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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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Diary of a Drug Fiend was Aleister Crowley’s first published novel. To the reader of it presented a shocking look at a little known phenomenon.

Today, while we are more familiar with drugs because of their widespread use in our culture, Diary of a Drug Fiend remains one o fienc most intense, detailed and accurate accounts of drug addiction and the drug experience. The book was written by Crowley after years of deep personal study and experimentation with drugs. Their ecstacy is brought to an abrupt end when their drug supply is cut off and despair replaces joy.

Through the guidance of King Lamus, a master Adept, they free themselves from the alekster of addition alejster the application of practical Magick. The narrative carries the reader aloft through the brilliance of aleistter imagery created by this master of language; his prose development parallels the growth and increasing depth of his characters in an uncanny fashion.

This is a book to be read and reread. It will also prove a useful document to doctors, lawyers, police and addicts for its unique and precise presentation of the psychology of addiction and the possibility of its cure through the development of the True Will.

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When, in fact, I saw nothing but the cover. See 1 question about Criwley of a Drug Fiend…. Lists with This Book. Oct 04, aya rated it it was amazing Recommended to aya by: This is one of the most amazing things i’ve ever read.

It’s a book about drugs and addiction, but it’s also not about drugs at all. It’s about why each of us is here, what we’re supposed to do, and how to get it done. Incredibly beautiful, uplifting, and unique.

Crowley is so unique and completely un-corny about the way he describes his tenets–it made me think inwardly in an intense, positive way. This uniqueness also spills over into the way he describes drugs, his characters, etc. Very beauti This is one of the most amazing things i’ve ever read. Jul 04, Joshum Harpy rated it really liked it. Reading this was a visceral experience.

It’s description of the depths of addiction and psychosis was gut wrenching and because it was so nuanced, strange and terrifying it seems clearly to have sprung from Crowley’s own experience. The narration unexpectedly switched between the two main characters mid story from the arrogant and self centered “protagonist,” Peter Pendragon, to the eminently more likeable Louise Laleham, who up until that point had been given about as much depth as a sports car Reading this was a visceral experience.

The narration unexpectedly switched between the two main characters mid story from the arrogant and self centered “protagonist,” Peter Pendragon, to the eminently more likeable Louise Laleham, who up until that point had been given about as much depth as a sports car Peter might have been obsessed with. This switching of perspectives was a saving grace for the book as Peter had already become a tiresome character and the surprising change of tone and perspective not only kept the story fresh, it reflected a bit more skill as an author than I had suspected from Cfowley.


The book had a very entrancing tone and effectively drew disry into fisnd 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.

People alsister do drugs if they weren’t fun and this book certainly doesn’t shy away from exploring the glamor of a cocaine binge or the transcendent euphoria of a heroin high. However, the depths of madness to which the characters plunge following their starry eyed honey moon with the drug and each other rounds out the portrayal in a most crucial way, giving this book perhaps it’s most powerful and honest moments.

Contextually, this xrug was written as a means of raising funds for Crowley and attracting followers to his cosmology, Thelema. As a result it is often guilty of being sensationalistic to sell itself by virtue of controversy and taboo, as well as ultimately devolving into a cringe-worthy recruiting pamphlet for Crowley’s mysticism, where he placed himself as the central prophetic figure.

Crowley cast himself in the book as the cult mystic figure, Drgu Lamus, who is portrayed as a shadowy figure in the London aleistr, but revealed to be a venerable diqry with profound insight and a cadre of loyal followers who worship the ground he walks on. Crowley was crowleh things, but humble certainly wasn’t one. Taken with a grain of diafy, the proselytizing moments are still quite fascinating in that they are some of the most straightforward presentations of Thelemic occultism one is likely to find.

Diary of a Drug Fiend

However, and this is important, this book feels very dangerous particularly to impressionable people because ultimately it IS a recruiting tool and it not only advocates the possibility of controlled use of hardcore drugs, it offers Crowley’s cosmology as a means by which one CAN use hardcore drugs in a controlled way.

Through that lens one can see how Crowley could earn the title “The Wickedest Man in the World” because it can easily be argued that this book seeks to encourage addictive behaviors while using the same behaviors as leverage to gain followers of Thelema. Despite it’s flaws and Crowley’s, which are many this book is remarkably intriguing not only for Crowley’s effective writing and keen insights into drug use, but also for the historical context, the window into occultism, and the sheer spectacle of audacity of one of the 20th century’s most infamous figures.

Nov 06, L. Chalmers rated it it was amazing. The third part completely undermines an exploration into the mind of an addict 17 July This is one of the few books that I would not encourage people to read.

While I am not a big fan of the occult, and tend to stay as far away from it as possible, it is not the occult connections that concern me, but rather the conclusion that Crowley reaches with regards to drugs. In any case, this book is not strictly one of Crowley’s occultic writings, but the content can be quite dangerous nonetheless. The book is about a man who on a night out meets a lady and is then introduced to cocaine.

In a single wild night, they get married and run off on the honeymoon, and while on their honeymoon on the continent, are introduced to heroin. While on their honeymoon, their drug experience is, for want of a better word, and experience. However, it all turns sour when they land up in prison in Naples and are sent back to England. This is where the second part of the book begins, and that is when the honeymoon is over, and this is on two levels, the first being the romantic honeymoon, and the second being the drug honeymoon.

The wild time they experienced on the continent settles down into a hard slog where addiction takes hold. The main character is not poor he is a doctorbut once he had taken the sweet taste of heroin, he simply cannot get enough.


They move out of the luxurious suite and into a bug ridden apartment, and go about trying to find their next hit, and even when they do get it, it is nowhere near as good as it was on the honeymoon. It is the third section of the book that is of the most concern to me.

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While the first two sections are quite realistic in exploring the life of a diqry addict, and the destruction that this life causes, the third section is not about how they overcome their addiction, clean up, and go on to live fruitful lives, but rather how through sheer will, they learn to control the drug, and the use the drug as it is supposed to be used.

This is something an many a drug councillor will confirm thisthat one can never control a drug, especially if one is prone to addictions.

There are people out there that can control their drug taking, but one can never assume that they are one of those people. I suspect that this book is more designed as a gateway for people into Crowley’s religion and Crowley does appear in this book, though not by nameand I suspect that it is written with the drug addicts of the disry in mind. These days, 90 years down the track, we simply seem to envision that the drug lifestyle is something that evolved in the 60’s.

This is simply not true, drugs have been used and abused for decades beforehand. In fact, in the 19th Century, one could go into a chemist and purchase a bottle of cocaine to help put one’s baby to sleep.

Drugs were first made illegal around the 20’s though Opium had been illegal for much longer, which is why it is said that the British were selling things in China that was illegal to sell in England. Anyway, to finish off, I wouldn’t bother reading this book, it simply is not helpful in the slightest. View all 5 comments. Jun 22, Russell rated it liked it. Back when I was doing lots of drugs and knew lots of people doing drugs and liked to say the word ‘drugs’ I thought this was a great book.

In retrospect, I was just high drkg whatnot. View all 3 comments. Jul 12, Muna rated it really liked it. I read this book when I found out the man I was dating — the first beautiful love of my life — was addicted to a wide variety of illicit drugs. Then I sent it to him and became a feminist. Our relationship did not end so well, but still probably as well as it could have and now he runs a children’s museum. Jan 27, Wes Benchoff rated it did not like it Shelves: Cocaine is a hell of a drug Rick Aliester.

Yes, I finished this, and yes, it mostly feels like a waste of Cocaine is a hell of a drug Rick James. Yes, I finished this, and yes, it mostly feels like a waste of alsister time. Let me save some of yours: Cocaine feels great for like 30 minutes and then you want more of it.

Heroin is gonna fuck you up in a bad way, you’re going to feel like you’re not in your body for 6 hours and then want more of it. I’ve never done it because I’ve lost so many friends to it. So don’t, unless you’re dying already. Drugs are bad m’kay. Be yourself and don’t do drugs. Think about why you did drugs in the first place. If you can become your true self you don’t need do no drugs. Oh I’m sorry Crowley, “True Self”.

It’s almost a hippy marketing tactic of “Self Actualization”. You can switch a few things around and have an Evangelical sales pitch or a Crystal Energy Woo pamphlet.

So the narrative sucks, the biographical elements are flend, the language is pretty dull, and Crowley’s own philosophy is laughably thin.