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Terence McKenna Bibliography

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Blurbs by McKenna

  • Marie D. Jones (2008) 2013: The End of Days or a New Beginning: Envisioning the World After the Events of 2012. New Page Books, 256 pages; ISBN: 1601630077. (McKenna is quoted, from Alien Dreamtime (1993), to suggest he blurbed this book posthumously) “This is not a dress rehearsal for the apocalypse. This is not a pseudo-millennium. This is the real thing folks…the last chance before things become so dissipated that there is no chance for cohesiveness.” —Terence McKenna, author of The Invisible Landscape and Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • Clark Heinrich (2002) Magic mushrooms in religion and alchemy. 2nd ed. Park Street Press, Rochester VT. 256 pages; ISBN: 0892819979. First north american edition of Strange fruit (1995). Blurbs vary: “…fascinating, scholarly and original …I love it.” —Terence McKenna, author of Foods of the Gods and True Hallucinations. More information: http://www.innertraditions.com/Product.jmdx?action=displayDetail&id=303 LibraryThing.

  • Ralph Metzner (2001) Well of Remembrance: Rediscovering the Earth Wisdom Myths of Northern Europe. Shambhala Publications, Boston. 352 pages; ISBN: 1570626286. “Metzner’s fresh look at the mythology of northern Europe skillfully rescues these grand protean forms from their sad misassociation with the excesses of German fascism. The original power of the story of Odin to save and restore us is presented in a scholarly and thoroughly fascinating way.” —Terence McKenna, author of The Archaic Revival. Purchase: http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog/items/isbn/1-57062-628-6.cfm LibraryThing.

  • Pablo Amaringo and Luis Eduardo Luna (1999) Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman. 1st trade paper ed. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley CA. 190 pages; ISBN: 1556430647. “Pablo Amaringo and Luis Eduardo Luna are to be congratulated for their collaboration. It has yielded a book that is both beautiful and sure to be an enduring contribution to the ethnograpy and art history of shamanism. The visions and vanishing lifestyles of the ayahuasqueros of Amazonas are presented with wonderful integrity and sensitivity.” —Terence McKenna, author of The Invisible Landscape (with Dennis McKenna) and True Hallucinations LibraryThing.

  • Stewart Lee Allen (1999) The devil’s cup: A history of the world according to coffee. Soho Press, New York City. 231 pages; ISBN: 1569471746, 9781569471746. “Stewart Allen’s study of the historical impact of coffee on human culture again makes clear the way in which plants and drugs have shaped and directed the evolution of cultures and human institutions. A most pleasurable read!” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • Stewart Lee Allen (1999) The Devil’s Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee. Ballantine Books, New York. 232 pages; ISBN: 9780345441492. “Stewart Allen’s study of the historical impact of coffee on human culture again makes clear the way in which plants and drugs have shaped and directed the evolution of cultures and human institutions. A most pleasurable read!” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods. Worldcat.
  • CoverR. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann and Carl A. P. Ruck (1998) The road to Eleusis: Unveiling the secret of the mysteries. Hermes Press – William Dailey Rare Books Ltd, Los Angeles CA. 149 pages; ISBN: 091514820X. “The ideas which the authors—the banker, the chemist and the classicist—brought forth have been largely unchallenged and ignored by specialists in the culture of ancient and Classical Greece. The situation seems to fulfill the rule of thumb that when ideas are controversial they are discussed, when they are revolutionary, they are ignored.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the gods LibraryThing.

  • Angela Menking (1998) In her garden, encroaching on the iris: Soul perceptions for the 21st century. Pentland Press, Raleigh NC. 216 pages; ISBN: 1571971041. “a fin de millennium wunderkammer… that precedes the end of history.” —Terence McKenna, author of True Hallucinations LibraryThing.


  • Carolyn Mary Kleefeld and Laura Archera Huxley (1998) The alchemy of possibility: Reinventing your personal mythology. Merrill West Publishing, Carmel CA. 263 pages; ISBN: 1886708037, 9781886708037. “A wonderful mature amalgam of esthetic intent. Congratulations!” —Terence McKenna, author of The invisible landscape: Mind, hallucinogens, and the I Ching LibraryThing.

  • Erik Davis (1998) Techgnosis: Myth, magic and mysticism in the age of information. Harmony Books, New York City. 354 pages; ISBN: 0517704153. “Erik Davis’ compendious recitation of the history of communications technology dominates the discursive landscape of techno-exegesis like a Martian war machine. In the grand style of H.G. Wells, TECHGNOSIS is an apocalyptic synopsis of this century’s technological climax.” —Terence McKenna, author of The Archaic Revival. In addition, Davis quotes from Food of the gods, p. 6, which he borrowed from Cyberia (1994), p. 67.  LibraryThing.

  • Antonio Melechi and Albert Hofmann (1997) Psychedelia Britannica: Hallucinogenic Drugs in Britain. Turnaround, London. 223 pages; ISBN: 1873262051. “A delightful and informative discussion of the role and rule of drugs in English speaking pop culture from rock to rave. Historians of drugs will enjoy this insiders’ history of 20th century PharmoCulture.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods and True Hallucinations LibraryThing.

  • Wade Davis (1997) One river: explorations and discoveries in the Amazon rain forest. Simon & Schuster, New York City. 304 pages; ISBN: 0684834960. “Richard Evans Schultes is on of the last of those biologists and botanists who confronted a planet with vast unexplored regions, and lived out the high adventure of a serious student of tropical nature. Wade Davis tells his story with humor and reverence… One river is a must read.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods. More information: http://www.mercuryhouse.org/pendell.html LibraryThing.

  • CoverSteve Venright (1996) Straunge wunder. Illustrator: Richard Kirk. Tortoiseshell & Black, Toronto. ISBN: 189690100X. “I loved [Straunge Wunder]. Part Borges, part Calvino, a touch of Frederick Brown; I really enjoyed it.” —Terence McKenna, author of The Archaic Revival & True Hallucinations LibraryThing.



  • Paul Stamets and Andrew Weil (1996) Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley CA. 245 pages; ISBN: 0898158397, 9780898158397. “The information [presented here] is the raw data that can fuel and illuminate many a debate in anthropology, primatology, linguistics, and archeology.” —Terence McKenna, author of True Hallucinations and Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • Jon Hanna (1996) Psychedelic resource list. Soma Graphics, Sacramento CA. 120 pages; ISBN: 0965438309. “A wonderful source of information that holds the psychedelic community together. I am hopeful that many people will find their way to wonder and delight through the Psychedelic Resource List.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods. Purchase: http://www.entheogenreview.com/prl.html LibraryThing.

  • CoverJochen Gartz (1996) Magic mushrooms around the world: A scientific journey across cultures and time: The case for challenging research and value systems.. Translator: Claudia Taake; LIS Publications, Los Angeles CA. 129 pages; ISBN: 0965339904. Translation of Narrenschwämme: Psychotrope Pilze in Europa. Herausforderung an forschung und Wertsystem (1993). “It is a real pleasure to see so much psychobotanical research being published.” —Terence McKenna. Purchase: http://www.fsbookco.com/MAGMUS.html LibraryThing.

  • CoverWill Beifuss (1996) The Psychedelic Sourcebook. Rosetta/Flowers, Berkeley. 72 pages; “This is the most complete, focused and subversive psychedelic resource list in print.” —Terence McKenna.  LibraryThing.



  • Steve Taylor (1995) Bang Pudding. Harlem Lane Editions, Catonsville MD. ISBN: 0964490102. “At several points I burst into real laughter. Steeped in the unutterably Other with more than a hint of nameless brooding menace, part Möebius, part Edward Gorey, Taylor‘s work alarms, even as it amuses.“ —Terence McKenna.  LibraryThing.

  • CoverClark Heinrich (1995) Strange fruit: Alchemy and religion, the hidden truth. Bloomsbury Publishing, 212 pages; ISBN: 0747515484. First edition of Magic mushrooms (2002). Blurbs vary: “Very exciting… fine scholarship in a difficult area.” —Terence McKenna, author of Foods of the Gods LibraryThing.


  • Jim DeKorne (1995) Psychedelischer Neo-Schamanismus. Edition Rauschkunde, Editor: Werner Pieper, 224 pages; ISBN: 9783930442164. German translation of Psychedelic shamanism (1994). “Kein praktizierender Erforscher des psychedelischen Hyperspace möchte die Fakten und Techniken aus diesem Buch missen. Es ist ein wertvoller Beitrag zur neuen Literatur über nicht traditionellen Schamanismus und die psychoaktive Ethnobotanik.” —Terence McKenna. Purchase: http://www.gruenekraft.com/permalink:rk16.html LibraryThing.

  • CoverChris Bennett, Lynn Osburn and Judy Osburn (1995) Green Gold: Marijuana in magic & religion. Access Unlimited, Frazier Park CA. 490 pages; ISBN: 0962987220. “It is a wonderful book. It is truly satisfying to at last see all the ethnographic and cultural data brought together in one place in English.” —Terence McKenna, author Food of the Gods LibraryThing.


  • Myron J. Stolaroff (1994) The secret chief: Conversations with a pioneer of the underground psychedelic therapy movement. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Sarasota FL. 144 pages; ISBN: 0966001915. From the acknowledgments: “My thanks to Terence McKenna for permission to use his title for this book.”  LibraryThing.


  • Richard Rudgley (1994) Essential substances: A cultural history of intoxicants in society. Kodansha America, New York City. 195 pages; ISBN: 1568360169. “A splendid contribution to the new wave of scholarship that is forcing a different approach to our ages-old fascination with hallucinogenic plants and altered states.” —Terence McKenna, author of True hallucinations LibraryThing.

  • Dale Pendell (1994) Pharmako/Poeia : Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft. Mercury House, San Francisco CA. 304 pages; ISBN: 1562790692. “Dale Pendell reactivates the ancient connection between the bardic poet and the shaman. His Pharmako/Poeia is a litany to the secret plant allies that have always accompanied us along the alchemical trajectory that leads to a new and yet authentically archaic future.” —Terence McKenna, author of True Hallucinations. More information: http://www.mercuryhouse.org/pendell.html LibraryThing.

  • Jim DeKorne (1994) Psychedelic shamanism: The cultivation, preparation and shamanic use of psychotropic plants. Loompanics Unlimited, Port Townsend WA. 155 pages; ISBN: 1559501103. “No hands on practitioner of psychedelic hyperspace will want to be uninformed of the facts and techniques in this book. It is a valuable contribution to the new literature of do-it-yourself shamanism and psychoactive enthnobotany.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • Hal Zina Bennett (1994) Lens of Perception. Revised ed. Celestial Arts, Berkeley CA. ISBN: 0890877238. “The Lens of Perception offers a new perspective on the process of rebirthing spiritual insight into post-modern life.” —Terence McKenna, author of Archaic RevivalLT LibraryThing.


  • Ralph H Abraham (1994) Chaos gaia eros: A chaos pioneer uncovers the three great streams of history. HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco CA. 263 pages; ISBN: 0062500139. “Ralph Abraham is the most readable and delightful of mathematical pioneers. He is in the great tradition of Poincare and Whitehead, a true mathematical humanist. Chaos, Gaia, Eros is destined to be a voice shaping the new millennium.” —Terence McKenna, author of True HallucinationsThe Invisible LandscapeArchaic Revival, and Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • Mark J. Plotkin (1993) Tales of a shaman’s apprentice: An ethnobotanist searches for new medicines in the rain forest. Viking, New York City. 318 pages; ISBN: 0670831379. “I found Mark Plotkin’s book to be an exciting and inspiring mix of ethnobotany and adventure, useful to anyone interested in shamanism and rain forest conservation.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods LibraryThing.


  • Ward Dean, Steven Wm. Fowkes and John Morgenthaler (1993) Smart drugs II: The next generation: New drugs and nutrients to improve your memory and increase your intelligence. Smart Drug Series, Smart Publications, Petaluma CA. 256 pages; ISBN: 0962741892, 9780962741890. “Full of accurate, interesting and up-to-date facts… Important work.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods LibraryThing.


  • Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner (1992) The Mayan oracle: Return path to the stars. Bear & Company, Santa Fe. 336 pages; ISBN: 0939680866. “The Mayan understanding of the subtleties of time was greater than our own. The Mayan Oracle’s approach to tapping into the synchronistic power within the symbols is fascinating and commendable.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • Robert Lawlor (1991) Voices of the first day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Inner Traditions International, Limited, Rochester VT. 432 pages; ISBN: 0892813555, 9780892813551. “If the future of the human race lies in the unexplored landscape of the imagination, as it surely must, then Lawlor’s clarification of the Aboriginals, their shamanism and the Great Dreamtime is an positive and exciting step forward for our entire society.” —Terence McKenna, author of Food of the Gods.  LibraryThing.

  • Rowena Pattee Kryder (1991) Gaia Matrix Oracle: Readings for Worlds, Major Arcana & Symbols. Golden Point Productions, Crestone CO. ISBN: 0962471615. “Absent from the perspective of much of modern life is the oracular point of view, a point of view that feels the responsibility to the ancestors and to the yet unborn. The Gaia Matrix Oracle opens a doorway to a reconnection with the uroboric wholeness of life.” —Terence McKenna, author of Invisible LandscapeThe Archaic Revival, and Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • Mark Jacobson (1991) Gojiro. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York City. 356 pages; ISBN: 0871133962. “Mark Jacobson manages to answer Yeats’ question: What rough beast slouches toward Bethlehem to be born. Gojiro is a saga of gecko love that skinks to an astonishing conclusion.” —Terence McKenna.  LibraryThing.


  • Nina Graboi (1991) One foot in the future: A woman’s spiritual journey. Aerial Press, Santa Cruz CA. 360 pages; ISBN: 0942344103. “Nina Graboi’s wonderful odyssey from the center of Nazi Europe to the center of the Acid Age and beyond is an extraordinary tale of humor and hope writ large on the canvas of the 20th Century.” —Terence McKenna — Author and lecturer on the origins of culture, language and psychedelics.  LibraryThing.

  • Elizabeth Gips (1991) The Scrapbook of a Haight Ashbury Pilgrim: Spirit, Sacraments, & Sex in 1967-68. Changes Press, Santa Cruz. 220 pages; ISBN: 0963905600. “People like you, Liz, are the shock troops for our new order.” —Terence McKenna, co-author of The Invisible Landscape, author of Archaic Revival and Food of the Gods LibraryThing.

  • David Jay Brown (1988) Brainchild. New Falcon Publications, Tempe AZ. 128 pages; ISBN: 0941404927, 9780941404921. “That our perfected selves whisper to us from the future is but one of David Brown’s fertile insights.” —Terence McKenna, author of The Invisible Landscape LibraryThing.



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