Category: Psychedelic Book Review

Articulations

Articulations: On the Utilization and Meanings of Psychedelics by Julian Palmer

Julian Palmer’s Articulations (2014) is a personal treatise on psychedelic plants and substances based largely on the author’s 15 years of “profound research”. Taking into account both natural and synthetic substances, the author outlines the lessons he has gleaned from his experimentation, bolstered by personal trip reports, and discusses much...

Mystery School in Hyper Space

Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT by Graham St John

Graham St John’s Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT was first published in 2015 by Evolver Editions. The book joins other cultural histories centred on particular psychoactive substances, such as Shroom (2006) by Andy Letcher, Storming Heaven (1987) by Jay Stevens, and Albion Dreaming (2008) by Andy...

The Rose of Paracelsus by William Leonard Pickard

The Rose of Paracelsus by William Leonard Pickard

The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets & Sacraments is something of a rare find when it comes to books on psychedelics. Described by its author, former Harvard and UCLA researcher William Leonard Pickard, as a “literary experiment,” his 2016 debut is an intriguing exploration of altered states of consciousness from...

Zig Zag Zen

Zig Zag Zen by Allan Badiner (ed.)

  The use of entheogens, like the practice of meditation itself, requires a global vision and an ethical basis with an ultimate objective of the happiness of all beings. The entheogens can be used erroneously as mere inebriators or narcotics, in the same way that religion, be it Buddhist or...

Aldous Huxley's Hands

Aldous Huxley’s Hands by Allene Symons

Originally published in 2015 by Prometheus Books, Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science by Allene Symons is a fascinating, multi-layered story. Part personal account, and part Huxley biography, the book is a lucidly told tale of exploration and experimentation. Symons, a former...

To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic by Ben Sessa - Artwork by Emma Watkinson

To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic by Ben Sessa

Author Ben Sessa is a psychiatrist, and his novel starts with a psychiatrist character, Dr Robert Austell, having a violent fantasy where he cuts a patient’s throat with a scalpel and nonchalantly watches her bleed to death. The reader can be forgiven for momentarily wandering just how autobiographical the work is, and...

Visit to Godenholm

Visit to Godenholm by Ernst Jünger: A Story of Esoteric Psychedelic Initiation involving Albert Hofmann

This review first appeared in the Psychedelic Press journal 2015 Volume III Albert Hofmann in Godenholm Ernst Jünger’s short novel Visit to Godenholm, first published in Germany in 1952 as Besuch auf Godenholm[i], is now available in English language translation for the first time, thanks to the efforts of its...

The Museum Dose by Daniel Tumbleweed

The Museum Dose by Daniel Tumbleweed

The books I most enjoy reviewing are those that turn up unannounced on my doorstep. Books that haven’t been heavily marketed on the fact that you’re already aware of the majority of their content, or that slip into a reading category so rigid and pre-defined that its content is predictable...

The Domestic Alchemist by Pip Waller

The Domestic Alchemist by Pip Waller

Authored by Pip Waller and released earlier this year by Leaping Hare Press, the Domestic Alchemist seems to have been written for both the learned reader of herbalism, and the beginner. Since the recipes for vinegars, soaps, deodorants and the variety of different gargles all appear straightforward, once the ingredients...

Xenolinguistics

Review: Xenolinguistics by Diana Reed Slattery

There are many indications of the advent of a new era for psychedelics, at least in a medical context. Many scientists, academics and researchers anticipate a “mainstreaming” of these mind-altering substances in the near future. However, it is easy to see how some aspects of altered states of consciousness induced...

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