Category: Psychedelic Book Review

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...

Island by Aldous Huxley

Island by Aldous Huxley

Island by Aldous Huxley is the lesser known cousin of his two more famous psychedelic essays The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell and brilliantly demonstrates his own unique understanding of the role of psychedelics in society in fictional form. First published in 1962, it is, on the one hand, a synthesis of...

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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