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Dark Stars Rising

Conversations from the Outer Realms

A collection of candid interviews spanning 24 years with unique and free-thinking artists.


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Dark Stars Rising is a collection of 27 candid interviews spanning 24 years with unique and free-thinking artists, from America to Austria, and beyond. Working in different media, countries, constraints, and freedoms, the vortex here is created by New York film writer Shade Rupe, known for his avant interests and the cultural realm he inhabits with his Funeral Party books. Everyone in this collection has produced artifacts that affect the heart, mind, soul, and future.

The smaller half of Penn & Teller ends the silence for a lengthy discussion of magic and falsehoods, Divine opens the closet for his transition to playing male roles, Crispin Glover discusses his love for the films of Fassbinder and other greats, Faster Pussycat! Kill, Kill!’s Tura Satana tells it like it is from burlesque shows to Hollywood, Alejandro Jodorowsky showers cinema lovers with psychomagic, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge lays down the gauntlet with his creations Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and much much more.

A visually stunning package, Dark Stars Rising contains over 500 photographs and illustrations, many of them rare and hitherto unseen.

  • Eight color plates and a selection of choice reviews rounds out this amazing book.
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards!
  • Nominated for the 2011 Rondo Hatton Awards for Book of the Year!
Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times
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“The most fearsome creatures in the transgressive cinema.”
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“Fans of the dark, demented, and depraved side of cinema, rejoice — Shade Rupe has written your bible.”
Chris AlexanderFangoria
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“A wild, untamed grab bag of gonzo genre weirdos in one lovingly sculpted collection. A must-have for cinema miscreants of almost every persuasion.”
V.A. MusettoNew York Post
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“Take a walk on the wild side.”
Cinema Crazed
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“For readers looking for a visit into a zone beyond the diluted mainstream pabulum, Dark Stars Rising is a stellar book that deserves to be read and preserved.”
Genesis P-Orridge
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“A book which proves there ALL ways IS an under the counter culture no matter how inert the mass media environment might wish us to believe and surrender to. VIVA LA EVOLUTION!”
Beyond Hollywood
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“Dark Stars Rising is a true Necronomicon, a Black Bible of transgression and transcendence, of the Other and the Beyond.”
Dejan OgnjanovicTemple of Ghoul
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“Images almost literally burst from the paper in a subliminal, psychedelic manner, spilling from the edges of the pages into your surroundings and into your brain - altering them so that after reading this book you can’t be the same person as before.”
Robert MorfittGuitarist, Econoline Crush
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“Wow, I’m so impressed with Dark Stars Rising. Just got it and can’t put it down. It is a work of art.”
Nick CatoAntibacterial Pope
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“This Headpress Book is simply GORE-geous: there’s countless photos, ad mats, and rare stills, something you’ll never be able to fully appreciate on an e-reader (and MAN does this ink smell GOOD!).”
The Blood Sprayer
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“Dark Stars Rising is quite possibly the single greatest collection of interviews I’ve ever seen.”
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“Defines what being an outsider is all about; challenging, transgressive and taboo breaking, Dark Stars makes you think as well as entertains.”
Bloody Disgusting
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“This book is gorgeous.”
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Shade Rupe

Throughout 2009 and 2010, SHADE RUPE produced the Deep Red International Festival of Fantastic Film in Seattle and Portland, programmed the 26th Olympia Film Festival, served as Chairman of the International Jury at the 15th Lund International Festival of Fantastic Film in southern Sweden, curated a weekend film festival at Sundance, coproduced the four-city Ken Russell tour Russellmania! along with Fantasia, Lincoln Center, the American Cinematheque, and Rue Morgue, wrote the feature film Fear Factory in 3-D, was a guest at the Night Visions festival in Helsinki, and completed the book Dark Stars Rising. He also edited the acclaimed Funeral Party journals and has done a mess of other stuff. A few of his favorite films are Performance, The Devils, Zardoz, All That Jazz, Stardust Memories, and The Hourglass Sanitorium, and favorite musicians he’s seen live include Whitehouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gary Numan, The Master Musicians of Bukkake, Diamanda Galás, and The Black Angels. He travels a lot and shares a Manhattan apartment with an actor and a chinchilla.


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