Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan will be premiering his new photo book ‘Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey’ at the South By Southwest Music Festival next week in Austin, Texas. ‘Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey’ is a collection of Crahan’s photography, and more specifically his experimental works exploring darkness and light.

The hand-picked collection of polaroids were taken over the past year and show off Crahan’s unique perspective on things that has been best described as “weird, wired, paranoid, endlessly imaginative and cancerously prolific."

The forward for the book was written by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, and here is an excerpt of it:

"Throw yourself into Clown's world, throw yourself into Clown's book, throw yourself into Clown's images, throw yourself into the whole f---ing thing. Let go of the bungee cord, do away with the safety net. Just go for it, and let the journey take you wherever the journey's going to take you. And as you're going on that trip through this book, occasionally imagine Clown next to you. Imagine hearing his voice in your head talking about what these images and experiences have meant to him and where he was going with it. And you will end up on one f--- of a ride, that I can guarantee you will be unique, spellbinding, and potentially life-altering. This book is everything that art should be."

Everything that art should be indeed! Crahan will be holding a press party in addition to a question and answer session at SXSW on Mar. 15.

A website has been set up for the book where where fans can find pre-order information as well as some interactive fun with Clown.

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