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AN ANTHOLOGY OF TRUE-LIFE

PSYCHEDELIC ADVENTURES


by Charles Hayes


CONTENTS

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Note to the Reader

Preface

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. The Psychedelic [in] Society: A Brief Cultural History of Tripping

2. Basic Features of the Psychedelic Experience

3. Methodology and Perspectives Used in the Making of This Book

PART II: THE NARRATIVES

1. Aaron: Trawling the ghost stream
2.
Alice Dee: Highway to the sky: The road seen only by the dreamer
3.
Anne Waldman: Point and click: Icons in the window to the ancestral manse
4.
Brendan: Pealing faces
5.
Bruce Eisner: Dazed in the desert at the end of time
6.
Carl: The wat of the world
7.
Charles Hayes: Eat the moment (and other stories)
8.
Charlie: That’s when I realized I was out of my senses
9.
Clark Heinrich: Heaven (and another story)
10.
Daniel: I realized I was dead
11.
Dennis: They don’t show you all this on the top of the mountain just to destroy you on the way down
12.
Fiona: Unbridled
13.
George: Saved by the belle (and other stories)
14.
Gregory: Sinister toys and the Internet of souls
15.
Henry Bass: Hallucinating the horror of sobriety
16.
Herbie Greene: Ride the snake and break on through [or] crashing the snake dance
17.
Jack: Everybody looked like an invertebrate
18.
James: Hell’s den and Pan’s glen (and another story)
19.
Jarl: An early absolution
20.
Jason: The orgasm death dance (and other stories)
21.
Jeremy: The shlomus: The price of a moment’s doubt
22.
John Perry Barlow: My first trip
23.
Julian: An awakening from within
24.
Kate Coleman: Then the emotions started happening
25.
Keely Stahl: The menacing orgasm the almost melted me away
26.
Keith: First communion with life
27.
Kenny: How can I die if I’m not here? (and other stories)
28.
Kevin: To either die or come
29.
Lena: I’ve definitely been psychotic
30.
Leonard Gibson: Portals of flame, petals of the lotus flower
31.
Leonard Mercado: Psychedelic terra firma
32.
Malcolm: The Psychedelic is the Creator
33.
Marcel: Is this a trap or a welcome?
34.
Mark: Sounding the black box of the subconscious
35.
Mark Fischer: Over the spillway
36.
Matthew S. Kent: Maha maya: The V in my path
37.
Megan: A blink of rabbit fur
38.
Paul Devereux: Do I want to be seeing this?
39.
Peter: Everything else was normal
40.
Philip Cooper: The Cathedral of Saint Pedro the Divine
41.
Reverend Marianne: The vision made it real (and other stories)
42.
Robert Bell: I had a theory who I was (and another story)
43.
Robert Charles Wilson: The immigrant’s landing
44.
Ruth: The apostate’s homecoming
45.
Sarah: Our Lady of the Eastern Star
46.
Stephen Kessler: The initiate
47.
Steve Silberman: The organismic display monitor
48.
Steven Martin Cohen: A thousand cruise missiles pointed straight at my brain stem
49.
Terry: Loosing the hounds of war
50.
Tim Page: Memoirs of an acid-salved war photographer

PART III: A CONVERSTATION WITH TERENCE MCKENNA

Appendix: A Concise Index of Psychedelic Substances

Notes

Bibliography and Resources

Acknowledgements

Index