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For years I've been a little leery of this book. First published in 1987, this anthology of doomster essays has become a fixture on the bookshelves of every Tom, Pierced Dick, and Harry. After finally reading it, I have to admit that my prejudice against those who think that being cool means reading lots of ReSearch magazines kept me away from what is actually a fascinating volume, wherein the most absurd, inexcusable positions are defended with calm intelligence and witty rationality. With essays ranging from the sexual liberation of necrophiliacs to strong cases against art and agriculture, editor Adam Parfrey's collection is one that Tristan Tzara would enjoy, if he were to rise from his mouldy grave in search of good bathroom reading.

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Since his influential collection, Apocalypse Culture, was first released in 1987, the award-winning writer Adam Parfrey has been credited for discovering and revealing the inner workings of cults and unusual pop culture histories. With "Love, Sex, Fear, Death," Parfrey has captured the cooperation of primary players in the most secretive and talked about cult of our time.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; Rev Sub edition (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Parfrey is an American journalist, editor, and the publisher of Feral House books,whose work in all three capacities frequently centers on unusual, extreme, or "forbidden" areas of knowledge.

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"The Apocatastis: We are living during the time of a great apocatastis, the Greek term for the return of all things that have been lost and the revelation of all things at the end of time."
The apparent thesis of Adam Parfrey's APOCALYPSE CULTURE is that all insane, mind-blowing and utterly bizarre ideas, theories and behaviors will be manifested and then the end will come. The book, published in the late 80's, is a collection of essays, short stories, articles, rambling tid-bits and other odds-and-ends from a variety of authors. The prevailing themes in APOCALYPSE CULTURE could be classified as conspiracy theory, paranoia, schizophrenia, apocalypticism, surrealism, ultra-anarchism, nihilism, libertarianism, anti-materialism, Luddite, anti-establishment, occultism, Satanic, and egotism.
A number of the essays stood out. "Infernal Texts" is a collection of quotes from various sources about man's total worthlessness and the need for a massive upheaval to eradicate the false social order that is now in place. "The Invisible War" by ... La Vey is about how constant sensory bombardments upon human beings in the modern world constitutes a collective genocide against humanity. "The Cereal Box Conspiracy" details the negative effects of sugar breakfast cereal marketing towards children, how it takes advantages of their inner fears and sexual ambiguity. "From the Mark of the Beast to the Black Messiah Phenomenon" is about a Christian researcher's theories as to who the antichrist is, and the antichrist will apparently be a black man who will be worshipped by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others the world over. "Eugenics: the Orphaned Science" presents the pro-eugenics position, and gives quotes of famous people who argued for improving the biological stock of mankind through selective breeding.
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There are definitely some different strokes for some pretty different folks depicted here--and some of these folks are *not* going to stroke you the right way. But as a look-see into what's really "out there" out there--here's a book that will give you things you haven't seen before. If you don't mind sampling some radical points of view on some pretty way-out things (fetishes and mutilation anyone?), give it a shot. Just remember--this book might shoot back. And they use live ammo during the Kali-yuga.
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When Apocalypse Culture first made its rounds through the publishing industry, it was hailed as a near revelation. Now, over a decade later, it continues to invoke a sense of the underlaying chaos running rampant in the minds of millions. Many of the reactions can be judged en masse; revealing the phycophyciatry of the shadow side of America's most extreme tendrils.
Althrough not as shocking as its successor, it is just as relevant. The main thing one must remember is that this is a Feral House book; it's only for those who are either strong of stomach and/or cynical and looking for a jolt.
One of the highlights about the material covered in this tome is that it comes from such a variety of viewpoints; there are articles by wannabe serial killers, an admitted necrophiliac and and myriad others, all scraping for a place in the sordid landscape of medernism gone awry.
I look at it as mainly a study of subersive counter-culture- nothing more, nothing less. It will most likely continue provoking controversy and igniting sparks of angst, but this is, after all, part of Apocalypse Culture's undeniable charm.
All in all, this is one hell of a ride.
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Ah, a book displaying the fears and conspiracy theories of the eighties (a bad time period indeed). Oh, sure, there are still 'interesting' people out there right now, but i recommend reading this book as solely the relic of a bygone era. According to some accounts in the books, we should already have mechanical replacments for every organ, and have our hands serve as credit cards. Oh, and the apocalypse is already supposed to have happened. Perhaps the only use for this book is to read it for the shock value, for it still supplies plenty of that. The oft-lauded tale of the necrophiliac is actually quite tame compared to the interveiw with Peter Soto- a misogynist, sado-masochist who admires someone who tortured a girl to death after raping her in every way possible (and then the book goes on to say free speech as we know it is going down the drain, presumably because of this man's arrest. Ideals in the wrong places guys?)
However, not all of the articles are solely for shock value. 'Agriculture: demon instrument of civilization' has fascinating things to say about 'progress,' Surprisingly other articles are down-right boring (as if we didn't already know about revenge in secret societies!), but this doesn't mean that the book as a whole doesn't have the effect on the reader it's supposed to have. I made the mistake of reading some over midnight, and sub sequentially lost a night of sleep!
This book could be read by those with weak stomachs, but i don't recommend it for those who still have faith in human beings. It is not the 'truths' presented in it (weather control? really.) but the people who write those truths that are so upsetting.
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