"Here, for the first time, Dennis gives his account of the ideas, adventures, and anguishes he and Terence shared—and some they didn’t.
'Surely our lives were destined to be unique in many ways, as all lives are', he writes. 'And yet I’ve also realized how much Terence and I were the products of our age, our minds and dreams shaped by the cultural influences that touched so many.'
This sweeping account will appeal to anyone interested in Terence McKenna, of course, but ultimately it is the story of two men, and two fates, that only Dennis McKenna could tell."
~Luis Eduardo Luna
Praise for the book…
“Dennis McKenna raised a decent chunk of change on Kickstarter for this account of his life with Terence McKenna, his older, more famous, more unconventional, but no more psychedelically transformed brother. Contributors rest easy: it was worth every penny. This is a clear-eyed account of bleary-eyed times, solidly and sometimes poetically told…..”
“Terence McKenna was one of a kind. For all of us who never knew him personally but have heard his unique and mesmerizing voice, been touched by his eloquence, and persuaded by the power of his insights and the courage of his imagination, “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss” is the fireside chat with the man himself we always wished we’d had. Dennis McKenna has done something very special here…”
W. Paul Blakey
“Released on Terence’s 66th birthday, this book by his brother Dennis is a remarkable thing. The story is about two young men, thankfully too foolish to know better, who transcended consciousness, and returned to tell the tale. Terence the poet and Dennis the scientist. Told with honesty and love…”
Jeh and Hani Cranfill
“My wife and I have been utterly engrossed in this book since it arrived in the mail about a week and a half ago. It is a touching, personal story told by Dennis McKenna; brother, confidant, and comrade of the beloved Terence McKenna. It is told an intimate style full of love, wisdom, truth and meaning. We were so very pleased to find that this isn’t only a story about Terence; rather it is an intimate look into the life of two very unique brothers, and is as much about Dennis as it is Terence. Dennis delves deep into their story, from their upbringing, to their coming into adulthood, and on into the many adventures that are now well known by many; though never in the way they will be after you read this book. This book isn’t only a story, a familial memoir. It is also filled with deep insights on life, spirituality, entheogens, the Other, our Earth Mother, and imperfect humanity. You will laugh (boy, will you laugh), be surprised, learn new things, maybe cry, and you will feel that you have known these two irreplaceable souls in ways you never have before. This book will take an esteemed place on our bookshelf forevermore and will surely be read again. It is at once the foundation, and the pinnacle, of the fascinating life story of the Brothers McKenna.”