Archive for the 'books' Category

We’re Having a Good Time With That Goat, Wish You Were Here: Decadence With Adam Parfrey and Peter Sotos

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

In The Quimby's Bookstore Podcast episode #8, we have two interviews. The first one is with Adam Parfrey, publisher of Feral House and Process Books, which comprise some of the books Quimby's carries that have to do with miscreants, mayhem, outer limits, conspiracy theory and the occult like Apocalypse Culture vols 1 and 2, American Hardcore: A Tribal History, Cult Rapture: Revelations of the Apocalyptic Mind and more. Specifically in this interview, Parfrey talks about Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide, which he wrote with Craig Heimbichner. It's a beautiful, scrapbooky-ish title with hundreds of images regarding secret societies like the Freemasons and Oddfellows. There's ads for things like Masonic supply companies, cartoons lampooning Masonic "ritual" and more. We talked with Parfrey about he difference between cults and religions, the fine line between frat and subculture, the forces of sex and death how people just want to belong to something, and the burning question: "Shriners: philanthoropists or sadistic clowns?".

Here's the Freemason symbol (yeah, yeah, we know you know what it is -- it's just that we referenced it in the interview and said we would post it):

The second interview in this episode is with Peter SotosFeral House published the book Pure Filth, which Sotos edited. It's an annotated collection of transcripts culled and transcribed by Sotos, from the underground pornography films of the late Jamie Gillis (who whom Sotos was friends with). Gillis was a primary performer in pornography’s “Golden Age,” and is known for inventing the “gonzo” genre of porn, played out in the film Boogie Nights by Burt Reynolds’ character, who was based on Gillis. The work of extreme novelist Peter Sotos focuses on criminal psychology, sexual abjection, and the myriad aspects of pornography. He's the author of 11 published novels, including Index, Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey. His writing has appeared in ANSWER Me!, Apocalypse Culture II, Funeral Party, and Ritual Sex. Recently his books Tool and Mine were reprinted simultaneously by Nine-banded Books.

Links relevant to this episode:
Feral House Books available from (...and we have more at our brick and mortar store)

Music Used in this episode:
"Freimaurer Kantata" by Mozart (He was a Freemason, duh)
"The Snow" by COIL


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Quimby’s Podcast #7 With Adam Levin and Tim Kinsella

Thursday, January 17th, 2013


This episode of the Quimby's Bookstore Podcast features a discussion with authors Adam Levin and Tim Kinsella.

Adam Levin is the author of Hot Pink (McSweeney's), a collection of short stories. His book The Instructions (also published by McSweeneey's) is a hefty book about a ten-year-old super-kid who might be the Messiah. Adam teaches writing.

Tim Kinsella is the author of The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-Defense (Featherproof Press). He too, teaches, as well as bartends, and you may already be familiar with his music, Tim having been in such bands as Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc.

Adam was celebrating the release of and reading from Hot Pink. He selected Tim as a companion reader for the event.

This interview was conducted in the basement of Quimby's.

The basement of Quimby's, in spite of what you may think, is mostly storage. Mostly.

Well, and also we have some monsters down there too.

Caseen Gaines and Inside Pee-Wee’s Playhouse

Saturday, July 21st, 2012


This is the sixth episode of the Quimby's Bookstore Podcast, which features an interview with the charismatic, funny and thoughtful Caseen Gaines, the author of Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon.

Between 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful children’s program broadcast on CBS. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the show, the complete behind-the-scenes story is being told for the first time by those who experienced it. Complete with an episode guide, biographical information about the cast and key members of the show’s creative team, never-before-told anecdotes, and previously unpublished photos, Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse takes the first in-depth look behind the program TV Guide recently cited as one of the top ten cult classics of all time.

Here's a picture of Caseen at Quimby's!


...And of course... You can buy the book at Quimby's or order it from Quimby's here!

Links as discussed in this episode:

website for the book:

author website:

Pee-Wee Gets an I-Pad:

John Paragon as Mr. Excitement:

Jon Kristiansen and Tara G. Warrior Talk About Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Podcast-episode-4-Metalion.jpgThis episode features a discussion with Jon Kristiansen and Tara G. Warrior talking about their book Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries (Bazillion Points Publishers). Jon started Slayer Mag in Norway in 1985 and put out 20 issues over the span of 25 years. The zine covered a variety of extreme metal bands, including Emperor, Slayer, Kreator, Nihilist, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Cathedral, Entombed, Morbid, Napalm Death, and more. The Onion AV club called Slayer zine founder Jon Kristiansen “one of the best primary sources for facts and stories about Mayhem, Varg, and what really happened back in the day." The Chicago Reader called this book "a chronicle of death and black metal at their births but also a personal coming-of-age story." It's an awesome 744 page hardcover with tons of pictures and reproduction pages from every issue, and there's even material from the precursor Live Wire zine. It's also part memoir. Co-editor Tara interviewed Jon all about his experiences with the zine, and then together they decided what to include.

Yes, we have it at Quimby's. It is $39.95.

Jon and Tara were at Quimby's for a Chicago release event for the book on 6/8/11. But we conducted this interview in our dark and creepy basement beforehand.

Quimby's Bookstore is at 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622. Or find us on the web at

Ryan Standfest Discusses Black Eye #1

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Welcome to the third Quimby's Bookstore Podcast! Editor Ryan Standfest discusses BLACK EYE 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension,” an anthology that collects original narrative comics, art and essays by 41 international artists and writers, all focused on the expression of black, dark or absurdist humor. (And yes, we carry it at Quimby's.)

With comics and art by Stéphane Blanquet, Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carré, Max Clotfelter, Al Columbia, Ludovic Debeurme, Olivier Deprez, Nikki DeSautelle, Brecht Evens, Andy Gabrysiak, Robert Goodin, Dav Guedin, Gnot Guedin, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Paul Hornschemeier, Ian Huebert, Kaz, Michael Kupperman, Mats!?, Fanny Michaëlis, James Moore, Tom Neely, Mark Newgarden, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Emelie Östergren, Paul Paetzel, David Paleo, Martin Rowson, Olivier Schrauwen, Stephen Schudlich, Robert Sikoryak, Ryan Standfest, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Wouter Vanhaelemeesch and Jon Vermilyea. Original essays by Jeet Heer (on S. Clay Wilson), Bob Levin (on “The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist”), Ken Parille (on Steve Ditko) and Ryan Standfest (on Al Feldstein and EC). Also includes the text “100 Good Reasons to Kill Myself Right Now,” by Roland Topor, translated into English for the first time by Edward Gauvin.

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Quimby's Bookstore 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Sgt. David J. Haynes and Christopher Garlington Discuss The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Welcome to the 2nd Quimby's podcast! This is an interview with the authors of The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats, Sgt. David J. Haynes of the Chicago Police Department and his partner-in-crime, blogger Christopher Garlington. They were at Quimby's for a release event on June 14th, 2011.

Peppered with outrageous stories from working cops, Chicago cop lore, and recipes, The Beat Cop’s Guide To Chicago Eats takes you on a gustatory journey through all five Chicago areas, including some of the toughest neighborhoods in the nation.

Sgt. David J. Biscuit Haynes has spent the past 15 years dodging bullets and chasing down gang bangers on the city’s West Side, running Chicago’s first ever Homeland Security Task Force, and supervising squads in the 19th District at Belmont and Western.  Christopher “The Bull” Garlington is a blogger and author, known for his blog Death by His writing has appeared in the Chicago Trib, Another Realm, Bathhouse, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and more. Together they have hosted the radio program The Dave & Chris Show! since 2007, which you can find on, during which they cultivate and maintain a long-standing argument about pretty much everything, broadcast live from places like cigar stores and bars. From politics and video games to the importance of cool nicknames and secret societies, they cover it. The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats book retails at $15.95 and includes $34 in coupons. It’s like being buddies with your alderman. You can get it at or by coming into our store at 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago.