‘When I was a weird little kid in suburbia obsessed with horror of all kinds, my grandfather (who isn’t alive anymore) built me a haunted house. I could pretend I was a ghost or a bat or a werewolf crying blood over a cardboard tombstone. It was a make-believe world where my imagination could get deranged and it was magic.’ — Charlie Fox
Charlie Fox is one of the UK’s most acclaimed young writers, having come to attention for his debut book, This Young Monster in 2017 – a collection of essays billed as ‘a hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things.’
Rather than a conventional catalogue, the book takes the form of a large-scale anthology of Fox’s inspirations and interests – screengrabs/VHS rips from films and TV shows, internet-sourced photos, adverts, and multiple other cultural references.
It is a purely visual ‘scrapbook’ offering a journey through Charlie’s imagination, from horror movies (The Silence of the Lambs, and Beetlejuice, etc.) to The Simpsons, and to the funeral of Princess Diana.
Published on the occasion of the exhibitions, My Head is a Haunted House: curated by Charlie Fox at Sadie Coles HQ, London (5 June – 10 August 2019), and Dracula’s Wedding at RODEO, London (4 June – 3 August 2019). Co-published with Sadie Coles HQ.