Adam Parfrey

American writer

Adam Parfrey (April 12, 1957 – May 10, 2018) was an American journalist, editor, and the publisher of Feral House books.[1] Parfrey co-founded Amok Press with Kenneth Swezey in New York in 1987.[2] Amok's first release was an English translation by Joachim Neugroschel of Joseph Goebbels's novel Michael.[3]

Adam Parfrey
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Born(1957-04-12)April 12, 1957
New York City, New York, United States
DiedMay 10, 2018(2018-05-10) (aged 61)
OccupationJournalist, editor, publisher
Known forFeral House, Process Media
Jodi Wille (m. 2006–2011)
Parent(s)Woodrow Parfrey, Rosa Ellovich

The partnership of Parfrey and Swezey as Amok published nine books, including You Can't Win, by Jack Black,[4] The Grand Guignol: Theatre of Fear and Terror, by Mel Gordon,[5] and Boxcar Bertha, with an Intro by Kathy Acker.[6]

Parfrey died on May 10, 2018 at the age of 61.[7]


  1. Conklin, Ellis E. (November 23, 2010). "For Adam Parfrey, Publishing the Unabomber's Book Is All In a Day's Work". Seattle Weekly.
  2. Amok Books website indicating 1987 as founding year
  3. " Michael: A Novel (9780941693004): Joseph Goebbels, Joachim Neugroschel: Books".
  4. "You Can't Win: The Autobiography of Jack Black: Jack Black: 9780941693073: Books".
  5. " Grand Guignol: Theatre of Fear and Terror (9780941693080): Mel Gordon: Books".
  6. "Boxcar Bertha: An Autobiography, As Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman: Box-Car Bertha, Ben L. Reitman, Kathy Acker, Roger A. Bruns: 9780941693066: Books".
  7. Haring, Bruce (May 11, 2018). "Adam Parfrey Dies: Feral House Publisher, Author And Editor Of Forbidden Knowledge Was 61". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018.