R. Crumb - The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick.
Originally appeared in Weirdo #17 in the summer of 1986.
“Philip K. Dick was a writer of science fiction. In 1982 he died suddenly of a stroke. His books often dealt with the illusory quality of life as we know it. In March, 1974 Dick saw what he later described as “a vision of the apocalypse,” and spent the rest of his life trying to understand what he had experienced. Was it the onset of acute schizophrenia, or was it a genuine mystic revelation, and then again, is there any difference?”