The House of the Dead
by Jeremy Reed
In 'The House of the Dead', Jeremy Reed’s extraordinary reinvention of Homer’s Books 10 and 11 of ' The Odyssey' to accommodate a world of psychedelic drugs influencing Circe’s off-world island, and a necromantic evocation of dead heroes from the underworld, including Arthur Rimbaud, William Burroughs, Francis Bacon, Sylvia Plath, John Balance and David Bowie amongst other contemporary myths, Homer’s text is reinvented through a subversive poetic vision paralleled by Martin Bladh’s eerie artwork in paralleling Reed’s searing update of the original into a world of more relatable archetypes. 'The House of the Dead' fully realises JG Ballard’s assessment of Jeremy Reed’s talent ‘as almost extraterrestrial in its brilliance.’
Illustrated by Martin Bladh
Hardcover bound in silk, 72 pages, 190 x 148mm
About the authors
Jeremy Reed is one of Britain’s most exciting, original and controversial poets, called by the Independent ‘British poetry’s glam, spangly, shape-shifting answer to David Bowie.’ His recent poetry collections include Piccadilly Bongo, Sooner or Later Frank, Voodoo Excess, Candy4Cannibals, Psychedelic Meadow and Dungeness Blues. A widely published novelist and biographer his collaboration with Audrey Szasz A Plan for The Abduction of JG Ballard was published by Infinity Land Press in 2019. He lives in London and performs as Jeremy Reed and the Ginger Light.
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 avantgarde unit Skin Area and co-founder of the publishing company Infinity Land Press. His published work includes To Putrefaction, Qualis Artifex Pereo, The Rorschach Text, The Hurtin’ Club, Darkleaks – The Ripper Genome, Marty Page, The Torture of the 100 Pieces, Braquemard: The Clavicle of Gilles de Rais and DES: The Theatre of Death. He lives and works in London.