Announcing: The Long Trip

I'm very pleased to announce the publication of a new Daily Grail Publishing release, a freshly minted edition of Paul Devereux's wonderful book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia (available now from Amazon US and Amazon UK):

Once again, another great cover from our good friend Mark James Foster of Artifice Design.

The book title says it all: author Paul Devereux explores the use of psychedelic substances throughout human history, and right across the globe. It's a great read, fascinating in its insights, and I'm really proud to have brought it back into print in a newly edited version (originally released in 1997, but more relevant now than ever).

I'll post a bit more about the book, perhaps with some excerpts later - hopefully by then Amazon will be showing the cover image! But wanted to give a heads-up to readers, because I know plenty of you will be very interested in this book.

Update: At this moment, Amazon US are discounting the book right down to $12.10 - not sure how long that will last, but you won't see the book cheaper than that!

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red pill junkie's picture
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That's an eye-catcher for sure. What is that, aboriginal art?

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red pill junkie wrote:

That's an eye-catcher for sure. What is that, aboriginal art?

Hi RPJ,

It's the "Tassili Mushroom Man" - Northern Algeria, circa 5000 BCE.

Kind regards,
Greg
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This is also a re-interpetation of the cave wall painting done by Kat Harrison. Erowid was using it by permission....

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Here's the original rock art of the mushroom man, also known as "bee-faced shaman". For some reason it's very hard to find online. Certainly not as many mushrooms sprouting from the figure. Only four that I can see -- two from the shoulders and two from the legs -- these are missing from Harrison's sketch. So did Harrison embellish it?

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I'm not sure, not having seen the original. From the picture you posted (thank you), it looks like the guy is wearing a mask or helmet of some sort, with a shield, or a bib-shaped thingy, down the middle of the chest.

There are two straight lines above each shoulder. Seeing mushrooms there requires some context, which I don't have. The image by itself could suggest part of the mask-shield assembly. Shoulder pads, or part of the helmet.

The curved things above the legs seem to come from behind the legs, rather than sprout from them. They look like curved sticks more than mushrooms. Could be clubs.

So this could be a warrior figure of some sort.

Of course a warrior figure image could have been inspired by consumption of mushrooms, how would we know.

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The original cave art looks more zebra-headed, to me - but zebras actually have vertical stripes on their faces. Maybe the markings on the mask simply represent a (human) triangular nose and two lines for a mouth?

Are there any psychoactive fungi that grow in zebra dung?!

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We will have to go to the cave, won't we ?

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Hi Gwyllm,

Just sent you an email, cheers.

Kind regards,
Greg
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Excellent, I'm looking forward to reading this one. I've read Paul Devereux's The Haunted Land, which looks at haunted sites and their connection with sacred landmarks. Paul's an engaging, knowledgeable writer. Righto, I'm off to Amazon to order...