Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht ($15 – OUT OF PRINT, ISBN: 978-1-937536-18-3, 2011, 6X9”, 205pp): Is the adoration of Goddess Eris Discordia a joke disguised as a religion or a religion disguised as a joke? Yes—and no. Discordians coined ‘neo-paganism;’ got Planet X named Eris; twisted the victory sign into the peace sign; and helped create the counter-culture. And got in big, big trouble.
Written by Reverend Loveshade with Other Assorted Troublemakers, this book humorously and intellectually challenges social norms, sexism, ageism, legalism, and even its own personism and Discordianism. It features stories, articles, games and quizzes, lists, art, photographs, myths, humor, and more. Portions of it were seized by the FBI, then released. Read with your mind open—and the curtains closed.
‘This book is a twisting pathway from the mundane to the magical … a gateway from the Aneristic to the Eristic, from death to life, from stillness to chaos, from supplication to celebration. It’s a drunken jig across the cosmic dance floor.’
— from the foreword by S. John Ross aka Pope Leo (Star Trek-GURPS-Risus role-playing games, Cumberland Games & Diversions)
‘My initial reaction is, “Whu-u-?”’
— R. Crumb (Keep on Truckin’, Mr. Natural, Fritz the Cat)
‘Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht was laid out—or laid—on an FBI-seized computer. That’s a clue. This is a book for miscreants, perverts, college students, sex fiends, hippies, dopers, doctors, libertarian anarchists, philosophical book readers, lovers, lawyers, smart-ass high school dropouts, open-minded weirdos, fundamentalist Christians, and victimless criminals. It praises Eris, but got its Slack from “Bob.” Buy it and BURN THIS BOOK FOR “BOB”!’
— Rev. Ivan Stang (The Book of the SubGenius, High Weirdness by Mail)
‘Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia may become to the 21st century what Principia Discordia became to the 20th. Which means—I don’t know what the hell that means.’
— Robert Anton Wilson (The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Schrödinger’s Cat Trilogy, commenting on an early draft)
Reverend Loveshade was the subject of a national investigation to discover who he, she, or e really was (yes, that’s true). ‘Es’ work appears in the collections Apocrypha Discordia, Book of Eris, Discordia Prophetica, Et. Cetera Discordia, Principia Harmonia, Voices of Chaos, and the to-be-published play West End Trash. After being kicked out of college, Loveshade received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.