UK based publisher CULT NEVER DIES recently released the expanded edition of Mortiis’ “Secrets Of My Kingdom” book, which was originally written and published in a highly limited form in 2001. In the extensive interviews Mortiis explains the genesis and evolution of the Mortiis concept and the immense impact upon the ‘dungeon synth’ movement – a genre that is curiously at the height of its popularity today – is also examined in detail.
Mortiis says: “Cult Never Dies had approached me about a reissue a couple of years ago I believe, but I wasn’t quite ready at the time… When I finally came around, and figured the time was right, I chose Dayal & Cult Never Dies for a few reasons. Mainly because he already had a few books out that focused around the same scene (more or less) that I ‘belonged’ to back in the early to mid 90’s, so that made sense both in terms of his experience in publishing books and also the Cult Never Dies ‘clout’, which I appreciated.”
“Secrets Of My Kingdom; Return To Dimensions Unknown” shows previously unseen illustrations and text. The new cover artwork have been made by David Thiérrée, an amazing artist able to create symbolism and subtle hints.
Mortiis adds: “We’ve collected additional artwork from one of original artists Mark Riddick, and new front cover artwork, inspired by the themes of the book, by David Thiérrée, whom I also collaborated with for the reissue of my first 3 albums. He recreated the artwork all of those with great success…There will be a special box set version of the book, that will also include, among other cool things, reproduced prints of selected artwork, some of which were originally made in color, and we’re reproducing them in color for the special edition. Until now they were only printed in black and white”.