Hellucination

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Most mind opening book i have read in a long time Superb!!!!, May 16, 2012
By Nexus1reviews
Hellucination is one of the most iteresting yet scare books i have read in a while!!! It is amazing and i think everyone should read it. Stephen litterally takes you to hell and back as he is your guide through this hellish trip. Dante has nothing on this and i love the divine comedy. I will say this again BUY IT!!!!!! READ IT!!!!! THEN READ AGAIN!!!! And tell your friends. If Steve has a Legendary Opus this is it!!!!

3.0 out of 5 stars Pass The Whip-It, Please, May 15, 2012
By Brian Harris "WildsideCinema" (United States)
Stephen Biro is an innovator, entrepreneur and filthy pervert with something genuinely important to say in HELLUCINATION. He challenges his readers to confront with an open mind the existential questions we all must, at one time or another, face in our lives. Where did we come from? Where will we go? What does it all mean in the grand scheme of things?

While Biro offers up his own opinions on those questions, he never demands you believe what he does, he simply asks that you hang out for a bit longer and understand where he, personally, is coming from. One can respect that, even if (like me) you're a militant Atheist.

HELLUCINATION takes readers on a mind-bending journey thru Stephen Biro's troubled early years and later on into his work at Unearthed Films, a conquered drug addiction and renewed passion for the artistic creative process. Cult cinema fans will definitely find the book of interest but, I honestly believe, those unfamiliar with the company will still be intrigued enough to check it out as well.

5.0 out of 5 stars A memoir that punches you in the soul and bruises your mind!, May 7, 2012
By Jack Thompson (florida)
Whooaaaaa! I have to say... I didn't know what I was getting into when I bought this book. I was just hoping for some cool Dante's Inferno type Hell action. What I got was a nightmare induced, schizophrenia psychosis and a possessed theological nightmare that culminates into, manipulations by the Devil and ends with a meeting with God that sends the writer, Stephen Biro into a full blown decent into Hell to face his and our own sins! Try to say that five times fast! This book has heart! It follows Stephen from his childhood, his turn to Atheism, to his quest to find God using massive amounts of LSD and Nitrous.

I have to say, I had to take my time reading this because it was so heavy. Not only, did it seem like many movies, wrapped up into one. Jacob's Ladder, Donnie Darko, The Matrix, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Inferno and even Naked Lunch. But it is it's own beast because it's a memoir, one man's real story about his life. I have to say, Mr. Biro certainly can turn a phrase. I felt like I was going out of my mind with him because I actually was. Why it took me a month to finish it. It's not often I read a book that freaks me out and gives me nightmares. I gave it to my girlfriend who read it in two days. When she finished it, she called me up at 3 in the morning to talk about it. Lets just say, she was just as freaked out as me. His visions and experiences resonate with me for some reason. And his descriptions are so spot on and the use of his words and higly detailed descriptions, really make you picture everything in your minds eye. I don't ever write reviews for books I read. But Hellucination actually scares me to the core and has been flittering in my mind constantly since I finished it. I just had to write something, somewhere.

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for everyone who has ever questioned existence!, May 7, 2012
By Erika
Wow... what can I say about Hellucination that hasn't already been said. I downloaded this book a couple of months ago. I just had to order a couple of hard copies to share with friends in my study group. It's hard to write a review for this because I was not expecting this book to make me question my beliefs so thoroughly. I also was not expecting the impact it would have in my life. This is one man's search to find God and the way he did it, I would not advise it. The Devil lurks for those who are ignorant of him and the writer definately found him. The Lord did come to his rescue but in doing so, showed him, either how God sees sins or gave him a backstage pass to Hell to see what awaits those who choose specific sins over Him.

This was a hard book to read. It wasn't because of the style or the writing. On the contrary, it was the thoughts, the understanding of the writers journey, from being manipulated by Demons and even the Devil to the showcase of the sins when he was in Hell. Each level in Hell was a perfect understanding of the sins that creeped me out and could feel, to an extraordinary degree that I still think about daily. I hope one day, Stephen Biro begins a book tour and especially a tour of churches to speak with people about what he went thru and what else he has learned since then.

I'm sure this book will become a classic as time goes on. It's heartfelt, it's disturbing, it's harsh but at the same time, it never strays from the path as his story builds, from childhood to Salvation. I also have to say it is one of the greatest non-Christian books/Christian books ever written. Why? Because it doesn't judge, doesn't shove beliefs down one's throat. It doesn't quote scripture and it leaves it to the readers mind, to make their own thoughts and ideas about what actually happened to him. I leant my Kindle to a friend of mine whose an Atheist just to read. They loved it and it made them think and from what she told me, has altered her understanding of belief and faith. It also gave her nightmares. I told her, it was alright because it gave me nightmares too. We both laughed about that but in a weird way. She told me, that if more books were written like this, about faith, belief, Satan, God and Hell. She would have been more open to it a long time ago. Now that... is an amazing thing a great book can do. I think this book can become a great teaching tool for those learning the faith, for pastors, ministers and the clergy. It's not often you find a man who went toe to toe with the Devil and lived. One of the most unique books I have ever read.

Warning: This book is harsh. Filled with violence, drug use and mentally disturbing images.

5.0 out of 5 stars A good and unique read, April 18, 2012
By Aallan
Are you ready to visit Stephen Biro's own personal hell? You get a front row seat in HELLUCINATION. And it's one incredible ride. Chances are very high you've never read a book like this. Biro's words paint an incredible picture of what potentially awaits you after death and furnishes the concept of hell being customized for each individual sinner. It's a valid concept worth considering, if you believe in the afterlife. The book is never boring and raises some stunning questions for both the believer and the non-believer. And once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. HELLUCINATION is an exciting and satisfying read that really gets you thinking. Be sure to have a friend read it, too, because you'll want to discuss and debate it with them afterwards.

5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!!, April 18, 2012
By Marvin Masterson
Trying to describe Hellucination would be like trying to describe a color that nobody else has ever seen, you just have to keep your eyes opened and tune your brain to a different frequency to unlock the secrets on universe

3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK, February 24, 2012
By Pam

I made the purchase based on the reviews previously given but I am not in agreement with the other readers or reviews. While I'm not saying it is a bad read, it's just not a 5 star book to me.

The author provides an excellent description of his experiences.

4.0 out of 5 stars What... a... trip!, February 11, 2012
By A. Chavez
A trip... definitely a trip. I have to tip my hat to Mr. Biro, the man definitely did his homework before starting this memoir. The cinematic touches, the writing just bleeds to be made into a movie. I could read between the lines and picture camera pans.

It was a very good read, and after finishing "Different Seasons" by King this was right up that alley, a novella sized read that packs a serious punch and leaves you thinking.

Hellucination is Biro's quest to find God, through the use of psychedelic drugs, at all costs. And the funny thing, he writes it TO YOU, literally he, Stephen Biro, takes you the reader to different points in his life, via a setting set up like "The Matrix." He sets up certain scenes, has you think about things and do a little homework before continuing, at one point even suggesting you watch Constantine and/or Jacob's Ladder to "get the appropriate atmosphere for the next part of my story," I liked that, sadly I have not seen either of those movies but I do want to now.

The book is so very detailed on what Biro went through and experienced while doing drugs to experience and find God that it leaves very little to the imagination and really felt as if I was right there with him (or the ghost of his older self). His quest at one point takes him on a literal journey to Hell for a close encounter with the seven deadly sins. There sin is put on display like no other and his nightmare-like vivid descriptions are so spot on they made me squeamish at times.

Biro definitely went through an experience, and one he came out the other side of alive and finding what he sought after. This must have been one tough book to write without sounding flat out crazy or self indulgent. But after reading it I never found it either, Biro is both candid and transparent about his vulnerabilities and this book if nothing else is very authentic, a wild but true personal testimony. It is definitely a book I would recommend with the disclaimer that it is not a light read, it is deep and serious and I often found myself taking a minute or two to reflect before moving on.

5.0 out of 5 stars recommend, January 30, 2012
By Donald Armfield (Mass.)

Take a trip literally into the mind of Stephen Biro. The memoirs are trailed out from childhood times "feeling powerful" I remember thinking I had super powers after watching a movie as well. Then the fun part the experiments with LSD and nitrous in punch balloons. Kids drugs are bad but fun to read in likes of Hunter S. Thompson and now Stephen Biro. Jacobs Ladder had a call out in this book which is one of my favorite movies. The middle of book had to much God talk for me, but the end makes up for it. The travel through Hell with Stephen is FN amazing. I have never been there but I feel like I have now. My skin is still burning! So join Stephen in this seven deadly sin spectacular ride to find God.

5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Hell Come Join Us., January 27, 2012
By paulsubpopman
1. I Could not be more satisfied with this Book, and the feelings that it manages to put inside you are very Strong. It's a heavy read, but at the same time, reads like a Classic Stephen King Novella. Like, say 'Stand by Me'. I'm speaking about the Parts in Stephen's Book describing his upbringing etc. He writes like a Pro. When the time goes by, the hours that have passed seems like minutes and he just grips you in with a enjoyable read, from the Very First Page, to the Upllfiting Climax of the Book.
2. I'd also like to point out before I forget, that it's also very eerily Similar to Ken Russell's Altered States, crossed with the Readings of Carlos Castanada(?) and his Musings, and the intaking of numerous life altering Drugs, to find the next Plain. They've both Achieved it in one way or another. Funny, I brought up Altered States comparisons, because the whole time I was reading Biro's Version of Dante's Inferno which is called 'Hellucination', I kept picturing Biro's Character was William Hurts Character in Russell's Film. The whole Mesculine Trip in the desert to find their innner them vibe etc. Also obviously, as stated earlier, he also achieved inadvertantly to come off like Burroughs Vision in 'Naked Lunch' to seamlessly transition his Character that we come to know as Stephen and his Id, into something David Cronenberg managed to do in his Version.Interesting way to finish this piece. Stephen Biro is not only a Published Author, he is the Owner of Unearthed Films, which is an Independant Film DIstribution Company. He's Surrounded by Bizzare Films wherever he turns, and his life in this Memoir "Hellucination" is a Book I cannot recommend highly enough. It is the Stuff of Nightmares. It is Human. It is us. It's as if Stephen led the Readers into the Depth of his Soul and he laid it bare for all to see. Good for him! So, a while back, when he first sent me the Novel, I mentioned how much I liked the book so Far, and how I loved the whole Vibe I was getting, and that's when he told me he hadn't read Burroughs Classic! My guess is that Biro has currently got his feelers out for a First Edition Paperback Copy of Burroughs Masterpiece 'Naked Lunch'! I know after reading Biro's Fantastically Huge Entertaining Slice of Life he calls 'Hellucination', that I'm due for my own Journey. Starting Now. 5 out of 5 Stars Review by- Paul Gardikis-Creator of the Site "Last House on Facebook Lane". Freelance Writer for Horror Film Reviews.

5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Dante', January 8, 2012
By Mitchell J Hyman (Altamonte Springs, FL, US)

A trip through Hell which becomes so real...you wonder if author Steve Biro had an "All Access" pass. Your mind's eye connects perfectly with the words penned by Biro. It's scary, enlightening and makes you question your own morality and mortality. Through the abuse of mind altering drugs and a hunger to know where we stand in the eyes of the universe, Biro gathers up his courage and plunges into realms of his own soul and allows us to "ride along" as he risks the possibility of never returning to the mortal plane. Unique and eye opening. What Dante' only hinted at...Biro tries to prove. A must read for all of us who question today's uncertain existence.

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, terrifying read, January 3, 2012
By Miranda Luna
"Hellucination" is like nothing I've ever read before. A more cinematic memoir cannot be found; Biro's book mixes religion, philosophy, pop culture, hedonism and self-induced schizophrenia into a potent stew that builds and builds in intensity as it heads toward the inevitable climax. I could *not* stop reading! I read it over the course of one very fitful night - this book is scary! The ideas it presents will give you pause and the *extremely* visual way in which he - and we - come to the conclusions drawn, worm into your skull and stay there. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this - read with caution ... the way you view the world may be irreparably changed by the time you are through. HIGHLY recommended!



5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Divine Comedy, December 18, 2011
By SDavis
With HELLUCINATION, Stephen Biro takes us on a very unorthodox odyssey through his unconscious mind and into the realm of spirituality itself. This is a harrowing and intense quest for enlightenment that takes the reader to several dark corners of human history and psychology. Depak Chopra need not apply.

Biro starts out by recounting his upbringing. He paints a surprisingly intimate portrait of fractured family life, going from one town to the next. While this period does contain some rough times for Mr. Biro, this does not play out as cliched or dark as many other bios. Instead, Biro balances the drama nicely with occasional flourishes of wry humor that keep things very lively.

Then, we get to the meat and potatoes of the book. Biro goes on a conscious effort to discover the spiritual truths of the world. He does this through determination, specific administration of psychotropic drugs and audio-visual stimulation. We're with him as his apartment is transformed into a multidimensional trip through time and space. On his journey, Biro will travel through heaven and hell, accompanied by a myriad of unconventional spiritual avatars.

The danger in a book such as this is for it to read as a self-indulgent and delusional mess. This is never the case with HELLUCINATION. Biro is painfully honest both with his strengths and his vulnerabilities, both of which play an important role in his journey. You may not agree with Biro's visions, but you cannot deny their intensity or personal authenticity. This is Biro's testimony, a first-hand account from someone who has seen things many of us never will. No light read, this is the type of book that makes us an active participant in one of the most intense quests for truth you will ever experience. And at the end, a greater sense of self. Highly recommended.

4.0 out of 5 stars Caution may want to read with bible at your side and the night light on., March 6, 2012
By B. Lorentson (Tampa, FL)

After reading the book I needed to take a few days and digest what I had read. The catholic in me wants to say he's going to hell for this but the majority of me is riddled with questions.
The book starts off strong as Stephen introduces us to his early years and allows us to follow along through his life so we can all get a better understanding of how his journey came to be. His look back through the past has its moments of laughter as well as the recalled moments of pain with his family. It's when Stephen begins discussing his dabbling with drugs that the book takes its hold and pulls you in to the very end. By no means does the book promote drug abuse but what I found most impactful was the honesty he has about taking the drugs and though he insists that the drugs are behind him there is no need to read between the lines that he misses what the drugs could allow him to feel.
Getting to the core of the book where Stephen searches for God, this is when the reader needs to take a trusted leap. His encounters with Anti-Christ's and communications with God and the Devil are where the reader is left to decide on their own what it is that they believe. It's through his blunt honesty with several difficult subject that I believe that he believes that everything that occurs between the pages of the book to be true. Using pop culture references and a strong visual prose, the trip to hell is one I'm not soon to forget. If there is any real complaint that I have is that I wish this was just a little longer.
Hellucination is one of the rare page turners that will stick with you long after the books final chapter. It may not be a book for everyone but for those that are willing to open themselves up and get strapped in for a page turning decent into hell, you'll be in for a ride.

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised, February 14, 2012
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It took me all of three days to finish this book. It's paced perfectly, flows nicely, and never gets boring. I found it hilarious and laughed out loud more times than I care to count. I applaud Mr. Biro for having the guts to tell the world about his love and search for God without falling into a cliche. Meaning for one, it wasn't preachy. I wouldn't have finished it if it was. Two, being the CEO of an extreme horror movie business, writing a book about becoming pals with the Devil and doing bad things for fun to up sale clients buying the Dead Baby Joke Book would have been too easy and a cop out. Very well written and thought out.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey so Powerful!, December 15, 2011
By S. Perigo "sci-fi soul guy" (Papillion, NE United States)
First let me get this disclaimer out of the way...The author provided a copy of "Hellucination" to me for review. Now, let me get to the review!

"Hellucination" is not your average memoir. It is not your everyday religious discovery story. It is not a run-of-the mill drug addiction survival tale. Yet, it encompasses all of these and a whole lot more while wrapped in a very readable and hard to put down package.

We all have a journey we take through life. Many of us seek purpose for our existence. This journey often leads to a search for God. However, most of us do not have a journey like the one Mr. Biro describes in "Hellucination".

The author tells his own life's story. He takes things from the beginning and lets us peer into the dark and tumultuous childhood that shaped his views and behaviors. Through discussions of nature vs. nurture, philosophy, and religion we are allowed to understand the hows and whys that led to a self-destructive lifestyle for the author.

As I read the author's early life experiences, I could see some of the events reflected in my own history. While my childhood was nothing like that of the author, I was able to see clearly how some of his thoughts and decisions came about because I reached some of the same conclusions and places in my own faith.

Mr. Biro describes roadblocks and pitfalls along the way to discovering God. I felt a personal connection to this part of the story as I had met with some of the same barriers and "stopping places" that the author encountered. I also pressed my way through places that other people have determined to be journey's end. I felt emotionally invested in the author's descent into Hell to face his own sin.

As a journey toward God, "Hellucination" is extreme and sometimes frightening. This story is about a life battered and broken so that God could restore it. Experiences that Mr. Biro had as an example for others so we don't have to go through the same problems and pain.

I recommend this book to all seekers looking for purpose in life. I also want all those who are Christian or profess to be Christian to read this. Don't put it down in disgust the first time you see a "dirty" word or read about an act too depraved for your "pure" mind to handle. Read it all, then read it again if you have to so you understand what it is saying.

5.0 out of 5 stars What strange trip he was on., December 5, 2011
By battlinjack "Yet another book fiend indeed!" (Spokane, WA United States)

Review: Hellucination: A Memoir by Stephen Biro.

Hellucination is a book like no other and is a bit hard to categorize. There is some horror, a touch of auto-biography, some fantasy and above all, a bizarro tale of one man's trip to discover himself and to answer the big question...is there someone watching over us?

I admit to having a hard time describing the book without giving too much away and I don't like spoiler reviews. All I can say is that you really need to read Hellucination. It is an intriguing and trippy story that will leave you wondering about yourself and the great cosmos around us.

Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Stunning Work!, November 20, 2011
By Paul J. Caputo (South Boston, MA United States)

HELLUCINATION, a memoir by horror film distributor Stephen Biro, is not your average trip down Memory Lane. Using LSD and nitrous oxide to push beyond the boundaries of his own sanity, Hellucination is the true story of one man's personal quest to find God and the answers to some of life's most important questions.

In the process of seeking the Truth through drugs and pop culture, the author encounters the Devil, and then finds himself plunging into the very depths of Hell. Wandering amongst a countless number of lost souls who are condemned for all eternity, Biro's journey takes him through several different levels of infernal punishment, while consciously becoming fully aware of his own sinful nature. At the end of his downward spiral, the author awakens back into present reality, and ultimately finds redemption in Christ and true meaning to his life.

Keeping in mind that Hellucination is the author's personal account from early childhood up until his salvation, it is unlike any book I've ever read before. While the story appears to cross over into the realms of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Psychological Thriller, it does not make any pretentious claim to be anything greater or lesser than what the author had intended. While often vile and repulsive, yet told with a flair of humor, Stephen Biro is brutally honest with his audience and with himself. When I finished reading the book and finally put it down, all I could do was sit in stunned silence for an untold amount of time. Hellucination is extremely powerful, and MUST be read to be fully appreciated!

5.0 out of 5 stars The most "real" memoir you will ever read., December 19, 2011
By Terry M. Price
Wow! How do you rate a book like this when 5 stars is not enough?
Try 500.

First off, this is not a book... it's an experience...
Fasten your seatbelts people. You'll need them for this one. It's one hell of a ride; literally. This is the stuff of nightmares; the biblical hell.

After reading Mr. Biro's memoir 4 times, I'm finally able to finish this review. His detailed account of his experiences will stun you, shock you, and terrify you. At different times while reading, I became breathless, speechless, covered in goosebumps and yet awed as to the honesty, and the reality of Mr. Biro's experiences.

I do not claim to be a theologian or philosopher.
I am simply a follower of Jesus Christ; merely someone who reads the bible and works out my own personal faith.
As I read "Hellucination", I sat down with my bible, and checked and re-checked everything I read. It followed biblical descriptions. As I read different parts, certain scriptures would come into my mind that fit what I was reading perfectly. This was the most frightening, yet exciting part of all.

"Hellucination" is soul-searching, life examining and provocative.
The most "real" memoir you will ever read.

I put to you a challenge.
I dare you.
I dare you to read this book and not be changed.
If you don't read any other book this year, you must read "Hellucination"!

*** Does contain strong language and violence. May be offensive to some, but then again, hell is offensive...

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mind-bending trip into hell and back, November 8, 2011
By Rob Fox
Wow, what a ride. Real or made up, the story is solid and well told in great detail. I found myself unable to put the book down once I started it. It was like watching a train wreck, but in a good way! I found myself cheering for the author and wanting him to stop his destructive behavior, yet understanding why he did it. I read the book over a month ago, and can't stop thinking about it. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.

 

Reviews from Goodreads

 

"An utterly surreal memoir. I'd say it was 'mindbending,' but HELLUCINATION doesn't just bend your mind, it twists it, stretches it, stabs it, and tosses it on the grill!" -- Jeff Strand, author of the upcoming book, "PRESSURE" and "WOLF HUNT" Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

5 STARS ... Thrilling, terrifying read, January 3, 2012
By Miranda Luna
"Hellucination" is like nothing I've ever read before. A more cinematic memoir cannot be found; Biro's book mixes religion, philosophy, pop culture, hedonism and self-induced schizophrenia into a potent stew that builds and builds in intensity as it heads toward the inevitable climax. I could *not* stop reading! I read it over the course of one very fitful night - this book is scary! The ideas it presents will give you pause and the *extremely* visual way in which he - and we - come to the conclusions drawn, worm into your skull and stay there. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this - read with caution ... the way you view the world may be irreparably changed by the time you are through. HIGHLY recommended!


The website... Rock, Shop and Pop
5 stars out of 5 Dec 5th 2011
From Rock, Shop and Pop...
Readers of this site and other similar cult movie review sites and forums will likely know Stephen Biro as the guy who runs Unearthed Films. Stephen’s been around the genre and cult movie scene for years now and through Unearthed has put out everything from Slaughtered Vomit Dolls to the Guinea Pig films to a special edition Blu-ray release of Rock N Rule. Having now authored his first book, Stephen can add self publishing to his list of accomplishments – and according to this autobiographical memoir, he can also tack ‘having done a ridiculous amount of drugs’ and ‘searching for God’ to that same list.

As unusual as it sounds, Hellucination is an aptly titled book about Biro’s self inflicted drug fueled search for a higher power. It’s a weird book, make no qualms about it, but it’s also very well written and surprisingly interesting. This is no 700 Club ‘come to Jesus’ novel, but instead a very personal document of Biro’s early years, his bootleg video operations, his personal relationships and all the toils and troubles they’ve involved, the forming of Unearthed Films and yes, his constant experimentation with pretty much every hallucinogenic substance you could care to name and then some. The fact that this leads Biro on a quest to understand God not only as a concept but as a higher power comes into play and winds up eventually driving the narrative but never overpowers things to the point where they get preachy, though those who know Biro probably expected something like this to be the last type of book he’d ever write.

The fact is, though, that as bizarre and frequently filthy as this book can get, it really is a book about his finding salvation in the most unusual of ways. In order to get there, however, Biro pushes the limits of his own consciousness and this often becomes the focus of the book. Told in the first person, as if Biro was guiding you through a trip through his own memories, the book turns out to be part horror story, part psychedelic science fiction parable and part morality tale but as bizarre as it all is, it’s never dull. Add to that the fact that Biro can actually write and that here he shows a real knack for building mood and atmosphere and this 165 page memoir turns out to be, if nothing else, a really interesting read. You can’t always tell ahead of time where Biro is going with this, as the book gets stranger and stranger before it starts to make cohesive sense but the narrative structure is well put together and the man can turn a phrase, all of which helps to put you in a frame of mind frighteningly similar to where he had to be at the time while experiencing all of this himself.

Don’t be turned off by the religious aspect of Biro’s book. Hellucination doesn’t moralize nor does it cram any self righteous philosophy down your throat, rather it explains in sometimes frighteningly honest terms one man’s own personal journey through a drug addled haze and his own personal conclusions as to what else is out there, just outside this physical plane.

Website Review... CEO of HorrorNews.net Nov 15th 2011
5 stars plus...
Hellucination – Stephen Biro

It’s not everyday that you receive word that the owner of one of the darkest distributors of disturbing films is releasing a book about God and his devotion. In fact, it was this very idea and “that” the book was about much of his drug-filled years that intrigued me enough to say, this is something worth checking out. Now I use the term “drug-filled” with caution as what might be perceived as the rambling of stoned-filled nights are actually very well-versed, written, and insightful. No, not that pretentious kind of stuff that you often get when film students write books filled with goobly gook about the intricacies of emotional framing and directorial purpose. “Hellucination” is actually very well laid out with a tone that takes you on as a friend and not a chimp that relishes in its own use of colorful words. “Hellucination” is a trip, but in a way that connects fiction to reality. You might even say your awakening moment for the “Neo” in all of us.

Stephen Biro is your tour guide here as he quickly brings you into a hazy filled world with devils and angels standing before him. This hallucinary interchange may not be real but it’s real at the time to the author of this book. Though every superhero need an origin, so Biro takes the hands of readers thru his often turmoiled past. In many cases, there is much that readers can relate to if even in just those glorious teen angst years. With all this historical input we are merely introduced to the fact that Biro began just as we did with challenges, triumphs and failures. The drug years may not be something everyone encounters but the details are nothing new in the scope of things.

It is clearly stated before we get too much into the inter dimensional metaphysics of his tale that he has an absolute belief that there is a God and that there is a devil. That’s alot to take in if you aren’t attuned into this way of thinking. But either way, these words reach you with a purpose that deserves to be heard.

“Hellucination” is actually alot to take in. I say this because when it starts getting into the drug trip adventures, it’s equivalent to watching a bunch of films at once. In that respect it makes it harder to review from a specific sort of way. Biro describes each event as he indulges into another drug of choice that instantly leads to a vision or experience that compares much like Alice dropping into Wonderland. Morpheus from the Matrix enters into the picture and even offers a selection of pill choices. Though the book are demons, the devil and a variety of dreamy characters that take Biro on a mission or an adventure that at times is comparable to Dante’s inferno. The pages jump out in full color if only from a literary stand point. I’m guessing that 1 or 2 chapters alone could influence the basis for a cult driven film on there own. You might even have the notion that due to the number of films in jested that originate from the darkest corners of the world, that ones’ mind is infected slowly as a product of effect.

I can probably relate to that on my own accord which influences other works of mine, whether directly or indirectly. I certainly have a hard time dreaming up effective nightmares that invade rather than entertain. Stephen Biro has.

After all is said and done, what this book really excels to is ones personal journey into their own demons and hell; awakening to the signs of God’s glory and the choices we make.

I’m not sure if this kind of journey is expected of every individual looking for salvation as the means to get there is pretty harsh. Take your pick….near death, excessive drugs, piles of smut and debauchery, or even the simple route of a hard life that shapes an individual into salvation.

“Hellucination” is a powerful read. In fact, it might distinctly appeal to fantasy readers, film lovers and lovers of fiction. We get it that this is one man’s experience that he decides to share. And we get it that the sharing is one of truth and revelation. Though being one who has never used any sort of illegal drugs myself, I have to share the experience from a viewing perspective. I’m not sure this will ever share the bookshelf in the local Christian store, but it is refreshing to experience a hell ride that results in a positive message of hope.

Biro writes passionately with a purpose… you may end of ripping your eyes out afterwards though.

Jan 07, 2012
Destiny West rated it Author of Lamia The Awakening
Hellucination is the perfect example of how words have the ability to be the most powerful way of human expression. This book grabs hold of you with fleshing ripping talons that bury themselves into your psyche and soul and take you on ride that overwhelms, delights and fascinates. The author Stephen Biro allows you to connect with him intimately along the journey that is his memoir, and I am sure that anybody who reads Hellucination will be able to find a common thread interwoven in the collect...moreHellucination is the perfect example of how words have the ability to be the most powerful way of human expression. This book grabs hold of you with fleshing ripping talons that bury themselves into your psyche and soul and take you on ride that overwhelms, delights and fascinates. The author Stephen Biro allows you to connect with him intimately along the journey that is his memoir, and I am sure that anybody who reads Hellucination will be able to find a common thread interwoven in the collective consciousness.

Unfortunately it is not often that I get to experience a book that I do not want to end, so Hellucination was one of those rarities for me. With each page I became more embedded into the story yet also acutely aware that my journey was quickly approaching it's end, yet at the same time I did not want to slow down and put the brakes on.

If you love to read and want something that is consuming and a breath of fresh air slightly polluted by 'dark and menacing' toxins then buy Hellucination today and get ready to be slammed head first into beautiful chaos!(less)

Reader Girl rated it
Shelves: good-stuff
All I can say is WOW!!!! I met Stephen at a local book signing he was doing and I bought a copy and he told me about Goodreads so here I am. Now... I wasn't expecting this book to be this good but meeting him and telling me about it, I was just too curious to not buy it.

Little did I know what I was in for. His candor about his life and his quest to find God is simply marvelous. I found myself laughing, crying and marvelling at the book he wrote and I couldn't put it down.

The way he has with wor...moreAll I can say is WOW!!!! I met Stephen at a local book signing he was doing and I bought a copy and he told me about Goodreads so here I am. Now... I wasn't expecting this book to be this good but meeting him and telling me about it, I was just too curious to not buy it.

Little did I know what I was in for. His candor about his life and his quest to find God is simply marvelous. I found myself laughing, crying and marvelling at the book he wrote and I couldn't put it down.

The way he has with words is amazing and the memoir was so fast paced and I never knew where it was going, every chapter was like a maze for my mind, never knowing but understanding. I didn't realize how this book was going to shock and scare me as much as it did. It's a memoir but it belongs in the horror genre as well.

This book challenged me on every level of faith, God, Satan, Hell and my life The book was such a delight that I had to write a review. I loved the fact that he switches from 1st person to second person, actually talking to the reader. I was getting goosebumbs everytime we met in the Library. You will understand when you read it. It was like he was reading my mind.

I think this book is going to grow because it is a psychologists wet dream and a theologians nightmare. When I finally put this book down, I was just in awe.

Irina rated it
Recommends it for: Christians and those who are searching
Recommended to Irina by: Goodreads Giveaways and the author
Talk about a wild ride! I have to say this book takes the cake in mind bending descriptions and pensive theological discussions. Stephen Biro relates, in an unconventional memoir, his experience in finding God. It's not an easy journey he partakes in, but it's a journey he commits himself fully towards. I find that commitment and dedication quite appealing, especially in this world of distractions.

The strongest aspect of Biro's writing, besides his conviction in his beliefs, would be his creative and unique use of descriptions and imagery. He doesn't have the smoothest writing style yet he still manages to create awe inspiring and highly detailed images. Biro states that he sees his book as a prelude to a movie. I would agree that that would be the better medium for the story he relates. To see those images come alive would be incredible.

My only real compliant of the book would be Biro's use of second person. For some it may heighten the artistic experience, but it kept jarring me in an undelightful manner. I was okay with his first person voice but in all honesty I think the story would have been better told through third person omniscient.

I would recommend this to anyone who would enjoy taking a look at someone's journey in finding God.

Richard Cummings rated it
This book was certainly a unique one to read. It entertained me and bothered me at the same time. I agree with another reviewer who suggested that taking massive doses of mind altering drugs is not the best way to seek God. Drugs create a world of delusion, not truth. Apparently, the author found a good deal of Biblical truth in spite of the drugs. God does work in mysterious ways. All this being said, the book does have value and could even be of spiritual help to those in need of such, and who...moreThis book was certainly a unique one to read. It entertained me and bothered me at the same time. I agree with another reviewer who suggested that taking massive doses of mind altering drugs is not the best way to seek God. Drugs create a world of delusion, not truth. Apparently, the author found a good deal of Biblical truth in spite of the drugs. God does work in mysterious ways. All this being said, the book does have value and could even be of spiritual help to those in need of such, and who read it through to the end. I am glad I read it and hope that Mr. Biro continues to grow as a Christian...and yes, Saturday is the true Sabbath for Christian and Jew alike

Stefani rated it
Shelves: first-reads, paperback, swapped
I have struggled for nearly 24 hours with how to review this, and frankly I am still stumped. So rather than give a "review" I will just put down my thoughts. As someone who is willing to read just about anything I was excited to get this book. But I must confess, I was under the impression that it was fiction, I have a feeling that perhaps I would have liked it better that way. Through most of the first half of this book the only thing I could think was, "Um...okay." The idea of "finding God" through use of enough drugs to kill a whale just struck me as bizarre. But we are not talking about finding God the way you hear most recovering addicts talk about it, no I mean literally having God and the Devil speak to the author in his hallucinations. To me this reeks of an excuse to use vast quantities of drugs, "No I'm not an addict, I don't have a problem, I'm on a spiritual journey!" I am not here to buzz anyone's high, if you want to do vast quantities of drugs, well then go forth and do just that, but don't bother trying to justify it to me.

About the time I hit the halfway point in the book I stopped being confused and just felt utter and complete sympathy for the author. Clearly the drugs had done some very bad damage to his brain and the consequences of that are heartbreaking. But again, I simply cannot look at this as a "spiritual journey", its addiction and mental illness plain and simple. Any psychiatrist in the world reading this book would want to call the nearest hospital for an evaluation. But it broke my heart that the author doesn't see it that way. Maybe he does believe that he met God and the Devil, that's fine by me if it improved the quality of his life. But to me, I can't see it that way. Ultimately I mostly found this book confusing and it was hard to follow, but I admire the candor and courage it must have taken to write it.