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Apocalypse Culture Paperback – December 1, 1990
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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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I was expecting a cornucopia of alternative thought pieces from the '80s. What I got? Welp, it's trash.
I'll be upfront and say I only read 30 pages- I cannot stand to read any more. The book opens with an absolutely jumbled essay on Lycanthropy and the "Wolf-Nature" in man, penned by Parfrey himself. Which might be cool, except Parfrey never really makes a point with it. He does however do the "Conspiracy Writer Thing" where he takes a bunch of lofty topics like Judeo-Christian behavior suppression, the worship of Sirius (the dog star), Aleister Croweley, etc and strings them all together because apparently that is the key to decoding the secrets of this world. The essay concludes with a sweet picture of a dog biting some guy.
The next piece is an interview with a woman who engages in Necrophilia. No gripes here, I was not particularly interested or disinterested.
From there it moves on to the "Infernal Texts" section of the book. This includes a poem by Mel Lyman about turning the Earth into an asteroid belt via nuclear apocalypse, an essay by Louis Wolfson which expresses the immorality of allowing mankind to survive, and a paragraph(!!) by Dan Burros which explains the act of killing as a necessity for mankind's advancement.
It's at this point I reach the opinion that I am not reading a well-edited collection of alternative media, but rather a pile of shock texts. I can see how this might be interesting in the '80s when you couldn't go on the internet and access unlimited content. But today, you could friend 10 random degenerates on Facebook and get this quality of writing in your news feed.
Personally, I enjoy occultism, conspiracies, UFOs, all that fun stuff! But only when it's explored from a critical, scholarly perspective. As the reviewer below me says, this book is basically just full of sick and twisted essays. Apocalypse Culture is juvenile and I don't recommend it.
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. "The Christian Right, Zionism and the Coming Penteholocaust" is an especially disturbing and interesting study examining the relationship between militant Israelis and their Christian fundamentalist supporters in the US. Their goal is a 'Greater Israel' in the Middle East with a rebuilt Temple and Jewish control of most of Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebannon. This is supposed to be a part of Biblical prophecy, according to the fundies, and it is necessary for this set up to occur before World War III begins and Christ can return. "Vengeance in Secret Societies" studies how secret societies in world history used violence and terrorism to further their political goals, starting with the Assassins in the Middles East during the time of the Muslim Caliphate. "The Call to Chaos" by James Shelby Downard is one of the most ???--huh things I've read--something about a magical bottle at the test site of the first nuclear bomb and it has something to do the the cabalistic/Masonic uniting of the mystical male and female sexual energies. Speaking of nukes, the last essay, "Meditations on the Atom and Time" will blow your mind as it relates how the nuclear bomb has achieved godlike status in our collective psyche.
An important lesson to be learned from APOCALYPSE CULTURE considering the popularity of US meddling in Middle Eastern affairs today: "It is an ancient belief of black magic that manifesting the presence of the diety required sacrifice of human victims. It was also believed that the life energy of the victims would increase the potency and longevity of the sorcerer. A mass sacrifice might even confer enough energy to make the sorcerer immortal. Could this be the reason among the circles of the Christian Right, that the Penteholocaust, the sacrificial burning of death, will invoke Christ the vampire and render his disciples immortal."
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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Probably best if read between the angry ages of 17 and 24.