|tgoyette||Trippy Authors?||2013-07-08 07:30:52|
|tgoyette||Lewis Carroll, of Alice fame, wrote some really strange scenes in his works. In fact, enough strangeness that there has been speculation that he used mind altering substances. What do you think of Mr. Carroll’s works and is there anyone who compares to him in terms of trippyness?||2013-07-08 07:31:13|
|Pippin91||The "trippiest" book I ever read was The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick. I love that book but it can be a challenge to follow. "Valis" by PKD isn't far behind though it's more surreal than trippy.
I totally love Lewis Carroll. His work seems fresh and new even today.||2013-07-08 12:27:35|
|micheledutcher||My trippy author would be, of course, Edgar Allen Poe. His work was revolutionary but his life was so messed up - being in desperate love with his 14-year-old cousin, his drug addiction, his morbid nightmares, his bent towards suicide, his complete inability to find and hold a day job. Days before his death he was telling people at the local hospital to please hide him as 'THEY' were chasing him and trying to kill him. Perhaps THEY really did get him, trippy.
My second choice would be John Kennedy Tools whose Confederacy of Dunces was written while in his 30s, living with his mother, eventually committing suicide leaving behind a single, blue, sploshed, carbon papered-copy of his novel. ||2013-07-10 09:06:32|
|mark211||John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces is awesome although I'm not sure I would class it as trippy as such despite the protagonist (O'Reilly's) various eccentricities. An outstandingly trippy book is 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' by Amos Tutuola - that's wild - and also another great work from Nigeria: Ben Okri's 'The Famished Road'. The latter, especially, is an astonishing work of tripped out magical events as the boy narrator veers in and out of different kinds of reality. If we can include comic books, I'd say 'The Incal' by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius (Jean Giraud) has lots of insanity with psychedlic philosophies thrown in as does Alan Moore and JH William III's 'Promethea' series. Overall though, I think Pippin91 is right with The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick as being probably the most out there of out there books. ||2013-07-10 11:34:44|
|Ironspider||I'd like to suggest the late Robert Sheckley for 'Options', which still remains one of the weirdest books I've ever read. Also, if we broaden this just slightly, I'd like to offer Tove Jansson's 'Moominland Midwinter', which I read (with a very open mind) in my early twenties on recommendation from a friend. Though a children's book, from an adult perspective it's a very surreal story.||2013-07-11 04:57:52|
|mark211||I just remembered 'Report on Probability A' by Brian Aldiss ... have to admit it was a bit beyond my ken but certainly it could be classed as trippy!
|Sixbears||Now I've got a couple more books to look up, thanks to you guys.
Big fan of Norman Spinnard. I guess his books are more hippy dippy than trippy.||2013-07-20 09:21:12|