"Using Godflesh—the arch-wizards of industrial metal—as a framework for a deep philosophical inspection of the permeable human form reveals that all our critical theory should begin on the street where wasted teen musicians pummel their mind and instruments into culture-shifting fault lines. Godflesh are not just a 'mirror' of all the horrors and glories we can inflict on our bodies, but a blasted soundscape of our moans. Roy Christopher's book is a thought-provoking and delightful crucible of film, music, and the best kind of speculative thought."
— Peter Bebergal, author of Season of the Witch and Strange Frequencies
“In his trademark breezy yet precise style, Christopher discusses everything from stimoceivers to Southland Tales, everyone from Henry Lee Lucas to Brummbear, and all without ever losing sight of his central points of reference: our all too malleable somatic limits and Godflesh’s Streetcleaner. And the combination here could not be more apposite, for however much we stretch and augment the reaches of our physicality, imagining ourselves the theophanies of some as yet speculative deities, we get no closer to getting away from ourselves, becoming Godly it seems only in the sense of becoming increasingly empty.”
— Gary J. Shipley, author of Stratagem of the Corpse: Dying With Baudrillard
“Through the lenses of Godflesh, J.G. Ballard, UFO phenomena, psychedelics, serial killings, and so much else, Christopher investigates humanity’s growing inclination to escape our bodies, to escape our species, to escape life itself."
— B.R. Yeager, author of Negative Space and Amygdalatropolis
Table of Contents:
- INTRODUCTION: Exit Tragedy
- GODFLESH: Compound Worlds
- BODY: The Root of All People
- MACHINE: The End of an Error
- RAPTURE: Through Grace and Time
- DRUGS: Encounter Culture
- DEATH: Escape Philosophy
- END: Don’t Believe the Hope