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Apocalypse Culture Paperback – December 1, 1990
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Adam Palfrey (second edition)
is a hard book to classify;
perhaps the closest one could
get is to describe it as a
compilation of alternative
writings on the sorry state of
The book is divided into two
parts. The first part points to
the evidence of our society's
moral decay, with essays ranging
from one that encourages
self-castration, to an interview
with an admitted necrophiliac,
to the Muslim program as
outlined by Elijah Muhammed.
The second part of the book
purports to show the
sociopolitcal results of the
decay of our culture, and
includes an essay by the founder
of the Church of Satan, much
about the supposedly secret role
that the Freemasons play in the
political arena, and the
connection between the atomic
bomb and mysticism.
This book isn't for everyone,
particularly not the faint of
heart because of some of the
photos included. However, I
found it interesting, if
disturbing, reading. Highly
recommended for people who think
the world's going to hell in a
handbasket, or just like to read
material about the outer fringes
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Don't let the title of the book fool you....Its basically full of sick and twisted essays.Published 14 days ago by Phil
Be prepared for full-frontal humanity in some of its darkest forms. I only felt like reading it in bursts, but it was well worth it.Published 7 months ago by Pro-te-an
I don't like, condone, or support any of the topics of these essays. But human experience is broad, and this is a window into some of the most extreme elements of it.Published 9 months ago by RFK
If you haven't read this book (or 'Apocalypse Culture II'), then you must have still been in diapers in the 90s. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Quale
Contains several "underground" essays and manifestos that are tough to locate nowadays.Published 14 months ago by Molly Millions
I'm still reading it. It's ok.
Probably best if read between the angry ages of 17 and 24.
Apocalypse Culture is a gritty look back at a time before the Internet and the explosion of the Information age when publishing houses like Feral House (and let's be fair, there... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
If this book doesn't start some kind of fire inside you-you're probably dead. This book should be mailed to you along with your military draft card at 18 and memorized.Published on March 1, 2014 by JamesMagnus
Wonderful book for those with attention deficit disorder. Great toilet read. Several different contributing essay writers make this a must have for the macabre.Published on October 9, 2013 by Mike Maes