Gift Ideas for Fringers

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we have some tips for all you conspiracy theorists, urban wizards, and recreational drug researchers from our Magic & Occult, Mind Expansion and Controversial Knowledge sections (all of which are curated by Our Maarten-of-the-No-Lists, by some freakish coincidence).

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


Ebook available of The Book of Lies.

“A beautiful book with lots of illustrations of an alchemical and mystical nature. These pictures were used by the classic alchemists of the renaissance and Enlightenment.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Magic & Occult buyer Maarten on Alchemy & Mysticism.

“A new book by one of the most important magicians of the last 50 years will show you that everyday life events are, in fact, true magical adventures.” – Maarten on Homemade Magick.

“Nothing says ‘gift’ like Aleister ‘The Beast’ Crowley. We always have many of his titles in stock.” – Maarten on The Book of Lies.

Mind Expansion

“The classic by chemist Shulgin, who passed away earlier this year. A biographical and chemical account of his psychedelic research and experiences.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Mind Expansion buyer Maarten on Pihkal.

“This updated edition is an essential reference work about all kinds of drugs, how they work, and their effects on our minds, bodies and behaviour.” – Maarten on Buzzed.

Controversial Knowledge

Ebook available of Lost at Sea.

“The title says it all!! Or does it…?” – ABC Amsterdam’s Controversial Knowledge buyer Maarten on The Perception Deception.

“Because in the future we used to want to time-travel. Or did we…?” – Maarten on The Time Travel Handbook.

“Adventures ’round the fringes of modern day America: UFOs, amateur nuclear scientists and real-life Superheroes. Weird and funny. And mostly true.” – Maarten on Lost at Sea.