Sasha and Ann Shulgin created Transform Press in 1991 to publish their first book, PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. The topic and structure of the book were quite controversial at that time and they wished to present the material uncensored. So Transform Press was born.
Until 2008, Sasha and Ann oversaw the operation with the assistance of family, friends, and colleagues. When Sasha’s health began to decline, Wendy Tucker, who had assisted him in production for many years, stepped forward to continue the work. She brought on new consulting editors with fresh perspectives and pushed forward with new publications based on available Shulgin material. When Sasha died in June 2013, she became the legal owner of the company. Under her leadership, Transform Press is now poised to become a full-fledged publishing house with a growing list of new publications and new authors.
Transform Press focuses on the niche subject area of psychopharmacology with a very high scholarly standard. While we aim to represent this area as extensively as possible, we intend to maintain its special focus. Though we have not researched it thoroughly to date, we may be the only publishing house to concentrate on this subject matter exclusively and in such depth.
Transform Press is a relatively young publishing house in comparison with other houses that publish scholarly material of the same calibre. Our standards and approach are aligned with university publishing houses such as UC Press, but our scope of production is still unfolding. We represent the intersection of high level scholarship and innovative thought through a particular field of study. Rather than offer a menu of general knowledge, we promote a microcosm of ideas and demonstrate their connection to the whole.