Curiouser and Curiouser! 10 of Literature’s Trippiest Books

Today is the birthday of the venerable Lewis Carroll, creator of what is arguably the best-loved children’s tale of all time, Alice in Wonderland. He’s also the author of one of the trippiest, most psychedelic books of all time, which is, um, also Alice in Wonderland. To celebrate the occasion of his birth (he would be 180 years old today), we’ve collected the texts that we consider to be the trippiest books of all time, “trippy,” in this case, being defined as “resembling or inducing the hallucinatory effect produced by taking a psychedelic drug.” See, kids: why take drugs when you can just read these crazy books? They are much less likely to do you any permanent damage — though we can’t make any promises. Click through to read our list, and let us know if we’ve left off your favorite trippy tale in the comments!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll

In Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece of nonsense literature, Alice falls through the rabbit hole into an alternate universe where she shrinks and grows (after eating mushrooms and suspect baked goods, no less), where caterpillars smoke hookah, time stands still, and creatures bounce by speaking in riddles. Hallucinatory and wildly colorful, and supposedly all a daydream, it is by far one of the trippiest books of all time.