Larger Format Paperback featuring contributions by Stu Mead, Beth Love, Adam Parfrey, Chris Campion, Boyd Rice, Peter Sotos…
22 x 16 cm
Editor Parfrey again rounds up the finest writing about necrophilia, scatological child pornography, apocalyptic parables, and other taboo stuff. For instance, here is Michael Moynihan tracing the progress of pretty boy Bobby Beausoleil, inaugurator of the Pleasure Dome but best known as Charles Manson\rquote s chief procurer. Moynihan downplays the Manson connection and instead recounts Beausoleil\rquote s memories of participating in avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger s Lucifer Rising. At book’s end is a parable by convicted Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, as well as a picture of painter Joe Coleman, who is \ldblquote seeking out bodies for anatomical dissection to assist him in his art schooling.\rdblquote Coleman appears with a cadaver\endash \endash well, with most of it. There is disturbing stuff here, alright, in both text and illustrations, and those with weak stomachs or backbones should leave well enough alone. Those interested, healthily or not, in the dark and scary limits of the human imagination, however, will want to give a look. And may never the twain meet. Mike Tribby
A sequel to the ground-breaking 1987 analysis of apocalypse culture continues to explore this fascinating and trenchant topic, focusing on biological warfare, taboo art, sexual fetishism, corporate manipulation, sexual slavery, creepy pop stars, and other evidence that the old order is rapidly crumbling. Original.
Adam Parfrey's astonishing, un-put-downable and absolutely brilliant compilation...will blow a hole through your mind the size of JonBenets fist. -- Jerry Stahl
I believe that the compendious and beautifully executed Apocalypse Culture II does break all remaining taboos! -- Nick Tosches
I write books, I read books, and Apocalypse Culture II is the best book I have ever read. -- Richard Meltzer