In recent weeks we spoke of Mick Farren–who wrote the Feral House book Speed! Speed! Speedfreak!–taking the final flight from planet earth…and in the past year the departures of Feral House authors Thomas Naylor (Secession: How Vermont and all the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire) and Nick Johnson (Big Dead Place), and before that Harry Helms (Top Secret Tourism), Brenden Mullen (co-author of Lexicon Devil: the Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs) who can forget, the death of Anton Szandor LaVey, who liars claimed left this earth begging the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Now we sadly announce the departure of Amy Wallace, who co-wrote the Feral House publication The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People with her brother David Wallechinsky and late father Irving Wallace.
Though it has a tabloidesque title, Amy, David, and Irving’s Sex Lives book is an extremely readable and unbowdlerized perspective on people in history that don’t normally receive this sort of treatment in a library-sanctioned biography or what appears nowadays on Wikipedia. You know this took an enormous amount of devoted research, and Amy, when she was alive, and David spoke to me of the many researchers they had hired to track down this extremely rare material. The Wallace Family are known for producing the bestseller volumes The Book of Lists and The People’s Almanac (and in many versions of both).
Amy also solely published a book about her experience within the Carlos Castaneda cult (Sorcerer’s Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda), The Prodigy: A Biography of William James Sidis, America’s Greatest Child Prodigy, the novel Desire and many other books she co-authored with others. Amy is remembered to be a very private, introspective and sweet person, a pleasure to work with.
Our condolences to Amy’s brother David, and Amy’s partner, the writer Scott Bradley.