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Psychedelic Experience Leary

The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner & Richard Alpert

The Psychedelic Experience (TPE) is co-authored by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert; three fathers of the psychedelic counter-culture. It was published in 1964 after the professors had been kicked out of Harvard University and whilst the ‘Psychedelic Review’ was still in publication. The premise of TPE is as...

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception (1954) & Heaven and Hell (1956) are two essays written by the English writer, Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963.) The two are now, more often than not, bound together in a single volume, which form a remarkable insight into psychedelics. Through Huxley’s astute exploration of his...

Junky by Burroughs

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 that came to categorize the coming counter-culture in psy-lit, and...

A Separate Reality

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 cues” as a method of agreement between those people involved...

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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