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About the Author

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a magus, poet, sexual athlete, mountaineer, traitor, drug fiend, and Prophet of a New Eon. He has been dubbed "The Wickedest Man in the World." Author of 777, Diary of a Drug Fiend, and Book of Lies, as well as many other books, Crowley, with Freida Harris, also created the bestselling Thoth Tarot Deck.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (June 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877281467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877281467
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brzostek on November 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Aleister Crowley's first published novel was "Diary of a Drug Fiend." The book was originally published in London in 1922. Although written over seventy-five years ago, the book is still relevant for today's readers. The book paints a vivid picture of the mind of drug users. The drug user's highs, lows, and sometimes strange thought patterns are described in great detail in this interesting book.
The infamous Aleister Crowley invokes a reaction with some people. Some say he was strange and went off the deep-end with his involvement in Magick, the practice of using various techniques to exert control over the forces of nature. If one is too close-minded to read this book because of the author's reputation, he or she would be missing a great read.
This story is supposedly based on truth. False names were used to conceal the identities of the people in the book. For instance, Aleister Crowley is called Peter Pendragon in the book. Peter went to a pub and was socializing with some people he knew when he saw the woman that would change his life, Lou.
"Across the moaning body of the blackmailer, I was looking at the face of a girl that I had never seen before. And I said to myself, "Well, that's all right, I've known you all my life." And when I said to myself "my life," I didn't in the least mean my life as Peter Pendragon, I didn't even mean a life extending through the centuries, I meant a different kind of life --something with which centuries have nothing whatever to do (Crowley 11)."
This truly eloquent description of Peter's first glimpse of Lou reveals that Crowley was truly a master of language. The book is written in such a clever way that the reader continues to want more.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By George Schaefer on March 9, 2000
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Aleister Crowley is one of the great unheralded masters of the Enlgish language. Many aspects of his spiritual and philosophical views may leave some people in the dust, however. The mysticism can be perplexing to the average reader. Diary Of A Drug Fiend is successful because it is very easy to understand. The use of language is masterful. It is not a pretty story, to be sure, and many will disagree with the seemingly pro drug message but it is a great tale. Peter Pendragon and Unlimited Lou are presented as both sympathetic and contemptible characters. One feels empahty but it is tainted by the knowledge that they have created their own problems. They are weak. King Lamus almost seems to be like a zen master who patiently guides his pupils to higher heights. I can not say that I agree entirely with the philosophy espoused by King Lamus but it is exhilarating to follow this tale as it unfolds. I am sure many will be offended by Crowleys portrayal of King Lamus as a master who can use and not use drugs with ease. I do not suggest that mastery over heroin or cocaine is easy or even possible but this is just a work of fiction. It should not be taken literally. I do not know if this is meant as a self defense for Crowleys own drug use. It is irrelevent to me. Many great artists were alcoholics or drug addicts. It does not deter my admiration for this spectacularly well written book. Aleister Crowley could have been one of the great novelists had he chosen to pursue that path. This was one of the best reads I had in years.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Katrina on April 25, 2001
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Diary Of A Drug Fiend appealed to me because I knew someone that was caught up in drug addiction and wanted to know more about it. I wanted to know what it felt like and how the drug user felt. This book totally met my expectations and more, it showed me exactly what I was looking for. In the first instance I began to dislike the book because it seems to glorify drugs but then I suppose that is what it feels like when you are using the drugs. Read a bit further on and it will tell you the real horrors of drugs in the cold light of day. It is obvious that the author knows what he is talking about, but you have to remember that the characters in the book were using the purest form of drugs and so the effects I suppose you could say seem somewhat dramatised, but then someone once said (forgive me for not remembering) that the effects of drugs depend on your state of mind when you are taking them, so each individual user will experience something different. Overall, I would reccomend this book to anyone that has any link whatsoever with drugs or anyone that is thinking of it. It will show you the real horrors by an experienced author!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jordan on May 24, 2004
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Aleister Crowley's Diary of a Drug Fiend is an excellent account of two cocaine addicts progression from innocence into addiction's deepest hells, and salvation through the will. A true story, you are taken along each step of the way by one of two narrators, Peter or Lou Pendragon, from their meeting, to their "cocaine honeymoon," to their heroin addiction, and, at last, their defying the medical beliefs of a post Victorian Europe by breaking addiction without the help of a medical facility.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone suffering from addiction of any sort, as well as people open minded enough to truly appreciate what Crowley has to say. I would also recommend it to students of the occult, as it serves as an excellent introduction to the Doctrine of Thelema.
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