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Freaks are lazy. According to this hedonistic thesis from today we will place in that sector different interesting files and documents, that you can download and then check whenever you have time.
Today you can load and break your brains on the widest informational book about MULTIVERSE by MAX TEGMARK.

A native of Stockholm, Tegmark left Sweden in 1990 after receiving his B.Sc. in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (he’d earned a B.A. in Economics the previous year at the Stockholm School of Economics). His first academic venture beyond Scandinavia brought him to California, where he studied physics at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his M.A. in 1992, and Ph.D. in 1994. After four years of west coast living, Tegmark returned to Europe and accepted an appointment as a research associate with the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik in Munich.

In 1996 he headed back to the U.S. as a Hubble Fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Tegmark remained in New Jersey for a few years until an opportunity arrived to experience the urban northeast with an Assistant Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received tenure in 2003. He extended the east coast experiment and moved north of Philly to the shores of the Charles River (Cambridge-side), arriving at MIT in September 2004. He is married to Meia-Chita Tegmark and has two sons, Philip and Alexander. Tegmark is an author on more than two hundred technical papers, and has featured in dozens of science documentaries. He has received numerous awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship (2001-06), Cottrell Scholar Award (2002-07), and an NSF Career grant (2002-07), and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

His work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”
Today we would like to publish the list of fiction employing Parallel Universes or Alternate Realities.
Some of them are World famous novels, but more are absolutely unknown.
Good for you. At least you have new books to read while you are stoned.
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, wrote The Blazing World (1666), a book far ahead of its time, in which the heroine passes through a portal near the North Pole to a world with different stars in the sky and talking animals.
Edwin Abott Abbott, mathematician and theologian, wrote Flatland (1884), also known as Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. It recounts the story of a two-dimensional world inhabited by living geometric figures: triangles, squares, circles, etc., and explores concepts of other dimensions (or universes) including Pointland, Lineland, and Spaceland. A feature film adaptation of this novella was made in 2007 called "Flatland" Flatland (2007 film)
Murray Leinster's story "Sidewise in Time" (1934), showing different parts of the Earth somehow occupied by different parallel universes, was influential in science fiction.
Piers Anthony wrote the "Of Man and Manta" series (Omnivore, Orn, and Ox) in which a group of three scientists explores worlds in parallel universes.
H. Beam Piper, the author of the Paratime series, wrote several stories dealing with alternate realities based on points of divergence far in the past. The stories are usually written from the perspective of a law-enforcement outfit from a parallel reality which is charged to protect the secret of temporal transposition.
Fredric Brown's What Mad Universe recounts the adventures of a science-fiction editor of the late 1940s who is thrown into a parallel universe that reflects the fantasies of his most annoying letter-to-the-editor writer (an adolescent male, naturally).
Isaac Asimov's novel The Gods Themselves depicts scientists in our universe who find a way to "import" small amounts of matter from a universe having different physical laws, with unforeseen consequences. "The End of Eternity," also by Asimov, likewise deals with the existence of and interactions between multiple timelines, though these multiple interacting universes are depicted as the result of meddling in a single timeline by outside entities (the "eternals"), and therefore do not exist simultaneously, as do those in "The Gods Themselves."
K. A. Applegate's series, Everworld (1999–2001): Several teenagers travel into a parallel world occupied by the mythological beings of Earth.
Brandon Mull's series, Beyonders (2011-2013): Depicts the multiverse as being divided into an enormous set of "normal" universes, including ours (the beyond), and one intelligently created universe set apart from all others (Lyrian). It's strongly implied in the novels that it's only possible to travel from the "beyond" to Lyrian, or from Lyrian to the beyond. The only thing connecting the individual universes of the beyond is the possibility of traveling to Lyrian. This would mean that the only possible place for things from different universes within the beyond to meet is Lyrian.
Stephen King's series The Dark Tower has doors that send travelers to different parallel Earths, or, as termed in the story, different levels of the Tower. King also frequently utilizes this idea in other stories, such as The Mist, From A Buick 8, The Talisman, Black House and Insomnia.
Robert A. Heinlein's novel The Number of the Beast is focused around a 'time machine' that also proves to be able to travel sideways and other directions in time, allowing for crossing into other realities, even ones previously considered fictional by the protagonists.
S. M. Stirling's novel Conquistador is based on travel between parallel universes, with a group of 20th century Americans having found a means to secretly colonize a world where civilization never advanced past the classical era.
Globus Cassus is a book describing a utopian project for a universe contrary to ours; it describes an antipode to the 'real' world.
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan series features not only one cyclic universe, but many. In one particular instance, Rand al'Thor's, the main protagonist's mind, is deluged by possibilities for his own life, and in all of these possibilities he dies before defeating the Dark One and is taunted by him a moment before death. Also in the Wheel of Time universe, Tel'aran'rhiod, the world of dreams, is said to touch this world and also many other worlds. Dreamers, those who walk the dream and can control the world of dreams to some extent, can go to a place where they see a vast darkness filled with countless pinpricks of light. These pinpricks of light are said to represent not only the dreams of those sleeping in this world but also the dreams of sleepers from other parallel worlds. Some of these parallel worlds are called Mirror Worlds, and represent what could have been had various events in history happened in different ways. Mirror Worlds can be physically visited through the use of a device called a Portal Stone, but the less likely the existence of the Mirror World was the less substantial and real it felt to the visitor.
Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci series revolves around the duty of the Chrestomanci to regulate magic in the twelve related worlds. These worlds have alternate histories, in which some people may exist only in a few worlds. It is necessary that the Chrestomanci must exist in only one, because this gives him the nine lives needed for his role. Other works of Jones' that include parallel universes: The Magid series; Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy in which the multiverse is shaped like an infinity sign and contains Ayewards and Naywards. The Derkholm series: Dark Lord of Derkholm and its sequel Year of the Griffin in which Pilgrims come from a parallel world for Mr. Chesney's offworld tours. In Howl's Moving Castle, though it does not play a major part in the plot, the wizard Howl is actually from our world. In A Tale of Time City, the main character, Vivian, is kidnapped and taken to Time City, a city out of time and space. Along with her new friends and past kidnappers Jonathan and Sam, she hunts through time and space for the polarites that are gradually being stolen. In A Sudden Wild Magic a group of benevolent witches set out to stop the magicians of Arth who steal ideas, technology, and innovations from Earth. In Hexwood, the machine Bannus sucks potential Reigners from all over the universe into the Wood. In The Homeward Bounders Jamie is made into a Homeward Bounder by "Them" which means he must constantly travel from world to world until he finds his home again.
John DeChancie's Castle Perilous series tells of a huge magical castle containing portals to 144,000 worlds, including Earth.
Stephen R. Donaldson's Mordant's Need series, which includes The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through, follows a heroine who can pass into another world through mirrors.
In The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series, also by Stephen R. Donaldson, main character Thomas Covenant is transported to another world called The Land. Each time he travels to The Land corresponds to an injury in the real world that leaves him unconscious. While in The Land, time passes at a different rate from that on Earth: where a year may be spent in The Land, mere minutes will have passed on Earth. In The Land there is great power and magic wielded by the Lords of Revelstone, the rulers of The Land, who fight against The Land's ancient enemy, Lord Foul. Lord Foul was imprisoned in the Land by the Creator after corrupting the Land during its creation. He constantly seeks to use Covanent's Wild Magic in order to break the Arch of Time and gain his freedom. In the First Chronicles, Covenant finds another man, Hile Troy, from his world who has entered the Land. Troy worked for the Defense Department for the United States, and employed his knowledge in leading the armies of the Land against Foul. In the Second and Last Chronicles, he is accidentally accompanied to the Land by a doctor, Linden Avery. Linden is forced to accept what Covenant tells her about the Land, as she has never been there before.
H. G. Wells wrote what is apparently the first explicit paratime novel, Men Like Gods (1923), complete with a multiverse theory and a paratime machine.
In C. S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series (1950–1956) children come and go between our world and Narnia, a land populated by talking animals. In The Magician's Nephew the Wood between the Worlds gives access to several worlds. In The Last Battle it transpires that all the worlds are joined together by a form of heaven.
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series (1995–2000) deals with two children who wander through multiple worlds, opening and closing windows between them. The final book elaborates the same idea (as C.S. Lewis') that all the worlds share a common heaven, and in this case, underworld.
Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series is set in a parallel universe which is very similar to ours but has (amusingly) different history. For example Britain and Russia are still fighting the Crimean War in 1985. As the story develops, the world of fiction also emerges as another parallel universe and the characters learn how to move between them.
The German series Perry Rhodan sometimes deals with parallel universes and "pararealities." Each universe has a "strangeness" value that indicates to what extent its physical laws differ from those of our universe. Travel to another universe results in a "strangeness shock" that can disable electronics and leave intelligent beings unconscious for some time.
In L. Neil Smith's The Probability Broach series of novels' characters from several different universes end up in one universe where American history took a different turn in the aftermath of the Revolution, with Albert Gallatin assisting the western Pennsylvania farmers of the Whiskey Rebellion, which culminates in George Washington's execution and the rise of a libertarian republic under a revised Articles of Confederation.
In James P. Hogan's Paths to Otherwhere (1996), scientists at the Los Alamos Laboratory create a machine QUADAR which allow them to swap conscious with people in parallel universes. They explore various parallel universes.
In Kia Asamiya's manga novel Space Battleship Nadesico, written alongside the series Martian Successor Nadesico but altering severely as the course of the story runs, the Jupiterians that are attacking Earth come from a parallel universe, the portal of which is in the red storm visible on Jupiter as a red spot. In their world, Japan won World War II, and because of their strong religious Shinto beliefs, their Gods did not die out, and they were able to use this magic to help strengthen their technology. However, their sun died out prematurely, and so they have come to our world to steal the energy from our sun to save their world.
Neil Gaiman's novella Coraline deals with a parallel universe called the "Other World" in which Coraline's surroundings are the same but the people who are supposed to be her parents are actually evil impostors. The novella spawned a film of the same name that deals with the same plot and use of parallel universes.
Sergey Lukyanenko's novel Rough Draft (2005) takes place across the multiverse of at least 22 worlds (it was implied that there were actually more worlds that haven't been discovered yet) linked together by a series of tower-like transfer points.
I, Q is a 2000 Star Trek novel by Peter David and John de Lancie in which God attempts to destroy the multiverse in a large multi-universe maelstrom which the protagonists attempt to stop from within a newly created universe caused by the maelstrom.
In D. J. MacHale's The Pendragon Adventure series there are ten different parallel universes (including our own), called territories, that are part of Halla, which is described as being every time and place that ever existed. Certain people, called Travelers, are able to go between the territories through portals known as Flumes. It is claimed that by traveling through a Flume, Travelers land on their destination territory exactly when they need to be there, suggesting time travel.
In Robert J Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax series (2003) a parallel historical universe exists in which it was Neanderthals not Homo sapiens who survived to become the dominant species. In a quantum physics experiment gone wrong a Neanderthal scientist is accidentally transported into the universe of Homo sapiens. Eventually a portal between the two universes is established and travelling to an alternate universe becomes a controlled event.
Michael Lawrence's The Aldous Lexicon (2005–2007), comprising A Crack in the Line, Small Eternities and The Underwood See, concerns comings and goings between initially two, later many parallel realities.
In The Man Who Folded Himself (1973) by David Gerrold, paradoxes caused by time travel result in the creation of multiple universes.
In Mirror Dreams (2002) and Mirror Wakes (2003) by Catherine Webb, there are mirror universes, one a magical universe where technology barely works, the other a scientific universe where magic barely works. The inhabitants can physically visit each other's worlds in dreams.
In the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman various people travel between present-day England and an alternative, somewhat magical Renaissance Italy called Talia.
In the Alastair Reynolds novel Absolution Gap, (2003) a race called the "Shadows" drives the action. They claim to be from a parallel universe which has been overrun by a rogue terraforming system that has destroyed their entire universe. They have sent instructions to our world on how to build machinery to let them across. The characters eventually decide not to do so as a race which tried previously was wiped out by alien races aimed at stopping the Shadows. It is implied at the end that the Shadows are in fact from a future version of our own universe.
In The Divide trilogy by Elizabeth Kay (2002–2006), Felix Sanders crosses into a parallel universe where magic and magical beings exist while science and human beings are considered mythical.
Andrew Crumey's novel Mobius Dick (2004) features a parallel world in which Nazi Germany invaded Britain and Erwin Schrödinger failed to find the quantum theory equation that bears his name. The parallel worlds become connected due to experiments with quantum computers. The same alternate world (in which post-war Britain falls under Communist rule) also appears in his novels Music, in a Foreign Language (1994) and Sputnik Caledonia (2008).
In Darren Shan's Demonata series (2005) a boy can open windows to parallel worlds with his hands. A part of the story also plays in one of these parallel worlds, the Demonata.
Harry Turtledove's Crosstime Traffic series of books (2003–2008) by Harry Turtledove centers on an Earth that has discovered access to alternate universes where history went differently. "Crosstime Traffic" is the name of the company with a global monopoly on the technology.
Pet Force, a series of children's books by Jim Davis and a spinoff of Garfield, one of his comic strips. The series contains five novels and takes place in a parallel universe and features alternate versions of the comic strip's main characters.
Michael Crichton's Timeline (1999) tells the story of historians who travel to the Middle Ages to save a friend of theirs who already traveled back in time before them. The book follows in Crichton's long history of combining technical details and action in his books, addressing quantum physics and time travel. The time travel mechanism incorporates the concept of the multiverse.
Brad Fear's novel A Macabre Myth of a Moth-Man (2008) features a definition of "The Butterfly effect" just after the prologue, stating that the events of the book take place in an alternate version of the year 2001. It further explains that the 'defining moment' which caused this parallel universe was a polish scientist being stung by a bee in 1944. A new timeline stemmed from this event.
Mark Ian Kendrick" in the novel "The Rylerran Gateway" (2008) tells a story in which the protagonists go through a mysterious gateway to another Universe where, among other things, Spain defeated England under Philip II and became the higher power on Earth and in the Galaxy.
In Diana Tavares's Sacred Maiden novel, the characters fight a war that occurs between our world, the Scientific World, and the Mystical World, where all creatures of myth exist and live with magic, instead of technology.
Tonke Dragt's novel "The Towers of February" (De torens van februari) is a coming-of-age novel in diary form for young adults, about a boy who slowly discovers that his memory loss is due to having passed into a parallel universe. The reader slowly discovers that the book is not set in our world. The difficulty to travel between both worlds can be seen as symbolic for reaching adulthood and can be taken literal at the same time.
Greg Egan's Diaspora (novel) is a novel about sentient software intelligences living inside computer "polises" who undertake expeditions throughout the multiverse.
Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger series concerns a 20th-century college student who finds himself transported to a world populated by sentient animals and featuring magic, which he learns how to perform himself through a guitar-like instrument.
Alan Dean Foster's Parallelities is a novel about a tabloid reporter whose interview subject inadvertently infects him with a condition making him shift between alternate versions of Los Angeles seemingly at random.
Richard Bach's One (2001) is a novel where Bach and his wife Leslie are catapulted into an alternate world, one in which they exist simultaneously in many different incarnations.
Michael Coney Charisma 1975 A murder mystery which involves the main character John Maine traveling to different parallel worlds, but the only worlds he can travel to are the ones in which his 'other self' is dead.
The protagonist of Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber belongs to a royal family of magician-types whose principal distinguishing characteristic (aside from their fratricidal tendencies) is their ability to manipulate the stuff of Shadow. They acquire this ability by virtue of successfully negotiating an inscribed labyrinth called the Pattern, and are thereafter able to alter details of the world around them at will. These alterations are known as "walking in Shadow" and must be performed while in motion – i.e. while walking. The farther the desired Shadow-world lies from one's present reality, the more details need to be changed and the longer the walk. While there is only one true world – Amber, the royal family's seat, of which all other worlds are but reflections – there are an infinite number of Shadow worlds: As many worlds as it is possible to imagine. Thus, rather than a set of parallel universes separated by quantum events, Shadows actually constitute a multiverse of alternate realities centered on Amber. Zelazny reveals that events in these realities are sometimes able to affect each other; the borders in the circle of worlds closest to Amber are especially porous.
The conceit of Charles Stross's Merchant Princes series is that the ability to travel between worlds is a recessive trait possessed by a clan of narcotics runners (at least, that's the source of their wealth in the USA) who shuffle between their late-medieval world of origin and our own (the point of divergence seems to be in the early centuries B.C.E. – early enough that Christianity never took hold but Rome still fell and the northeast coast of North America has been settled by Norsemen who still swear by the Sky Father). The mechanism which facilitates the travel is a knotwork pattern – frequently engraved in lockets and tattooed on forearms for easy access, but the source is irrelevant; visual contact with the pattern itself causes the world-walker to translate to the other dimension (along with whatever they can carry on their backs, including other humans). The process of world-walking induces a splitting headache, is hazardous for pregnant women, and cannot be attempted more than perhaps twice or three times a day without risk of permanent injury or death. The Clan are the titular merchant princes whose monopoly on this ability has enabled them to rise to prominence in both of the worlds they inhabit. The Clan consists of Inner Family members, who possess two copies of the allele so can world-walk, and Outer Family members, who possess one copy of the relevant allele so cannot world-walk – but their children might. That's why the Clan keeps them around. The Clan is, of course, necessarily inbred to a much greater extent than populations in either the United States or the Gruinmarkt generally are. Up until recently it has been believed that the United States and the Gruinmarkt are the only two worlds there are – that is, the only two national entities to occupy the northeast chunk of the North American continent – but it has been discovered that this is not the case. This particular knotwork pattern allows the bearer to travel between the world of the Gruinmarkt and the USA. However, the slightest variation in the design will produce a different destination (it is implied that the greater the variation between designs, the greater the variation in endpoints – not all potential worlds have developed human civilization! or human beings). Moreover, the knots describe a vector relationship between worlds rather than a linear movement. This means that where a specific knot takes you depends not only on the design of the knot, but on your starting point. The same knot which, when starting in World A deposits you in World B, will NOT deposit you in World B if you are starting in World C. Instead, it will take you somewhere else, call it World D.
Olaf Stapledon's Star Maker describes God (called the Star Maker) evolving by creating many cosmoses, each more complex than the previous.
Jonas Samuelle’s Ghosts of a Tired Universe depicts an alternate earth that has been created and destroyed many times by two immortal men. The book’s protagonist travels into a parallel, metaphorical universe in order to find the power to save his world from yet another annihilation.
Den 4. parallel (2009-2011) (The 4th Parallel), a series of four novels by Norwegian writer Kjetil Johnsen. A parallel world where the infrastructure has collapsed and where America is struggling with war, each side of the war has built their own technology to come in contact with alternative timelines; one by sending a scanned version of a soldier to another reality where the original person will find itself in a new body, and another by establishing mental connection between the minds of different versions of the same person, allowing the numerous version to cooperate between the different worlds. Both sides has the same mission; to find and capture a 17 year old girl named Emma, who has been given the ability to jump between parallel worlds without any other tools than her own mind.


Originally published in 1991 ‘PiHKAL –A Chemical Love Story’ by Alexander and Ann Shulgin is one of the finest examples of psychedelic literature to have graced the printers. A combination of science, romance, insight, history and travel; of trip reports, biography, friendship and culture. The book is an exemplary blend of both authority and personality and pushes out the boundaries of psychedelic literature.
A Chemical Love Story
At 978 pages (2007 edition) PiHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved) contains a huge amount of information. It is split into two books. Book one is composed of three sections; the first is the narrative voice of Shura, the second is the voice of Alice and the third is a combination of the two. The second book is an index of 179 phenethylamines, which includes formula, synthesis, dosage, duration, qualitative comments and some extra commentary. One is immediately presented by the two key elements in the human-drug relationship – objective chemistry and subjective experience.
Book one is autobiographical but is told through two fictional characters: Dr. Alexander Borodin (Shura) and Alice Parr. “Most of the names in this story have been changed to protect personal privacy and to allow us freedom in the telling of our tale. Certain characters are composites.” I imagine there were some legal implications to worry about when the book was first published, so it would appear that a fictional veneer provides useful protection against the illegality associated with the topics of psychedelic literature.
The story of Shura begins from a young age, from an inquisitive young boy, searching out new hidden treasures in basements, through to his first experience of mescaline and his eventual path into psychopharmacology. An academic, and by all accounts musical, protégé, Shura traverses his way through some of the academic history of the psychedelic movement; at one point he even comes close to working for Aerospace but after being asked to sign the security bind he realised “I had no choice. I declined the opportunity.”
As the biographical story unfolds, so does the revelation aspect of both the discovery and effects of certain phenethylamine drugs. One that particularly sticks out from Shura’s narrative is Aleph-1: “This drug, too, shall pass. I want to scream about it to the world, but that would destroy it. This drug is power. I will talk about its effects, but I must not reveal its identity. I will have to explore through the open doorway alone.” And “I am perhaps the Rosetta Stone.” Inflections of the personality through chemistry produce a potent mix in the human-drug relationship and they are beautifully explored in PiHKAL. By the end of the first narrative, Shura’s first wife dies, he takes a trip to Tennessee and takes a trip of 2C-E:
When I lay on my bed, I saw myself as an old, old man, many years in the future. I was appalled to see my forearm as a withered, dry-skinned, almost-bone which could only be that of someone dying. I looked down at the rest of me, and I was thin, emaciated, brittle, shallow. I knew I was alone at this time of my life, this time of my death, because a long time ago, back when my wife had died, I had chosen to be alone.”
The second narrative piece – Alice’s voice – makes up the bulk of the first book. The opening chapter of this section explores a strange phenomenon that Alice had experienced on and off for the first 25 years of her life and which she names the “spiral”. The strange, experiential series of visions, which lasted only a short time, serve to illustrate the very mystery that lies at, not only the heart of this book but psychedelic literature in general i.e. the mystery of experience. It introduces the character of Alice as an individual in touch, though not always in control of, her emotions and intuition.
The more clinical and reasoned approach of Shura is juxtaposed wonderfully against Alice’s journey. The Alice narrative is a more subjective affair than Shura’s. Her feelings are implicit through the use of italic paragraphs that represent her thoughts at the very times of conception, during the events that are described. It beautifully threads an extra dimension into the overall perspective that allows the reader to switch between inner and outer experiences; which in itself reflects the psychedelic experience.
The content is formed through her meeting, her falling in love and her friendship with Shura. Alice battles with herself in overcoming obstacles – like Shura’s relationship with another woman called Ursula – and you read her thoughts being externalised into action. The voice of her “Observer” always shines reasoned and patient light and as romance blossoms through her exploration of new drugs – not just phenethylamines but some tryptamines as well – and her new love, the voices begin to come into an alignment.
We lay beside each other on the bed, Shura naked and I still in my dressing gown. When I closed my eyes, the inner world erupted into detailed imagery. Shura went up to the radio dial and found Chopin, and when he turned back to me, I sat up and took off my gown. I saw behind closed eyelids a lovely scene. We – Shura and I – were looking down from an open balcony into a central courtyard.”
Alice’s narrative ends with an exquisite chapter describing their surprise wedding on the 4th of July, 1981. It beautifully sets up the third section of book one, which is composed of passages of text from both Shura and Alice. They travel to Europe together, describe new drug experiences (Shura’s 2C-T-4 experience is notable for its personal profundity) and there’s even a spiritual crisis, which Alice grapples with (illustrating how one’s own continuum can be intersected by the drug experience.)
The final chapter of book one is formed from a lecture given by Shura to his university students. It is an impassioned and reasoned lecture on the state of democracy, U.S. politics and its drug discourse. In many respects it explains the wider social conditions under which all the events in PiHKAL take place. And although the establishment connection is referred to in the text – Shura held certain high level clearances for dealing with certain substances – only a small amount of prohibition discourse enters the narrative; that is until this final chapter when Shura explains the erosion of liberty through the pro-psychedelic perspective.
Book two primarily provides the chemist with two important points; for the laymen scientists among us (in which I count myself) there is one. It begins with an index of the phenethylamines, Alexander’s code for them and their compact chemical name. Then it proceeds to examine all 179 of them by explaining their synthesis (useful to the chemist) and then their dosage, duration and commentary (useful to both chemist and psychonaut alike.) As a reference book it is invaluable: “My [Alexander] philosophy can be distilled into four words: be informed, then choose.”
The second book completes another story from the first. There is mention of drug development in the first book but more often than not they are fleeting and merely go to introduce the drug into narrative form. What the second book does is complete the process, so to speak. These strange names and numbers could be straight from science-fiction and yet, they’re not. You can move from book two to book one, in that you can see how some of the scientific method in the second translates to narrative in the first; indeed it wouldn’t surprise me if it were the better order to read the book in, if one was chemistry minded. Within the first book there are several chapters and passages centred on Shura’s research group that helped come to qualitative evaluations about the phenethylamines in question. The story of friendship is as central to PiHKAL as the story of love (some might argue there is no difference) and it is through the research group, and their behaviour with one another, that ultimately reveals the social aspect in the human-drug relationship. In fact, the whole book itself has the comfort of friendship wrapped about its words and it is this that makes it the remarkable literary feat that it is. If you haven’t already, find yourself a copy.
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LSD My Problem Child - Albert Hofmann
Be Here Now - Ram Dass
Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story - Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin
LSD - Otto Snow
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
Sacred Mushroom of Visions - Ralph Metzner
Psychedelic Prayers: And Other Meditations - Timothy Leary
Your Brain Is God - Timothy Leary
High Priest - Timothy Leary
The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead - Timothy Leary
The Invisible Landscape - Terence McKenna, Dennis McKenna
Thr Archaic Revival - Terence McKenna
True Hallucinations - Terence McKenna
Food of the Gods - Terence McKenna
Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
The Doors Of Perception - Aldous Huxley
Advanced Techniques of Clandestine Psychedelic & Amphetamine Manufacture - Uncle Fester
Adventures Beyond the Body - William Buhlman
Animals and Psychedelics - Rob Montgomery , Giorgio Samorini
The Shaman & Ayahuasca - Don Jose Campos, Geraldine Overton, Alberto Roman, Charles Grob
Ayahuasca Visions - Pablo Amaringo, Luis Luna
Sacred Vine of Spirits : Ayahuasca - Ralph Metzner
The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge - Jeremy Narby
DMT: The Spirit Molecule - Rick Strassman
Shedding the Layers - Mark Flaherty
The Ayahuasca Diaries - Caspar Greeff
Fishers of Men - Adam Elenbaas
Heavenly Highs - Peter Stafford
Pineal Gland & Third Eye - Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler
Supernatural - Graham Hancock
Inner Paths to Outer Space - Rick Strassman
The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide - James Fadiman
Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing - Michael Muhammad Knight
Hallucinogens: A Reader - Charles S. Grob
The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia - Paul Devereux
One Pill Makes You Smaller - Lisa Dierbeck
The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs - Daniel M. Perrine
Peyote and Other Psychoactive Cacti - Adam Gottlieb
Peyote : The Divine Cactus - Edward F. Anderson
The Hummingbird's Journey to God: Perspectives on San Pedro - Ross Heaven
Plant Spirit Shamanism - Ross Heaven, Howard G. Charing
Plants of the Gods - Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Christian Ratsch
Psilocybin Mushroom Handbook - L. G Nicholas, Kerry Ogame
Psychedelic Monographs & Essays - Thomas Lyttle
The Psychedelic Sacrament - Dan Merkur
Off the Wall: Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco - Jean Pierre Criqui
Mushrooms and Mankind - James Arthur
The Psychedelic Future of the Mind - Thomas B. Roberts
The Psychedelic Renaissance - Dr Ben Sessa
The New Science of Psychedelics - David Jay Brown
Brotherhood of the screaming abyss - Dennis McKenna
Psychedelic Shamanism - Jim DeKorne
Psychedelic Trips for the Mind - Paul Krassner
Psychedelics Encyclopedia by Peter Stafford
Sacred Plant Medicine : The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism - Stephen Harrod Buhner
Soma : Divine Mushroom of Immortality - R. Gordon Wasson
Persephone's Quest - R. Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, Carl Ruck, Jonathan Ott
The Great Shark Hunt : Strange Tales from a Strange Time - Hunter S. Thompson
Sisters of the Extreme - Various
Cosmic Trigger I : Final Secret of the Illuminati - Robert Anton Wilson
What the Dormouse Said - John Markoff
The Road of Excess : A History of Writers on Drugs - Marcus Boon
The Joyous Cosmology : Adventures in the Chemistry of Conciousness - Alan Watts
The Road to Eleusis - R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann
Are You Experienced ? - Ken Johnson
The Secret Chief - Myron J. Stolaroff
The Natural Mind - Andrew T. Weil M.D.
Earth Ascending - Ph.D. Jose Arguelles
States of Consciousness - Charles Tart
The Private Sea : LSD & the Search for God - William Braden
Transfiguration - Alex Grey
Storming Heaven : LSD and the American Dream - Jay Stevens
The Teachings of Don Juan ( series ) - Carlos Castaneda
Psychedelic : Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s - David Rubin
Tryptamine Palace : 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad - James Oroc
Electrical Banana : Masters of Psychedelic Art - Norman Hathaway, Daniel Nadel
The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes : The Art of Alan Aldridge - Alan Aldridge
Art of the Dead - Phil Cushway
High Art : A History of the Psychedelic Poster - Ted Owen
Sex, Rock 'n' Roll & Op. Illusions - Victor Moscoso
Visionary Plant Consciousness - J. P. Harpignies
Yellow Submarine.. the Beatles (hardcover) - Charlie Gardner
Hallucinogenic Plants (A Golden Guide) - Richard Evans Schultes, Elmer W. Smith
Ecstasy : The MDMA Story - Bruce Eisner, Peter Stafford, Stanley Krippner
Codex Seraphinianus - Luigi Serafini
Art Forms in Nature - Ernst Haeckel
Salvia Divinorum : Doorway to Thought Free Awareness - J. D. Arthur
Mushroom Wisdom : How Shamans Cultivate Spiritual Consciousness - Martin W. Ball
Ayahuasca in My Blood : 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming - Peter Gorman
Ayahuasca Reader - Luis Eduardo Luna, Steven F. White
Cleansing the Doors of Perception - Huston Smith
Sacred Mushrooms : Secrets of Eleusis - Carl A. P. Ruck
Etidorpha The End of Earth - John Uri Lloyd
Psychedelic Healing - Neal M. Goldsmith
Decoding Eternal Tales : Psychedelic Art of John Thompson - John Thompson
Global Tribe : Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance - Graham St. John
Orange Sunshine - Nicholas Schou
The Art of Peter Max - Charles A. Riley, Peter Max
Illuminatus - Robert Venosa
LSD Psychotherapy - Stanislav Grof
The Futurological Congress : From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy - Stanislaw Lem
Grudge Punk - John McNee
Vurt / Pollen - Jeff Noon
Visions of a Huichol Shaman - Peter T. Furst
The Shaman's Mirror : Visionary Art of the Huichol
Trout's Notes on San Pedro & Related Trichocereus Species - Keeper of the Trout
Left in the Dark - Tony Wright, Graham Gynn
Entangled - Graham Hancock
Enter Through the Image - L. Caruana
The Art of the Fillmore : 1966-1971 - Gayle Lemke, Bill Graham
Memoirs of an ExHippie : Seven Years in the Counterculture - Robert A. Roskind
The legends, myths, mysteries from Hippies till nowadays will be published here to introduce you the history of establishment of World's Psychedelic Culture: Cartoon characters or heroes of Comics
Pure freak soul always keeping a childhood expressions of life and a bit naïve, sometime too positive perception of the reality. There are so much people between us we can concern as Cartoon characters or heroes of Comics…
Many of us spend a lot of hours (and we are sure they still do) following different graphic drawing books and novels.
Real stories for real freaks- make your spliff, seat comfortable in your sofa, open the book… and deep dive into imaginary World of adventures, magic transformations, aliens, mutants, spies and superheroes.
Telling true, we still love these stories and we have never put our collection in the closet. And today we publish top 50 of Goa-Freaks.Com American comic’s selection for you, big Kids!
top 50 of Goa-Freaks.Com American comic’s
50. Tank Girl: Volume 1 (Anniversary - Titan Edition)Jam-packed with quirkiness, cyberpunk roots and general anarchy, Tank Girl is a beer-obsessed tank driver travelling through post-apocalyptic Australian landscapes with companions Sub Girl and Jet Girl, not to mention the mutant kangaroo boyfriend, Booga.
Mad Max designed by Vivienne Westwood Tank Girl is disorganized, anarchic, absurdist, and psychedelic flash of brillance from Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin
He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, he's "between jobs," and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties.
[Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life]
Witness the tour-de-force origin of the Man Without Fear by industry legends Frank Miller and John Romita Jr! If you've never entered into the world of Hell's Kitchen before here's the place to start!
Matt Murdock's life was irrevocably altered after he was blinded by radioactive materials while saving the life of an old man. The payoff? An unbreakable will and a keen intelligence, helping focus the super-senses he was blessed with during the accident. His story is one of love, pain, disappointment, and strength.
Although Daredevil had been home to the work of many legendary comic book writers Frank Miller's influential tenure on the title in the late 1970s and early 1980s is Daredevil at his best. It firmly placed Matt Murdock as the popular and influential part of the Marvel Universe we know today.
[Man Without Fear (Premium Edition Hardcover)]
Astro City explores all the niggling questions we have about superheroes: how do they really live? Are they really good guys? When shouldn't we trust them?
These highly acclaimed novels by Kurt Busiek investigate how people - both ordinary people and the heroes and villains themselves - react to living in their comic book world. With stunning artwork from Brent Anderson these snap shots of Astro City life explore a complex world that only leaves you wanting to find out more!
[Volume 1: Life In The Big City]
Collecting Saga of the Swamp Thing, this first volume features the stories that put Alan Moore on the comics map, in the 1980s, thanks to his unique narrative style and deconstructive storytelling.
Created by a freak accident, Swamp Thing believed he was once scientist Alec Holland - but when he discoveries his true nature, it shatters his universe and sends him on a path of discovery and adventure.
Moore's seminal horror series sets the stage for the groundbreaking tales that were to come.
[Volume 1 (Hardcover)]
In the wake of the systematic destruction of the original Avengers, just what sort of threat to the world could persuade Captain America to assemble an all-new team? Without the Avengers to answer the call, a group of heroes must form a makeshift alliance to subdue the rampaging villains and save the city. They are the New Avengers.
Intelligent, gritty, cutting. Brian Michael Bendis's New Avengers takes Marvel's traditional comic book superheros and adds dynamism, super sharp dialogue and a wicked sense of humour.
Bendis's run on Avengers is Marvel's comic heavy weights totally kicking ass is the very best tradition of the classic comics genre!
[Volume 1: Breakout]
Early in Batman's career, a serial killer named Holiday began a series of monthly murders, each keyed to special days on the calendar. As the Dark Knight struggles to find the elusive Holiday before he or she kills again, he discovers no shortage of suspects in a Gotham!
A stylish story. with great artwork 'The Long Halloween' is a complex, film noir-ish murder mystery and with a nice post Batman Year One vibe to the whole tale. With brilliant characterization it's engrossing story-line draws the reader into the madness of Gotham and the bond between Jim Gordon and the Batman.
From Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
[The Long Halloween]
The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the last ten years, "Epileptic" is David B.'s story of his brother's battle with epilepsy.
A penetrating and sometimes lacerating self-examination on the author's part, as he delves into his own complex emotions and his family's troubled history, as well as his own youthful fantasy life. Particularly pointed is his description of the family journey from one attempted cure to another, including acupuncture, spiritualism and macrobiotics.
David B.'s drawing is utterly extraordinary, balancing literal representation and expressionist psychological distortion.
Action-packed and heart-wrenching, WE3 is a movingly brilliant high mark from two of comics greatest talents - Grant Morrison's and Frank Quitely.
WE3 tells the unforgettable story of three innocent pets - a dog, a cat and a rabbit - stolen for use by a sinister military weapons program. With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the programs prototypes and now slated to be permanently decommissioned until they seize their one chance freedom!
Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the WE3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world in which there is something called Home.
From comics super-team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday!
Winner of multiple prestigious Eisner Awards, Whedon and Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men was a smash hit with critics and fans alike - racking up nearly every major comic-book industry award. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Whedon and Cassaday assembled a tight cast - Cyclops, the Beast, Wolverine and Emma Frost, joined by returning fan-favorite Kitty Pryde - and set forth a groundbreaking pace, from the opening pages of a Sentinel attack to the unexpected return of a beloved X-Man.
Filled danger and drama it's classic superheros with a Whedon twist - un-put-down-able!
[By Whedon & Cassaday: Omnibus (Hardcover)]
Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area's teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested any number of ways - from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) - but once you've got it, that's it. There's no turning back. As we inhabit the heads of several key characters - some kids who have it, some who don't, some who are about to get it - what unfolds isn't the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness of it, or even to treat it.
A fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high-school alienation itself - the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape. Stark and powerful, this is a graphic novel like nothing you've ever seen. A Charles Burn cult classic.
[Collected Edition (Hardcover)]
Hard-edged stories of Frank Castle: The Punisher - the antihero of the Marvel Comics' Universe as written by Garth Ennis.
A vigilante who considers killing, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence and torture to be acceptable crime-fighting tactics The Punisher's brutal nature and willingness to kill originally made him a novel character in mainstream American comic books. Now a wave of psychologically troubled antiheroes follow in his wake.
Get ready for blazing bullets and bloodbaths with one of the grimmest and most compelling of illustrated characters!
[Volume 1: In The Beginning]
An incredible graphic novel set in the future of the DC Universe, Kingdom Come is a modern milestone in super-hero comics.
This grim tale of youth versus experience and tradition versus change asks what defines a hero in a world spinning inexorably out of control. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their peers find themselves up against a new uncompromising generation, and their final conflict will determine nothing less than the future of the planet.
With its intelligent storyline and superb painted artwork, writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross have create a thoroughly believable world where superheroes could exist.
[Kingdom Come (New Edition)]
The amazing creative team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely join forces to take Superman back to basics and create a new vision of the World's First Super-Hero!
Following a desperate mission to rescue a team of astronauts from the Sun, Superman's whole body is super-charged with solar power - to the point where it will kill him! Now, the world's greatest superhero must set his affairs in order, beginning by telling Lois Lane the truth about Clark Kent's secret identity.
Packed with beautiful artwork, thrilling ideas and senses-shattering plots, this is a definitive take on Superman, presented by two of comics' finest creators!
[Volume 1 (Titan Edition)]
Uncompromising and hard-hitting, and Bryan Hitch's Authority brings you a team of superheroes who promised to get the job done - by whatever means necessary.
Jenny Sparks, the Spirit of the 20th Century, has brought together Jack Hawksmoor, The Doctor, Swift, The Engineer, Apollo, and The Midnighter. Together they are The Authority, and together they will change the world
This is widescreen, cinema-scope, super-heroic fiction at its finest!
[Volume 1: Relentless]
What if everything in your life was out of your hands and those around you propelled your fate? What if, after everything, someone gave you back total control?
In Mark Millar's Wanted an amoral protagonist who discovers he is the heir to a career as a supervillain assassin in a world where such villains have secretly taken control of the planet.
With razor sharp dialogue Wanted is an uncomfortable, twisted, dark and brutal look into a villainous world where there are no rules.
[Wanted (Titan Edition)]
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers.
A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.
A profound and utterly beautiful work.
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.
Created by writer Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead chronicles the travels of a group of people trying to survive in a world stricken by a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair - and sometimes each other - the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home.
Cool, sharp and addictive reading it's perfect for long time fans or new readers. One of the best thing about zombies is indeed Robert Kirkman's superb comic!
[Volume 1: Days Gone Bye]
Set in New York City, sometime in the near future, in the midst of a civil war the island of Manhattan has been into a demilitarized zone. in Brian Wood's DMZ the citizens of Middle America having rising up against the pre-emptive war policies of the US government, causing a Second American Civil War.
The protagonist is Matthew (Matty) Roth, a naïve photo journalism intern from Long Island, who enters the DMZ with a news crew. He becomes trapped when the rest of the media and the soldiers escorting them are killed in a firefight with "insurgents".
Matty becomes the only journalist on the ground in the DMZ and he begins to report on the daily struggle of life for the everyday citizens of Manhattan.
[Volume 1: On The Ground]
Created by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris, set in our modern-day world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing super-hero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers.
Eventually Mitchell tires of risking his life merely to maintain the status quo, retires from masked crimefighting and runs for mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide. But Mayor Hundred has to worry about more than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city's history!
A stellar ongoing political thriller the series explores both the political situations Hundred finds himself in and the mysteries surrounding his superpowers.
[Volume 1: The First Hundred Days]
In a world where superpowers are relatively common Powers follows the lives of two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, police officers in a Homicide department devoted to cases that involve "powers".
Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyant villains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creatures clash in epic battles over the night-time sky. And on the dirty city streets below, homicide detective Christian Walker does his job.
With great dialogue writing by comics genius Brian Michael Bendis and artwork from Michael Avon Oeming Powers makes an excellent read even if you never thought you'd enjoy a superhero comic!
[Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?]
A classic Batman tale from two of comics' great legends, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland!
The Joker escapes from Arkham once more - and breaks into Gordon’s home shooting his daughter Barbara - the former Batgirl - crippling her for life before kidnapping a distraught Gordon and attempting to drive him as insane as the Joker himself.
An influential one-shot and pivotal superhero graphic novel it's arguably the definitive Joker story packed with Alan Moore's intense, rhythmic dialogue and awe-inspiring art by painter Brian Bolland.
[The Killing Joke (Special Deluxe Titan Edition)]
Gilbert Hernandez's 'Heartbreak Soup' stories from Love & Rockets are collected in one 500-page edition - presenting the epic as the single novel it was always intended to be.
Set in the mythical Central American town Palomar, the stories weave in and out of the town's entire population, crafting an intricate tapestry of Latin American experience. Luba, the guiding spirit of Palomar, has been universally hailed as one of the great characters of contemporary fiction.
Ideal for fans and new readers alike.
[The Heartbreak Soup Stories (Hardcover)]
Violent Cases reveals the often murky nexus between memory and imagination through the narrator's cloudy childhood remembrance of a visit to Al Capone's osteopath - and the impact of his seedy stories on a impressionable youth.
Written by Neil Gaiman's and illustrated by Dave McKean Violent Cases marks the beginning of the astonishing and award-winning collaboration between these two. Set only in the memory of its author, this brillant short story meanders through levels of recollection surrounding a childhood injury with some of the most beautiful illustration work you'll ever see in a graphic novel.
[10th Anniversary Edition (Titan Edition)]
On July 17, 2002, something simultaneously kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome — including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm. The only exceptions appear to be Yorick Brown and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand.
Yorick embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on Earth. But with a gang of feminist extremists and the leader of the Israel Defense Forces hunting him, Yorick's future, as well as that of the human race, may be short-lived.
Sharp one-liners and an enthralling plot make Brian K. Vaughan's series a outstanding read we'd recommend to anyone!
[Volume 1: Unmanned]
Full of beautiful, complex, iconic diagrams, numerous flashback scenes and parallel storylines Jimmy Corrigan is a unique, widely-acclaimed graphic novel written and illustrated by Chris Ware.
Jimmy is an awkward and cheerless character with an overbearing mother and a very limited social life who attempts to escape his unhappiness via an active imagination that gets him into awkward situations.
The illustrations alone are amazing in their own right and as a graphic novel it's masterpiece of storytelling.
[The Smartest Kid On Earth]
Bill Willingham's reinterpretation of fairy tales and folklore brings you Fables - a beautifully illustrated graphic novel series chronicling the lives of the characters from Fabletown.
When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown.
Ones of the best examples of dark fantasy writing - you really need to know all about the divorce of Snow White and Prince Charming!
[Volume 1: Legends In Exile]
Grant Morrison's Invisibles takes you to the world of The Invisible College, a secret organization battling against physical and psychic oppression using time travel, magic, meditation and physical violence.
Throughout history, the secret society of the Invisibles, who count among their number Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, work against the forces of order that seek to repress humanity's growth. In this first collection, the Invisibles latest recruit, a teenage lout from the streets of London, must survive a bizarre, mind-altering training course before being projected into the past to help enlist the Marquis de Sade.
The series that made Morrison famous - it's weird, wonderful, bizarre and personality-rich team of protagonists is un·put·down·able!
[Volume 1: Say You Want A Revolution]
Bryan Talbot's moving, compelling and beautifully illustrated tale of childhood sexual abuse and recovery.
Helen Potter lived a happy life until she got lost in a nightmare of sexual abuse. Now she's traveling through urban and rural England on a journey that is remarkably similar to the one a certain Beatrix Potter once took.
This inspirational story of Helen Potter and her journey of healing has won numerous awards and unending acclaim for the British writer/artist. This book is the definitive example of a touching story that transcends the misperceptions that comics are disposable and banal.
[The Tale Of One Bad Rat]
It's happened to all of us at one time or another. Somebody, somewhere, did something so bad, so wrong, you wanted to kill them...even if it were only for a split second. So here's the question: what would you do if you were given the opportunity and means to get away with it, scot-free?
100 Bullets follows what happens when people from all walks of life meet Agent Graves, a mysterious figure who offers his 'clients' the opportunity of a lifetime: an attache case containing the proof, the gun and the carte blanche immunity to exact revenge on the person who's done them irrevocable wrong. So, would you pull the trigger?
100 Bullets exemplifies the noir and pulp genres of popular modern fiction - an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso.
[Volume 1: First Shot Last Call]
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Eisner Award-winning series crime noir series - Criminal! With razor-sharp dialogue, believable emotion, and enough twists and turns to keep anyone on their toes, it's a fantastically-designed graphic novel par excellence!
When criminals need justice, Tracy Lawless is their best—and only—hope! But just who’s behind these mob-style hits on made men? It's hard hitting noir tales about tough guys, violence, and constant danger - with not a superhero in sight!
If you haven’t experienced Criminal before it's one of the best crime comics ever published and the lovely omnibus edition is the perfect place to jump onboard!
[Omnibus (Deluxe Edition Hardcover)]
Writer-artist Frank Miller's and colourist Lynn Varley retell the Spartans' heroic stand at Thermopylae. The story focuses on King Leonidas, the young foot soldier Stelios and the storyteller Dilios to highlight the Spartans' awe-inspiring toughness and valour.
Miller's retelling and Varley's art is terrific, as always; the combat scenes are especially powerful.
Read it!
[300 (Hardcover)]
A post-cyberpunk comic book series written by Warren Ellis, with art by Darick Robertson, this is simply one of the best comics series of the last few years, mixing great characters, drama, humour and using the futuristic setting to parallel present day problems with wit and biting satire.
After years of self-imposed exile from a civilisation rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings.
[Volume 1: Back On The Street (New Edition)]
A darkly comic, intermittently sombre exploration of friendship and modern life, Ghost World has become renowned for its frank treatment of adolescence.
Daniel Clowes's cult classic tells of the adventures of Enid Coleslaw and Beck Doppelmeyer, two bored, supremely ironic teenage girls as they spend their days wandering aimlessly around their unnamed American town.
Powerfully and authentically spelling out the realities of teen angst it's beautifully drawn, with a subtle and convincing storyline.
[Ghost World]
Created by writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch Ultimates is a modern reimagining of the Marvel superhero team, The Avengers.
It's a hard nosed and gritty exploration of what happens when a bunch of ordinary people are turned into super-soldiers and groomed to fight the real-life war on terror. Darkly written Ultimates breaks away from the standard notion of the 'superhero' with a big dose of cynicism and characters stripped of their 'super-heroic' status.
With amazing artwork from Bryan Hitch it's an intriguing and amusing modern takes on classic Marvel characters with Captain American as you've never seen him before!
Great stuff even if you've never entertained the idea of reading a superhero comic!
[Volume 1: Super-Human]
Garth Ennis's savage epic Preacher exemplifies why some comics are only for the grown-ups!
Preacher focuses on narrative storytelling with an unapologetic handling of religious and supernatural themes. Preacher's full-on, with dark and frequently violent humor, plus a wide range of allusions to popular culture outside of comic books.
After merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan preacher Jesse Custer has become completely disillusioned with the beliefs to which he had dedicated his entire life. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country.
[Volume 1: Gone To Texas]
This really is one of the greatest Batman stories ever and one of Frank Miller's best - high on the list of most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever, Year One defined Batman for a new generation!
Telling the entire dramatic story of Batman's first year fighting crime it's a great starting point for anybody wanting to try Batman comics and an essential read for all fans.
Perfectly capturing the corruption of Gotham with the realism, grit and humanity of Gordon and Batman it's an outstanding example of the very best in graphic novels.
[Year One (Titan Edition)]
The consummate comic antihero Hellblazer is a great introduction the DC's left of field Vertigo imprint!!
This collection represents the earliest adventures of the tortured antihero John Constantine, who faces both supernatural and man-made horrors in this great volume. Excellent place to start the adventures of the somewhat amoral occult dabbler and psychic detective.
Get out the Marlboro Lights and head for Newcastle!
[Volume 1: Original Sins]
Neil Gaiman's Sandman weaves the story of a man interested in capturing the physical manifestation of Death but who instead captures the King of Dreams.
The chapter '24 Hours' is worth the price of the book alone; it stands as one of the most chilling examples of horror in comics and let's not underestimate Gaiman's achievement of personifying Death as an overly cheery, cute goth girl!
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comics of the second half of the century this first volume opens a magical door to the world of The Endless and Gaiman's stupendous literary talent!
[Volume 1: Preludes And Nocturnes]
Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's incredible reinvention of classic heroes and villains!
What if Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr Henry Jekyll (together with Edward Hyde) and the Invisible Man were brought together by a Miss Mina Harker (who once had a dalliance with a certain Count from Transylvania), to fight the menace of Fu Manchu? Now, despite fighting their own personal demons - and each other - they must join forces to save the world.
A rare and wonderful treat for any fan of sequential storytelling which which beautifully illustrates how much the graphic novel medium can add to the written word.
[Volume 1]
Drawing heavily folklore, B-movies, ghost stories, monsters and pulp tales this is series about a paranormal investigator from Hell! Hellboy has proved to be a both popular and critical success with its abstract artwork and H. P. Lovecraft-style horror!
Created by writer-artist Mike Mignola, Hellboy was brought to Earth as an infant by Nazi occultists but discovered by the Allied Forces; amongst them, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm. Post WWII the Professor forms the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) and as an adult Hellboy becomes their primary agent fighting Nazis, demons and anything that goes bump in the night!
With a highly distinctive graphic style and cult story-lines Mignola has heavily influenced a new generation of comics artists!
[Library Edition Volume 1: Seed Of Destruction/Wake The Devil]
Welcome to New York. Here, burning figures roam the streets, men in brightly colored costumes scale the glass and concrete walls, and creatures from space threaten to devour our world.
This is the Marvel Universe, where the ordinary and fantastic interact daily. This is the world of Marvels.
Written by Kurt Busiek and amazingly painted by Alex Ross Marvels portrays ordinary life in a world full of costumed supermen. Each issue features events well-known to readers of Marvel comics as well as a variety of minute details and retelling the most infamous events in the Marvel Universe.
[Marvels (New Printing)]
In this groundbreaking, beautifully painted graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham's detention centre for the criminally insane on April Fools Day and have demanded Batman in exchange for their hostages.
Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to live and endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison, jeopardising his own sanity.
A great introduction to the world of Gotham's many psychopathic criminals and the Dark Knight's Lovecraftian penitentiary!
[Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)]
Bryan Talbot takes the city of Sunderland and the story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell (the 'real' Alice) and around them spins a spectacularly diverse range of different stories.
He explores Carroll's links with Sunderland and shows how the city inspired his masterpieces. Talbot's artwork is a spectacular mixture of different styles and his stories are told from the stage of the Sunderland Empire theatre. In "Alice in Sunderland", he shows - triumphantly - how local history is national history in microcosm, how one story begets another.
The result is a landmark book in the graphic field!
[Alice In Sunderland (Hardcover)]
For thirty years, one man has dominated the British comic scene. He is judge, jury and executioner, a merciless far-future lawman delivering justice with an iron fist on the mean streets of Mega-City One.
He is Judge Dredd. He is the law. He is the biggest British comics character of all time!
Discover (or re-discover) the roots of this legendary character in this vast, thrill-packed graphic novel collecting together all of Dredd's early adventures in chronological order - complete and uncut! No foray onto the world of the graphic novel could ever be complete without a visit to the Big Meg for block war, suicide boxes and umpty bagging!
[Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files: Volume 1]
Maus: A Survivor's Tale is the autobiographical work of Art Spiegelman. Told using the comics medium, it's the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe.
By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through anthropomorphic animals Spiegelman captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival.
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards, it's a moving, contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.
[The Complete Maus]
Legendary comics creators, Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore, have created a gripping, hallucinatory piece of crime fiction about Jack the Ripper, the most infamous serial murderer of all time.
Detailing the events that led up to the Whitechapel murders and the cover-up that followed, 'From Hell' has become a modern masterpiece of crime noir and historical fiction. Alan Moore names Dr. Gull as the villain and creates the most compelling and terrifying psychological study ever undertaken.
All the conspiracies and cover-ups are considered and bound together in this vortex of terror. A gripping crime noir masterpiece of historical fiction.
[From Hell]
Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s powerful epic about loss of freedom and individuality.
Taking place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet this amazing graphic novel spotlights a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask and his young protégé as they fight political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It's a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good or evil and details a world where political, personal freedoms are non-existent.
Along with Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, V For Vendetta is often held to be one of the 'holy trinity' of modern, graphic novels which re-invented the medium for a mature, adult audience. Written as a response to the right wing politics of the 1980s it remains extremely powerful today. It may be set in the 80s but it speaks of the fight for personal and societal freedom in any era or culture.
[V For Vendetta (New Edition - Titan Edition)]
Watchmen redefined what superhero comics could be and re-introduced the medium to an adult audience with a gripping, labyrinthine script and ultra-detailed artwork.
Set in the 1980s, the novel follows a motley crew of costumed superheroes in an alternate universe where the United States is nearing nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Rorschach, a half-psychotic vigilante must convince his ex team-mates, now middle-aged and retired, that he has uncovered a plot to murder the remaining superheroes - along with millions of innocent civilians...Even reunited, will the remnants of the 'Watchmen' be enough to avert a global apocalypse?
Moore created a complex murder mystery with intense, unforgettable characters that explored the themes of absolute power, love and the medium of comic books. It's the only graphic work to also be included in the Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. It's simply one of the most influential graphic novels of all time.
Total comic book brilliance from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons!
[Watchmen (Titan Edition)]
No Batman story in the world is probably more important than Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Released in 1986, it was responsible for the rejuvenation of Batman as the dark, brooding character we know today - and for the comics industry as a whole. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself the task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children's cartoon character into a hero for our times.
This is the tale of a tortured man's effort to save a city spiralling into chaos. An aging, time-worn Bats struggles with the acceptance of a new Robin while facing the latest generation of vicious, hyper-violent criminals. Old foes like the Joker and Two-Face add to the maddening mayhem which Batman must face and somehow conquer.
The Dark Knight is a success on every level. It keeps the core elements of the Batman myth intact; with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon, and the old roster of villains present, yet brilliantly subverted. The artwork is design brilliance -harsh, claustrophobic, psychotic. It's fundamentally a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, street gangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham?
It's Frank Miller's richly imagined vision of the Dark Knight's future; Batman how he should be.

If you think, there is no relation between Literature and Science- you forget about History.
Today we decided to publish proper research –that was submitted by Robert John Dickins, to the University of Exeter as a thesis for the degree of Master of Philosophy in English, September, 2012.
The Birth of Psychedelic Literature: Drug Writing and the rise of LSD Therapy 1954 – 1964:
This thesis examines hallucinogen drug literature published between 1954-1964 in Britain and North America. By arguing that these texts are medically and culturally contingent to psychiatric research that was being undertaken with various hallucinogens during the period, including Lysergic acid diethylamide and mescaline, via the development of three psychiatric models—the psycholytic, psychotomimetic and psychedelic—it seeks to establish the relationship between psychiatric practice and the form and content of the texts.
Furthermore, it examines an inter-textual dialogue concerning the medical, spiritual and philosophical value of these drugs, which has a direct effect on the development of the a forementioned psychiatric research models. In doing so, this thesis also traces the historical popularization of these drugs as they left the clinical setting and entered in to wider society, as propagated by the literature. Broadly speaking, through these analyses, it establishes the primary texts as representing a minor literary movement—Psychedelic literature—through the emergence of a psycho spiritual narrative.
Between 1954 - 1964 a number of books were published that described psychoactive drug experiences with hallucinogens under the auspices of, or directly influenced by, psychiatry: The Doors of Perception (1954), Heaven and Hell (1956) and Island (1962) by Aldous Huxley; A Drug Taker’s Notes (1957) by Richard Heron Ward; Exploring Inner Space (1961) by Jane Dunlap; Myself and I (1962) by Constance A. Newland; The Joyous Cosmology (1962) by Alan Watts; The Discovery of Love (1963) by Malden Grange Bishop; and The Psychedelic Experience (1964) by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert. Collectively, these texts will be referred to as psychedelic literature and their psychiatrically-mediated dialogue, this thesis argues, reveals them to be a minor medico-cultural and literary movement.

By contextualising the primary texts according to the development of three psychiatric research/therapy models—the psycholytic, psychotomimetic and psychedelic—this thesis will demonstrate a dynamic, interpenetrative relationship between the books and the theoretical and methodological approaches of these psychiatric and psychoanalytic practices, while also elucidating a dialogue that occurred between the books themselves. Firstly, this will ground the texts within a socio-historical context that is used to identify the texts as a body of work—psychedelic literature—and secondly, the thesis will examine how the literature helped transform the practises themselves; thus demonstrating a cultural-contingency between the practice of hallucinogen research and drug literature from the same period. Broadly speaking then, this thesis is a medico-cultural and literary history of hallucinogen research, occurring in both Britain and North America, which aims at grounding the primary texts within the same cultural paradigm, arguing for the existence of a minor literary movement; psychedelic literature.

The primary texts will now be briefly introduced in regard to the proliferation of hallucinogen research during the 1950s and early 1960s; this in order to socially and historically contextualise them. It is then necessary, in 1.4, to position the argument of this thesis within the wider critical tradition of drug literature. This will be achieved by recounting the history of drug writing as a critical discipline, along with the various methodological approaches that have been employed, and will also elucidate the context in which the primary texts of this thesis have hitherto been understood......
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This is a special area of top secret information from the Past, Present and Future of Goa Freaks World. Top Psychedelic non-fiction Books
John Higgs is a journalist, television writer and producer and author. His latest book, I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary, published by the Friday Project, is the first full biography of the pioneer of psychedelic drugs.
Recently he had published his Top 10 Psychedelic Books list. Today we present it to your attention:
1. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
Huxley's account of his experiments with mescaline in the 1950s make psychedelic use sound like a perfectly reasonable and admirable pursuit which would bring credit to any middle class gentleman. Huxley never wrote a dull sentence in his life and this is certainly one of his best works. If its influence of the likes of Timothy Leary or Jim Morrison is considered, then it could easily be his most culturally important book.
2. The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is usually considered Thompson's best work, but I much prefer The Great Shark Hunt. It's a huge book, a collection of the best of his journalism from the 60s and 70s, and it shows that Thompson had a far greater range than his later reputation suggests. His essay about Hemingway's death, in which he tried to understand why such a once-vibrant man ended up blowing his brains out in small town America, is particularly poignant following Thompson's suicide.
3. The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
This is Wolfe's account of life with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and the birth of the American west coast psychedelic movement. Wolfe knew that a detached, even-handed journalistic approach could never really explain what was happening, so he gave his book the same psychedelic viewpoint as his characters. The result is a wonderful piece of writing. For those of us who weren't born in the 60s, this is probably the closest we can get to experiencing it.
4. High Priest by Timothy Leary
Leary was a prolific writer, producing over 30 books and hundreds of essays and papers. I've chosen his autobiographical High Priest (1968) for this list as I think it is one of his most accomplished pieces of writing. It captures both the drug experience and the sense of discovery so well; the moment a scientist realises that the implications of their work are so huge that their life will never be the same again.
5. Sisters of the Extreme: Women writing on the drug experience by Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz
Psychedelic use is split fairly evenly between the men and women, but the desire to write about and try to explain the experience is a predominantly male trait. Certainly every other book in this top ten is from a male author, which is why this book so important. It sheds light on the otherwise hidden half of the psychedelic experience.
6. The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux
Devereux's impressive and thorough trawl through prehistory will be an eye-opener for anyone who thought drug use was a modern phenomenon. Devereux demonstrates that this point in history is a strange quirk in the human story, a rare time where we don't have a structure for incorporating psychedelic use into our society. If nothing else, it will make you view your ancestors in a different light!
7. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman, MD
The medical profession has written little about psychedelics since Timothy Leary, which makes this book all the more valuable. DMT, a natural chemical produced by the human brain, is a hallucinogen so powerful that it makes LSD look like lager shandy. DMT throws up some very big questions about the workings of the brain, consciousness and about the world at large, and Strassman does not shy from these. For those who think that one day science will have all the answers, this book shows just how clueless we still are.
8. Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati Volume 1 by Robert Anton Wilson
The usual medical warning about psychedelic use is that it is dangerous for anyone with latent or undiagnosed neurotic or schizophrenic disorders. Perhaps a more important warning would be that psychedelic use can trigger an onslaught of utterly weird synchronicities which leave the user in a world that has seemingly gone totally crazy, while they still feel perfectly sane. Robert Anton Wilson describes this situation better than anyone, and this sanity-bashing account of his personal journey through what he calls 'Chapel Perilous' is one of his best works. Anti-drug campaigners should distribute this book in schools, and ask children if they could handle that much madness.
9. Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution by Kevin Booth and Michael Bertin
Psychedelics are often thought to have faded in influence after the mid 70s, but this is not the case. Instead, they became more subtly integrated into people's lives, to the degree that they didn't overshadow an individual's other interests or achievements. Bill Hicks is a good example. Although he frequently talked about his psychedelic use on stage he is not generally labelled as just a 'drugs comic', and I suspect that my inclusion of this book in this list will surprise a few people. This honest biography by his close friend Kevin Booth shows how integral psychedelics were to his life and, ultimately, his legacy.
10. What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry by John Markoff
This is significant because it is one of the first books to look at the legacy that the psychedelic movement of the 60s left behind. Many people will be surprised by the debt the idea of a 'personal computer' owes to psychedelics, the significance of the geographical location of Silicon Valley on the San Franciscan peninsula, or why Steve Jobs would say that taking LSD was one of the "two or three most important things" he has ever done. An impressive account of recent history.
11. The Road of Excess by Brian Barritt
A psychedelic top 10, of course, goes up to 11, which allows me to include Barritt's autobiography. One of Timothy Leary's lovers recently told me that she thought this book had the greatest descriptions of acid trips ever written, and she may well be right. This is a piece of literature that has clearly never been within a hundred yards of a copy editor, and it is all the better for it. Words just spill forth with no interest in grammar, coherence or where the narrative is going, but it possesses such an innate wit and swagger that it is a complete joy from start to finish. Psychedelia in its purest form, studded with flashes of brilliance.
Sunday, 21 July 2013 07:50

Visionary Art: essay by Alex Grey

What Is Visionary Art? essay by Alex Grey
 The artist's mission is to make the soul perceptible. Our scientific, materialist culture trains us to develop the eyes of outer perception. Visionary art encourages the development of our inner sight. To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye:  The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. All the inspiring ideas we have as artists originate here.
The visionary realm embraces the entire spectrum of imaginal spaces – from heaven to hell, from the infinitude of forms to formless voids. The psychologist James Hillman calls it the imaginal realm. Poet William Blake called it the divine imagination. The aborigines call it the dreamtime; and Sufis call it alam al-mithal. To Plato, this was the realm of the ideal archetypes. The Tibetans call it the sambhogakaya – the dimension of inner richness. Theosophists refer to the astral, mental, and nirvanic planes of consciousness. Carl Jung knew this realm as the collective symbolic unconscious. Whatever we choose to call it, the visionary realm is the space we visit during dreams and altered or heightened states of consciousness.

 Every sacred art tradition begins with the visionary. "Divine canons of proportion," mystic syllables, and sacred writing were all realized when the early wisdom masters and artists received the original archetypes through visionary contact with the divine ground. After a sacred archetype has been given form as a work of art, it can act as a focal point of devotional energy. The artwork becomes a way for viewers to access or worship the associated transcendental domain. In sacred art, from calligraphy to icons, the work itself is a medium: a point of contact between the spiritual and material realms.

The Role of Art
Our inner world – the life of our imagination with its intense feelings, fears, and loves – guides our intentions and actions in the world. Our inner world is the only true source of meaning and purpose we have. Art is the song of this inner life. Art’s key role in the human drama is that of a "great convincer." The artist posits one myth, religion, or ideology over another, yet also always expresses the raw passion and evolutionary force of the inner world itself.

The artist attempts to make inner truths visible, audible, or sensible in some way, by manifesting them in the external, material world (through drawing, painting, song, etc.). To produce their finest works, artists lose themselves in the flow of creation from their inner worlds. The visionary artist creatively expresses her or his personal glimpses of the Divine Imagination.

Every work of art embodies the vision of its creator and simultaneously reveals a facet of the collective mind. Art history shows each successive wave of vision flowing through the world's artists. Artists offer the world the pain and beauty of their souls as a gift to open the eyes of the collective and heal it. Our exposure to technological innovations and diverse forms of sacred art gives artists at the dawn of the twenty-first century a unique opportunity to create more integrative and universal spiritual art than ever before.

The Visionary Tradition
A complete historical account of the global visionary art tradition would fill volumes. The sixteen thousand-year-old cave paintings of human/animal hybrids, such as the Sorcerer of Trois Freres, are a good starting point. Much ancient shamanic art, such as African ritual masks and aboriginal rock and bark paintings, clearly depict visionary dreamtime wanderings and encounters in the lower and upper worlds. A visionary art history lesson would include representations of mythic deities and demons: the Mayan feathered serpent; Egyptian and Greek sphinxes; and Indian, Balinese, and Thai portrayals of many-limbed, many-headed beings housed in complex mandalas.

One of the earliest known Western mystic visionary artists was Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth-century German abbess. While enveloped by a fiery inner light, she was told to "speak and write not according to human speech or human inventiveness, but to the extent that you see and hear those things in the heavens above in the marvelousness of God." The icons created from her visions are direct and authentic gifts of spirit.

Perhaps the most famous visionary artist was the fifteenth-century painter Hieronymous Bosch, who portrayed an extraordinary array of grotesque beings, tortured souls in hell, and angels guiding the saved to the light of heaven. His Garden of Delights is one of the strangest paintings in the world – an encyclopedia of metamorphic plant/animal/human symbolism. Pieter Bruegel was touched with the same visionary madness when he created Fall of the Rebel Angels and Triumph of Death – an amazing landscape featuring a coffin go-kart and armies of skeletons herding the struggling masses. Northern and Italian Renaissance artists like Grunewald, Durer, and Michelangelo delineated the revelations of Christian mysticism with searing, Gothic realism.

Our historical sketch of visionary art would have to include the seventeenth-century alchemical engravings of Johann Daniel Mylius and mystics like Jacob Boehme and Robert Fludd, who detailed complex mandalic philosophical maps pointing to union with the divine.

William Blake, the nineteenth-century mystic artist and poet, conversed with angels and received painting instructions from discarnate entities. Blake published his own books of art and poetry, which revealed an idiosyncratic mysticism arising from his inner perception of religious subjects. He resisted conventional religious dogma, proclaiming that "all religions are one." The characters in Blake's paintings and engravings seem akin to those of Renaissance masters Michelangelo, Raphael, and Durer – yet are softened with a peculiar magic. His artwork exalts an ideal realm of inspiration that he termed the "divine imagination." Blake's work laid the foundations for the nineteenth-century Symbolist movement that included such artists as Gustav Moreau, Odilon Redon, Jean Delville, and Frantisek Kupka.

The realm of visionary art also embraces Modernist Abstraction like the works of Kupka, Klee, and Kandinsky; Surrealist or Fantastic Realist art; and Idealist work like Blake's. The twentieth-century Surrealists operated in a territory without clear moral order: a dreamship adrift on the ocean of the unconscious. Artists like Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Hans Arp, Hans Bellmer, Stanislav Szukalski, Juan Miro, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, and Frida Kahlo mixed images from childhood memories, adult desires and fears, sex and violence – wherever the creative currents led them. The visions of the Surrealists help to define a dream realm where any bizarre juxtaposition is possible. A profound truth resides in such strangeness, for these visions can shock us into deepening our acknowledgement and appreciation of the Great Mystery.

The Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew was one of the great visionary artists of the twentieth century (his obsession with anatomy and mysticism relates to my own work). Tchelitchew's paintings evolved through metamorphic symbolism to x-ray anatomical figures glowing with inner light, and eventually progressed to luminous, abstract networks.

Perhaps the most widely respected visionary painter of the twentieth century is Ernst Fuchs, whose highly detailed and symbolic works are often based on biblical and mythological subjects. Fuchs combines the technical mastery of Durer and Van Eyck with the imagination of Bosch and Blake in a completely personal fantastic realism. Fuchs has had a widespread and profound influence on many of the greatest contemporary visionary artists. The masterful Mati Klarwein, Robert Venosa, De Es Schwertberger, Olga Spiegel, Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, and many others count him a key teacher or inspirational force.

The post-World War II Vienna school of Fantastic Realism included artist friends of Ernst Fuchs, like Arik Brauer, Anton Lehmdon, Wolfgang Hutter, and Rudolph Hausner. In 1940s America, the artists Ivan Albright, George Tooker, Paul Cadmus, Peter Blume, and Hyman Bloom were known as Magic Realist painters.

The psychedelic sixties spawned a new kind of poster art, leading many painters in a visionary direction. In the 1960s and 70s, a loosely associated group of California visionary paintersJoseph Parker, Cliff McReynolds, Clayton Anderson, Gage Taylor, Nick Hyde, Thomas Akawie, Bill Martin, and Sheila Rose – were published by Pomegranate Art Books. Pomegranate has also featured the shamanically inspired work of Susan Seddon Boulet. A more visually aggressive psychedelic pop surrealism energizes the work of Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Robert Williams.

Paul Laffoley, a painter and architect, is one of the most encyclopedic of visionary geniuses. Dystopic visions of contemporary hell worlds are stunningly portrayed in the paintings of Joe Coleman, H.R. Giger, Manuel Ocampo, and Odd Nerdrum. Visionary abstraction is articulated in beautiful infinities in the works of Allyson Grey, Bernie Maisner, and Suzanne Williams.

Some of the most promising new visionary painting is by A. Andrew Gonzalez, Erial, and Guy Aichison. The archetypal mindscapes of Francesco Clemente and Ann McCoy enjoy the rare distinction of visibility and success in the contemporary art marketplace. The word "visionary" has also come to be associated with "outsider, naive, insane, and self-taught" artists, who include Adolph Wolfli, Reverend Finster, and Minnie Evans.

What unites these various groups of artists is the driving force and source of their art: their unconventionally intense imaginations. Their gift to the world is to reveal "in minute particulars," as Blake would say, the full spectrum of the vast visionary dimensions of the mind.
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Monday, 04 February 2013 06:23

Psychedelic Books Collection

    "The Myth of Addiction is an immensely readable, provocative text which is fast becoming a classic. It is a book which anyone aspiring to present a new structure to explain drug use must take into account. As a result of the publication of The Myth of Addiction, it is no longer possible to talk the language of addiction—disease, having to have, compulsion, loss of control, expurgation of guilt—without sensing the presence of John Davies looking on and forcing the question, 'what exactly do I think I am trying to explain?'" —Douglas Cameron, University of Leicester. Second edition, ©1997 by OPA, Harwood Academic Publishers.
    2. THE MEANING OF ADDICTION by Stanton Peele
    The Meaning of Addiction presents an entire non-reductive, experiential model of addiction. It is the standard reference showing that addiction can never be resolved to its biochemical components, as the NIDA and NIMH are currently attempting to prove. "Stanton Peele writes so clearly and cogently that his scholarship and erudition remain continuously intriguing, adding to the readability of a volume that will become a classic contribution to the field." (Jules Masserman, Past President, American Psychiatric Association.) ©1985 by D.C. Heath and Company

    "Traditionally, religion has been of the spirit; science, of the body; and there has been a wide philosophic gulf between the knowledge of the body and the knowledge of the spirit. The natural sciences and religion have generally been considered as natural and eternal opponents. Abraham H. Maslow here articulates one of his prominent theses: the "religious" experience is a rightful subject for scientific investigation and speculation and, conversely, the "scientific community" will see its work enhanced by acknowledging and studying the species-wide need for spiritual expression which, in so many forms, is at the heart of "peak-experiences" reached by healthy, fully functioning persons."
    4. STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Charles T. Tart
    Stanislav Grof said of this book, "A beautiful piece of work on the theory of Altered States of Consciousness that will become a classic in the field." First published in 1975, States of Consciousness appears in The Psychedelic Library by permission of the author. ©1975 by Charles T. Tart.
    5. THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE by William S. Moxley
    "A Theory of Psychedelic Experience" by William S. Moxley. Drawing upon recent research in many fields of study, this work represents the first multi-disciplinary theory attempting to define the nature, cause, roots, and future of psychedelic experience. Published for the first time in the Drug Reform Coordination Network Internet Library. HTML edition, copyright 1996 WSM.
    Published in 1967, Albert Hofmann wrote of this book, "...a true intellectual pleasure...you certainly penetrated deeply into the roots of the LSD problem and have presented its many-sided aspects and its relationship to present intellectual trends well and with a thorough knowledge of the subject."
    7. HIGH IN AMERICA by Patrick Anderson
    "The True Story Behind NORMAL and the Politics of Marijuana". Published by The Viking Press, New York, ©1981 by Patrick Anderson. Reproduced in The Psychedelic Library with the permission of the author.
Today was a short edition following yesterday thematic


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Saturday, 15 December 2012 20:27

One Book you must Read

authors, 38 photographers, 650 photos, pictures and art-work in 36 chapters - plus a fluoro-hardcvover. The first book about the Psytrance scene - written by well-known freaks and activists from around the globe - was finally out in German in Dec 2010.We would higly reccomend you the book, published in 2010 in English. ”20 Years of Psytrance” or “ Goa Byble”.It is the first book about the history of the scene, written by the scene.

280 pages full of history, music, labels, cyber-tribes, spirituality, ecology, people, culture, deco and art since the Goa movement has started.

The book provides also an overview to the country's scenes and festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Russia, Israel and more and comes along with a DVD "20 Years of Psytrance" produced by Psynema (El Geko/BuzzT). More information: www.nachtschatten.ch/goabook (in German and English).


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