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“SEMESILAM: THE ETERNAL SUN” and “IAO: OPHITE ICONOGRAPHY,” Two New Books From Author/Artist José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal, Are Coming Soon!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | News


Connoisseurs of dark art are in for a macabre treat, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign launched by Anathema Publishing. Two exquisite editions by artist and author José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal are on their way after the publisher exceeded its $110,329 goal by over $15,000 in just nine days. 

The first book is the long-awaited deluxe soft-cover reissue of Sabogal’s 2022 masterwork IAO: OPHITE ICONOGRAPHY. A bestseller upon its initial release, the first edition of this tome has become a much-sought-after item for devotees of the arcane. Described by the publisher as  “an iconographic proposal, an attempt to illustrate the Gnostic worldview and its myths as understood by the Ophites, an ancient Christian mystery cult and sect of which little is known,” the softcover edition features full-color interiors, printed on heavy stock archival quality paper and fine typography and layout by Joseph Uccello.

Anathema’s second upcoming Sabogal release is SEMESILAM: THE ETERNAL SUN, an all-new hardcover collection of the artist’s early work, available in a collector’s edition of 1,000 to 1,300 copies and an artisanal edition bound in genuine black Nigerian Goatskin Leather, limited to approximately 50 copies. SEMESILAM: THE ETERNAL SUN includes the long out-of-print Handbook of Sacred Anatomy (Aeon Sophia Press, 2014) and A Second Nature (ASP, 2017), “along with further, unpublished Sabogal works from 2012 to 2017 and an extended photographic record of Sabogal’s work focusing on human skulls and bones.”

Although Anathema Publishing has exceeded its Kickstarter goal, the campaign remains open for another week, with rewards, including copies of the books and extras, available to supporters.

William J. Wright
William J. Wright is RUE MORGUE's online managing editor. A two-time Rondo Classic Horror Award nominee and an active member of the Horror Writers Association, William is lifelong lover of the weird and macabre. His work has appeared in many popular (and a few unpopular) publications dedicated to horror and cult film. William earned a bachelor of arts degree from East Tennessee State University in 1998, majoring in English with a minor in Film Studies. He helped establish ETSU's Film Studies minor with professor and film scholar Mary Hurd and was the program's first graduate. He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife, three sons and a recalcitrant cat.