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Sunday, November 19, 2023 | Books, Music, News

30 years ago a dark presence moved into music history when Type O Negative released their third studio album, Bloody Kisses, bringing a goth metal voice to the masses. Listed at #53 on Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time, Bloody Kisses was an instant classic paving the way to the music charts with the incredible vocals by the late Peter Steele, drums by Johnny Kelly, guitars by Kenny Hickey, with keyboards by Josh Silver. Z2 commemorates the 30th anniversary of Bloody Kisses with a stunning volume of art and stories from rock star contributors Andy Biersack, Carla Harvey, Cristina Scabbia, and Burton C. Bell – as well as many more. This anthology captures both the haunted edge and the dry satirical humor that defined what many consider to be the definitive gothic metal album. The collection is slated for publication in late spring 2024 and will include, for the first time ever a double-picture disc vinyl set of Bloody Kisses, featuring art by Alan Robert (Life Of Agony/The Beauty of Horror creator).

“I have a long history with the Type O guys since we all grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn,” shared Alan Robert, Life of Agony/The Beauty of Horror creator. “Josh Silver produced Life of Agony’s initial demos in his home studio and our debut album River Runs Red at System’s Two – the same place Type O recorded Bloody Kisses. We did several tours together in the early 90s and shared a ton of laughs, so it was truly an honor to be a part of bringing this book to life. I know their music inside and out.”

TYPE O NEGATIVE: BLOODY KISSES is a collection of eleven stories based on tracks from the original release in 1993 along with the song “Suspended in Dusk” from the 1994 alternative version. Z2 and Type O Negative present Bloody Kisses in hardcover and as a deluxe edition including the hardcover, double picture disc version of the album on vinyl featuring each of the four members of the band and collector’s card by Charlie Benante, a super limited edition including the hardcover, double picture disc version of the album on vinyl featuring each of the four members of the band, and collector’s card by Charlie Benante – limited to 666 units and finally a very limited number of the rare REPULSION demo cassette, thought to be lost forever, and uncovered recently in a Brooklyn attic.

Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses will be available in hardcover via Z2 distributed by Simon & Schuster for a list price of $40 (ISBN: 979-8-88656-064-0) at retailers everywhere in Spring 2024. Preorder Available Now.


Grace Detwiler
Grace Detwiler (@finalgirlgrace) is a freelance film journalist and law student. Her original work can be found on her blog, FinalGirlGrace, as well as in Rue Morgue's print and online publications.