The first major compilation of
The psychedelic state has been both demonized and mythologized, but what is it really like to trip? In Tripping, Charles Hayes has gathered fifty narratives about unforgettable psychedelic experiences from an international array of subjects representing all walks of life -- respectable Baby Boomers, aging hippies, young ravers, and accomplished writers such as John Perry Barlow, Anne Waldman, Tim Page, Steven Martin Cohen, Stephen Kessler, Robert Charles Wilson, Bruce Eisner, and Paul Devereux.
Taking a balanced, objective approach, the book depicts a broad spectrum of altered states, from the sublime to the terrifying. Hayes' supplemental essays provide a synopsis of the history and culture of psychedelics and a discussion of the kinetics of tripping. Specially featured is an interview with the late Terence McKenna, who was perhaps the pre-eminent psychedelic spokesperson of our time.
Illustrations are provided by renowned visionary artist Alex Grey and four computer graphics masters.
A storehouse of astonishing, often otherworldly tales, Tripping is a vox populi
of forbidden memories that enables readers to trip vicariously or compare notes
on their own experiences.
Paul Slovak, Senior Editor, VP of Publicity, and Associate Publisher, Viking Penguin, has been editor for Tripping since January 1999.
Ř Tripping is the first major compilation of narratives -- not clinical case studies -- about psychedelic experiences. The book contains narratives by 50 people of various nationalities and walks of life about their most unforgettable psychedelic experiences.
is a lengthy conversation with the late Terence McKenna, on trips and tripping,
psychedelic consciousness, cultural issues, Novelty Theory, and the End of
by several accomplished writers and artists
narratives are by anonymous “ordinary” people for whom their anonymity
brings out a confessional dimension that gives their stories an intensely personal
character , permitting forbidden, “unspeakable” memories and experiences to be liberated and brought to
, permitting forbidden, “unspeakable” memories and experiences to be liberated and brought to
objective perspective portrays both positive and negative impacts of psychedelic
experiences . A wide range of such experiences
is covered, ranging from the sublime to the terrifying -- good and bum trips
. A wide range of such experiences is covered, ranging from the sublime to the terrifying -- good and bum trips both.
Ř Types of experiences include spiritual ecstasy, encounters with discarnate entities, I-know-what-it’s-like-to-be-dead or out-of-body experiences, freak-outs, flashbacks, psychosis (momentary and otherwise), and acts or events of apparent magic or miracle.
broad age range is represented; narrators were eighteen to seventy-something at
their stories were related.
were catalyzed not just by classic psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin, but by a
array of psythotropic substances ranging from the sacred plants of indigenous societies
to the latest synthetic “smart drugs.”
Ř Aside from the trip narratives, additional texts include:
exposition on the basic features of the psychedelic experience
A concise index of psychedelic substances
A Bibliography and Resources section, including