killing for cultureThis is great news, folks! I am so fortunate to have a copy of the original printing of KILLING FOR CULTURE (ISBN 978-1-900486-87-3), a fascinating book on all films dealing with death. The book is a fascinating read (from what I read so far) and is a must have for any fan of horror films, mondo films, documentaries, morbid curiosity, or one whose fascination with death on film has not been sufficiently satiated. The previous edition published in 1994 and 1995 has been out of print for some time and sold 12,o00 copies. The previous edition was “pre-internet” (I bought my copy at TOWER RECORDS when I worked for the company,which is no longer around) and without material pertaining to the web.  I am so glad I grabbed it when I did. The book is one of the most controversial and influential modern texts and it now has a complete makeover.

I strongly implore my readers to head over to Headpress and keep watching for the date to be able to pre-order/buy a copy and do so immediately when allowed before it sells out. The book is a binding paperback and will be published on Nov. 5th, 2012. It is 336 pp long, 127 x 178 mm in size, and runs for around £15.99, which is a total bargain!

Released in 1993, the original edition of Killing for Culture was a sensation, becoming as much a cultural bookmark as a cultural document. Two decades later it remains the seminal exploration of images of death and violence and the human obsession with looking at them.

Since then, however, the world it surveyed has drastically changed, due in large part to the growth of the Internet.
The filming and distribution of news events is no longer the exclusive domain of the media or film production crews. Mobile phone technology has made potential filmmakers of us all, and the shadow that once was the snuff film—the coveted ‘real thing’ supposedly changing hands in secret for untold prices—is now a reality that is freely available for anyone to view at the click of a button.

Along with many exclusive interviews, this new edition of Killing for Culture has been comprehensively revised and updated to reflect the upsurge of these disturbing yet compelling images from all quarters.


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