M Shawn Crahan’s ‘The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey’ Art Book Tour at Book Soup

“…Crahan’s soul shines through in his over-exposed snaps of urban decay, and the pictures of his Slipknot bandmates are absolutely chilling. A jarring view through an unsettling lens.”

–Chris Krovatin, Revolver, (July/August 2012)

M. SHAWN CRAHAN aka clown–the founder and visionary behind one of the biggest hard rock bands in the world, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning Slipknot–stopped into the renowned book store Book Soup in Los Angeles this past Friday (June 29). For two hours, CRAHAN addressed the crowd–which included his friend and Slipknot bandmate, lead singer Corey Taylor–and signed copies of his first-ever art book and collection of photography, THE APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARE JOURNEY (MTV Books).

Slipknot is currently headlining the Rockstar Mayhem Festival which kicked off this past Saturday (June 30) and continues through August 5. CRAHAN has announced he will do daily book signings for THE APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARE JOURNEY on the tour and he’ll offer the large format, stunning coffee-table book at a discounted price of $30.00 (plus $10.00 shipping from the festival) to fans onsite. All dates listed below.

APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARE JOURNEY is an art book collecting eleven years of manipulated medium format Polaroids, each an exploration in darkness and light, and a representation of CRAHAN’s second and equally powerful artistic outlet. Weird, wired, paranoid, and endlessly imaginative, ANJ is Shawn’s hand-picked collection of over 187 giant, never-before-seen images in numerous styles. For a 25-Page digital book preview of APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARE JOURNEY (MTV Books). Click here:


Lars Ulrich of Metallica penned the forward for Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey after seeing M. Shawn Crahan’s photography at a gallery show. From Ulrich’s forward:

“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 fuck of a ride, that I can guarantee you will be unique, spellbinding, and potentially life altering. This book is everything that art should be.”

2012 continues to be a big year for CRAHAN, which started with the announcement of his new Film/TV production company Living Breathing Films at Sundance, the release of his first book THE APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARE JOURNEY, a headlining run on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and the creation of the first-ever Knotfest music festival (August 17 and August 18).

Corey Taylor and M. SHAWN CRAHAN at Book Soup in Los Angeles. Photo credit: Nicole Lemberg.




Current dates for M. Shawn Crahan’s APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARE JOURNEY book tour:

DATE             CITY                           BOOK STORE                                 TIME
Jul 05               Tempe, AZ                  Changing Hands Bookstore                7:00pm, Free
Jul 19               St. Louis, MO  Barnes & Noble (Mid Rivers, St. Peters, MO) 7:00pm, Free
Jul 23               Allen Park, MI              Barnes & Noble (Detroit)                    7:00pm, Free
Jul 26               Ridgewood, NJ            Bookends                                            7:00pm, Free

M. SHAWN CRAHAN daily book signings (near 2pm) at the APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARE JOURNEY/Slipknot tent on the Mayhem Festival grounds.

Rockstar Mayhem Festival w/ Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, As I Lay Dying + more
DATE  CITY                                       VENUE

07/03   Auburn, WA                             White River Amphitheater
07/04   Nampa, ID                               Idaho Center Amphitheater
07/06   Phoenix, AZ                             Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
07/07   Albuquerque, NM                     Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
07/08   Englewood, CO                      Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
07/10   Dallas, TX                               GEXA Energy Pavilion
07/11   Woodlands, TX                       Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/13   Tampa, FL                              1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater
07/14   Atlanta, GA                              Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/15   Indianapolis, IN                        Klipsch Music Center
07/17   Bonner Springs, KS                Sandstone Amphitheater
07/18   Oklahoma City, OK                 Zoo Amphitheater
07/20   Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/21   Tinley Park, IL                         First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
07/22   Clarkston, MI                           DTE Energy Music Theatre

07/24   Cincinnati, OH                         Riverbend Music Center
07/25   Cuyahoga Falls, OH               Blossom Music Center
07/27   Camden, NJ                            Susquehanna Bank Center
07/28   Burgettstown, PA                    First Niagara Pavilion
07/29   Bristow, VA                             Jiffy Lube Live
07/31   Saratoga Springs, NY             Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/01   Darien Center, NY                   Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/03   Mansfield, MA                          Comcast Center
08/04   Scranton, PA                           Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08/05   Hartford, CT                            The Comcast Theatre

*Slipknot headlining, As I Lay Dying supporting.

*08/08  Holmdel, NJ                             PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
*08/09  Gilford, NH                               Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion