Russell Brand used to be one dark and disturbing creature.

The comedian/rocker revealed in Neil Strauss‘ upcoming novel “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead”…that he was at one point obsessed with dead animals and would even throw them into the crowd at concerts.

“I was fixated with dead animals and death. The driving ideology behind what I was doing was pretty safe, right? And I felt that people were spellbound, like they’d been hypnotized, and I had to wake them up. So I would do things to wake them up. Like I’d have a load of dead rats or dead chicks, like baby birds, on stage. And I’d smash them up with a hammer and then throw them into the audience and go, ‘Why are you disgusted? I’ve just rearranged their atoms.  They’re dead already.  Nothing’s happened. You’re being shocked by nothing.’”

Brand also went into detail on his past drug addiction and how having money for the first time in his life played a big role in it.

“I was addicted to crack and heroin at that time and was…I’ve always had some destructive tendencies and I was unstable.  I had no off switch.  I was unable to manage it.  Up until then I’d never had money in my life and as soon as people gave me money, I just hit the f**k it button and blew up.” Strauss told Radar Online.

Thank goodness Katy Perry was able to tame this fire-breathing dragon….

Thoughts?