Category: Psychedelic Book Review

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...

Reasonances

Reasonances by Carl Abrahamsson

Published in late 2014, Reasonances by Swedish writer and polymath extraordinaire Carl Abrahamsson is made up of essays, interviews and lectures from 2000 to 2013. Subjects that are covered include the magical art of Rosaleen Norton, Crowley’s Thelema and German author Ernst Jünger’s psychedelic explorations. In addition, the book features...

Druid's Handbook

A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants by Jon G. Hughes

‘A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants: Spagyrics in Magical and Sexual Rituals’, by Jon G. Hughes, was published earlier this year by Destiny Books, a division of Inner Traditions International. It was originally published under the title, ‘Celtic Plant Magic: A Workbook for Alchemical Sex Rituals’, in...

The Inseparables

The Inseparables: He used LSD to recreate the horrors of Dachau by Russell Braddon

Originally published in 1968 by Michael Joseph Ltd., ‘The Inseparables: He used LSD to recreate the horrors of Dachau’ was written by Russell Braddon (1921-1995). The Australian author also wrote ‘The Naked Island’ (1952), an account of his experience as a prisoner of war in World War II. This review...

Timothy Leary

Literary Review: Timothy Leary The Harvard Years by James Penner (Ed)

Originally published in 2014 Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years – Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and others – is a collection of Leary’s authored and co-authored scholarly papers on hallucinogens. Sympathetically compiled, along with an introduction, by James Penner, the collection brings...

Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey

  Published in 2013, Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey is a book on witchcraft that combines polemic prose, poetry and a manifesto. It is a rather slim volume, yet within its pages one finds a rich work that discusses related subjects such as nature, politics, dreams, feminism and various mind-altering...

Thousand Times Broken

Thousand Times Broken by Henri Michaux

Thousand Times Broken is comprised of 3 never-before-translated books by Henri Michaux, originally written between 1956-1959. Undertaken while the author experimented with mescaline, ‘Peace in the Breaking’, ‘Watchtowers on Targets’, and ‘400 Men on the Cross’, reveal the creative output of a deeply experimental artist and writer. Gillian Conoley’s translation is...

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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