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'Because a life lived in fear is equal to no life at all'
This is the uncompromising vision of Jehnny Beth and Johnny Hostile. Fearless and highly erotic, these stories delight in ideas of sexual transgression and liberation, offering a window onto a world where anything is permitted, and everything is safe. As each of Jehnny Beth and Johnny Hostile's characters break from the bonds of acceptability and enter a darkness of desire, submission and sex, they discover their own humanity, a place where they can truly be free.
A manifesto in the form of erotic photography, monologues and dialogues, Johnny Hostile's stimulating photography punctuates Jehnny Beth's seductive prose. Collapsing the barriers between sex an art while examining the universal values of human existence and consciousness through uninhibited desire, C.A.L.M. established Jehnny Beth and Johnny Hostile as two of the bravest and most provocative voices in fiction and erotic art today.
The paperback of C.A.L.M. is comprised of twelve stories in the form of monologues and dialogues, punctuated with Johnny Hostile's photographs.
The limited edition hardcover art book comes in a slipcase and features the full collection of Johnny Hostile's photography, alongside Jehnny Beth's monologues.
About the Author
Jehnny Beth (Author) Best known as the charismatic lead singer and co-writer of UK band Savages, who received Mercury Prize nominations for their classic two albums Silence Yourself (2013) and Adore Life (2016), Jehnny Beth is a songwriter, singer, and multi-disciplinary artist based between Paris and London. She works in many mediums with longtime collaborator Johnny Hostile, who is one of the producers of her forthcoming solo album, To Love Is To Live. Hostile also produced albums by Savages, in addition to co-writing and producing the soundtrack for Showtime's XY Chelsea, a documentary about Chelsea Manning, with Jehnny Beth. C.A.L.M. is the duo's first book together, with Jehnny Beth helming the stories around Hostile's provocative photographs.
C.A.L.M. presents adventures in . . . abject passion with a forensic detachment that recalls Bataille, De Sade, Anais Nin and Patrick Suskind—The Quietus
Sexualised, strange and absurdist stories, told through different voices, fragmented but clear
[The short stories are] boldly transgressive and startling in their vividness