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Tripping by Charles Hayes

Interview with Charles Hayes, author of Tripping – Part 2

In part 2 of PsypressUK’s interview with Charles Hayes – editor of Tripping –  we’re going to take a look at some of the literature that first inspired him and also examine his thoughts on some of the different sub-genres of psychedelic writing. There are a number of standard books,...

Charles Hayes

Interview with Charles Hayes, author of Tripping – Part 1

Charles Hayes, the editor of Tripping : An anthology of true-life psychedelic experiences has been kind enough to lend Psychedelic Press UK his thoughts on psychedelic literature and give us some insights into how Tripping came into existence. In this, part 1 of the interview, we are going to take a look at...

The Popularization of Psychedelic Drugs

The Popularization of Psychedelic Drugs

The popularization of psychedelic drugs   The Psychedelic drug culture is a spliced entity in the 21st century. On the one hand there is law based on speculation and bad science that stipulates harsh penalties for their use. On the other, a section of society being rapidly isolated and distanced...

Music Review: Beans on toast – MDMamazing

Music Review: Beans on toast – MDMamazing

Artist: Beans on Toast Song: MDMamazing Musically ‘Beans on Toast’ is folk; one man and his guitar. However, lyrically, MDMamazing is a wonderful tale of the festival psychonaut who under the experience of MDMA goes through, and beautifully describes, the feelings and consequences of the psychedelic British festival roam. ‘Beans...

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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