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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475098855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475098853
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on.
FJ
Every time I finish one of his books, I can't wait until the next one comes out.
Victor Thorn
Again, Gorightly is a seemingly happy and content crackpot who knows his stuff.
Andrew West Griffin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas W. Hawes on August 10, 2012
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Adam Gorightly in his new work "Happy Trails to High Weirdness: A Conspiracy Theorist's Tour Guide" gives us a retrospective of his various experiences in conspiracy research over the last decade - - and more. Some of his big themes are the UFO Contactee Movement of the 1950's, centered on the High Desert landmarks of Giant Rock and the Integraton - - and other cult phenomenas also tied to the Mojave Desert - - the Charles Manson Cult and rocket scientist Jack Parsons' Babalon Working rituals. Gorightly also ventures into the lore associated with the Discordian Movement and the mysterious figure of Kerry Thornley, who was a Marine Corps buddy of Lee Harvey Oswald, and a possible participant in the Kennedy assassination.

Gorightly also journeys to various UFO conventions, and even the Burning Man Festival, and shares his perspectives. He also gives us a taste of his unique Blogcast Internet radio show, "Untamed Dimensions," and the revelations shared there about a possible occult secret society involvement of Hollywood actress Tuesday Weld. Gorightly writes with a zany, high weirdness style, but glimpses of his personal history that he shares in the book reveal that he is in fact a true believer, whose life was transformed forever by conspiracy revelations while in community college, and by a remarkable UFO experience he underwent while growing up in Fresno. So the book can also be viewed as a highly personal journey of spiritual awakening, even as the author seems often to mock even the concept of spiritual revelation.

As a sampling of Gorightly's wide ranging work over the last two decades, "Happy Trails to High Weirdness" is a very good place to start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew West Griffin on October 8, 2012
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In the past couple of years I have become familiar with the writings and research of mustachioed "crackpot historian" Adam Gorightly after delving into two of his best books - The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control, and the Manson Family Mythos and James Shelby Downard's Mystical War. The latter book, I should note for fellow Okies, is about the famed conspiracy researcher who coined the term "King Kill 33" and once called Ardmore, Okla. home.
And what I love about Gorightly is that he has a certain fearlessness in his writing and research that is frequently laced with humor and hipsterisms that the chicks dig. I mean, this cat even recorded an album a couple of years ago called Transmissions From a Dying Planet, complete with flying saucer and crop circle on the album sleeve and song titles that include "Human Stew" and "Ouija Board" (no, not that Morrissey tune).
And I dig `em too. With his latest, Happy Trails to High Weirdness, available in Kindle and paperback editions from Feejee Press, Gorightly takes the reader on a personal journey through the odd places around his home state of California and in the surrounding Southwest region.
Gorightly, who was first introduced to conspiracy-tinged crackpottery back in the early 1980's via a lecture on the CIA's alleged involvement in the JFK assassination, realized this was his calling, leading to writing gigs with Steamshovel Press, Paranoia magazine and The Excluded Middle. And it has been a life, he says, that has been "infinitely richer and wackier."
Again, Gorightly is a seemingly happy and content crackpot who knows his stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Dickinson on June 26, 2012
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Happy Trails to High Weirdness: A Conspiracy Theorist's Tour Guide

Adam Gorightly is an author who I find both amusing and informative. I have read quite a few of his articles on the internet, but to actually hold his newest tome in my hands was a treat I've long anticipated. Happy Trails to High Weirdness is a collection of essays and interviews gleaned from his many years as a "crackpot historian". Anyone interested in conspiracy and odd coincidence will appreciate this book, and my only complaint is that the hike was over too soon. I look forward to more episodes from one of my favorite commentators on the absurd and the unexplained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zz top on May 26, 2013
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Continue on with the power of the principia Discordia experence the living The Illuminatus! Trilogy . This book is Bob the Subgenious meets the Big Lebowski in some respects. It is at times very funny. Makes you want to travel to California and look for UFO sites! Great interview with Robert Anton Wilson and Adam.

I loved the coverage of Jeff Turner and his " Psychotronic machine" A man obsessed with the pop star .Tiffany. Containes the best tin foil head type of picture I have ever seen.

The coverage of the movie star Tuesday Weld was actually quite disturbing.
We find that

Anton LaVey established the Church of Satan in San ... LaVey described his Satanic Bible dedication to Tuesday Weld ?

Tuesday Weld's r connection to everything?
Tuesday Weld High Priestess of The Illuminati will kick your ass.

More on Kerry Wendell Thornley

Pilgrimage to Brunswick Shrine is covered with respect in this book!

More more weirdness with actual locations to go.
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More About the Author

For over two decades Adam Gorightly's articles have appeared in nearly every 'zine, underground magazine, counter-cultural publication, and conspiratorial website imaginable. Bringing a mischievous sense of Prankster-Discordianism to the zany world of fringe culture, once Gorightly connects his dots, readers are plunged into alternative universes which forever alter their view of 'reality.'

His landmark work, The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos (Creation Press, 2009) is considered by some the most comprehensive book on the Tate-LaBianca murders. Far from being portrayed as prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's caricatured bogeyman, Gorightly paints a broader picture of Manson in relation to Hollywood porn films, Anton LaVey's Satanism, Scientology and the Process Church, MK-ULTRA, designer drugs, and the true Beatles-Helter Skelter story.

An even wilder ride (if that's possible) can be found in The Prankster and the Conspiracy which examines the remarkable life of Kerry Thornley--a 1960s Zen radical chaos-creator who was quite realistically being groomed as a Lee Harvey Oswald 'patsy-double' before the Kennedy assassination. Everyone from Bob Dylan, Robert Anton Wilson, and Jim Garrison make appearances during this no-holds barred adventure.

Most recently Adam has submerged himself ever deeper into these chaotic waters with Historia Discordia: The Origins of the Discordian Society (RVP Press, 2014) and Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Lee Oswald and the Garrison Investigation (2014, Feral House.) For more on origins of Discordianism navigate to www.historiadiscordia.com

Other releases include Happy Trails to High Weirdness: A Conspiracy Theorist's Tour Guide (FeeJee Press, 2012); James Shelby Downard's Mystical War (2008) and The Beast of Adam Gorightly: Collected Rantings (2005). In the latter, he describes the time when Doc Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped LSD and pitched a no-hitter; and how J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye has been used as a control mechanism to trigger mind-numbed Manchurian Candidates.

Adam has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows including Coast To Coast AM, Erskine Overnight, The Richard Syrett Show and Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis. Television appearances include the History Channel's documentary The Manson Murders.

A sometime musician and composer, Adam has released three albums: Transmissions From A Dying Planet; Songs For Another World and Psychedelic Secret Agent. A collection of his music videos can be found at http://www.floydanderson.com/The_Adam_Gorightly_Collection.htm

From November 2006 - May 2008, Adam hosted the weirdly popular Untamed Dimensions podcast, which is archived at http://www.untameddimensions.com/pod/gp.html

Adam's website: www.adamgorightly.com

Adam's blog: www.gorightly.wordpress.com

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