Marilyn Manson Ditches Film For Books

Album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) due by September.

Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, currently in the recording studio, has modified his plans for upcoming projects, which were to include the album In the Shadow of the Valley of Death and the "Holy Wood" film, his publicist said. Due by September, Manson's new CD will be called Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) and will be followed shortly by two books, rather than a film. The "Holy Wood" book will be a graphic novel based on the movie's screenplay. A still-untitled coffee-table book of art created for and inspired by the album and book, whose central character is an androgynous figure named Adam Kadmon, also is planned. Manson shifted the project from film to book because movie studios would have forced him to compromise his vision for the work, his publicist said. "This is something I've been picking at for 10 years, and I hope it inspires you onto your own transformation," Manson said in a statement.