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Changes and News from Feral House & Process Media

‘Publishing, especially independent publishing, is a business fired by passion, taste and a just a touch of skill. (Well,  some could argue about Feral House and taste, but a fair argument can be made that bad taste is its own marvel.) It is the common myth of the singular creator that Feral House was the work of one person.

In fact, Jessica Parfrey, Adam’s sister, and Christina Ward have worked as a part of Feral House and Process Media for many years to develop and shape the books that make it to the dusty corners of the remainder bins. We are proud and confident that Jessica, newly named as Publisher, will lead Feral House and Process Media forward in a manner that acknowledges what Adam built yet will grow to reflect the women that run the business.’

Here’s what Jessica said

“The past months have been difficult as you might imagine, losing my brother as well as my boss.  Though it is was commonly thought that Adam WAS Feral House and Process, the company wouldn’t be what it is without the contributions of hardworking, talented designers, editors, and staff. I miss my brother; I miss the keen eye for detail and his unique insights. I have been working with Adam for over a decade and have every intention of keeping the companies and his legacy alive and thriving.

And it is in the busiest of the book season that Feral House announce their upcoming titles. These books reflect both the esoteric interests and distinctive voices that have made Feral House and Process Media a formidable force in independent publishing.

From Feral House:

Blood, Fire, Death – The Swedish Metal Story by Ika Johannesson &  Jon Jefferson Klingberg

Blood, Fire, Death- The Swedish Metal Story by Ika Johannesson & Jon Jefferson Klingberg

In the early 1990s, Swedish musicians revolutionized the international music scene with their groundbreaking interpretations of what Metal music could be.

Suddenly, the mild-mannered Scandinavian country found itself at the forefront of a new movement with worldwide impact thanks to bands such as Entombed, Dismember, and At the Gates.

The birth of black metal drove the culture to even greater extremes, featuring a rawer, darker sound and non-ironic death-worship.

Soon churches in both Norway and Sweden were aflame, and before long Satanism emerged as more than just an image.

But how did it all start? Why did Sweden become a hotbed for such aggressive, nihilistic music? And who are the people and bands that brought it all about?

Blood, Fire, Death: A Swedish Metal Story recounts the evolution of the genre from the massive amplifier walls of 1970s rock, through the church-burning Satanic 1990s, to the diverse and paradoxical manifestations of the scene today.

This book focuses on the phenomena that have propelled the scene forward in an evolution that has not only been musical, but aesthetic and ideological as well.

This book is a story about grotesque logos and icons that invoke death and darkness, but also a story of dedication, friendship, community, and profound love for music.

Author Ika Johannesson says, “This is not the definitive history of Swedish metal. Instead, we’ve focused on bands, individuals, and phenomena which to various extents have propelled the scene forward.

Grandpa’s Witched-Up Christmas by James Flora

Grandpa’s Witched-Up Christmas by James FloraJames Flora’s final children’s book picks up where Grandpa’s Ghost Stories left off; Grandpa is telling another hair-raising tale—and this time it’s about how Santa Claus saved him and grandma from becoming Christmas dinner for three horrible, no-good witches.

When Grandpa was a boy, the most terrible thing happened to him the day before Christmas. While taking a shortcut through the woods, he met three fearsome witches.

One, with sharp teeth and hair like an unmowed lawn, pointed her finger at him, squealed “Sha-zam!” and turned him into a snake.  The second witch, who didn’t have any feet, turned him into a turkey buzzard.

And the third witch-tall and warty-screamed, “Ta-pooty!” and changed him into a pig. What happens next? A twisty tale of pure imagination.

James Flora’s tall tales, including the Feral House release of Grandpa’s Ghost Stories, with his ingenious illustrations, are favorites of children and adults.  Grandpa’s adventures are perfect for adventurous readers and their parents.

James Flora is best known for his wild jazz, and classical album covers for Columbia Records (the late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s).

He authored and illustrated 17 popular children’s books and flourished for decades as a magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora (1914-1998) was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity, and violence.

Hi Jax and Hi Jinx- Life’s a Pitch and then you Live Forever by Dame Darcy

Hi Jax and Hi Jinx- Life’s a Pitch and then you Live Forever by Dame DarcyHi Jax and Hi Jinx is a black-humored, edgy social comedy based on the real-life experiences of cartoonist and musician/performance artist Dame Darcy, creator of the comix series Meat Cake.

Her Gothic Lolita punk/dada life is a no holds barred fight for social justice. Allying herself with witches, the LGBTQ community, billionaires, and Native Americans, Dame Darcy takes on reality television, self-publishing, fine art exhibition, movie production, the patriarchy and the soaring cost of higher education.

Darcy’s comics are an aesthetic manifesto… Darcy is a star. Mark my words.” —The New York Times

Her imagery and style may have caught on in the wide world, but the originals are as menacing as ever.” — NPR Book

She is the Earth’s manifestation of true love. Her desires are delivered through the sensual art of music, lyrics, and visual magic. Dame Darcy is an artist worthy of obsession.” —Thurston Moore, Musician

Her work is a young Miss Haversham stripped naked by John Ruskin, or at least that’s one of the many delicious images that spring to my mind from the exquisitely strange pages by the ingenious and inexhaustible Dame Darcy!” —Guy Maddin, Filmmaker

Darcy makes mad and beautiful work.” —Alan Moore comic book artist and author of The Watchmen and V for Vendetta

Dame Darcy’s art resides at the crossroads between instinct and intellect, and every witch knows how powerful it is to bury talismans in that location. The Intersection. It’s the only place to cast a good spell. ” —Margaret Cho

With 50 plus internationally published graphic novels, cartoonist Dame Darcy is an essential voice in women’s art and cartooning.

In 2016, her 500-page, career-spanning comic compilation Meat Cake Bible was published by Fantagraphics.

A Lie Too Big to Fail- The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Lisa Pease

In A Lie Too Big to Fail, longtime Kennedy researcher (of both JFK and RFK) Lisa Pease lays out, in meticulous detail, how the Los Angeles Police Department silenced witnesses with evidence of conspiracy; how evidence was deliberately altered and, in some instances, destroyed; and how the justice system and the media failed to present the truth of the case to the public.

Lisa Pease reveals how the trial was essentially a sham, and how the prosecution did not dare to follow where the evidence led.

A Lie Too Big to Fail asserts the idea that a government can never investigate itself in a crime of this magnitude.

Was the convicted Sirhan Sirhan a willing participant? Or was he a mind-controlled assassin?

It has fallen to independent researchers like Pease to lay out the evidence in a clear and concise manner, allowing readers to form their theories about this event.

Pease places the history of this event in the context of the era and provides shocking overlaps between other high-profile murders and attempted murders of the time.

Lisa Pease goes further than anyone else in proving who likely planned the assassination, who the assassination team members were, and why Kennedy was deemed such a threat that he had to be taken out before he became President of the United States.

Lisa Pease is a lifelong information activist and a researcher. When she discovered that the Los Angeles Police Department’s records of the Robert Kennedy assassination were available at her local library, she spent many lunch hours, nights and weekends poring through the files on microfilm to research that bizarre case.

Lisa Pease co-editor and publisher of Probe Magazine (1995-2000). Lisa has been a featured speaker at several seminars in Dallas and Los Angeles. Lisa Pease is also the co-editor with James DiEugenio of The Assassinations (2003) that covers the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and Malcolm X.

From Process Media, Inc

A Witch’s Bestiary- Visions of Supernatural Creatures by Maja D’Aoust

Witch’s Bestiary- Visions of Supernatural Creatures by Maja D’AoustA Witch’s Bestiary delves through ancient mythological records and esoteric occult sources to encounter and catalog the residents of the unknown.

It takes the reader on a journey through the most fantastical tales of animals previously known to only a precious few.

These supernatural beasts are strange reflections of the true nature of humanity and deserve intense study, lest we forget our primitive origins and the animals that live in us all.

This Chthonic adventure digs through both subconscious and conscious awareness, guiding us through suppressed instinctual emotions and feelings.

The lessons of the animals from these ancient stories deepen our engagement with the earth, nature, and the living beings of our planet.

A keen knowledge of these tales provides a weapon against missteps in our modern-day lives. Once you better acquaint yourself with these strangely familiar mythological beasts, you will understand how aspects of these beasts manifest in ourselves and other.

Maja D’Aoust is a scholar of alchemy and occult lore whose interest in the esoteric occult sciences spans her entire lifetime. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Maja studied Oriental Medicine and acupuncture and later earned her Master’s degree in Transformational Psychology with a focus on Shamanism, the I Ching and ancestors in her Thesis work.

Maja is the co-author of the book The Secret Source with Adam Parfrey and was the co-host of the radio show “Expanding Mind” with Erik Davis.

Maja has published a Tarot deck called “The White Witch Tarot” though Red Feather Press. Maja lectures on mysterious topics in Los Angeles and educates the public community through her non-profit, The Well Wishers, which she established with Dr. Kelvin DeWolfe.

American Advertising Cookbooks, How Corporations Taught Us To Love Bananas, Spam®, and Jell-O®by Christina Ward

American Advertising Cookbooks, How Corporations Taught Us To Love Bananas, Spam®, and Jell-O® by Christina WardBananas in Ham with Cheese Sauce? Meat Salad made of ground bologna and gelatin? Spend any time on the internet, and you’re bound to come across gross recipes from the past. How did anyone with a single taste bud in their mouth come up with this stuff?

American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Spam®, Bananas, and Jell-O® is a deeply researched and entertaining survey of American food history; connecting cultural, social, and geopolitical events.

Author Christina Ward (Preservation: The Art & Science of Canning, Fermentation, and Dehydration, Process, 2017) uses her vast collection of cookbooks to tell the fascinating and often infuriating story of corporate greed and advertising and the manipulation of American cuisine.

Academic researchers have published histories of American food and politics, but Ward brings all these elements together to tell the larger story of why we eat what we do.

Though easy to mock, once you learn the real history, you will never look at Jell-O® the same way again! American Advertising Cookbooks, How Corporations Taught Us To Love Bananas, Spam®, and Jell-O® features full-color images and essays uncovering the origins of favorite foods.

Christina is a featured contributor to Serious Eats, Edible Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, Remedy Quarterly, and Runcible Spoon magazines. Christina, despite klutziness, is often found in classrooms and community kitchens with sharp knives, spilling vinegar into unsuspecting handbags while wildly gesticulating as she teaches folks how to make perfect pickles. She is a featured guest food expert on Fox6 News Real Milwaukee and public radio stations across the United States.

Christina can trace her Wisconsin roots to the early 1800s. She prides herself on having a hungry mind interested in learning about people, the foods they eat, and the stories that arise from that convergence.