Salome, Five Plays

Author: Nick Cave

Title: King Ink, Salome: five plays

Form: poetry and short fiction

Published: 1988

Location: United Kingdom


Nick Cave’s darkly ironic five short plays visit only the most violent and sexual scenes in the story based on Oscar Wilde’s interpretation.

Expresses the most simplified misogynistic version of Salome as a ruthless woman who taunts men with her sexuality purely for the sport of sadistic vengeance.

These sketches take the Decadent infatuation with pain and sexuality to the extreme of manipulative violence.