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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"It is an unglamorous saga of indentured panhandling, Dumpster-diving, child neglect, public-access proselytizing, and Heathers-level Machiavellianism—detailing the insidious banality of evil more convincingly than Process theology or Maury Terry ever could."—LA Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932595376
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 693,763
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

Rarely What It Seems Adam Parfrey 7

Foreword Timothy Wyllie 13

The Process Church Timeline 19

My Life Inside the Process Church Timothy Wyllie 23

The Process Church Hierarchy Sammy M. Nasr 127

My Life in The Process Edward Mason 131

Processean Reflections Malachi McCormick 145

The Process Version Laura Merrill 155

Joining The Process Church Sammy M. Nasr 159

Marriage and Children in The Process Church Kathe McCaffrey 163

My Vulnerable Moment Ruth Strassberg 167

From a Robert de Grimston Letter on The Process 171

The Process Is The Product Genesis Breyer P-Orridge 173

Images 185

From Dialogues from Xtul Robert de Grimston 267

From The Gods on War Robert de Grimston 269

From As It Is Robert de Grimston 293

From Humanity Is the Devil Robert de Grimston 295

The Schism Robert de Grimston 297

Epilogue Timothy Wyllie 301

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

    Hot Summer reading - stunning graphics

    Timothy Wyllie writes the story of "The Process Church" with both
    objectivity and insight.
    In both long-shot and close-up he takes the reader into an experience
    that transcends his/her previous imprints of attraction and aversion.
    This intense "Oh Wow"! and "Oh No"! story is told with clarity, wit
    and an eye for detail, a chimera of the sixties and seventies from
    another angle and through another filter.
    The book is brilliantly edited by Adam Parfrey.
    Complex, many-layered material is organized into three parts to offer
    the reader options for spontaneous exploration. Understanding deepens
    by dipping into the three segments at will.
    First; the recollections of Timothy Wyllie and other Process members.
    Second; excerpts of The Process Church's scripture, written by Robert
    De Grimston, spiritual leader.
    Third; excerpts from The Process Magazine" in which writing and
    illustration and highly avant-garde layout perform their Psychedelic
    Sans Drug Dance.
    In the cult the cream of talent rose rapidly and was readily used to
    profit the community. At an age impossible in conventional publishing,
    young Timothy was a major force in creating a magazine that, sold on
    the streets by the theatrically costumed Processeans, brought major
    revenue to sustain the community. "Lucy (was not) in the Sky with
    Diamonds," but the black, white and red graphics of the magazine
    revealed another psychic climate, The Jehovan - Luciferian - Satanic
    union.
    I recommend bathing in the stunning graphics every once in a while to
    color Wyllie's story and also referring to the Robert De Grimston
    material, which presented as an entity has saved Timothy the labor of
    elucidating the Process Doctrine in detail in his unfolding story.
    Wyllie reveals the psychological climate within the cult and the
    challenge of establishing The Process across Europe and the United
    States. All Processeans were on a constantly ascending learning curve,
    sometimes demanding raw survival skills. Living within the community
    required the development of selfless intimacy with others, and the
    emotional flexibility of balancing on the shifting sands of the
    ever-changing values and demands of the leaders, who Wyllie paints
    from many angles in diverse media.
    Out of the fertile soil of revelation and devastation, Timothy and his
    companions bring forth a rich and mutant crop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Excellent book

    The Process Church Truely is a lovely Subject I learned much about my God Patterns or if you just want to get to know the 60's better this is good book to read the author writes about different subjects these days though and it also includes 2 page comic section with pictures of the groups and peolple within the Process Circle one of which was i have to say was the most useful i even discovered i had family who played some part in some of those circles and on top of that it also includes a paper said to have been contributed by Charles Manson about Death which should be most interetsting to people who want to know more about the Manson Mythos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 26, 2009

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