HELLUCINATION [Mass Market Paperback] (Anglais) Broché – 28 septembre 2011
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Armed with psychedelics, hallucinogenics and a brave desire to meet God no matter the personal cost, Stephen pushed beyond the boundaries of safe drug use. He took the most nightmarish of trips from a cramped one-bedroom apartment that he used for running his underground video business. With initial difficulty finding God in his altered state, Stephen instead encountered depravity and grotesquery enough to make his soul weep, but he pushed on. And if that wasn't bad enough, his Hellish experiences bled over into his waking days, and his friends and acquaintances began identifying themselves to him as Antichrists, deities and other assorted beings from "the other side." Reality was blurring and shifting, and Stephen was run utterly ragged. Could he fulfill his quest to learn universal truths before his extreme drug use took its toll?
Hellucination: A Memoir spares no disturbing detail of the unusual route that one man took to find Christ and the God of the Bible. The memoir also follows younger Stephen through his 1970s childhood and his bizarre early encounters with religion that drove him to Atheism.
"An utterly surreal memoir. I'd say it was 'mindbending,' but "HELLUCINATION" doesn't just bend your mind, it twists it, stretches it, stabs it, and tosses it on the grill!" - Jeff Strand, author of the upcoming book, "PRESSURE" and "WOLF HUNT" He's been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
"HELLUCINATION takes the form of a page-turning memoir, combining personal trip reporting with science fiction, horror movie, and religious mythologies, philosophical speculation on the nature of the author’s experiments with psychedelic drug combinations, strange encounters with other people who may not be what they seem, and the rationale behind his spiritual conversion from atheism to Christianity." --David Jay Brown
Author of "Mavericks of the Mind" and "Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse"
“HELLUCINATION is a powerful read. In fact, it might distinctly appeal to fantasy readers, film lovers and lovers of fiction. Biro writes passionately with a purpose… you may end of ripping your eyes out afterwards though." -- Review, Horrornews.net
Mind-boggling and enthralling. The visualization techniques used is astounding. - Paul White - Producer of Bride of Re-Animator and Brian Yuzna's Society
I felt myself questioning my faith, or lack of faith, on religion, Jesus, God, the Devil, and what the purpose and point of my life and existence really was/is. I think that is the point of the book. The book raises awareness and makes readers think about the meaning of life and what their purpose is in it. That, in itself, is a pretty scary thing to think and ponder about. - Hellucination - Book review by www.shuizmz.com
Cinematic... it's going to scare the Hell out of some Christians. - Jim VanBebber - Director of The Manson Family and Deadbeat At Dawn
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I recall the discomfort of family and friends when I described to them what the book was about, even before it had arrived in the mail. Initially, I had a time of reading it. I wasn't sure if I wanted to once I got it, apprehensive of how I would react. My review here is not very detailed, and for a reason. This is something that you will have to experience for yourself. Read a few of the various reviews here, and you will understand why. No, I don't mean the positive and negative reviews. Reading Hellucination is not unlike a Rorschach Test in that every reader will come away with something different, something that each reader may relate to in their lives. Perhaps I'm over thinking it, but I don't think so.
You've read the product description, you've read a review or three, I suggest you get the book. The journey is (quite literally) one hell of a ride.
First off, this is not a book... it's an experience...
Fasten your seatbelts people. You'll need them for this one. It's one hell of a ride; literally. This is the stuff of nightmares; the biblical hell.
After reading Mr. Biro's memoir 4 times, I'm finally able to finish this review. His detailed account of his experiences will stun you, shock you, and terrify you. At different times while reading, I became breathless, speechless, covered in goosebumps and yet awed as to the honesty, and the reality of Mr. Biro's experiences.
I do not claim to be a theologian or philosopher.
I am simply a follower of Jesus Christ; merely someone who reads the bible and works out my own personal faith.
As I read "Hellucination", I sat down with my bible, and checked and re-checked everything I read. It followed biblical descriptions. As I read different parts, certain scriptures would come into my mind that fit what I was reading perfectly. This was the most frightening, yet exciting part of all.
"Hellucination" is soul-searching, life examining and provocative.
The most "real" memoir you will ever read.
I put to you a challenge.
I dare you.
I dare you to read this book and not be changed.
If you don't read any other book this year, you must read "Hellucination"!
The book starts off strong as Stephen introduces us to his early years and allows us to follow along through his life so we can all get a better understanding of how his journey came to be. His look back through the past has its moments of laughter as well as the recalled moments of pain with his family. It's when Stephen begins discussing his dabbling with drugs that the book takes its hold and pulls you in to the very end. By no means does the book promote drug abuse but what I found most impactful was the honesty he has about taking the drugs and though he insists that the drugs are behind him there is no need to read between the lines that he misses what the drugs could allow him to feel.
Getting to the core of the book where Stephen searches for God, this is when the reader needs to take a trusted leap. His encounters with Anti-Christ's and communications with God and the Devil are where the reader is left to decide on their own what it is that they believe. It's through his blunt honesty with several difficult subject that I believe that he believes that everything that occurs between the pages of the book to be true. Using pop culture references and a strong visual prose, the trip to hell is one I'm not soon to forget. If there is any real complaint that I have is that I wish this was just a little longer.
Hellucination is one of the rare page turners that will stick with you long after the books final chapter. It may not be a book for everyone but for those that are willing to open themselves up and get strapped in for a page turning decent into hell, you'll be in for a ride.