Apocrypha Discordia is perhaps the first Discordian collection of the 21st century, the first true sequel to Principia
Discordia, and one of the most popular and respected of all Discordian works.
The concept for a sequel to Principia Discordia came as Steve Jackson Games was preparing its 1994 edition of the
work. Russel Dalenberg, on the usenet group rec.games.board, suggested they publish an "Apocrypha Discordia" if
they got enough material in the true Discordian spirit, and this suggestion was mentioned in the introduction.
Several people sent submissions, including Reverend Loveshade, but the company never published the book.
But the title was used by two collections, one compiled by Rev. DrJon Swabey, and the other edited by Reverend
Loveshade and BloodStar, who disappeared in late 2001. Swabey’s collection was completed in 2001. Material from
the other collection was incorporated into Reverend Loveshade’s Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht
published in 2012.
Apocrypha Discordia is a collection of various works on Discordianism, compiled by Rev. DrJon Swabey (later known
as His Wholiness The Rev. DrJon) from various non-copyrighted (or Kopylefted) sources. These included
fragments from both on line and printed sources, and illuminations from the Melbourne small press zine artist Pope
Phil Wlodarczyk III.
The first edition is unavailable, as DrJon learned that some included pieces were copyrighted. All parts of the extant
second edition are believed to be kopyleft.
Although some Discordian cabals consider the work to be canonical, others deny the existence of any canonical
document of Discordianism. It may be considered a sequel to the Principia Discordia, or it may be a complete joke.
The CafePress site where the book is sold calls it a "bastard child of and unofficial sequel to the Principia Discordia."
This dichotomy of religion vs. joke is a fundamental part of the book, and indeed of Discordianism itself.
Much of the core of the work centers on contemporary textural fragments from the source material from which the
Principia Discordia was drawn, but which were omitted from the published version. Examples include apocryphal
passages from The Honest Book of Truth,The Dishonest Book of Lies, and Liber 555. Significant original
contributors to the collection include Prince Mu-Chao, now known as Professor Mu-Chao ("The Discordian Manifesto
#3", etc.); Reverend Doctor Hexar le Saipe ("Chaosophy"); The Beatus Ffungo (selections from Summa Discordia);
Reverend Loveshade ("Five Blind Men and an Elephant"); and S. John Ross aka St. Pesher the Gardener ("Novus
The work is available on line, and has also been published in a print on demand edition by Synaptyclypse
Generator, a Discordian sect, affiliated to POEE UK and dedicated to the preservation of important Discordian
works. It has also been translated into German under the title Apocrypha Diskordia.
In recognition of Swabey's Discordian work, the book's compiler was chosen to write an "outroduction" to the 2007
hardback edition of Principia Discordia.
Review by Agent 188.8.131.52
(from Feb. 19, 2006)
Apocrypha Discordia is a collection of works on Discordia, written by various Discordian saints, sinners, popes,
priests, madmen, miscreants, degenerates, straight-arrows, etc... Compiled from various non-copyrighted (or
Kopylefted) sources by some bugger named Rev. DrJon Swabey and published sometime in the 21st century (the
date on the document says 2001, but we're not going to fall for that one).
Although some Discordian cabals consider the work to be canonical (some even going as far as considering it the
only canonical Discordian work), there are also many who discount the validity of the document. Others amongst the
Discordian movement discount the idea of there being any canonical literature other than Dr. Ramos Montecino's
1667 work Howe to Mayke a Cannon. Most people would probably agree, however, that there are far better things to
do with one's time than to shoot works of literature out of any firearm whatsoever.
Thanks to the work of a random idiot (Rev. DrJon Swabey), many Discordian writings have been brought together in
one place where without him, they may have been lost to the grainy particles of temporality(leaving us free to peruse
or ignore the work at our leisure and for overzealous lunatics to print copies of it so that they may have something to
feed the bonfires that warm their cold, empty hearts).
|Article by Agent 184.108.40.206, Binky The
WonderSkull, Mutante, and Pope Hilde from s23.org
Cover copyrights remain with the
individual copyright holders.
Apocrypha Discordia, compiled by Rev. DrJohn Swabey aka His Wholiness the
Rev. DrJon, is almost certainly the 21st century's first Discordian work. It was
published in 2001, although the original edition was pulled. The second edition is
available. DrJon was interviewed for Voices of Chaos.
This article including a review are lifted with only slight changes from
s23.org/wiki/Apocrypha_Discordia. This is as it appeared on 21 December 2012.
The article itself is available under
Cover of Apocrypha
edition. The first
edition, which is no
longer available, was
published in 2001.
Reviews for currently
unreviewed books are