Sometime in the mid to late 90’s, there was this awesome record store in Adelaide called Thrash Grind & Grunge. It was also home to Dominator Records; a label that was home to such bands as The Mark Of Cain, Bloodsucking Freaks, Grunter, and Truth Corroded, just to name a few. Each week I’d go there and snap up bargains and buy records and all that stuff. It was pretty awesome. You could easily unload wads of cash at this place and walk out with some serious rarities at ridiculous prices. It was definitely my favourite record store at the time and I even did some part time work there. ANYWAY, one day, a Thrash Grind & Grunge regular named Kami decided to open a book store next door. He named the store Factotum Books and started selling alternative books, trash magazines, crime fiction and most famously, paintings, postcards and other such memorabilia from serial killers. It attracted a lot of attention and raised a few eyebrows. The fuzz took notice of this small shop’s infamous wares on sale and the journalistic heroism of the current affairs program Today Tonight decided to do a story on this new controversial store in the serial killer capital of the world, Adelaide. Here’s that story:

Sadly, Factotum Books no longer exists and either do half the serial killers whose paintings and memorabilia were being sold so if you were lucky enough to buy a crappy painting of clowns or birds, you are indeed the proud owner of some rare collectable art that is hopefully worth more than you paid for it.

“I guess rockstars got boring.” – Campbell McInnes

  1. Dick Dale says:

    Was a great shop. I got both my ‘Answer Me’ magazines from there including the notorious ‘Rape’ issue. Campbell gave me a discount if I bought both. Great reads! I’ve also yet to upload the ‘Ted Bundy Birthday Barb-b-que’ short doco video I made on a birthday party barbie Factotum held at the front of the shop for notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy. All the usual weirdos were there… Great to see the today tonight article too and a young David Nolte of ‘Crimson Celluloid’ fanzine.

  2. Max says:

    There has never been a better record shop in Adelaide than Thrash Grind and Grunge, and there has never been a better bookshop than Factotum. I can’t believe the record shop folded – if everybody who patronized it spent as much of their disposable income there as I did, surely it had to have survived? And this was way before dowloading became viable.
    Anyway, I’ve always regretted not buying “The Poor Man’s James Bond” – a manual for improvised weaponry – from Factotum before it closed.

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