Category: 2011 – 2013

Reviews of psychedelic literature, trip lit and drug-related writing first published between 2011 and 2013.

Decomposing the Shadow

Decomposing the Shadow: Lessons from the Psilocybin Mushroom by James W. Jesso

Originally published in 2013, ‘Decomposing the Shadow: Lessons from the Psilocybin Mushroom’ is written by James W. Jesso. The book, written partly from a personal perspective, examines the manner in which modern society and culture operate, and how the responsible use of Psilocybin-containing mushrooms can aid us in overcoming personal,...

Creating Romanticism

Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science and Medicine of the 1790s by Sharon Ruston

Originally published in 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan, ‘Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine’ is written by Sharon Ruston. Ruston is Chair in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Salford, UK. She has previously published ‘Shelley and Vitality’ (2005) and ‘Romanticism: An Introduction’ (2007), as well as editing...

Politics of Addiction

The Politics of Addiction: Medical Conflict and Drug Dependence in England since the 1960s by Sarah G. Mars

Originally published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan, ‘The Politics of Addiction: Medical Conflict and Drug Dependence in England since the 1960s’ is written by Sarah G. Mars. At the time of publication, Mars was Qualitative Project Director, Heroin Price and Purity Outcomes Study, at the University of San Francisco. She...

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Mother, Have a Safe Trip by Carl Abrahamsson

Published in the autumn of 2013, ‘Mother, Have a Safe Trip’ is a novel written by Stockholm based writer, photographer and musician Carl Abrahamsson. Although described as an “occult sex thriller”, its acid-soaked story is a perfect example of fictional psychedelic literature. At less than 200 pages, Abrahamsson’s book –...

Entheogens and the Development of Culture

Entheogens and the Development of Culture by John A. Rush [Ed.]

Originally published in 2013 ‘Entheogens and the Development of Culture: The Anthropology and Neurobiology of Ecstatic Experience’ is a collection of essays edited by John A. Rush. Rush has previously authored the books ‘The Mushroom in Christian Art: The Identity of Jesus in the Development of Christianity’, ‘Failed God: Fractured...

Psychedelic Future of the Mind

The Psychedelic Future of the Mind by Thomas B. Roberts

Originally published in 2013 ‘The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values’ is written by Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D.. The text includes contributing chapters from Roger Walsh, Charles S. Grob, and Alicia L. Danforth. Roberts is professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University,...

Tripping with Allah

Tripping with Allah by Michael Muhammad Knight

Originally published 2013 ‘Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing’ is authored by Michael Muhammad Knight. A convert to Islam at the age of sixteen, having read ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X,’ Knight has explored the identity of the American Muslim, and hi own adventures, in numerous works, including ‘Osama...

Breaking Convention

Breaking Convention Essays on Psychedelic Consciousness

Originally published in 2013 ‘Breaking Convention: Essays on Psychedelic Consciousness’  is a collection of essays edited by Cameron Adams, David Luke, Anna Waldstein, Ben Sessa and David King. It is published by Strange Attractor Press, and is the result of the UK conference of the same name that was held...

Mystic Chemist

Mystic Chemist by Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller

Originally published in 2013 ‘Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD’ is written and compiled by Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller. A large, thorough book, The Mystic Chemist includes an astounding collection of photography and images, concerned with both the life of the chemist, and...

Cactus of Mystery

Cactus of Mystery by Ross Heaven

Originally published in 2013 ‘Cactus of Mystery: The Shamanic Power of the Peruvian San Pedro Cactus’ is written by Ross Heaven, with additional contributions from David Luke, Eve Bruce, Morgan Maher and others. Heaven is a psychologist, healer and workshop facilitator. He has authored more than ten books, including ‘Plant...

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