Black metal bloodsuckers Cradle of Filth are definitely taking their merch game in interesting new directions. Last year, the band announced a line of signature teas for fans to gently sip on the graves of their beloved. Now, Cradle have revealed that they’ll be publishing a limited run of comic books — and will be releasing action figures to boot.
Cradle of Filth’s comic book series will be titled Maledictus Athenaeum, and will be published by Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment. The series is an anthology series brought to life by a roster of artists and writers from Heavy Metal Magazine. The press release for the series promises “Ageless Vampires, Mythical Creatures and Vengeful Gods…The Countess, The Huntress, Lilith, The Manticore, and many more,” so fans of Cradle should be pretty pleased with it.
Not only that, but the comic’s world will be extended into the toy market, with action figures of frontman Dani Filth and the Succubus from 2001’s Bitter Suites to Succubi being turned into collectible action figures.
“Cradle of Filth’s collaboration with Incendium for the forthcoming comic series and action figures provides an incredible opportunity for fans to indulge and explore the mythologies and murk at the heart of the band’s lyrical compositions,” says Dani Filth. “As an avid collector of Horror figures for decades now – citing the enclosing walls and shelves of my home crammed with toys and memorabilia as an example – I was only too eager to embrace this emphatic union with a company that is as excited about bringing our brand of lascivious Gothic darkness to glorious undeath as we are.”
“Dani has created such a rich mythology across Cradle of Filth’s discography,” says Incendium CEO Llexi Leon, “and we’re thrilled to explore those dark fantasy worlds with our Maledictus Athenaeum anthology, an ever growing gothic library that’s sure enthrall readers with an irresistible blend of horror, romance, mystery, and mayhem – featuring incredible visuals to inspire all manner of toys and collectibles across our lines.”
Check out the first issue’s cover and the action figures below:
Cradle of Filth’s new comic and action figures are available for preorder.
Words by Chris Krovatin