SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor revealed in interview with U.K.'s Vice that he has had "many" stalkers over the years. He said: "This is no bullshit — I've noticed that my singing and my lyrics bring out a certain type of schizophrenia that makes certain people stop taking their meds, and they hyper-focus on me. It gets really weird. I've had a handful over the years — luckily nothing too intense."
Asked how he handles his stalkers, Taylor said: "The only thing I can do is report it. I make sure that everything is done by the book, but I also try to get them the help that they need. That's the key element — making sure that they get the help they need. The couple of stalkers that I've had that weren't affected by that end of the mental illness spectrum were much more of a 'catfish' kinda thing; a social media thing. They were creating a bunch of different profiles that would attack me, but then defend me. It was really fucking weird. It's actually still going on. It comes and goes, and I haven't been able to find out who it is. It's tough to deal with, and it makes me close ranks a little more, which is hard to do in this fucking day and age, when part of what I do is so tied to social media. You just gotta do what you do."
Taylor is promoting his new book, "America 51", which was released on August 8 via Da Capo Press.
The book, which is subtitled "A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside 'The Greatest Country In The World'", was described by its publisher as a reflection of how touring with bands has taught Corey "what it means to be an American in an increasingly unstable world." It features Taylor's thoughts on the state of the U.S. and had to be rewritten after Donald Trump was elected president last November.
"It refocused me in a way and made me see that there are bigger issues in America than Trump," he explained. "There are bigger issues than having an orange president. It's essentially me standing in the middle and trying to get people to come to the middle and talk instead of standing on the outside extremes screaming at each other. Both sides have issues. Both sides are so convinced they're right that they can't see how... wrong they are. And it's ugly. It's not fair to the people who are actually trying to do something good for the country."