Category: Psychedelic Book Review

mushroom_magick

Mushroom Magick by Arik Roper

Published in 2009, ‘Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide’ by American illustrator and artist Arik Roper is an art book featuring watercolour paintings of various species of psychedelic (and a few non-psychedelic) mushrooms. The book also contains contributions – or “field notes” if one is to go by the front...

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...

Splintered Man

The Splintered Man by M. E. Chaber

Originally published in 1955 ‘The Splintered Man’ by M. E. Chaber is one of the very earliest works of fiction (and non-fiction) to deal with LSD. The book is remarkable for pointing out how LSD could easily be used by government agencies, such as the CIA, for experimentation, within the...

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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The New Science of Psychedelics by David Jay Brown

Originally published in 2013 ‘The New Science of Psychedelics: At the Nexus of Culture, Consciousness, and Spirituality’ is written by David Jay Brown. Brown is a writer who has previously penned the science-fiction novels ‘Brainchild’ and ‘Virus: The Alien Strain,’ but who is more widely known for his interview books,...

Neuropsychedelia

Neuropsychedelia by Nicolas Langlitz

Originally published in 2013 ‘Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain’ is written by Nicolas Langlitz. Langlitz is an anthropologist and is currently Assistant Research Professor at the New School for Social Research. He has previously authored ‘Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse: Lacan und das Problem...

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LSD and the Divine Scientist by Albert Hofmann

Originally published in 2011 under the title ‘Tun und Lassen: Essays, Gedaken und Gedichte,’ this Park Street Press edition of Albert Hofmann’s ‘LSD and the Divine Scientist: The Final Thoughts and Reflections of Albert Hofmann’ was released in 2013. Hofmann was a world-renowned scientist who first synthesized and discovered the...

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The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss by Dennis McKenna

In the autumn of 2012, ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna’s ‘The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss – My Life with Terence McKenna’ was published to an audience of dedicated fans of the late writer, lecturer and ”psychedelic bard”. Twelve years after his death and close to the much discussed end date of...

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