: Girl Gangs On Film: New Edition by Bev Zalcock 75 Babylon Blue: An Illustrated History of Adult Cinema 1960-1998 by David Flint 76 A Taste Of Blood: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis by Christopher Curry 77 Hollywood Hex: An Illustrated History of Cursed Movies by Mikita Brottman 78 Fragments of Fear: An Illustrated History of British Horror Films by Andrew Boot 79 House of Horror: The Complete Hammer Films Story by Jack Hunter 80 Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges by Mick Rock 81 Destroy: A Photographic Archive of the Sex Pistols, 1977 by Dennis Morris 82 Hexentexts, a Creation Books Sampler by Codex Performance 83 Cease to Exist Cease to Exist by Jack Hunter (Editor) 84 Guns, Death, Terror: An Illustrated History of International Terrorism by Jack Sargeant 85 I Was for Sale.: Confessions of a Bondage Model by Lisa B. Falour 86 Correct Sadist 2 : Dungeon Evidence by Terence Sellers 87 The Wild Highway The Wild Highway by Bill Drummond 88 A Holythroat Symposium A Holythroat Symposium by Aaron Williamson 89 White Skull White Skull by James Havoc 90 Scar Factory: Extreme Body Modification in Japan by Ryōichi Maeda 91 Hijikata: Revolt of the Body by Stephen Barber 92 Vathek by William Beckford 93 Fucked by Rock: The Unspeakable Confessions of Zodiac Mindwarp by Mark Manning 94 Meatphysics by Jake Chapman 95 The Black Rose by Josephine Jarmaine 96 Cathedral Lung [Uk Only] by Aaron Williamson (Editor) 97 Anarchy and Alchemy: The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky by Ben Cobb 98 The Purple Room [Uk Only] by Jeremy Reed (Editor) 99 Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers by Pierre Guyotat 100 Divine Filth: Lost Writings by Georges Bataille 101 Dead Meat by Guy N. Smith 102 Kicks by Jeremy Reed 103 Body Bag by Henry Rollins 104 The Image by Jean De Berg 105 Irene's Cunt by Louis Aragon 106 Maniac Eyeball: The Unspeakable Confessions of Salvador Dali by Salvador Dalí 107 Dust by Kathy Acker 108 Virtual Slut: I Was a Cybersex Addict by screenseductress 109 Harvey Keitel: Movie Top Ten by Jack Hunter (Editor) 110 Velvet Underground by Michael Leigh 111 I Love Lord Buddha by Hillary Raphael (Goodreads Author) 112 Dennis Hopper: Movie Top Ten by Jack Hunter (Editor) 113 The Clash Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg by Alan Parker 114 Annihilation Zones: Far East Atrocities of the 20th Century by Stephen Barber (Manufacturer) 115 Wired for Chaos by Brett L. Renwick 116 Jack Nicholson: Movie Top Tens by Jack Hunter 117 Jackass Theory by Henry Rollins 118 Mondo Memphis by Tav Falco 119 American Campgrounds by Philip Best

See also

Atlas Press, RE/Search, Peter Sotos, Bill Drummond, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Lydia Lunch, Charles Manson Superstar, Tav Falco, John Smith (comics), Jack Sargeant, Suhayl Saadi, Oms en série, Alan Moore's The Courtyard, Devil in popular culture, Isabella Macdonald Alden, Cthulhu Mythos anthology, Copkiller, Hillary Raphael, Philip Best, James Havoc, Jeremy Reed (writer), Attack! Books, The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, Erik Morse, Killing for Culture, Meat is Murder (book), Grant Morrison bibliography, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, Stephen Barber (writer), Nikolas Schreck, Zeena Schreck, Simon Strong, Deathtripping

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