As we mentioned yesterday in our coverage of Arthur Topham, it has not been a great year for dissidents in the indie publishing world. In addition to the travail being faced by Topham, May saw the death of Adam Parfrey an underground publisher who tackled subjects and titles that other publishers (even in the "underground scene") would be afraid to get anywhere near. Kenn Thomas is another such figure who fearless plumbed the depths to bring back important truths, like Prometheus stealing fire from the gods.
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In addition to para-politics, Thomas has been an archivist and researcher of other esoteric subjects such as Discordianism, UFOs the JFK assassination and more. He was a personal friend of Discordian "Pope" Robert Anton Wilson. Below is the last email he received from RAW:
Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.
Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd.
Currently, Thomas is in the hospital and has had multiple recent surgeries. According to a friend, he's relayed through text that he is "in so much pain he cannot speak." Loren Coleman, another friend who is in touch, says he's currently dealing with a collapsed diaphragm on top of dialysis and treatment of the blood vessels in his legs. “Very ill. More later.”Twitter: #steamshovelpress #kennthomas