Phil Hine - Bitter Venoms The Magical Worlds of William Burroughs
I first encountered the writings of William Burroughs at the age of fifteen
When a friend at school lent me a copy of the exterminator. The book opened up
Avenues of experience ("Kicks") that I had only half-suspected were possible:
The twilight worlds of drugs, astronauts, wild boys, and twisted visions. I read
Burroughs avidly, twisting his worlds together with my own half-formed visions
And fantasies. At first, merely flashing out my daydreams with his landscapes,
And later entering into them.
I’m greatly indebted to Burroughs writing for enabling me to discover the
"Nightmare culture" of sexuality, drugs, and magick. Though I was first turned
On to magick through the drawings of Austin Osman Spare, I realized that it was
The work of Burroughs that awoke in me the desire to visit alien landscapes, and
Cross into the various "Zones" forbidden by society in general. Anyhow, enough
Of this preamble. This is the first in a series of articles looking at some of
The magical themes which crop up throughout the writings of William Burroughs.