Psychedelic Press Publications Review 2013

It’s been a terrific first year for the small-scale launch of the Psychedelic Press publisher. Ostensibly launched in order to publish PsypressUK: Anthology of Pharmacography, a raft of interest from both readers and writers alike means that we’ve a very full, and very interesting line-up of publications being arranged for 2014. Stay tuned for more details, but we’ll be delving into British psychedelic festival history, the apocalypse and another three editions of the anthology, just for starters! Here’s a review of our first year’s publications with some of beautiful cover designs:

2013 Vol.1 illustrated by Lucy Brown

The second edition of the anthology (2013 Vol.1) was a resounding success, selling 1000 copies, and including such fantastic contributors as Dr. David Luke, Dr. Ben Sessa, author Robert Tindall and many more (not to mention such brilliant cover artwork from Lucy Brown!) Aside from free copies that were given out to delegates at Breaking Convention: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness, the anthology was exclusively sold through our publisher website, so a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us! Without you sharing, and word of mouth, we wouldn’t have been able to spread the psychedelic knowledge so far and wide (to over 17 countries across the world!)

Illustration by Christine Alford

PsypressUK 2013 Vol.2 has been out for a month now, and has really raised the bar from the previous edition, with contributors such as Dr. Stanislav Grof, Dr. Ben Sessa, Andy Roberts – author of Albion Dreaming: A Popular History of LSD in Britain – Alison Terry, henrik Dahl, Roger Keen and more! Copies are going quickly, so be sure to pick up yours here – just £5 (+p&p). Or, to feed your brain and help support our future publications why not subscribe to all three 2014 here. All money raised goes straight back into publications!

According to historian and writer Mike Jay: “’PsypressUK has established a unique vantage point over Britain’s psychedelic landscape, and the new print anthology showcases its huge literary range: from anthropology to therapy, politics to festival culture, all firmly rooted in the psychedelic experience but extending it in fresh and imaginative directions.”

Erin by Robert Dickins

Finally, we entered into the realm of fiction, with my own dark psychological tale ‘Erin’. Erin is a psychedelic novel for the 21st century. Set over the course of an arts and music festival, and narrated by the protagonist, Lije Baillie, it opens with Lije waking early one morning in the arms of a mysterious girl called Erin, with no memory of who he is and how he got there. As the non-linear narrative unfolds, Lije is forced to confront the spectre of an unconscious pathology, as a plethora of psychedelics, and a festival on the verge of anarchy, lead him irrevocably toward a dark confrontation with his past – edgy, fast, and cutting-edge, Erin will suck you right into the mayhem.

Leaf Fielding, author of ‘To Live Outside the Law” has said the following about Erin: “Erin, is a tour de force – a riot shot through with shafts of light and garbled mists of doom.  I just sat down to have a look at the opening pages and read half of it at a gulp. Wow! It took me back, right back to my crazy, hazy festival days of the sixties and seventies… The trolls, the technology and the generations of festival-goers were different (we were all young in those days) but the substances, reality switches and the divine muddle were eminently recognisable. Rob’s handling of the levels of chaos is masterful. Only someone who’s been there and come out the other side could have come up with this disturbing mini-masterpiece. Read at your peril!”

You can order a copy of Erin here

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