David Michael Tibet is the founder of the Hallucinatory Patripassianist rock group Current 93, as well as his sidereal project, MYRNINEREST.
Born in Malaysia in 1960, David has created a unique, highly influential and extraordinarily powerful body of work – spanning music, painting, poetry and translation. He has collaborated with many remarkable and idiosyncratic artists such as Tiny Tim, Nick Cave, Antony, William Basinski, Rickie Lee Jones, Reinier van Houdt, Norbert Kox, Nick Blinko, Tony McPhee and Shirley Collins. He has also worked extensively with Steven Stapleton’s Nurse With Wound, Thomas Ligotti, Michael Cashmore, Ben Chasny, Andrew Liles, James Blackshaw, Baby Dee and the late Jhonn Balance.
Since he skipped into C93 in 1982, he has released over 9,300 albums and singles and featured on many other artists’ recordings. His paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions at New York’s White Columns and at London’s Isis Gallery, at which his first book of paintings, Some Gnostic Cartoons, was released. The founder of record labels Durtro, Maldoror, Coptic Cat, and The Spheres, he also created the publishing imprints Ghost Story Press, Durtro Press, Coptic Cat Press, and The Spheres, through which he has published nearly 50 books including, but not limited to, titles by both the seminal horror writer Thomas Ligotti as well as by the arch-decadent Count Stenbock, many of the latter’s works being published by David for the first time.
David is presently editing the Complete Works of Count Stenbock. David’s long-awaited book of his own collected writings, Sing Omega, was published in 2014. The Moons At Your Door, his anthology of writings—mainly supernatural—which have most inspired his work, was published by Strange Attractor in 2016; it also included translations by David from Coptic and Akkadian. He is presently working on a collection of his translations of Coptic apocryphal texts, as well as one of his translations of magical texts from Akkadian.
Amongst David’s many interests are early Christianity and its canonical and non-canonical texts, Christian Apocalyptic and Prophecy, translating Coptic texts and studying Coptic grammar, Assyriology, the Holy Grail, The Cloud of Unknowing, mediæval mysticism, Count Eric Stenbock, John Dee, Francis Barrett, Sir Thomas Browne, seahorses, snails and slugs, Gef (the Talking Mongoose of Cashen’s Gap), the works of MR James, fairy tales, folk ballads, Madge Gill, Louis Wain, and the art of Aleister Crowley, whose paintings he collects.
In 2009, he received a MA in Coptic Language and Grammar, focusing on his edition and translation of an unpublished Sahidic treatise on the Archangel Michael, The Investiture of Michael (in Coptic pjōōme mptaho eratf mparchaggelos etouaab michaēl) and is presently studying Akkadian and Sumerian. David lives in Hastings, England with Polka, and their two cats Fairy and Voirrey.
Thank you; all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.