August 1996. Headpress CEO David Kerekes in Manchester receives a disturbing phone call from his colleague David Slater in Knutsford. Slater informs him that the Headpress mail-bag that morning included a package containing a letter, a cheque and a well-thumbed copy of Killing for Culture, the seminal snuff-study that was simul-scribed by Kerekes and Slater just two years previously and published by maverick London-based Creation Books.
The letter heaps praise on Killing for Culture and requests that the enclosed copy of the book be signed by its simul-scribes before being posted back to its present owner. Costs will be more than covered by the enclosed cheque. But that request is not what disturbs Kerekes and Slater so deeply. Similar packages and similar packages have arrived before from passionate fans of Killing for Culture and will arrive again.
No, what disturbs both men is the purported writer of the letter and owner of the book. Kerekes takes up the story on page 9 of Nekro-Nuggets: Deviant Dispatches from the Noxiousest Niches of Planet Putrid (TransVisceral Books 2016):
Of course, our initial response, by both Dave and myself, was to assume that it was a leg-pull and that “Jimmy Savile” was one of the not un-numerous pranksters in the Headpress community and/or an affiliated region of the counter-culture. But something smelt badly wrong – or smelt badly right, if you will. We both felt uneasily sure that the package really had been sent by Savile. The cheque was for a lot of money and looked 100% authentic, according to Dave.
He also told me that the letter was immaculately typed on expensive headed paper – and he swore that he had smelt cigar-smoke when he opened the package (Savile was famous as a cigar-smoker). And the wording of the letter: we both agreed that it really did read as though it really had been written by Jimmy Savile.
And that’s what stopped both Dave and myself in our tracks, if you will. The thought that Jimmy Savile could be a fan of Killing for Culture. And an knowledgeable and enthusiastic fan, at that! I mean, even though all this was years before the full horrifying truth about Savile emerged, it would have come as no surprise to Dave and myself in 1996. We both loathed the guy – positively and pro-actively abominated him, and had done so since we first set eyes to him as children. (ch. 1, “Sign-o’-the-Slimes: A Deviant Dispatch from the Archives of Headpress Journal”)
If you want to know what happened next – whether the letter really was from Jimmy Savile and, if so, how Team Headpress responded to it – you’ll have to pick up a copy of Nekro-Nuggets, which really does deliver what it promises on the tin: “Deviant Dispatches from the Noxiousest Niches of Planet Putrid”. That first Headpress-o-centric chapter alone would make this book more-than-essential reading for all keyly committed core components of the counter-cultural community.
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