Do my opinions matter? No. Does what I write have any influence on the people or things that I’m writing about? No. Is my work of any relevance at all? No. In fact you could happily pass this site by and carry merrily on with your life – but, if you stay and explore you will find in the dark recesses of Scum Nation a whole cornucopia of visual and literary treats.
LIFE THE WINGROVE WAY
Do my opinions matter? No. Does what I write have any influence on the people or things that I’m writing about? No. Is my work of any relevance at all? No. In fact you could happily pass this site by and carry merrily on with your life – but, if you stay and explore you will find in the dark recesses of Scum Nation a whole cornucopia of visual and literary treats. Covering everything from beasties, like Grimly Fiendish and genocidal Martians, to Hammer starlets and sexploitation beauties; to satanism, blasphemy, political extremism and visual terrorism – to sex, pornography, punk, porn, and blood; to politics – from China’s cultural revolution and France’s revolutionary terror, to Nazism and genocide – here are all the things that interest me and make me tick.
I have no idea why I am doing this? Partly ego and vanity I suppose, and partly just for the pleasure of putting together all the images, words and thoughts that I like and make up my world and seeing what happens and who shares my interests …
This site is also very much an evolving project as I’ll be adding and updating material all the time so please check back often and feel free to comment.
I run Salvation Films and the film labels Redemption, Jezebel, Sacrament and Purgatory, which specialise in releasing exploitation films. As a way of diversifying and widening Salvation’s appeal I also created the online Alt girl collective, the Satanic Sluts, and more recently, the cosplay themed Ghoul Girls.
I used to run a nightclub called Black Mass, which was officially sanctioned by the Church of Satan and, at the same time, briefly published Rule Satannia magazine. Aside from this I occasionally make films, write, create imagery and paint pictures.
My interests include religion, transgressive culture, sex, pornography, political and ideological extremes (Nazism, the Cultural Revolution, the French Revolution, The Red Army Faction, The Angry Brigade, Stalinism, The Russian Revolution, the Khmer Rouge, Fascism, Islamic terrorism, genocide, eugenics, totalitarianism and terrorism), all of which influence my creative work.
I have spent most of the last three years or so sorting out my personal life, which was a bit of a mess, and reassessing what I want to do creatively. This has meant spending a lot of time writing and researching my book on the printed output of the NSDAP and German society between 1919 and 1945; Strength Through Design: Print Propaganda of the Third Reich. Separately I have begun painting and working towards an exhibition. Both projects I am enjoying immensely.
I also like reading Billy Bunter, the greatest anti-hero ever, thrillers, and biographies; drinking bourbon, and walking my long coat chihuahuas.
ABOUT MY LIFE
My life, your life, their life, whatever. Why does my life and what l’ve done, or my family or the people that I’ve known or dealt with matter to you? It doesn’t and they don’t of course, any more than any of the self aggrandisement that drives Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and their ilk does, this is just my way of saying I can, only I can more than most, because I have been cursed by a life that has driven me to pursue subjects and ideas that are generally regarded as unacceptable and over which I have little control beyond making the unacceptable, acceptable.