Antonin Artaud's work has a world-renowned status for experimentation across performance, film, sound, poetry and visual art. In the 1920s, he was a member of the Surrealist movement until his expulsion, and formulated theoretical plans across the first half of the 1930s for his 'Theatre of Cruelty' and attempted to carry them through. He made a living as a film actor from 1924 to 1935 and made many attempts to direct his own film projects. In 1936, he travelled to Mexico with a plan to take peyote in the Tarahumara lands. In 1937, preoccupied with the imminent apocalypse, he travelled to Ireland but was deported, beginning a nine-year asylum incarceration during which he continued to write and also made many drawings. After his release in 1946, he lived in the grounds of a sanatorium in Ivry-sur-Seine, close to Paris, and worked intensively on drawings, writings and sound-recordings. He died on 4 March 1948. His drawings have been exhibited on several occasions, notably at the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna in 2002 and at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris in 2006.
Stephen Barber’s books have been acclaimed as ‘brilliant, profound and provocative’ by The Times newspaper in the UK, and he has been called ‘a writer of real distinction’ and ‘the most dangerous man in Europe’ by The Independent newspaper. The Sunday Times newspaper hailed his books as ‘exhilarating and disquieting’.
He is the author of many fiction and non-fiction books, including studies of Antonin Artaud, Pierre Guyotat, Jean Genet and Eadweard Muybridge. Among his recent books are England’s Darkness (Sun Vision Press) and Berlin Bodies (Reaktion Books). He has also collaborated on books with the poet Jeremy Reed and the photographer Xavier Ribas. His books have been translated into many languages and have won numerous prizes and awards. He is currently a professor of art and film at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London.
Philip Best is an English collage artist and pioneer of power electronics music. Since 1982 Best has written and recorded music with Whitehouse, Ramleh and Skullflower, and more recently with his long-running solo project Consumer Electronics, releasing Estuary English (2014) and Dollhouse Songs (2015). He has performed on numerous occasions in the USA, Japan, Australia and throughout Europe. In 1998, Best published his doctoral thesis at Durham University entitled Apocalypticism in the Fiction of William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and Thomas Pynchon, and later received a doctorate in English literature. He has also released two books with collage artworks entitled American Campgrounds (Creation Books, 2010) and most recently Alien Existence on Infinity Land Press (2016).
Best now lives in Texas and publishes chapbooks under the Amphetamine Sulphate imprint.
Martin Bladh is a Swedish-born artist of multiple mediums. His work lays bare themes of violence, obsession, fantasy, domination, submission and narcissism. Bladh is a founding member of the post-industrial band IRM, the musical avant-garde unit Skin Area and co-founder of the publishing company Infinity Land Press. His published work includes To Putrefaction, Qualis Artifex Pereo, DES, The Hurtin’ Club, Darkleaks - The Ripper Genome, Marty Page and The Torture of the 100 Pieces. He lives and works in London.
Dennis Cooper is the author of ten novels as well as numerous books of poetry and non-fiction. His books have been translated into 19 languages. His most recent novels are The Marbled Swarm (Harper Perennial, 2016) and I Wished (SOHO Press, September 2021). With artist/filmmaker Zac Farley, he co-directed two feature films, Permanent Green Light (2018) and Like Cattle Towards Glow(2015). He has published four internationally acclaimed first-of-their-kind fiction books composed entirely of animated gifs, most recently the ‘novel’ Zac’s Drug Binge (2020), all published by Kiddiepunk Press. He has written the works of French theater director and choreographer Gisele Vienne since 2004, most recently Crowd (2018). Diarmuid Hester's book-length study of Cooper's work, Wrong: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper, was published in June 2020. He lives in Paris and Los Angeles.
Steve Finbow’s fiction includes Balzac of the Badlands (Future Fiction London, 2009), Tougher Than Anything in the Animal Kingdom (Grievous Jones Press, 2011), Nothing Matters (Snubnose Press, 2012) and Down Among the Dead (Fahrenheit 13, 2014). His biography of Allen Ginsberg in Reaktion’s Critical Lives series was published in 2011. His other works include Grave Desire: A Cultural History of Necrophilia (Zero Books, 2014) and Notes from the Sick Room (Repeater Books, 2017), Death Mort Tod - A European Book of the Dead (Infinity Land Press 2019) and The Mindshaft (Amphetamine Sulphate in 2020). He lives in London, UK.
Devin Horan made the films Boundary (2009), Late and Deep (2011), Grodek (2014), Akra (2017), and The Animals Are Sick With Love (2020) and was the editor of Pages of Natural History (Pagine di storia naturale, 2019). The book Mutations, a collaboration with Gary J. Shipley was published in 2020. His collages are an ongoing project begun in 2013 entitled Insomnia of Worlds, which will consist of 1000 pieces.
Shane Levene is a contemporary British Outsider writer. He first shot to attention online, attracting a huge cult following, with the writing on his site Memoires of a Heroinhead. Themes common throughout Levene's work include history, nostalgia, tragedy, beauty, animalism and depravity. In 2016, after a 12 year exile in France, he finally returned to his homeland. He remains desperate and destitute, and when he is not living he remembers and writes.
Michael Mc Aloran
Michael Mc Aloran was born in Belfast, (1976). His work has appeared in numerous zines, magazines & anthologies. He is the author of a number of collections of poetry, prose poetry, aphorisms and prose, most notably Attributes, (Desperanto, NY, 2011), The Non Herein & Of Dead Silences (Lapwing Publications, 2011/ 2013), All Stepped/ Undone, Of the Nothing Of, The Zero Eye, The Bled Sun, In Damage Seasons,(Oneiros Books (U.K)--2013/ 14); Code #4 Texts, a collaboration with the Dutch poet, Aad de Gids, was also published in 2014 by Oneiros. Un-Sight/ Un-Sound (delirium X.), was published by gnOme books (U.S), along with The Banality of Else, (withdrawn) & EchoNone was published by Oneiros Books. In 2017, Editions du Cygne published longshadowfall. catascope was released in 2018, also by Editions du Cygne, with further books, the black vault, all null having, nowhereon, cold zero reflect by VoidFront Press (U.S), in 2018. In 2019, Veer Books released Till Claimed, a chapbook of experimental poetry & also saw the release of (dead tones) by Black Editions & Infinity Land Press published in dim forgotte(n). He also paints & is currently working on a series of experimental prose poetics. He lives & breathes in Co. Clare…
Hector Meinhof is a Swedish author and musician. He is a classically trained percussionist who studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Meinhof has worked with several orchestras and ensembles all around the world. He has been a member of the critically acclaimed percussion ensemble Kroumata, and is a part of the theatrical music and performance duo Hidden Mother. Hector Meinhof is also a collector of antique photography, specialising in post-mortem, medical and religious themes.
The most brilliantly imaginative and controversial poet alive, Jeremy Reed has published over 50 books of award-winning poetry, fiction and biography, collaborated on albums with Marc Almond, and has a devotional fanbase. Amongst his recent books are the poetry collections Piccadilly Bongo, Sooner Or Later Frank and Candy4Cannibals, a biography of Lou Reed Waiting For The Man and The Dilly: A Secret History of Piccadilly Rent Boys. His collaboration with Karolina Urbaniak Altered Balance - A Tribute to Coil is due out in a much-expanded version from Infinity Land Press in late 2019.
Michael Salerno is an Australian artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris. Employing a variety of media, including photography, collage, video and installation, his work has been featured in numerous magazines, on book and album covers and exhibited in galleries and film festivals across Europe, USA and Australia. He has published numerous fanzines including the infamous annual Teenage Satanists in Oklahoma (2012 - present). His first book, Home (in collaboration with American writer Peter Sotos) was published in 2013 and his second book, the 180-page monograph Childhood was published in 2015, and his most recent book HATE was published in 2020. Michael also runs Kiddiepunk, which releases limited edition zines and books.
Gary J. Shipley
Gary J. Shipley is the author of twelve books, most recently Stratagem of the Corpse: Dying With Baudrillard (Anthem), 30 Fake Beheadings (Spork) and Warewolff! (Hexus). He has been published in numerous literary magazines, anthologies and academic journals. More information can be found at Thek Prosthetics.
Finnish artist Jukka Siikala has displayed his work in various countries including the United States, Japan, Russia, Belgium and the United Kingdom. His published works to date include the visual pieces Oksu and Human Porridge, as well as the acclaimed art and photo books Anti-social Realism (w/ Mikko Aspa & Pasi Markkula), Roman Shower, and Rubber & Blood (Bizarre Uproar), documenting a prurient interest in pornography, noise-culture and trashy live performance.
Siikala began his career in the early ‘90s, producing a series of zines filled with an aggressive mix of chaotic collages and drawings, before becoming involved in the second wave of black metal designing album artwork and participating in increasingly depraved shows, leading to his creation of the performance piece My Body Is A Slimy Drug. By the early 2000s, and having relocated for a time to Latvia, he had conceived his first porn-related paintings, a burgeoning relationship with X-rated internet imagery which flourished in the pixelated madness of Human Porridge. Since 2015, Siikala has also worked on video art, photography, and the Narrative Closure project with Grunt. At present, he’s busy making a dreamy fetishistic film, continues to paint, practices and teaches goyu-ruy karate, and runs an exclusive exploitation/horror movie club in Helsinki, where he is currently based.
S.M.H is a writer working in the interstitial spaces of fear, death and faith. S.M.H’s work is an attempt to grapple with the terror inherent in sacred experience, the dark cosmos rattling in the grave of the human body. S.M.H has several chapbooks out through various small presses including The Extinction Cycle, The Agony of the Sun, Rituals and On Appeasing Angry Gods on Void Front Press, Psalms on Selffuck and Cicatrization on Infinity Land Press.
Audrey Szasz (aka Zutka) is a London-based writer with roots in Central Europe. Her experimental narratives combine vivid prose with exotic imagery and transgressive satire. Tears of a Komsomol Girl (Infinity Land Press, 2020) is her first full-length novel. She has been described alternately as ‘the postmodern heir to the disarranged novels of Anna Kavan and more closely, Ann Quin,’ and ‘a deviant genius of surreal and perverse image-play.’ Audrey’s debut in print, Plan for the Abduction of J.G. Ballard (a collaboration with Jeremy Reed) was published in 2019 via Infinity Land Press. In February 2020, Amphetamine Sulphate issued her first solo novella, Invisibility: A Manifesto.
Karolina Urbaniak is a visual artist and co-founder of Infinity Land Press. Urbaniak’s published work includes To Putrefaction, 2014, Altered Balance – A Tribute to Coil, 2014/15/19, The Void Ratio, 2015, Artaud 1937 Apocalypse, 2018, Death Mort Tod - A European Book of the Dead, 2018 and The Torture of the 100 Pieces, 2020. Her recent multimedia projects include the audio-visual installation On The New Revelations of Being, 2018 inspired by the work of Antonin Artaud, and Sandmann, a 2019 short film commissioned by the Sigmund Freud Museum. She lives and works in London.