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Sunday: Who's Afraid Of The Process Church Of The Final Judgement?

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Some of the farthest-out hipster prose in the original print run of Ed Sanders' highly readable Manson account, The Family, concerns the supposed "hooded snuffoids" from the spookily-named but otherwise harmless Process Church Of The Final Judgement. This kind of statement, made despite the fact that no one in the group has ever been convicted of anything like murder, is somewhat like blaming the people who ran Amok Books for all the horrible killings written up in their inventory. Although the Process Church did publish a magazine, which solicited an essay from Manson, author and sect member Timothy Wyllie remarks, "One of the only times I recall that we decided to deliberately break the law was to smuggle a German Shepherd across the English Channel."

So Wyllie's book Love Sex Fear Death (Process Media) is not a true crime novel, although it's possible that the way they talk about Satan will still get you in trouble in some parts of the country. To read the book is to realize that theirs is a relatively dry, talky, intellectual religion, and the use of Satanic imagery is more symbolic than diabolical. The book's interest lies more in the parts they made up, the mythology of Christianity re-written with a new slant on the characters, kind of like the musical Wicked.