Category: Psychedelic Book Review

The Peyote Road

The Peyote Road by Thomas C. Maroukis

Originally published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2010, the paperback edition of ‘The Peyote Road: Religious Freedom and the Native American Church’ by Thomas C. Maroukis came out in 2012. Maroukis, Professor of History at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, has previously written ‘Peyote and the Yankton Sioux: The...

Plant Intoxicants

Plant Intoxicants by Baron Ernst von Bibra

Originally published in Germany, in 1855, under the title ‘Die Narkotischen Genuβmittel und der Mensch’, this edition of Baron Ernst von Bibra’s ‘Plant Intoxicants’ was published in 1995 by Healing Arts Press. The book is a pioneering study of psychoactive plants and their role in society and was translated by...

Hallucinogens and shamanism

Hallucinogens and Shamanism by Michael J. Harner [Ed.]

Originally published in 1973 by the Oxford University Press,  ‘Hallucinogens and Shamanism’ is a collection of scholarly, anthropological essays compiled and edited by Michael J. Harner. At the time of publication Harner was the President of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. After the wide negative publicity surrounding hallucinogens during the...

Sisters of the Extreme

Sisters of the Extreme by Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz [Eds.]

Originally published in 1982 under the title ‘Shaman Woman, Mainline Lady’, this revised ad updated 2000 Park Street Press edition is entitled ‘Sisters of the Extreme: Woman Writing on the Drug Experience’. This collection of works of pharmacography is edited by Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz. Scholars of drug history...

Cultural Ecstasies

Cultural Ecstasies by Ilana Mountain

Originally published in hardback in 2012 ‘Cultural Ecstasies: Drugs, Gender and the Social Imaginary’ is written by Ilana Mountain. This review is written from the 2013 softback edition. Mountain is an Honorary Research Fellow and a member of the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. This work analyses discourses surrounding...

Drugs of the Dreaming

Drugs of the Dreaming by Gianluca Toro and Benjamin Thomas

Originally published in 2007 ‘Drugs of the Dreaming – Oneirogens: Salvia divinorum and Other Dream-Enhancing Plants’ is written by Gianluca Toro and Benjamin Thomas, with a foreword by Jonathan Ott. Toro is an environmental chemist and the author of the Italian book Animali Psicoattivi [Psychoactive Animals]. Thomas is an independent...

Altered State

Altered State by Matthew Collin

Originally published in 1997, this review of ‘Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House’ by Matthew Collin, with contributions by John Godfrey, is from the 1998 updated second edition. Detailing the growth of ecstasy culture in the UK, from its roots in the United States, Ibiza and...

The Sacred Mushroom

The Sacred Mushroom Seeker by Thomas J. Riedlinger (Ed)

Originally published in 1990 by Timber Press ‘The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson’ is a collection edited by Thomas J. Riedlinger. This review is written from the later Park Street Press edition. The short tributes to ethnomycologist Robert Gordon Wasson come from the likes of Richard Evans...

Animals and Psychedelics

Animals and Psychedelics by Giorgio Samorini

Originally published in Italy in 2000 under the title ‘Animali che si Drogano’, this English Translation of Giorgio Samorini’s ‘Animals and Psychedelics: The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness’ was published by Park Street Press in 2002. The author is an ethnobotonist, ethnomycologist and the editor-in-chief of the...

The DMT Chronicles

The DMT Chronicles by Terence Turner

Originally published in 2010 by the Translinguistic Press ‘The DMT Chronicles: Parmenides, Plato, and the Psychedelic’ is written pseudonymously by Terence Turner. The book chronicles the author’s numerous experiences with magic mushrooms, DMT and LSD, against a backdrop of personal enlightenment and philosophical musings. Turner tells us that Terence McKenna’s...

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