Grave Desire

Grave Desire

A Cultural History of Necrophilia

From Ancient Egypt to True Blood - death, sex and culture.


Grave Desire is an analysis of the occasions of necrophilia throughout history, literature and the arts. It is an examination of the breaking of taboos and the metastasizing of fetishes in individuals and cultures using the works of Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Žižek and others to explore the biographies of known necrophiles such as Carl von Cosel, Karen Greenlee and Ed Gein, and to analyze the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Troy, Victorian England and the first to eighth century CE civilization of the Moche people in northern Peru who used necrophilia as a means of religious time travel.
Throughout the book, examples from the works of Herodotus, the Metaphysical poets, the Marquis de Sade, Cormac McCarthy, Poppie Z Brite, Jörg Buttgereit and more are used for illustration.

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS ~ Richard Marshall, 3:AM Magazine

If you only read one book before you die make sure it's Grave Desire... ~ Stewart Home

If sex and death are the two pivotal obsessions of the human species, Steve Finbow nails both of them simultaneously in this brilliantly incisive cultural and corporeal history of necrophilia, by assembling seminal case studies together with the aberrant literatures, visions and theories they've inspired. Pathologically and outlandishly good. ~ Stephen Barber

Steve Finbow writes within and beyond the dark depths of literary history, displaying his own sense of flair, experimentation and perspicacity. Sharp, snappy and intelligent, this is Literature for the intertextuality generation. ~ Lee Rourke

”Steve Finbow's stories are some of the best new writing I've read in recent years – energetic, perceptive, innovative and often very funny. He is a powerful, often mesmerizing writer who deserves to reach a wide audience.” ~ Toby Litt

The ability, variety and vision which Steve Finbow displays in his short stories simply leaves me breathless (and envious) and wanting more, more, more. ~ David Peace

Steve Finbow
Steve Finbow Steve Finbow once worked for Allen Ginbserg, he has been a lecturer in the UK and South Africa, a journalist for The Japan Times, a writer f...
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