Wildest Dreams

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Wildest Dreams
Author(s) Richard Rudgley
Language English
Genre(s) History
Publisher Arktos
Publication year 2014
Pages 380
ISBN 1907166998

Wildest Dreams is a book by British author Richard Rudgley, published in 2014 by Arktos.

Publisher description

"This is a drug anthology with a difference. Whilst the usual suspects are here — Huxley, Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson and Irvine Welsh among them — there are many surprise inclusions such as film stars like Errol Flynn who fancied himself as the new De Quincey and Cary Grant who simply fancied LSD. Smashing the myth that drug culture all began in the sixties Rudgley provides a smorgasbord with dishes from the first century AD onwards and from drug cultures across the globe from Thailand to Haiti. Throughout history, drugs have inspired love and fear in almost equal proportions; no account of these substances can be called complete that seeks only to curse or praise them. This anthology is a microcosm that seeks to reflect the diverse worlds that come into being through the interplay of drugs and their users. There are individual sections for the most prominent drugs — cannabis, the narcotics, LSD as well as chapters for the lesser-known substances, such as nutmeg and crocodile dung. As such, Wildest Dreams attempts to represent the complex history of human interactions with psychoactive drugs in all its diversity."[1]

  • A book which manages to be erudite without being boring, and which keeps readers coming back for another fix without trivialising its subjectScene
  • Wildest Dreams is as strong on anthropological exotica — hallucinogenic snuff, zombie poisons and so on — as it is on comedyDaily Telegraph
  • This anthology suggests there is possibly something profound to be found and explored during the detachment from rationality that drugs allow us; that from the wildest dreams, we can glean insights by which to change our lives and our societiesGlasgow Herald
  • A couple of gems…are Cary Grant’s encounters with LSD and Errol Flynn’s morphine memoriesTime Out
  • An informative and enjoyable read for newcomers to the world of drugs and its aficionados tooThe Times

Books by the same author

  • The Return of Odin: The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination Inner Traditions, 2018 (original published in 2006 by Century)
  • Essential Substances, Arktos, 2014
  • Barbarians, Arktos, 2014
  • The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age, Touchstone, 2000
  • Secrets of the Stone Age: A Prehistoric Journey, Century 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances by Richard Rudgley, Thomas Dunne, 1998
  • Pagan Resurrection: A Force for Evil or the Future of Western Spirituality?, Random House, 2006

Publication data

  • Wildest Dreams, Richard Rudgley, 2014, Arktos, ISBN-10: 1907166998, ISBN-13: 978-1-907166-99-0

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