Kooks: A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief by Donna Kossy. Feral House, 1994, large format pb, 253 pp., heavily illustrated, $16.95 + $1.75 postage. (Please order through the publisher, not the author.)

Comments on Kooks:

"Donna Kossy is one of the very few dignified representatives of the growth science of Crackpotology. To write entertainingly for 'nonkooks' about so-called kooks, crackpots, and possible visionaries requires walking a tightrope between tolerant understanding of 'outsider' psychology and graceful sarcasm, balancing both a solid grounding in the mainstream scientific paradigm, and a healthy distrust of the status quo."
-- Rev. Ivan Stang, author of High Weirdness By Mail; sacred scribe of the Church of the SubGenius

"Donna Kossy boldly blazes new trails in the vast intellectual wilderness of American writers, thinkers, and philosophers who were or are completely nuts. Kooks ranks with such sociological classics as Mackay's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Dudley's Mathematical Cranks. This, for obvious reasons, is a book which every science fiction writer should possess."
-- Bruce Sterling, author of The Hacker Crackdown and numerous sci-fi books

"Compulsively readable. The 'kooks' collected in this volume are our true American originals and Donna Kossy chronicles their jaw-dropping messages with a rare mix of objectivity, sympathy, and wit."
-- Jay Kinney, publisher of Gnosis Magazine

To order:

1. Send email to Feral House

2. Send a SASE to:

Feral House
2532 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 359
Venice, CA 90291

for their latest catalog

3. Visit the Feral House Web Site

4. Credit card orders can now be handled through Atomic Books by calling:


5. You can also order Kooks through your local bookstore.


Issue #1 - 28 pages - $4

Confessions of a Cheap Book Fiend; The Island of Misfit Books; My Life in the "Secret Museum"; reviews of pulps, strange health manuals, and bathroom books; and more. All written by latter-day devotees of the printed page.

"Finally! A zine dedicated to reviewing books (remember those things?) in depth! ... all-star lineup of zinesters and writers ... superb first issue ... Nicely produced, with plenty of cover reprints, and top-notch writing from beginning to end - I can't wait for the next issue!" - Amusing Yourself to Death

"This is a great mag, well-organized, seamlessly written, and edited with flair. We dashed through it cover to cover, alternately laughing and marveling at it all along." - EYE

Issue #2 - 36 pages - $5

John Marr on Teen Blood Lust; Dan Kelly reviews Youth Studies Alcohol; "Stupidity On Parade" by Donna Kossy


More from Chip Rowe's bookshelf; Creation's Doom; The Spawn of Psychopathia Sexualis; Bookshop Heaven and Hell; Courtney Brown's Breakthrough; A Strange Manuscript and much more.

"[The] quality of writing [is] frankly some of the very best in magazine publishing, period. ... [Issue 2] is almost perfect, and one of the few absolute life-giving essentials in the crowded world of alternative publishing." - EYE

Issue #3 - 32 pages - $5

The Story of the Ultimate Weird Book Caper
Reviews of unique, self-published wonders
by Donna Kossy, John Marr, Dan Howland, Chip Rowe, Greg Bishop and others
Art by Ken DeVries
In-depth coverage of the weird world of books that you won't find anywhere else!


KOOKS Magazine

The legendary and groundbreaking precursor to the book of the same name. Each issue (except No. 1, which is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, xeroxed) is 8-1/2 x 11, offset printed, 20-40 pp., and heavily illustrated.

No. 1 - Boston's Mystery Writer; AIDS and the Washington Monument; Television and Satan. (sold out)

No. 2 - Seven Wonders of Kookdom; Donna Kossy's First Kook; Christian Technocracy; Devil's Alphabet; Reviews.

No. 3 - Eclectoplasm From Space; Archive of Useless Research; Mr. Science vs. the Jesii; Historical Kookdom.

No. 4 - Close Encounters of the Disturbed Kind; Nenslo's First Kook; End-of-the-World Bibliography; More from the Archive of Useless Research; Reviews. (limited quantity)

No. 5 - Attack of the Unidentified Flying Amoeboids; Reviews; Kooks Behind Bars; Anti-Rock Fanatics; Twin Mystery Writers; KOOKARAMA. (limited quantity)

No. 6 - California Saucer Saints; The Anglo-Israelites; Reviews; Paul Laffoley: 3rd Generation Lunatic Fringe; KOOKARAMA; Is JFK Alive?; Kooks Behind Bars - Part II.

No. 7 - Twisted Scripture; Aggressive Christianity; KOOKARAMA; Kooks Behind Bars - Part III; World Class Kooks: Reich and Pound; Bob Larson Anti-Satan Crusade; Men Can Have Babies; Reviews.

No. 8 - Black Messiahs; The Psychological Railway; KOOKARAMA; Kooks Behind Bars - Part IV; Psychoosmology and "DUFT"; Reviews; Modern Day Trepanning; Journey to NEOTOPIA; Happy Science.

Single Issues:
No. 2-5: $4
No. 6-8: $5

SPECIAL!! Nos. 2-8 for just $22


Material prepared for the book Kooks, but cut due to space limitations.
8-1/2 x 11, 36 pp. -- $5.

AM I INSANE? by Dan Scott Ashwander

In this kook tour-de-force, Ashwander wonders whether JFK really said "we have control of the mind," explains the purpose of his "cosmic mind," and tells of his adventures battling the likes of the Evil Eternals, Hitler, Mussolini and Albert Einstein. Makes a great gift!
5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 40 pp. -- $5

False Positive Magazine

Begun in 1984, False Positive was a "zine" before there were zines. The "Kooks Pages" within each issue and the special all-kooks issues started Kossy's career as a crackpotologist. Each False Positive sports a beautiful color xerox cover. (No.10 also has a color xerox back cover). Issues No. 1-6 and 8 are out of print, but a limited quantity of the final issues are still available.

No. 7 - Generic - $3
No. 8 - Kooks II - $5
No. 9 - Youth - $3
No. 10 - Cars - $5
No. 11 - LAST - $3

SPECIAL!! All five for just $15

Full Color Postcards

50 cents each

1. "I Own 30 Million TV Sets"

2. "No Job Worries on a UFO"

3. Authentic Rapture Painting

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POB 86663
Portland, OR 97286