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Diary of a Drug Fiend

By Aleister Crowley
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  • Publisher : Graphic Arts Books
  • Isbn : 9781513212890
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
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Diary of a Drug Fiend (1922) is a novel by Aleister Crowley. Published at the height of his career as a poet and occultist, his debut novel draws on Crowley’s experiences as a heroin addict. Despite his lifelong struggle, Crowley’s penchant for recreational drug use and scientific informed many of the tenets of his religion Thelema. Diary of a Drug Fiend would inspire such musicians as Ozzy Osbourne, The Lemonheads, and The Beatles. Before there was Sir Peter Pendragon, decorated pilot and veteran of the First World War, there was Peter, a dedicated medical student with his whole life ahead of him. After the war, he struggles with depression and ennui while living off an inheritance from a deceased uncle. Alongside his lover Louise Laleham, he develops a passion for heroin and cocaine, which lead them across Europe in a series of drug-fueled escapades. Back in England, they attempt to use magick as a means of breaking their dependencies, but soon find themselves hopelessly lost in the world of addiction. At their lowest point, they meet Basil King Lamus, a powerful magician who offers them a way out. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Aleister Crowley’s Diary of a Drug Fiend is a classic of English literature reimagined for modern readers.

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This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. Born into a fundamentalist Christian family and educated at Cambridge, he was vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, yet revered as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. Moving beyond the influence of contemporary psychology and the modernist understanding of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was an eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawn from Western European magical ceremonies and Indic sources for meditation and yoga. This journey of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual power as a magical discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's mixed masonic group, the Ordo Templi Orientis. The religion Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his role as a charismatic revelator and herald of a new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting influence can be seen in the counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and in many forms of alternative spirituality and popular culture. The essays in this volume offer crucial insight into Crowley's foundational role in the study of Western esotericism, new religious movements, and sexuality.

Chrysalis

By Lawrence Westdale
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  • Publisher : Page Publishing Inc
  • Isbn : 9781662423307
  • Pages : 960
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 753
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Welcome to the house on Boleskine, home of Aleister Crowley. Head of the occult. A master of magick with the demonic gifts of deception and manipulation. The user and abuser of drugs and narcotics to achieve his own personal goals of transcendence and ascension. Using murder and mayhem as common tools, he's attempting to build his empire, and it looks like nothing stands in his way—except a loving mother and her powerfully gifted daughter. As the harbinger of dark magick and the religious leader of Thelema, a devious cult nestled in the bosom of Northern Scotland's Loch Ness, Aleister strives to create the ultimate hallucinogenic elixir, DMT, for the purpose of activating the pineal gland, a gland that, when activated, will give him the power of telepathic clairvoyance. His ultimate goal? To control and weaponize the interdimensional gateways we know as the portals.Rose McCall is a beautifully divine matriarch whose sole intent is to keep her powerful daughter safe from the clutches of Crowley, who views the daughter as his key to the portal system. Travel to totems from around the world as Aleister attempts to solidify his endgame and reach total ascension for the purpose of becoming a deity to mankind. Rose has different plans, as she uses Aleister's mental incompetence against him to thwart his fulfillment of Satanic totalitarian rule over this dimension and the countless multiverses throughout time. Good and evil are going to clash as the righteous now decide to fight Aleister. Chrysalis is the first in the Aleister Crowley Trilogy: The House on Boleskine.

Opiate Addiction Morality And Medicine

By Geoffrey Harding
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9781349191253
  • Pages : 98
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 774
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The Road of Excess

By Marcus Boon
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  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Isbn : 9780674262188
  • Pages : 360
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 560
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From the antiquity of Homer to yesterday's Naked Lunch, writers have found inspiration, and readers have lost themselves, in a world of the imagination tinged and oftentimes transformed by drugs. The age-old association of literature and drugs receives its first comprehensive treatment in this far-reaching work. Drawing on history, science, biography, literary analysis, and ethnography, Marcus Boon shows that the concept of drugs is fundamentally interdisciplinary, and reveals how different sets of connections between disciplines configure each drug's unique history. In chapters on opiates, anesthetics, cannabis, stimulants, and psychedelics, Boon traces the history of the relationship between writers and specific drugs, and between these drugs and literary and philosophical traditions. With reference to the usual suspects from De Quincey to Freud to Irvine Welsh and with revelations about others such as Milton, Voltaire, Thoreau, and Sartre, The Road of Excess provides a novel and persuasive characterization of the "effects" of each class of drug--linking narcotic addiction to Gnostic spirituality, stimulant use to writing machines, anesthesia to transcendental philosophy, and psychedelics to the problem of the imaginary itself. Creating a vast network of texts, personalities, and chemicals, the book reveals the ways in which minute shifts among these elements have resulted in "drugs" and "literature" as we conceive of them today.

The Lotos-Eaters: An Anthology of Opium Writings

By Various Authors
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Isbn : 9781473399174
  • Pages : 276
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Reads : 857
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Alcohol aside, few substances can be said to have occupied such a place in Western literature as opium. From the exuberant isolation of Romanticism to the the paranoia of postmodernism, opiates have influenced a host of writers across a range of time periods, carrying them to the furthermost reaches of ecstasy and despair. This collection is a bringing together of writings by some of the best authors in the Western literary canon - from Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Alfred Lord Tennyson to Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle - around a central theme which is fascinating for both historical and artistic reasons.

Lindsay Anderson Diaries

By Lindsay Anderson
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  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Isbn : 9781408150092
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 350
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The extraordinary and revealing diaries of the revolutionary British film and theatre director who became one of the major cultural figures of his time As a director, critic, writer and actor, Lindsay Anderson established a reputation as one of the most innovative, impassioned and fiercely independent British artists of the twentieth century. In directing films such as If, This Sporting Life and O Lucky Man he championed a new wave of social responsiveness in British cinema, while as director at the Royal Court he was responsible for establishing the reputation of a number of groundbreaking plays. Throughout his life Anderson stood in opposition to the establishment of his day. Published for the first time, his diaries provide a uniquely personal document of his artistic integrity and vision, his work, and his personal and public struggles. Peopled by a myriad of artists and stars - Malcolm McDowell, Richard Harris, Albert Finney, Anthony Hopkins Brian Cox, Karel Reisz, Arthur Miller, George Michael - the Diaries provide a fascinating account of one of the most creative periods of British cultural life. Gripping Daily Express "Vicious and velvety in roughly equal measure ... Demands reading at a single sitting" Daily Telegraph "the reader of this book is richly rewarded" Daily Mail

Drugs and Popular Culture

By Paul Manning
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 9781134012183
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 813
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The use of illegal drugs is so common that a number of commentators now refer to the 'normalisation' of drug consumption. It is surprising, then, that to date very little academic work has explored drug use as part of contemporary popular culture. This collection of readings will apply an innovatory, multi-disciplinary approach to this theme, combining some of the most recent research on 'the normalisation thesis' with fresh work on the relationship between drug use and popular culture. In drawing upon criminological, sociological and cultural studies approaches, this book will make an important contribution to the newly emerging field positioned at the intersection of these disciplines. The particular focus of the book is upon drug consumption as popular culture. It aims to provide an accessible collection of chapters and readings that will explore drug use in popular culture in a way that is relevant to undergraduates and postgraduates studying a variety of courses, including criminology, sociology, media studies, health care and social work.

News of the Black Feast and Other Random Reviews

By Brian Stableford
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Isbn : 9781434403360
  • Pages : 204
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 664
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This new collection gathers together 45 of Stableford's best critical reviews on works of science fiction, fantasy, horror, decadent literature, and nonfiction books about these topics. His comments are witty, intelligent, and full of insight. Complete with comprehensive index.

Prudes on the Prowl

By David Bradshaw,Rachel Potter
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Isbn : 9780191506666
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Reads : 965
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This innovative book comprises nine essays from leading scholars which investigate the relationship between fiction, censorship and the legal construction of obscenity in Britain between 1850 and the present day. Each of the chapters focuses on a distinct historical period and each has something new to say about the literary works it spotlights. Overall, the volume fundamentally refreshes our understanding of the way texts had to negotiate the moral and legal minefields of public reception. The book is original in the historical period it covers, starting in 1850 and bringing debates about fiction, obscenity and censorship up to the present day. The history that is uncovered reveals the different ways in which censorship functioned and continues to function, with considerations of Statutory definitions of Obscenity alongside the activities of non-government organisations such as the anti-vice societies, circulating libraries, publishers, printers and commentators. The essays in this book argue that the vigour with which novels were hunted down by the prowling prudes of the book's title encouraged some writers to explore sexual, excremental and moral obscenities with even more determination. Bringing such debates up to date, the book considers the ongoing impact of censorship on fiction and the current state of critical thinking about the status and freedom of literature. Given contemporary debates about the limits on freedom of speech in liberal, secular societies, the interrogation of these questions is both timely and necessary.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley: An Autohagiography

By Aleister Crowley
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  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 489
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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One of the most famous books on the occult ever written, Aleister Crowley's autobiographical confessions are a fascinating record of his lifetime's journey into Strange regions of consciousness. A 'saint' of the 'Gnostic' church, Crowley subtitled his six-volume work 'an autohagiography'. He describes his initiation into magic, his world-wide travels and mistresses, his experiments with sex and drugs, and the philosophy of his famous Book of the Law which contains the gospel that Crowley proclaimed for all mankind: the Law of Thelema, or Do What Thou Wilt. Generations before his time, Crowley invoked sex, drugs, and Eastern philosophy in his perpetual and often bizarre search for self-realization. The Confessions, skillfully edited and annotated by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant, serves as the perfect introduction to Crowley's extraordinary life and thought. A 20th. Century occult classic. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley : An Autohagiography, by Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), is a book written in six parts, the first two parts published in 1929. It is subtitled “An Autohagiography” which refers to the autobiography of a Saint, a title which Crowley would also have associated with the Plymouth Brethren, who use it to refer to themselves. Crowley was brought up as one of their members.

The Most Evil Secret Societies in History

By Shelley Klein
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  • Publisher : Michael O'Mara Books
  • Isbn : 9781843178132
  • Pages : 343
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 193
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"The Most Evil Secret Societies in History" examines fifteen of the most notorious organisations the world has ever seen. These are; The Illuminati, an ancient association dedicated to establishing a 'New World Order'; Argentum Astrum, a black magic order formed by Aleister Crowley in 1907; The Thule Society, an Aryan brotherhood behind the Nazis; Muti Magic, practitioners of ritual murder; Ku Klux Klan, an American white supremacist cadre; The Tongs, violent Chinese society linked to organised crime; Solar Temple, international suicide sect uncovered in the 1990s; The Hashishim, a murderous Muslem sect at the time of the Crusades; The Mau Mau, a ruthless tribal society in pre-Independence Kenya; Aum Shinrikyo - Japanese terrorist survivalists; Odessa, a Nazi organisation perpetuating the vendetta against the Jews; SPK, an anarchist terrorist group active in the 1960s and 70s; The Thugees, Indian devotees of Kali, the Goddess of Death; Camorra, a clandestine Italian network with Mafia links; and The Hell Fire Club, 18th Century English aristocrats dabbling in sex and politics.