Feral House

Feral House

Feral House is a book publisher owned and operated by Adam Parfrey. The publisher itself describes the books it sells as "pure information", and says the topics of the books are "forbidden".

Feral House was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Los Angeles.

A sister imprint to Feral House, Process Media, was founded in 2005 in a collaboration with Jodi Wille of Dilettante Press to publish titles apart from the connotations of Feral House.


Tim Burton's film Ed Wood was based upon the Feral House title, Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood Jr.. The Feral House title American Hardcore: A Tribal History by Steven Blush has been made into a feature documentary of the same name, released by Sony Classics in the fall of 2006. Other Feral House titles have had their film rights optioned, and are currently in development: Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs by Brendan Mullen (to be released as What We Do Is Secret); Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons by John Carter, introduction by Robert Anton Wilson; Shit Magnet by Jim Goad; 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom by Anthony Papa with Jennifer Wynn; Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange and Menacing World of Antarctica by Nicholas Johnson.


  • Winner: Best Book of 1989 by Readercon: Apocalypse Culture edited by Adam Parfrey
  • Winner: Firecracker Award, Best Music Book of 2000: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind
  • Winner: Independent Publisher Awards Best Pop Culture Book of 2000: Pills-a-Go-Go: A Fiendish Investigation Into Pill Marketing, Art, History & Consumption by Jim Hogshire
  • Winner: Independent Publisher Awards Best Erotic Book of 2005: SuicideGirls edited by Missy Suicide
  • Winner: Independent Publisher Awards Best Pop Culture Book of 2006: Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties edited by Brittany A. Daley, Hedi El Kholti, Earl Kemp, Miriam Linna, and Adam Parfrey


A partial list of Feral House titles:

  • Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections, edited by John Zerzan
  • Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board by J. Edward Cornelius
  • American Hair metal by Steven Blush
  • The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X, edited by James Di Eugenio and Lisa Pease
  • The Bomb: The Classic Novel of Anarchist Violence by Frank Harris
  • Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, edited by Kim Cooper and David Smay
  • Cad: A Handbook for Heels, edited by Charles Schneider
  • The Carnivals of Life and Death by James Shelby Downard
  • Cholo Style: Homies, Homegirls and La Raza by Reynaldo Berrios
  • Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore by Albert Mudrian
  • Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook by Sean Tejaratchi and Katherine Dunn
  • Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant by Mel Gordon
  • Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism, edited by Adam Parfrey
  • The Gates of Janus: An Analysis of Serial Murder by England's Most Hated Criminal by Ian Brady, with introduction by Colin Wilson
  • Grossed-Out Surgeon Vomits Inside Patient!: An Insider's Look at Supermarket Tabloids by Jim Hogshire
  • Influencing Minds: A Reader in Quotations by Leonard Roy Frank
  • It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps by Adam Parfrey
  • Jim Goad's Gigantic Book of Sex by Jim Goad
  • Kooks: A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief by Donna Kossy
  • Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan & Didrik Søderlind
  • Muerte: Death in Mexican Popular Culture, edited by Harvey Bennett
  • The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro by Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith
  • Orgasmatron: The Heavy Metal Art of Joe Petagno by Joe Petagno
  • Prisoner of X: 20 Years in the Hole at Hustler Magazine by Allan MacDonell
  • Psychic Dictatorship in the USA by Alex Constantine
  • Rollerderby: The Book by Lisa Carver
  • Room with a View by Lucy Fur
  • Running on Emptiness: The Pathology of Civilization by John Zerzan
  • Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique by Joseph Lanza and Dennis Penna
  • The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber: Weimar Berlin's Priestess of Depravity by Mel Gordon
  • Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties, edited by Brittany A. Daley, Hedi El Kholti, Earl Kemp, Miriam Linna, and Adam Parfrey
  • Strange Creations: Aberrant Ideas of Human Origins from Ancient Astronauts to Aquatic Apes by Donna Kossy
  • Struwwelpeter: Fearful Stories and Vile Pictures to Instruct Good Little Folks by Sarita Vendetta, Heinrich Hoffmann, Jack Zipes
  • Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording by Larry Crane
  • Trust No One: The Secret World of Sidney Reilly by Richard B. Spence
  • Two Thousand Formulas, Recipes and Trade Secrets: The Classic Do-it-Yourself Book of Practical Everyday Chemistry by Harry Bennett
  • The VJ Book: Inspirations and Practical Advice for Live Visuals Performance by Paul Spinrad
  • Virtual Government: CIA Mind Control Operations in America by Alex Constantine
  • Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin by Mel Gordon
  • War Is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler
  • Why Bother?: Getting a Life in a Locked-Down Land by Sam Smith
  • The X-Rated Bible by Ben Ackerly


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