These 8 Authors Gave Us The Most Epic Books While High On Cocaine
Being a writer can be a tough job and sometimes you need to resort to external measures to carry you to a zone where you experience a different world that can be penned down into a book.
Most of our favorite authors who showed us a different world through their words were under the influence of drugs. Their works are highly influenced by the same and hence leave us twisted in the head by the time we are done reading their books.
Here are 8 authors who wrote twisted tales while they were experiencing a different zone altogether under the influence of Cocaine.
1) Stephen King
The man who gave us books like It, The Dark Tower, Pet Sematary, and The Stand did not even try to hide the fact that they were under the influence of cocaine and he does not even remember writing a lot of it. In an interview, he revealed that he had been abusing cocaine from 1978 to 1986 and wrote about 10 novels during this time.
2) Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean’s diet was revealed in his biography that was written by Annie Cohen-Solal and it is bound to leave you amused. The man consumed 2 packs of cigarettes, a couple of tobacco pipes, 1/4 bottle of hard liquor, 200 milligrams of amphetamine, 15 grams of aspirin, a pack of barbiturate, and around 20 cordran (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin). He took his last breath at the age of 74.
3) Vladimir Mayakovsky
During the post-revolution period in Russia, it was easier to get cocaine than getting a bottle of Vodka and hence the writers during those times could abuse the drug easily. There was no law prohibiting it and was sold at cigarette shops. They say that the longest romance Vladimir Mayakovsky ever had was with cocaine.
4) Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll was one of the finest writers that the world has ever seen. He was a part of the Victorian era where people used laudanum was a form of treatment. This mixture of alcohol and opium was taken by Lewis as well for health purpose and people believe that ‘Alice In Wonderland’ is a product of the same. His books were a description of the drug trip that he would be on.
5) Ken Kesey
Kesey was part of a lot of psychological experiments as he used to work as a psychiatrist assistant in a hospital in 1959. He was a part of a research that was conducted to study the effects of LSD on the human body. In 1964, he brought about a drug revolution in the United States as he created a group called ‘Merry Pranksters’ that popularized LSD. There are stories about the parties they organized and well, they were said to be crazier than the once we saw in Project X.
6) Sigmund Freud
In 1884, Freud was deeply interested in studying the effects of cocaine and wrote several research papers about it. He was highly amazed by what cocaine could do and started prescribing it to his wife and friends. By 1887, scientists realized how cocaine was not as harmless as they thought and criticized Freud for his propaganda. Freud too regretted his decision and spent years trying to get rid of his addiction.
7) Charles Baudelaire
From 1844 to 1848, Charles attended the ‘The Club des Hashischins’ where members of the club stated that he tried hashish twice for an experiment was it only ended up making him feel miserable. He also had a short addiction to opium later which he managed to overcome. He wrote in description about the effects of drugs on the human mind and gave it a symbolic name ‘Artifical Paradise’.
8) BBC Scriptwriters for Children
This might come across as a surprise but in order to create new content for children on BBC, the creative team was offered cocaine and its use was encouraged. Miss Graham, a former employee revealed that the executive producers believed that cocaine would help the team come up with new ideas. How do you think they came up with the idea of ‘Teletubbies’?
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