At first this seems as though it might be a sequel to Apocalypse Culture with an emphasis on “last days” cults, perhaps a written extension of Parfrey’s “Cult Rapture” art exhibit in Seattle. In fact, although there are chapters on real “cults,” such as the followers of Indian God-man Sai Baba and the much-ridiculed Unarius flying-saucer contactee group, much of this book has little, if anything, to do with any type of cult.
The majority of this book reprints Parfrey’s writing that has appeared in such diverse publications as the Village Voice, the San Diego Reader and Hustler. The non-Parfrey material includes Jonathan Haynes’ treatise “The Sex Economy of Nazi Germany,” the weirdest, if not the most bizarre, chapter in the whole book. Haynes is a white supremacist who is convinced that there is a Jewish conspiracy to stop him from getting laid. He gets so mad about it that he kills a hairdresser (for creating fake Aryans by turning hair blonde) and then a guy who sells blue-tinted contact lenses. Before he did this, he sent Parfrey a screed about the Nazis’ policy of government-run Free Love. Parfrey reprints this along with a rundown on the antics of the Cult of One. Also included are chapters on the big-eyed children painters (Walter and Margaret Keane), shock treatment, and James Shelby Downard’s hyperparanoiac Mason-directed mail-order bride exposé, a critique of anti-masculinist Andrea Dworkin, a G.G. Allin interview, and a chapter on human oddities that contains many previously published accounts of questionable authenticity that seem to be repeated solely for the shock value. The second half of the book turns into Militia Rapture as Parfrey turns his attention to right-wing spokesman Bo Gritz, SWAT training camps, Waco conspiracy theorist and hornets-nest-stirrer Linda Thompson, and a low-down on the Oklahoma-bombing conspiracy evidence. TC
Publisher: Feral House
Paperback: 371 pages