List of Discordian works

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Discordian works include a number of books, not all of which actually exist. Among those that have been published are Principia Discordia, first published in 1965 (which includes portions of The Honest Book of Truth); and The Illuminatus! Trilogy, which had its first volume published in 1975.[citation needed]

Published works[edit]

Principia Discordia[edit]

Main article: Principia Discordia

Principia Discordia is a Discordian religious text written by Greg Hill (Malaclypse the Younger) and Kerry Thornley (Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst). It was originally published under the title Principia Discordia or How the West was Lost in a limited edition of 5 copies in 1965.[1]


The Illuminatus! Trilogy[edit]

One of the most influential of all Discordian works, The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a series of three novels written by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson purportedly between 1969 and 1971,[2] and first published in 1975. The trilogy is a satirical, postmodern, science fiction-influenced adventure story; a drug-, sex- and magic-laden trek through a number of conspiracy theories, both historical and imaginary, which hinge around the authors' version of the Illuminati. The narrative often switches between third and first person perspectives and jumps around in time. It is thematically dense, covering topics like counterculture, numerology and Discordianism.[citation needed]

Zen Without Zen Masters[edit]

Zen Without Zen Masters is a book by Camden Benares (The Count of Five), published in 1977, of koans, stories and exercises of a Discordian nature. It includes tales of several early Discordians. "Enlightenment of a Seeker" from this book is also present in Principia Discordia as "A Zen Story". There are references to this story in The Illuminatus! Trilogy, as well.[citation needed]

Apocrypha Discordia[edit]

Apocrypha Discordia was compiled by Rev. DrJon Swabey, later known as His Holiness The Rev. DrJon, and published in 2001. Steve Jackson and Reverend Loveshade had previously considering publishing a book by the name suggested by Russel Dalenberg on the usenet group rec.games.board.[3][4] The book contains material by both original and later Discordians and is illustrated by Pope Phil Wlodarczyk III. It was translated into German as Apocrypha Diskordia[5] and because of it DrJon with Adam Gorightly were chosen to write an "outroduction" to a hardback edition of Principia Discordia.

The Black Iron Prison[edit]

The Black Iron Prison was an effort to create an updated, modern book that would function as Principia Discordia did when released. The collaborators stated that "while the original Principia Discordia holds important messages and philosophies, we wondered if some of the humor and language might be dated and lost on a younger generation of Discordians. We wanted to crystalize some of our favorite themes from the Principia, those of radical free will and self-emancipation." The goal was to encourage "critical thinking and self awareness" in the reader.[6] The Black Iron Prison has influenced Discordian communities as far as Brazil. [7]

Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht[edit]

Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht by Reverend Loveshade with "foreplay" or foreword by S. John Ross was published in 2012 by Anaphora Literary Press.[8] The controversial book reportedly was inspired by an investigation by the FBI with portions of the book having been previously seized. Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia includes blurbs (short reviews of the book) by R. Crumb, Sondra London, Alan Moore, Rev. Ivan Stang, Robert Anton Wilson (who saw an early draft), and others.[9][10] It was listed in January 2013 in both the print and online version of the New York Review of Books.[10] The book was soon pulled from publication after allegations of plagiarism were made on amazon.com and sent to the publisher. An editor denied the claims which did not specify what material was allegedly plagiarized.[8][11]

Non-published works[edit]

Summa Universalia[edit]

Summa Universalia was another work by Malaclypse the Younger, purported to be a summary of the Universe. It was excerpted in the first edition of Principia but never published. It was mentioned in an introduction to one of the Principia editions, and the work was quoted from in the first edition.[12][13]

The Honest Book of Truth[edit]

In addition to Summa Universalia, Principia Discordia also included selections from Kerry Wendell Thornley's writings, which he named The Honest Book of Truth.[14] These sections are clearly marked, and are subtitled in parody of the bible's books.

The following are the known books within The Honest Book of Truth:

  • The Book of Explanations
  • The Book of Predications
  • The Book of Advice
  • The Book of Gooks
  • The Gospel According to Fred
  • The Epistle to the Paranoids
  • The Book of Uterus
  • The Indoctrine of the Pineal Gland

Selections from this work can also be found within The Illuminatus! Trilogy.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malaclypse and Ravenhurst: "Principia Discordia", page 00075
  2. ^ Illuminatus! was written between 1969 and 1971, but not published until 1975 according to Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger I: The Final Secret of the Illuminati (1977), page 145. ISBN 1-56184-003-3
  3. ^ Jackson, Steve (1994). Principia Discordia (introduction). Steve Jackson Games. ISBN 978-1556343209. 
  4. ^ "The Apocrypha Discordia". 
  5. ^ "Apocrypha Diskordia". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  6. ^ http://www.blackironprison.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
  7. ^ http://historiadiscordia.com/discordian-works/
  8. ^ a b "Anaphora Literary Press: Reverend Loveshade". Anaphora Literary Press. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  9. ^ Loveshade, Reverend (2012). Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht. Anaphora Literary Press. ISBN 978-1937536183. 
  10. ^ a b "Independent Press Listing". New York Review of Books. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  11. ^ "Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia". amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  12. ^ "By no means is the Principia our only scripture. All along Greg has been writing what he says is a summary of the Universe, but evidently it will be quite some time before he completes it." Thornley, Kerry: "Principia Discordia", page ix. Illuminet Press, 1991. As quoted at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tilt/principia/intro5.html.
  13. ^ Malaclypse and Ravenhurst: "Principia Discordia", pages 2, 10, A14."Excerpted from a treatise concerning The Nature of Gods and The Eristesque Movement, to be found in the SUMMA UNIVERSALIA, the Holy Work of MALACLYPSE (THE YOUNGER), K.C., Omniscient Polyfather of Virginity-in-gold, and High Priest of The Heretic Fringe and Protestant Persuasion of the ERISIAN MOVEMENT of the DISCORDIAN SOCIETY " As found at http://appendix.23ae.com/pd1/17.html , http://appendix.23ae.com/pd1/25.html , http://appendix.23ae.com/pd1/14.html .
  14. ^ "Publications: Books by Thornley". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  15. ^ Shea, Robert and Wilson, Robert Anton: "The Illuminatus! Trilogy", pages 7, 141, 217, 657. Dell Publishing, 1988