The Acid Nightmare (1967) by ME Chaber (Kendell Foster Crossen) is a mystery/crime novel. When someone is murdered during an acid party, Johnny Blake can’t be sure whether it was him or not – even though the gun was in his hand.
Category: Psychedelic Book Review
Reviews of books dealing with the history, science, and culture of psychoactive substances.
Traveling High & Tripping Hard is a memoir by Joseph Davida (pseudonym) that navigates the author’s drug experiences, world travels and familial relationships, set against the backdrop of a quickly changing world.
Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances by Cody Johnson
Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances is a beguiling jewelry box of a book by Cody Johnson, the Boston-based blogger behind Psychedelic Frontier.
Walking Backwards, or, The Magical Art of Psychedelic Psychogeography by Greg Humphries & Julian Vayne
Greg Humphries and Julian Vayne’s Walking Backwards, or, The Magical Art of Psychedelic Psychogeography explores mythology and meaning in the countryside of Albion.
The Traveling Nobody unerringly maintains a voice that resounds with possibility and wonder. The free-flow of this novel’s psychonautic passion through its steadfast “hero’s journey” structure translates, ultimately, into a thought-provoking and pleasurable read.
Dismantling counter arguments as effortlessly as he would a rifle, Seymour’s greatest achievement in Psychedelic Marine is the watertight case he builds for recognizing the medicinal value of psychedelic experiences – potentially powerful agents of psychological healing.
In The Tawny One, Matthew Clark argues that the evidence for the identity of the Vedic plant ‘soma’ most likely points towards an ayahuasca-like vine or grass concoction that includes multiple ingredients. Not only does the array of potential candidates appear to point toward this thesis, but the practicalities of running such a ritual appear to find their best modern correlates in certain ayahuasca traditions.
Heads, as a biography of psychedelic America, is in some respects a history of American culture’s entwining with LSD, and in another a kind of frank love note to the bearers of this culture.
Listening to Ayahuasca is a testament to the life-affirmation that can come from working with the medicine. But Rachel Harris does not shy away from delving into the thornier issues incumbent in its aggressively enthusiastic uptake by the West.
Hippie is Gloucestershire-born adventurer Lee Martin’s “metaphysical pseudo-biography”. It is a first-person narrative of Martin’s teenage and adult years, focusing on his experiences of some of the key moments in the hippie cultural phenomenon.