Mors Mystica: Black Metal Theory Symposium. Edited by Edia Connole and Nicola Masciandaro.
Only that person who says: My soul chooses hanging, and my bones death can truly embrace this fire . . . for it is absolutely true that no one can see me and live.
– Bonaventure, The Journey of the Mind into God
In this endless extreme tomb of weeping sadness, / I am embraced by the cosmic force of night.
– Inquisition, Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult
A collection of essays based on the proceedings of Mors Mystica, a black metal theory symposium taking place at St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on 25 April 2015. Focusing on the theme of mystical death (ego death, annihilation of the mind/self, fana, man-o-nash), the writings offer diverse theoretical exposures of the living intersection between mysticism and black metal.
Autonomy of Death, Nothing Like This – Daniel Colucciello Barber
Ablaze in the Bath of Fire – Brad Baumgartner
‘Don’t worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)’ – Charlie Blake
Xenharmonic Black Metal: Radical Intervallics as Apophatic Ontotheology – Brooker Buckingham
Seven Propositions On the Secret Kissing of Black Metal: OSKVLVM – Edia Connole
The Day of My Death Had Finally Arrived – Simon Critchley
Following the Stench: Watain and Putrefaction Mysticism – Drew Daniel
‘It’s a suit! It’s ME!’: Hyper-Star and Hyper-Hero through Black Sabbath’s Iron Man – Caoimhe Doyle & Katherine Foyle
dying to find I was never there – Teresa Gillespie
Mycelegium – James Harris
The Perichoresis of Music, Art, and Philosophy – Hunter Hunt Hendrix
How Dead is a Corpse-Painted Face? Patterns of a Visual Mysticism – Dominik Irtenkauf
Memoriam – Ed Keller
Floating Tomb: On Inquisition – Nicola Masciandaro
On Darkness Itself – Niall W. R. Scott
The Tongue-Tied Mystic: Aaaarrrgghhh! Fuck Them! Fuck You! – Gary J. Shipley
Sirr – Ulku Tekten
Black Bile – Eugene Thacker
This Place is A Tomb: Infinite Terror in Darkspace– Dylan Trigg