Adam Parfrey  

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Adam Parfrey (12 April 1957 -10 May 2018) was an American writer, editor, and the publisher whose work frequently centered on unusual, extreme, or "forbidden" areas of knowledge. He is perhaps best known for his books Apocalypse Culture (1987) and Rants and Incendiary Tracts (1989).



He was born in New York to actor Woodrow Parfrey (his mother, Rosa Ellovich, was Jewish, his father was not). He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1962. Upon graduating from Santa Monica High School, the young Parfrey enrolled at UCLA before transferring to UC, Santa Cruz where he studied theater and history without graduating. While at UCLA, he wrote for the student newspaper, the Daily Bruin, and later became co-Editor.

He collaborated on George Petros' Exit magazine.

Following a stint at the tabloid newspaper Idea Magazine, Parfrey returned to New York. In 1989 he started Feral House with $5,000.

Amok's first release was an English translation by Joachim Neugroschel of Joseph Goebbels's novel Michael.

He was married to Jodi Wille, with whom he co-published Process Media.




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