Brotherhood Of The Screaming Abyss


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Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna

by Dennis McKenna

From the Foreword of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss:

When Dennis asked me to write a foreword for this book, I was surprised and delighted. It had never occurred to me that such a book would require any foreword at all. Dennis is a well-respected researcher and thinker, and many of us have read his scientific papers or listened with pleasure to his interdisciplinary lectures, which combine ethnobotany, psychopharmacology, history, and philosophical reflections. But this is not an academic book. It is the long-awaited account of his lifelong relationship with his older brother Terence, the great raconteur of wide-reaching philosophical and eschatological ideas. In other words, what we have here is the privilege of going behind the curtains and peering into the private lives of these two extraordinary brothers, the poet and the scientist, the public figure and the more retiring originator of ideas, one who haunts us from the invisible yet pervasive World Wide Web (his words still fresh and even more relevant twelve years after his death), the other still with us, wise, and with an acute sense of humor. Like his brother, Dennis is a teacher from whom we still have much to learn.

Luis Eduardo Luna, Brazil, August 3, 2012

Praise for the Book:

“Terence McKenna was one of a kind. For all of us who never knew him personally but have heard his unique and mesmerizing voice, been touched by his eloquence, and persuaded by the power of his insights and the courage of his imagination, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss is the fireside chat with the man himself we always wished we’d had. Dennis McKenna has done something very special here. ” — Graham Hancock

“Released on Terence’s 66th birthday, this book by his brother Dennis is a remarkable thing. The story is about two young men, thankfully too foolish to know better, who transcended consciousness, and returned to tell the tale. Terence the poet and Dennis the scientist. Told with honesty and love.”—W. Paul Blakey

“It is a touching, personal story told by Dennis McKenna; brother, confidant, and comrade of the beloved Terence McKenna. It is told an intimate style full of love, wisdom, truth and meaning. We were so very pleased to find that this isn’t only a story about Terence; rather it is an intimate look into the life of two very unique brothers, and is as much about Dennis as it is Terence. Dennis delves deep into their story, from their upbringing, to their coming into adulthood, and on into the many adventures that are now well known by many; though never in the way they will be after you read this book. This book isn’t only a story, a familial memoir. It is also filled with deep insights on life, spirituality, entheogens, the Other, our Earth Mother, and imperfect humanity. ” — Jeh and Hani Cranfill

About the Author:

Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. He is the author of many scientific papers, and co-author, with his brother Terence McKenna, of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching, and Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide. He holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where his research focused on ayahuasca and oo-koo-hé, two hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1990, he joined Shaman Pharmaceuticals as Director of Ethnopharmacology, and in 1993 became the Aveda Corporation’s Senior Research Pharmacognosist. Dennis has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota since 2001, where he teaches courses in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine. He has taught summer field courses in Peru and Ecuador, and has conducted fieldwork throughout the upper Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.


Softcover: 508 pages
Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud; 1st edition (2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0878396365
ISBN-13: 978-0878396368
Shipping Weight: 1 lb, 9 oz
Book dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches

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Weight 25 oz
Dimensions 8.9 × 5.9 × 1.2 in