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It’s not quite as much fun to write a review when it seems everyone is basically in agreement. Crowley was not as evil as folklore suggests, and he was a lot more. Spine lettered in red horizontally across the spine ‘[double-rule] | THE DIARY | OF A | DRUG FIEND | [ornament] | ALEISTER CROWLEY [ publisher’s device]. If you are interested in the arcane, the occult, the erotic or the highs and lows of drug addiction, then this book is for you. A piece of fiction.

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She took it with a deep, grave interest.

He lay there whimpering. My name is Peter Pendragon. Following Dante, the progressive scenes are not inappropriately headed Paradiso, Inferno, and Purgatorio.

Diary of a Drug Fiend

aleistee The accident of this man, J. We had substantial resources at our command. It was perfectly true—we had been playing it a bit on the aleisrer side with that snow. And yet, this excitement is singularly calm and profound. We were going to have a good time, diaty damn the expense! Suddenly we were interrupted.

Glad I decided to give this one a go. The book had a very entrancing tone and effectively drew me into it’s strange logic and absurd meanderings, at times whimsical and almost slapstick in portraying the main character’s sheltered and drug addled naivete, at times unabashedly glorifying the highs the characters were experiencing in lurid detail.

By-and-by I got tired of cutting it up, and sent it to a tobacconist for the purpose. I detest these near-artists with their poses and their humbug and their swank.

The first book ends with their decision to return to England. I found myself practically deprived of volition on the physical plane.

Diary of a Drug Fiend and Other Works by Aleister Crowley : Aleister Crowley :

And the remark is this, after that great flourish of trumpets: The magnificently melodious words of Sieveking sprang into my mind. The nose and mouth suggested more than a trace of Semitic blood, but the wedge-shaped contour of the face betokened some very opposite strain.


The brandy had brought back the colour in her cheeks. You talk of death.

Book Review: Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley

Jul 08, Brendan rated it it was ok. I snuffed up the heroin with a sort of ritualistic reverence.

They seemed like symbols of the history of mankind ; the aleisteer, solid past and the mechanical efficient future. It was find off by its environment as a diamond is by its setting. One star in sight. It is impossible that anything should be out of tune. Fascinating look into the psychology of cocaine and heroin use. I felt the need of smashing something into matchwood, and I was all messed up about it because it was Lou that I wanted to smash, and at the same time she was the most precious and delicate piece of porcelain that ever came out of the Ming dynasty or whatever the beastly period is.

I felt myself in the presence of some tremendous influence for good or evil. It was in the club. I deliberately put a large dose on the back of my hand and sniffed it up. I swerved slightly to the south.

I threw a coin on the table, and was astonished to notice that it rolled off. Lists with This Book. Jun 22, Russell rated aleisfer liked it. To view it, click here. Presumably to pass away the time, she has drunk an entire bottle of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge ; and now, feeling herself slightly indisposed, for some reason at which it would be presumptuous to guess, she is setting things right by an occasional druv in this pretty good stuff of yours.


Oct 05, Jose Alberto rated it it was amazing. I wanted her to adore me for my little scraps of knowledge ; the fragments I had picked up in my abandoned education.

You can’t tell by your eyes if it is your Brother Boche coming to pot you, or one of our own or one of the allied ‘planes.

I Over the Top! He was widely published and was also founder of the religion of Thelema. This is a true story.

The author protests unceasingly dtug this is a true story, but to me it reads like the plots of the Hollywood scenario writers. I saw them glitter with triumphant malice ; and for a moment she and Lou and cocaine and myself were all inextricably interlocked in a tangled confusion of ruinous thought. Chalmers rated it it was amazing. Both of us were as fresh as paint. Feb 03, Anna rated it it was amazing. Her beauty had choked me, strangled me, torn my throat out.

What we had to do was to get married as quickly as we could, and lay in a stock of cocaine, and go away and have a perfectly glorious time for ever and ever. Everything was perfect pleasure. Before forty-eight hours had passed we were packed and off for Paris. By bringing Dante’s work into this I am forced to stack you next to him and try to take you seriously, and Crowley, you just don’t even come close.

There is even a parody of the Creed.

For various reasons they kept it hanging about till November.