Category: 1971 – 2000

Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna

Food of the Gods By Terence McKenna

Published in 1993 ‘Food of the Gods’, written by psychedelic grandmaster Terence Mckenna, was part of a small host of books the author released in the early 1990s. It expands on the foundations of earlier works like ‘The Archaic Revival’, introduces a number of Terence’s theories and is, ultimately, a call for radical social change....

How to consult the I Ching

How to consult the I Ching by Alfred Douglas

Through a twist of synchronicity, I found Alfred Douglas’ ‘Oracle of Change: How to consult the I Ching’ in a local second-hand book store, just hours after finishing ‘The Invisible Landscape’ by the McKenna brothers. It seems right then to do a short review in light of its recent appearance...

Castaneda's Journey

Castaneda’s Journey by Richard de Mille

‘Castaneda’s Journey: The power and the allegory’ by Richard de Mille was originally published in 1976. This review was based on the 1978 edition. Richard de Mille is a scholar and writer whose study of philosophy, religion and science drew him to Castaneda’s books (as well as his daughter who...

Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck

Breaking Open the Head By Daniel Pinchbeck

Post McKenna & Leary, as time ticked through the millennium a new psychedelic writer began to emerge onto the scene – Daniel Pinchbeck. His first literary offering is the subject of this review: ‘Breaking Open the Head’, originally published in 2002 by Broadway Books. Reading ‘Breaking Open the Head’ completed...

The Invisible Landscape

The Invisible Landscape by Dennis & Terence McKenna

When this book was first published in 1975 it remained for a long time an obscure and little known pseudo-scientific oddity. In psychedelic circles however it gained an increasingly mythical status and as rumour of this rare book spread, alongside an increasingly vocal Terence McKenna, the pressures for a re-publication...

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...

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...

A Guide to British Psilocybin Mushrooms

A Guide to British Psilocybin Mushrooms By Richard Cooper

A Guide to British Psilocybin Mushrooms (1977) by Richard Cooper is the first magic mushroom hunting guide to be published in the UK. Strictly, this fantastic little guide is far from being an obvious inclusion in a literary review, yet it is impossible – and quite rightly – to separate the practicalities of...

In search of the magic mushroom

In Search of the Magic Mushroom by Jeremy Sandford

In Search of the Magic Mushroom (1972) by Jeremy Sandford is somewhat of an oddity in the grand scheme of psychedelic literature – although similar works have explored Mexico and hallucinogens. Partly a reactionary book to the works of John M. Allegro, R. Gordon Wasson and Carlos Castaneda and partly a cultural...

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