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The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception (1954) & Heaven and Hell (1956) are two essays written by the English writer, Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963.) The two are now, more often than not, bound together in a single volume, which form a remarkable insight into psychedelics. Through Huxley’s astute exploration of his...

Junky by Burroughs

Junky by William S. Burroughs

  Junky, first published in 1952, is one of the first examples of contemporary drug literature. Not only does it have the structural theme of ‘travel’ throughout, in keeping with the Beat Generation feel, Junky is also laced with many concepts that came to categorize the coming counter-culture in psy-lit, and...

A Separate Reality

A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda

In A Separate Reality Carlos Castaneda begins by attempting to reasonably objectify a combined group experience of peyote, the perception of Mescalito, the embodiment of the peyote cactus. He tries to explain it in terms of what he calls “manipulating social cues” as a method of agreement between those people involved...

Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

“Imagine a garden with a hundred kinds of trees, a thousand kinds of flowers, a hundred kinds of fruit and vegetables. Suppose, then, that the gardener of this garden knew no other distinction than between edible and inedible, nine-tenths of this garden would be useless to him. He would pull...

True Hallucinations

True Hallucinations by Terence Mckenna

So far in this investigation into psychedelic literature we have identified a number of ideas that appear to be central components of the genre. In a nutshell; a said work requires firstly a psychonaut, the protagonist who has willing intention to explore their conceptual understanding of the world, secondly the...

Tripping by Charles Hayes

Interview with Charles Hayes, author of Tripping – Part 2

In part 2 of PsypressUK’s interview with Charles Hayes – editor of Tripping –  we’re going to take a look at some of the literature that first inspired him and also examine his thoughts on some of the different sub-genres of psychedelic writing. There are a number of standard books,...

Charles Hayes

Interview with Charles Hayes, author of Tripping – Part 1

Charles Hayes, the editor of Tripping : An anthology of true-life psychedelic experiences has been kind enough to lend Psychedelic Press UK his thoughts on psychedelic literature and give us some insights into how Tripping came into existence. In this, part 1 of the interview, we are going to take a look at...

The Popularization of Psychedelic Drugs

The Popularization of Psychedelic Drugs

The popularization of psychedelic drugs   The Psychedelic drug culture is a spliced entity in the 21st century. On the one hand there is law based on speculation and bad science that stipulates harsh penalties for their use. On the other, a section of society being rapidly isolated and distanced...

Music Review: Beans on toast – MDMamazing

Music Review: Beans on toast – MDMamazing

Artist: Beans on Toast Song: MDMamazing Musically ‘Beans on Toast’ is folk; one man and his guitar. However, lyrically, MDMamazing is a wonderful tale of the festival psychonaut who under the experience of MDMA goes through, and beautifully describes, the feelings and consequences of the psychedelic British festival roam. ‘Beans...

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