Early History, EXIT Magazine, Amok Press and Apocalypse Culture
Parfrey left the University of California-Santa Cruz in 1979. He moved to San Francisco and began a short-lived experimental magazine, IDEA; which published two issues. He also wrote and a performed in a play about Gilles de Rais called “The Wickedest Man in the World" (1983). Later in 1983, Parfrey began work at New York City's Strand Bookstore. In 1984, with co-worker George Petros, he began EXIT Magazine. Parfrey worked with Petros for three of the six published issues.
Back in Los Angeles, Parfrey co-founded Amok Press with Kenneth Swezey in 1986. Amok's first release was an English translation of Joseph Goebbel's novel Michael.(Translation by Joachim Neugroschel.) 1987 saw the release of the cult classic, Apocalypse Culture.Apocalypse Culture is a collection of articles, interviews, and documents that explore the various marginal aspects of culture. First it was later reprinted in 1990 and 2001 by Parfrey's Feral House. In 2000 the sequel Apocalypse Culture II was released. The book has been widely campaigned against and has been banned in many countries.  The partnership of Parfrey and Swezey as Amok published 9 books, including: You Can't Win by Jack Black, The Grand Guignol: Theatre of Fear and Terror by Mel Gordon, and Boxcar Bertha (with an Intro by Kathy Acker).