Grave Desire: A Cultural History of Necrophilia (Paperback)
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Steve Finbow’s Grave Desire is an uncanny, frighteningly broad study of unsettling morbidity and taboo, a history all are aware of but few are open to deeply discuss. His coverage of necrophilia will have you squirming, elbowing you, jauntily winking at bizarre perversities while simultaneously regaling you with the gruesome details of hardcore live on corpse copulation. Simultaneously lowbrow and academic, Grave Desire is a title for the public burial of one’s pupils, its bold cover font an intellectual statement while cross legged at the café or riding on the metro. This is a title guaranteed to teach you some real weird shit on about ten thousand years of recorded history regarding corpses, intercourse, violence, and yes, even true love!

Dig in!!

— From Clark


Grave Desire is an analysis of the occasions of necrophilia throughout history, literature and the arts. It is an examination of the breaking of taboos and the metastasizing of fetishes in individuals and cultures using the works of Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj i ek and others to explore the biographies of known necrophiles such as Carl von Cosel, Karen Greenlee and Ed Gein, and to analyze the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Troy, Victorian England and the first to eighth century CE civilization of the Moche people in northern Peru who used necrophilia as a means of religious time travel. Throughout the book, examples from the works of Herodotus, the Metaphysical poets, the Marquis de Sade, Cormac McCarthy, Poppie Z Brite, Jorg Buttgereit and more are used for illustration.

About the Author

Steve Finbow lives and writes in London. He is the author of books of fiction and non-fiction. He is currently working on a new novel about New York City in the late '80s and a work on literature and illness.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782793427
ISBN-10: 1782793429
Publisher: Zero Books
Publication Date: November 28th, 2014
Pages: 213
Language: English