Corey Taylor Discusses Religion, The Paranormal And ‘Pro Toolbags’
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He’s the closest thing metal has to a renaissance man: Corey Taylor fronts no less than two major bands, Slipknot and Stone Sour. He’s written a comic book series based on Stone Sour’s House Of Gold & Bones albums and now has two books to his name: 2012’s Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good and his more recent A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven: Or, How I Made Peace With The Paranormal And Stigmatized Zealots And Cynics In The Process.
It’s the latter book that’s been on his mind lately. He is rankled by the idea that it will be filed under “music” in book stores, as it’s a serious look at the supernatural, which neither flatly denies paranormal occurrences, nor buys into all of the explanations for them. Much of the book was inspired by Taylor’s own experiences.
As he told Radio.com, “It came down to, well, I’ve had all of these experiences. And yet, every explanation that has been offered to me has not been satisfactory, whether it’s religious, or complete dismissal by the skeptics, or the purported ‘ghost hunters,’ who get more and more reactionary with every series. I’m more interested in the proof of it. I wanna know what this is, instead of just going ‘Aaaah!’ I’d rather go, ‘Oh, that’s what this could be.’ Once I figured out that that’s where I wanted to write it from, the rest of it just kind of fell together.”
An avowed atheist, the book may not gel with Taylor’s more religious friends, but he’s careful how he treads on that ground: “I don’t knock how people feel, I knock the religion itself. That’s because so much of man’s fingerprints are on religion. If there was more proof in God, I’d probably believe more in it. It’s always been way more divisive than inclusive, so that’s one the reasons I’ve never subscribed to that side of things.”