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COME BEFORE CHRIST & MURDER LOVE BY STEWART HOME: Legal Action Against This Book In Russia
"As you possibly heard... my company & I personally have faced criminal charges concerning old publication of `Come Before Christ & Murder Love` as well as Tony White's `Road Rage!/Satan! Satan Satan!`. They have incriminated me the publication of pornography and insulting Christian values, according to the Russian new law against extremism. This happened as soon as I have returned to Moscow from London Book Fair and April & May were very tough months for us, as even my father was questioned in General Attorney of Moscow department concerning this releases despite the fact he wasn't having any connection with it. I wasn't in the position to bother you on that case because you are miles away and I have accustomed to sort my problems by myself. There was also a huge scandal for AST as commercial distributors of your books and their lawyers were working very hard to drop this charges and although the case isn't closed yet, the situation became more tolerable for me. There was an open letter by Melvin Burgess concerning this book scandal to Moscow Times as his books were charged as well and his publishers Ultra Culture have suffered also because of that case (they are almost closed!). In the end of May our office was fire-bombed by some Nazis and there was a huge damage to the building & although the fire stopped twenty metres right before our storage and computer room because of the repair works it was closed for the whole summer."
Kervey informs me this should all be viewed in the context of ongoing agitation for the suppression of my books by the Russian far-right. Various so called 'intellectual' fascist currents in Russia began a campaign of vilification against me and my books after the publication in translation of my novel 'Blow Job'; I'm told the Russian National Bolsheviks - in particular - were offended by this book.
UPDATE from Alex Kervey email of 11 April 2007: "Slow Death and Tainted Love are not released yet - they are still in printing house waiting their turn, because... AST artificially put off the publication due to continuous scandal with your books... One sad news - the translator of Come Before Christ and co-editor of Blow Job, Ilya Kormiltsev died this February in London in Royal Marsden Hospital because of backbone cancer and was buried few days after in Moscow. Russian fascist Christian organization `Russian Temple (Sobor)` made a statement that he was punished by God for taking part in publication of God-hatred books of Stewart Home..."
UPDATE from Alex Kervey email of 18 June 2007: "Just write to inform you that despite all legal difficulties concerning publications of your works in Russia, I have published a week ago yours long-awaited by fans `Slow Death` and prolonged my risk further as Orthodox Nazis are promising to kill me in the net if they `see new god-hatred book of Stewart Home in shops`..... The edition of `Tainted Love` is also now in print."
COME BEFORE CHRIST & MURDER LOVE: Video by Nick Abrahams and Mikey Tompkins, Trash 2000, 1997, 6 min 50 seconds
The struggle for human emancipation from the commodity economy - which must necessarily include women's liberation - attacks the sexual fetishisation of oppression and its master profit.1
The video Come Before Christ and Murder Love was originally produced as a promo-video for the book of the same name by Stewart Home. The book is perhaps hard to categorise as there is no distinction made between a fictionalised reality and a fictionalised fantasy. Thus it could all be the fantasy of a mental patient who falls in love with his psychiatrist's 'real' or 'imaginary' daughter, and sets out to save her from ritual murder by the 'mad' psychiatrist. However other themes are interwoven with this; mind control, magic, occult groups and the machinations of the secret services. The book contains many scenes of graphic sex and violence, and it is one of these which was selected as the ur-text for the Abrahams/Tompkins collaboration.
1. "The struggle for human emancipation from the commodity economy - which must necessarily include gay liberation - attacks the sexual fetishisation of oppression and its master profit." Stewart Home in 'We mean it man: Punk Rock and Anti-racism - or Death In June Not Mysterious', Anamorphosis p.29, available for £3.75 from Sabotage Editions, BM Senior, London WC1N 3XX.
This review appeared in Transgressions.No 5
Stewart Home distanced himself from promo video for Come Before Christ & Murder Love... Photo 2004 Chris Dorley Brown.
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