Harry of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor at SLIPKNOT‘s first-ever Knotfest, an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival whch took place on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he is planning to write another book following last year’s “Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good”, Taylor said, “I’m working on book two right now. It’s gonna be really cool. I’m about, I’d say, a quarter of the way through it, which is good, ’cause I don’t have to turn it in until November. It’s probably gonna stir up some pretty good beef with certain people, but I don’t really care. The working title right now is ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven’, and it’s basically my experiences with the paranormal, and ghost sightings, and occurences, and I’ve had a lot, enough that I’m writing a damn book about it. But it’s actually… It’s about how can I believe in ghosts, and not in God? So it’s a very interesting conversation. And that’s kind of what I wanted to do with ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, was start a conversation and get people thinking about it. Because the stuff that interests me is the stuff that nobody talks about. And I have the weirdest ideas pop into my head, and there’s nobody there to talk about it with. So this is the perfect way for me to kind of start a conversation with a lot of people. Certain chapters will be specifically about the experiences that I’ve had in certain houses and whatnot, one of which is the mansion in L.A. where we recorded [SLIPKNOT‘s] ‘Vol. 3’ [album], and just kind of my take on the whole religion thing, so that’s probably gonna get me in some deep hotwater, but I’m so used to it by now, it’s not even funny.”
Regarding whether he can envision himself writing a novel one day, Taylor said, “I feel like I’ve got a novel in me somewhere, but that’s something… I was just talking to a buddy of mine about it, who’s a writer as well, and he’s nearly done with his first novel, and it’s taken him 11-12 years to do it. And I can totally understand; it’s a long process. I mean, you’re creating a world, you’re creating something from scratch. And it’s always been easier for me to talk non-fiction than fiction. I’m kind of broaching it with the new STONE SOUR album, with the short story that accompanies the concept albums. But that was 12,000 words, which is a piece of piss — I mean, you’ve gotta get in, you do your thing, and there it is. And I had the added bonus of being able to have music tell a lot of the story as well, through the lyrics and whatnot. But yeah, I think some day. But I know me. I would never wanna out out something that I didn’t back, that I didn’t think was quality, that I didn’t think was up to scratch. I have a very, very high yardstick when it comes to putting something out that’s really amazinbg. So, for me, maybe down the line sometime, but nothing in the near future.”
“Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good” made the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best sellers list after it came out in July 2011, debuting at No. 26.
Taylor promoted the book by doing appearances where he read, performed a few songs and signed copies.
Released in the U.S. via De Capo Press, “Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good” saw Taylor speaking directly to his fans and sharing his worldview about life as a sinner. While the 256-page hardcover book was Taylor‘s personal story, it was also described as “a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a ‘good’ person or a ‘bad’ one.”