Cthulhu In Love: The Fetish Art Of Richard Kadrey [NSFW]

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We've been huge fans of Richard Kadrey's writing ever since we read his seminal cyberpunk novel Metrophage, and we've been lucky enough to hear him read several times from his stories of the bizarre sex lives of mutant assassins. So we were thrilled when we found out he also creates gorgeous, disturbing fetish art under the name Kaos Beauty Klinik. His breathtaking work — including women with actual tentacles and gorgeous women who are masked and mysterious — reminds us of the freakish beauty of Joel Peter Witkin's art. Click through for a (NSFW) gallery.

Says Kadrey:

Science fiction and the human body are inextricably linked through velocity. Both forms (the flesh and the word) are hurtling toward a future that is probably a hundred times weirder and more unexpected than anything we're yammering about today. I embrace with the future by throwing words at it. I obsess about speeding bodies by documenting and modifying them, trying to guess the forms they'll take as they hurtle off the cliff of the future. I wonder what we'll be like and look like when we hit the bottom and start rolling to the edge of the next cliff.

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[Kaos Beauty Klinik], plus [DeviantArt]

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DISCUSSION

Hi. This is Richard Kadrey.

Yes. It's a real octopus. And chocolate syrup. Both were slippery to work with.

A few questions for some who left comments:

Who said that the "gynecological" shots are supposed to be sexy? Are the exposed genitalia in the works of HR Giger, Hans Bellmer and Witkin supposed to be wank material? Who makes these rules?

>Too many of them resemble victims; the girl wrapped in plastic

>in the attic was just chilling.

The title of the piece is "Emergence," an image of birth among technological detritus and literal junk. In my opinion, it's an optimistic piece. Emergence and change are still possible in a gomi-dominated world. The image also has a dark aspect. Images and ideas can be both optimistic and dark simultaneously. In the 21st century, I think they are inextricably linked.

I'd also like to share something that most people don't know about the work: I collaborate with my models. I ask for their ideas and many of the images that people consider my most extreme come from the models themselves. The octopus shots are a good example. Soma's poses, including her "Cavern" shot, were all hers.

Where some people seem victims, I see bodies and identities in transformation (It's why I use a lot of masks), at a chaotic bifurcation point, about to become something else. Perhaps this uncertainty is what some people see as the models' "victimhood." I don't see them that way, but those who do are welcome to their opinions.