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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: RVP Press (May 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618613219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618613219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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An absolute must for any Discordian.
Alan Olsen
I know that might sound like a heavy work load just to grok this one book, but trust me, it's worth it.
Timothy Bowen
So we keep buying new copies and sharing them.
Alfred Vitale

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Headless_View on June 11, 2014
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If you're into Discordianism, you will not be disappointed. This book consists of largely primary sources, i.e. the actual and original previously unpublished documents of Discordianism. Of particular interest is what seems to be the entire "Honest Book of Truth" consisting of The Book of Uterus, The Book of Explanations, The Book of Predictions, The Book of Advice, The Book of Gooks, and The Gospel According to Fred. The Honest Book of Truth is quoted tantalizingly in the Principia Discordia and the Illuminatus Trilogy, but I didn't know the whole thing even existed. While the above-mentioned Honest Book of Truth is "only" 13 pages of the text (out of 287 pages), the page size is larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches (standard "American"-sized paper). As a POPE myself, I officially announce the inclusion of the Historia Discordia as part of the Discordian Canon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Comstock on June 18, 2014
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I just picked up the Historia Discordia. It's cool! It's basically a catalog of vintage Erisian stuff that was gathering dust in Bob Newport's basement, including a ton of original Discordian correspondences and tracts. Tons of lost writings by Mal-2. Great coffee table book for the Discordian archivist or researcher.

I've enjoyed tracing the evolution of a lot of the concepts in the PD. For example, there's that line in the PD about how Discordians don't have dogma, they have catma. And it turns out there's a whole little sermon about it that wasn't included in the PD and to my knowledge isn't on the net anywhere. There are a lot of 1st edition PD pages which were revised several times before the 5th edition we're familiar with. A lot of the jokes and 1-liners from the PD are referencing other Discordian documents which have been lost, until now.

For those of us interested in the genealogy of this whackadoo contraption, this is really satisfying. It gives a sense about what the first Discordian communities were like, and who the key players were. (something I've always been curious about) It's also pretty cool to see the early much rougher drafts of some of the texts we're familiar with.

Definitely recommend this for the archivists, collectors, and insane hoarders that get stuck in Eris' orbit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grouchogandhi on July 14, 2014
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More important than Ulysses or Finnegans Wake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Bowen on August 23, 2014
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As a Discordian who has read a TON of Discordian works, lots of this is things I have already seen. Of course, that's kind of the point. What the good Mr Gorightly provides with this brilliant piece of work is not new material, but a new context for lots of the old material we've already come across, as well as deep background information on Discoridanism, it's founders, and actually yeah, some never before seen gems.
Be warned, this is not for someone new to Discordianism. It is highly recommended to first read the Principia Discorida (whichever version you can find), Gorightly's other book The Prankster and the Conspiracy, and some of the legendary works of Robert Anton Wilson and The Church of the Subgenius.
I know that might sound like a heavy work load just to grok this one book, but trust me, it's worth it. I should know. I'm a Pope.
HAIL ERIS
ALL HAIL DISCORDIA
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jake Shannon on June 18, 2014
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On the strength of Adam Gorightly's biography of Kerry Thornley, I bought Historia Discordia as soon as it was available. I wasn't disappointed, Hail Eris! Obviously a tremendous amount of work was done researching, compiling and cataloging this material and as such, my hat is off Gorightly. True to the title, Historia Discordia offers nerds for Discordian lore plenty of original, archival material from our Discordian forefathers with dashes of new material that ties it all together rather nicely. The book is a real value too as the Historia Discordia also contains the legendary first edition of the Principia Discordia, the complete Honest Book of Truth, and much much more. I give it 5 five-pointed stars, in accordance with the Law of Fives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Vitale on August 19, 2014
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Many of us came upon the Principia Discordia by accident as youthful dilettantes on the hunt for a humorous head trip. Many years pass, and while we try so hard to hold onto that first dog-eared yellow covered copy, it is not possible...for we wish to foist it upon anyone when their closed minds suddenly reveal their first fissures of fnord. So we keep buying new copies and sharing them. But, as we discordians must stick apart, and as we are typically thwarted in our attempts at putting the world in order, we simply allow ourselves to be satisfied at the great origin story that appears on the Principia's pages. Adam Gorightly has just added some much needed dimension to our fairly lazy cosmogony, and has kindly given us a ridiculously rich horde...for it is a horde...of founding documents, righteous relics and Erisian treasures the likes of which most of us have never even considered. As a long-time claimaint to a discordian papacy myself, I felt both justified and ancient as I wade through the almost 300 pages showcasing the work of legends in the legion of dynamic discord (so many Bobs!) and a timeless collection of memberships in various conspriracy matrices...enough to make heads spin. This is such a fun book, and perfectly shaped by original artifacts and artifactors...so we see all the various hidden secrets embedded in stoned typos, cheeky collages and blurred rubber stamping. It now feels like the Principia was just the tip of the iceberg, and Adam Gorightly has exposed the huge mass underneath. Look...the Principia was meta before the internet, a hip zine before hipster zines...and now we have the evidence to back it up. And if you even think you might be inclined to perhaps consider yourself a discordian, perish the thought until you get the Historia Discordia.Read more ›
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