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The Cactus of Love by Karl Eskelund

The Cactus of Love by Karl Eskelund

The 1950s was an important decade in the formulation of the Western world’s relationship with psychoactive substances. Scientific research with LSD, mescaline, and other hallucinogens gathered great pace; a spurt of new literature, most famously Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, explored the effects of these substances; R Gordon Wasson’s...

The Hashish Club

The Hashish Club Vol.1 & 2 by Peter Haining

Originally published in two volumes in 1975 ‘The Hashish Club: An Anthology of Drug Literature’ is compiled and edited by Peter Haines. Volume one looks at the founding of the modern tradition of pharmacography, from Coleridge to Crowley, while the second looks at the psychedelic era, Huxley to Lennon. This...

by antiel eldar

Reimagining the world: A Psychedelic Psychogeography

When you flick through the history of psychedelic pharmacography (drug writing), particularly since the 1950s, there is largely a concern for the invisible landscape; a concern for mapping and investigating imaginal territories through the psychiatric axioms of ego, Self, and the structure of one’s psyche. There are two important reasons for this:...

by P. Gordon

Psychedelics: A Political Science

When various State governments and international bodies made d-Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and numerous other psychedelic drugs, illegal in the mid-1960s, they single-handedly ended medical research and, apparently, politicised the psychedelic experience. Now, after a 40 year hiatus, human research with psychedelic drugs has tentatively begun again. But is the...

The Birth of Psychedelic Literature: Drug Writing and the Rise of LSD Therapy 1954-1964 by Robert Dickins

The Birth of Psychedelic Literature: Drug Writing and the Rise of LSD Therapy 1954-1964 by Robert Dickins

In many respects (though far from all,) the Psychedelic Press UK has been the result of my undertaking a Masters of Philosophy in English, which over the last few years I’ve been completing  with the University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus), under the supervision of Prof. Nick Groom. It is entitled: The...

by IsaacMao

Psychoactive happiness: Neurotransmitters for smiles and therapy

It was C.S Lewis that once remarked: ‘As soon as you deal with sex explicitly, you are forced to choose between the language of the nursery, the gutter, and the anatomy class’. The same is true when one is dealing explicitly with psychoactives and their subsequent effects. With the possible...

Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature

Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature by Lindsey Michael Banco

Originally published in 2010 ‘Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature’ by Lindsey Michael Banco is a scholarly analysis of how these two elements have been utilised in tandem by writers. Part of an increasingly articulate tradition of critical drug writing, Banco’s book demonstrates a number of interesting tools in order...

artificial paradises

Artificial Paradises by Mike Jay (Ed)

Originally published in 1999 ‘Artificial Paradises’ is a collection of passages from across the far-reaching genre of drug literature and was collated and edited by Mike Jay. Jay is one Britain’s leading drug writers and his works include ‘Blue Tide’, ‘Emperors of Dreams’ and, more recently, ‘The Atmosphere of Heaven’...

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...

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