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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...

'Andrée Will Take A Trip!' (1969) by Sture Johannesson

Seismographic Psychedelia: Reflections on the Direct Influence of Psychedelics on Art

”Generally, one might argue, writers and musicians are more associated with psychedelics than are visual artists.” – Robert C. Morgan (Rubin 2010, 44) Psychedelics often trigger a rich flood of visual content. One may for instance experience highly intricate patterns, otherworldly landscapes and mysterious beings – some angelic; others demonic....

Thousand Times Broken

Thousand Times Broken by Henri Michaux

Thousand Times Broken is comprised of 3 never-before-translated books by Henri Michaux, originally written between 1956-1959. Undertaken while the author experimented with mescaline, ‘Peace in the Breaking’, ‘Watchtowers on Targets’, and ‘400 Men on the Cross’, reveal the creative output of a deeply experimental artist and writer. Gillian Conoley’s translation is...

Peyote Dreams

Peyote Dreams by Charles Duits

Originally published in France in 1967 under the title ‘L’Pays de l’éclairement’, this edition of Charles Duits classic, entitled ‘Peyote Dreams’, has been translated and reissued by Park Street Press (2013). Duits (1925-1991) was a French writer and surrealist largely known for his fantasy saga novels ‘Ptah Hotep’ and ‘Nefer’....

The Peyote Road

The Peyote Road by Thomas C. Maroukis

Originally published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2010, the paperback edition of ‘The Peyote Road: Religious Freedom and the Native American Church’ by Thomas C. Maroukis came out in 2012. Maroukis, Professor of History at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, has previously written ‘Peyote and the Yankton Sioux: 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...

Mysticism Sacred and Profane

Mysticism Sacred and Profane by Robert Charles Zaehner

Originally published in 1957 ‘Mysticism Sacred and Profane – An Inquiry into some Varieties of Praeternatural Experience’ was written by Robert Charles Zaehner (1913-1974). The basis of the book is a refutation of Aldous Huxley’s claim that mescaline is able to produce a mystical experience in those who use the...

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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