Feral House has been publishing innovative and celebrated non-fiction books since 1989. Movies have been made, cultural trends influenced and political crimes exposed by our small, independent press. Headquartered in Port Townsend, WA, Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey has also co-founded the new imprint, Process Media, with Jodi Wille, formerly of Dilettante Press.
1240 West Sims Way Box 124
Port Townsend, WA
“The most courageous and incendiary publisher in the U.S.”
“The measure of an alternative publisher is the production of books that no one else would do (or has done). By this simple criterion, I rank Los Angeles’s Feral House, a small press with a taste for the outrageous, among the most valuable in America.”
— Richard Kostelanetz, Rain Taxi
“Feral House is an outstanding publisher, sort of the thinking man’s Loompanics, like the old Grove Press if it had been run by demented post-graduate students… With a definite bend toward the dark side, Feral House has consistently supported popular culture studies and analysis that illuminate hidden aspects of our world.”
— Fairfield County Weekly
Noted for his foresight as both a writer and publisher, Adam Parfrey’s Apocalypse Culture (1987) was hailed by J.G. Ballard as “the terminal documents of the Twentieth Century.” Cult Rapture (1995), subject of a notorious art exhibition at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art, included among its dozen pop culture investigations, Parfrey’s Village Voice cover story, the first published article on militias and domestic terrorism.
Apocalypse Culture II (2000), Parfrey’s lauded sequel, anticipated anthrax terror with a disturbing article on Biological Warfare. Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism (2001), “a frightening primer on radical Muslim thought” (New York Press), reveals the ways in which East Jerusalem has become Ground Zero for a coming World War.
But writing is not Parfrey’s sole forte. According to the Disinfo.com website, “Adam Parfrey is probably the most influential ‘underground’ publisher in post-millennial America.” In a recent L.A. Weekly feature, writer Doug Harvey celebrates “Adam Parfrey’s notorious, perpetually ahead-of-the-curve company, Feral House, whose encyclopedic interest in taboo (and conveniently forgotten) cultural phenomena helped define independent media through the ’90s. Titles ranging from Psychic Dictatorship in the U.S.A. to Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism stretched the parameters of acceptable intellectual discussion, keeping it broad and porous — often by sheer force of will — for almost two decades.”
Tim Burton’s bio-picture on the B-movie director Ed Wood was based upon the Feral House book, Nightmare of Ecstasy. Feral House’s collections of bizarre conspiracy theory, such as Secret and Suppressed: Banned Ideas and Hidden History were noted influences on Chris Carter’s X-Files. Parfrey himself appeared in and co-wrote Crispin Glover’s controversial “What Is It?“, a 2005 Sundance Film Festival selection.
Parfrey’s new publishing imprint, Process Media, a collaboration with Jodi Wille, has debuted in 2005 with publications by authors Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight), Humphry Knipe (The Nero Prediction), Timothy Archibald (Sex Machines), and Jolene Siana (Go Ask Ogre).
Parfrey’s writing can also be seen in The End is Near (2001, Process/Dilettante Press) and four years of weekly “HelL.A.” columns in the San Diego Reader.
Parfrey’s spoken word and novelty pop recordings have been released by Man’s Ruin (A Sordid Evening of Sonic Sorrows), Sympathy for the Record Industry and Amphetamine Reptile (SWAT: Deep Inside a Cop’s Mind).
As of April 1, 2006, Feral House is distributed to the book trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. Feral House is no longer distributed by Publishers Group West (PGW).
Our books can also be ordered through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Small Press Distribution, Bookazine, Koen, AK Press, Book People, and Last Gasp.
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