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The Seven Sisters of Sleep by Mordecai Cooke

The Seven Sisters of Sleep by Mordecai Cooke

Originally published in 1860 ‘The Seven Sisters of Sleep’ is a classic of Western drug literature. In over a hundred years, with no reprints until the end of the 20th century, the transformation in the importance of Mordecai Cooke’s book is exceptional. Titled in its first edition with a ‘popular history...

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Psychedelic Prayers By Timothy Leary

Originally published in 1966, ‘Psychedelic Prayers after the Tao Te Ching’ by Timothy Leary is a work of textual interpretation, an exercise in creativity and an attempt to illuminate and guide the psychedelic experience through the lens of an ancient text. The cover drawing, a psychedelic, red horse motif, is illustrated...

Tripping by Charles Hayes

Tripping by Charles Hayes (Ed)

Originally published in 2000 ‘Tripping: An anthology of true-life psychedelic adventures’ is a selection of personal accounts, collected and edited by Charles Hayes, of the psychedelic experience. It also includes an extensive interview with Terence McKenna, visionary art from Alex Grey and a extended bibliography and resource list. Tripping is,...

Inner Paths to Outer Space

Inner Paths to Outer Space

Originally published in 2008 ‘Inner Paths to Outer Space’ is a collaborative project between Rick Strassman M.D., Slawek Wojtowicz M.D., Luis Eduardo Luna Ph.D. and Ede Frecska M.D.. Through a series of scientific explanations, first-hand psychedelic accounts and the development of hypotheses therein, the four authors offer a broad argument...

Andy Letcher, author of Shroom

Interview: Andy Letcher

Andy Letcher is a writer of non-fiction, specifically psychedelics, paganism, shamanism and evolution, a lecturer and a folk musician. He is the author of ‘Shroom – A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom’, an evidence-based research project examining human relationships with psilocybin and Amanita mushrooms. He’s also had an academic...

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Birth of a Psychedelic Culture

Originally published in 2010 ‘Birth of a Psychedelic Culture – Conversations about Leary, the Harvard experiment, Millbrook and the Sixties’ is a fascinating insight into the early years of the Western social phenomena, known as psychedelia. Its multifaceted approach produces a wonderfully rounded examination of life within the burgeoning psychedelic...

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Originally published in 1968 ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’ by Tom Wolfe is both a remarkable work of journalism and a historical-literary classic. It follows the exploits of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they trip their way round the US in the 1960s, turning on the masses and...

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

‘Fear and loathing in Las Vegas – A savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’ originally appeared in two parts, in Rolling Stone magazine, in November 1971. The novel appeared soon afterwards and has been re-printed many times since. Written by self-styled Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, under...

Albion Dreaming

Albion Dreaming: An interview with Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts is a writer and the author of ‘Albion Dreaming – A cultural history of LSD in Britain’. The first book to deal exclusively with the impact of LSD on British culture ‘Albion Dreaming’ is a thoughtfully researched space into the history of the relationship, which investigates military, scientific and...

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Wildest Dreams: An Anthology of Drug-Related Literature by Richard Rudgley (Ed)

Originally published in 1999, compiled and edited by Richard Rudgley, ‘Wildest Dreams – An anthology of drug-related literature’ is nothing if not comprehensive. Ranging from the second to the twentieth century A.D. ‘Wildest Dreams’ is a grand tour of the human relationship with drugs, through the medium of literature. Richard...

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