Psychedelic books - a journey into the unknown

Psychedelia is art and philosophy extending beyond sound and psychotropic substances.

For some, psychedelia is a way of life, a spiritual answer to our existential questions and part of everyday 'reality'. There are too many book writers to mention here but Carlos Castaneda, Timothy Leary, Rick Strassman, Aldous Huxley, Tom Robbins, Terence McKenna and William Boroughs are perhaps the most important ones. Psychedelic books make for an interesting and insightful read.

Carlos Castaneda

"A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting."
The great shaman philosopher and anthropologist whose work has been called controversial and widely disputed. Don't trust what they say. Read his psychedelic books and make up your own mind. Start with The Teachings of Don Jouan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.

Timothy Leary

"Turn on, tune in, drop out"
The man who conviced the world's most well known and respected university to run its most controversial research unit, the infamous Harvard Psilosybin Project. Intellectual LSD and psychedelics advocate, art lover and author of the famous book Politics of Ecstasy.

Rick Strassman

The famous psychedelics researcher in human use of DMT and psylocybin and author of the definitive book DMT: The spirit molecule.

Tom Robbins

Serial bestseller writer and author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins is not a researcher, nor a scientist but one of the most psychedelic art novelists you might ever come across.

Aldous Huxley

"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Aldous Huxley is author of The Doors of Perception. This book writen in 1954 detailing his hallucinatory experiences when taking the psychedelic mescaline inspired Jim Morisson so much that he named his band The Doors.

Terence McKenna

Writer, philosopher and psychedelic shaman guru Terence McKenna developed the Stoned Ape theory in which he claims to have found the causes of humankind's existence.

William S Borroughs

Father of America's artistic psychedelic counterculture and author of the famous Naked Lunch.