The Marquis de Sade – this Libertine inspired the word “sadism.” His gritty erotica might still be considered by some to be going steps over the line in 2015, but it was seen as blasphemous in the late 1700s, and it earned him a tour of the French Prison system
Today when you go to Times Square in New York, it’s like entering a swarm of tourist flies, people everywhere consuming and celebrating capitalism at its most gaudy. In past decades, however, Times Square was where New Yorker’s went to buy their smut – shops full of 5 cent contraband
I have read every single post that’s gone up on CVLT Nation, all 7,000 of them. One of our writers never ceases to entertain me with his dark and humorous reviews, and that’s Alaric “Al Necro” Cabiling. So I’m looking forward to reading the new collection of short stories he
Science fiction says a lot about societal values at the time of its writing. In the latter 20th and 21st centuries, most science fiction sees human beings encountering races of people and aliens who are far advanced of us, beings with whom we must fight or fight off to save
Some of the most fascinating human behaviours are our dealings with death. Cultures around the world have different ways of processing human death, whether it be to celebrate it or to hide it, to immortalize our bodies or to give them to the creatures of the sky. Our favorite San
Jonathan Shaw was born to Hollywood starlet Doris Dowling (Bitter Rice, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dalia) and Big Band legend Artie Shaw. He grew up in Los Angeles, where, as a teenager he began writing for the Los Angeles Free Press, alongside Charles Bukowski. In his twenties, Shaw adopted
The English translation of As Wolves Among Sheep provoked a few anxious emails from the editors at CVLT Nation. If you didn’t know, CVLT Nation is against Nazism. I was proposing to report on the National Socialist Black Metal history book. To be clear, I am against Nazism, and I
Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore has just gotten a face lift! Originally released in 2004 via Feral House, it is now being re-published by Decibel Books and has been redesigned, and will be limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies. Decibel’s editor-in-chief, Albert Mudrian, has revised this dark sonic
Loyalty and passion for an art form is something that I respect to the fullest. When you throw skateboarding into the mix, then you really have my attention. Barrier Kult are by far my favorite horde of skaters doing it right now, and when I saw that they had a
Every day for forty-three years, Henry Darger would leave his single room apartment at 851 W. Webster Avenue on Chicago’s North Side to attend mass, then head to work as a hospital custodian. He barely spoke to anyone – his only friend had left town years before, and the occasional letter was a poor substitute.
UC Riverside put on a fascinating exhibition at their ARTSblock facilities last fall, a collection of MC cuts from the 60s and 70s curated by artist and historian Jeff Decker which he called Hell’s Union: Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art. With this exhibition, Decker argues that his collection
For better or for worse, the image of the skinhead defines a big part of what many in mass culture see as 1980s UK punk. But like so many subcultures (if not all of them), it is so much more complex than its stereotype, full of subcultures of its own.