Psychedelic Press Volume XVIII
Mad Thoughts on Mushrooms: Discourse and Power in the Study of Psychedelic Consciousness – Dr Andy Letcher
Ground to Source: Finding Meaningful Connections through Entheogens – Christopher G. Ewing
Flesh Prism Takeover – Samuel John Ross
Heart of Darkness: Sensory Deprivation and Darkness Retreat as Psychedelic Experience – Vladimir Stepan
Ewing, Christopher G: Christopher G Ewing resides in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and is co-organizer for the Portland Entheogenic Exploration and Research Society (www.peers.space). He is dedicated to sharing his story of healing and teaching successful integration of transformative entheogenic experience into ones life, regularly writing and speaking on the subject, most recently at Exploring Psychedelics 2016 conference in Ashland Oregon. He is currently working on his first book, a memoir of struggling with heroin addiction and the failures of he current treatment system in America.
Keen, Roger: Roger is a writer, filmmaker and film critic with a special interest in surrealism, counterculture and psychedelia. He has contributed to many award-winning programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and his articles, reviews and short stories have appeared within numerous magazines, anthologies and webzines, including Out of the Shadows, Writer’s Monthly, The Third Alternative, The Digital Fix and Reality Sandwich. His memoir The Mad Artist: Psychonautic Adventures in the 1970s was published in 2010 and other extended works are in progress.
Letcher, Andy: A writer and a folk musician, Andy has a D.Phil in Ecology from Oxford University and a PhD in the Study of Religion from Winchester University. He is the author of the critically acclaimed 'Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom' and has published a range of articles and academic papers on subjects as diverse as psychedelics, paganism, bardism, environmental protest, fairies, shamanism and evolution. A modern day troubadour, he is the ex-frontman of Telling the Bees.
Ross, Samuel John: FleshPrism is the work of Samuel John Ross, primarily an illustrator and poet (turning inside out / going outside in) he will explore any method or medium in following the urges of experience's ever-flowing alchemystrees.
Stepan, Vladimir: Vladimir was born and grew up in Prague, the former Czechoslovakia. From a young age he was interested in computers and technology and his career path followed this early interest, eventually graduating as a computer specialist. Soon after leaving university Vladimir left Prague to live abroad. Around that time, he discovered new interests which started to emerge - nature, consciousness, dreams, shamanism and psychedelics. He travels extensively, learning about different cultures and their use of psychoactive plants and medicines. His dream is to establish an ecologically and ethically minded community built on shamanistic principles. He currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom.