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Demian by Hermann Hesse

When ‘Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth’ was first published in 1919, it was done so under the protagonist’s name, Emil Sinclair and its author, Hermann Hesse, didn’t use his own until its 10th edition. Told in the first...

Junky by William S. Burroughs

  Junky, first published in 1952, is one of the first examples of contemporary drug literature. Not only does it have the structural theme of ‘travel’ throughout, in keeping with the Beat Generation feel, Junky is also laced with many concepts...

A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda

In A Separate Reality Carlos Castaneda begins by attempting to reasonably objectify a combined group experience of peyote, the perception of Mescalito, the embodiment of the peyote cactus. He tries to explain it in terms of what he calls “manipulating social...

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

“Imagine a garden with a hundred kinds of trees, a thousand kinds of flowers, a hundred kinds of fruit and vegetables. Suppose, then, that the gardener of this garden knew no other distinction than between edible and inedible, nine-tenths of...

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 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...

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