Transgressive Culture

I have an article on Charles Manson in the new issue of Transgressive Culture (2.1). Abstract and link below.

The Other Side of Madness: Charles Manson, 1969 and the Continuation of a Cult

With reference to Nikolas Schreck’s The Manson File (1988), and Adam Gorightly’s Shadow Over Santa Susana (2001), this article analyses the manner in which ‘apocalyptic’ publishers, such as Creation Books and Amok Press, appropriate Charles Manson as a figure of madness. In contrast to the discourse of trauma, anomaly and judgement that pervades such early Manson-related texts as Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter (1974), this article’s contention is that the madness of the Creation /Amok Manson is articulated as a critical subject position interrogative of the normative conditions of the ‘sane’.


  1. Hi James,

    Don't know if you are aware that Nikolas Schreck's nearly 1000 page 2011 book The Manson File: Myth & Reality of an Outlaw Shaman greatly supercedes the old 88 version and tells the true story of the murders and Manson#s life in more detail than any other book on the subject. Also corrects and critiques Gorightly's errors and rumors. The book is available at www.nikolasschreck.eu

    Please be so kind as to send us a copy of your article for our archives.

    Nikolas Schreck
    Postfach 120452
    10594 Berlin

    (Admin, Nikolas Schreck Website and Official Facebook page)

  2. Hi Victoria,

    Thanks for your interest. I'll send on a copy of the article.

    I am aware of Nikolas Schreck's Manson File redux. I used the first edition in the article because I was interested in Manson's representation circa 1988.

    I'm hoping to extend the article soon, at which point I'll be able to discuss the expanded edition in more detail.

    Best wishes,