Love, Sex, Fear, Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgement

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Feral House, 2009 - Religion - 302 pages

The Process Church of the Final Judgment was the apocalyptic shadow side of the flower-powered '60s and perhaps the most notorious cult of modern times.

Hundreds of black-cloaked devotees, often wearing a satanic "Goat of Mendes" and a swastika-like mandala, swept the streets of London, New York, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Toronto, selling magazines and books with titles like Fear and Humanity is the Devil. And within the group's "Chapters," members would participate in "Midnight Meditations" beneath photographs of the Christ-like leader.

Celebrities like Marianne Faithful, James Coburn, and Mick Jagger participated in Process publications, and Funkadelic, in its Maggot Brain album, reprinted Process' "Fear Issue."

Process' "Death Issue" interviewed the freshly-imprisoned Charles Manson leading to conspiracy hysteria in such books as Ed Sanders' The Family and Maury Terry's The Ultimate Evil. A lawsuit against Sanders' Manson book led to the removal of its Process-themed chapter by Dutton.

Love, Sex, Fear, Death is the shocking, surprising, and secretive inside story of The Process Church, which was later transformed into Foundation Faith of the Millennium, and most recently as the Utah-based animal sanctuary, Best Friends.

Included will be text by Timothy Wyllie, a formative member of the Process and Foundation Faith organizations; interviews with other former Processeans; rare reproductions of Process magazines; never-before-seen photographs; and fascinating transcripts from holy books and legal actions.

The special limited edition will be hardcover, signed, numbered, and slipcased, and it will include a facsimile edition of the notorious "Death Issue."

 

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A wonderful read for anyone who's always wondered what The Process were all about. Wyllie's contribution, which makes up about half the book, is beautifully written and really conveys the spiritual ... Read full review

Contents

Rarely What It Seems by Adam Parfrey
7
My Life Inside the Process Church by Timothy Wyllie
23
The Process Church Hierarchy by Sammy M Nasr
127
Processean Reflections by Malachi McCormick
145
Joining The Process Church by Sammy M Nasr
159
The Process Is The Product by Genesis Breyer POrridge
173
From Dialogues from Xtul by Robert de Grimston
267
From As It Is by Robert de Grimston
293
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Timothy Wyllie was one of the first members of the Process Church and art directed the decades ahead of its time Process magazines. Wyllie says it required years to "decompress" from this one of a kind cult experience. Wyllie has also written two brisk-moving books on angels and spiritual intelligences. Since his influential collection, Apocalypse Culture, was first released in 1987, the award-winning writer Adam Parfrey has been credited for discovering and revealing the inner workings of cults and unusual pop culture histories. With "Love, Sex, Fear, Death," Parfrey has captured the cooperation of primary players in the most secretive and talked about cult of our time.

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