Amanita Muscaria: the Book of the Empress

Amanita Muscaria: the Book of the Empress

During one magical winter night, after first experimenting with this mushroom, I was transported through a dimensional portal and received an incredible download of information. This left me questioning why I, a writer of some reputation, was singled out for such a unique experience.

So I began to read all the literature available on this mushroom, and I began to see what the real problem was.

There are two types of books on the market:

  • Popular science – the first type are types that depend on a popular science type narrative. They repeat stories that are ‘known’ about the mushroom and quote a few ‘research papers’ that can be summed up in one line: not much research has been done and more is needed.
  • Mystery ingredient books: Quite a few of these: the whole book is about speculating whether Amanita Muscaria was the mystery ingredient in some ancient drink.

This may surprise you, but neither of these approaches is actually good. They form a false duality between which reality bounces back and forth, but there is a third perspective that can be invoked: the philosophical/literary one.

That’s why the mushroom contacted a writer, so I took on the phenomenal task of really investigating what is true and what is disinformation when it comes to this mushroom, its history, its practical and shamanic use.

My book is not simply an overview of the history and uses of the mushroom. Rather, it is a deeply personal account of my own experiences with the mushroom and the knowledge I have gained from my interactions with its spirit. One of the most fascinating aspects of the book is its focus on debunking many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Amanita muscaria.

For example, many people believe that the mushroom was used by ancient cultures for its psychoactive effects. However, I argue that this is simply not true. Instead, I suggest that the mushroom was used more for its healing properties and… even as currency.

From its traditional uses to its inclusion in modern art and literature, the mushroom has played a significant role in many different cultures. I explore the symbolism and significance of the mushroom in these contexts, providing a rich and detailed exploration of its cultural impact.

I also show you exactly why its important.

Perhaps the most striking feature of ‘Amanita Muscaria: The Book of the Empress’ is its beautiful and evocative presentation. The book contains a wealth of artwork, illustrations and poetry, all of which work together to create a vivid and immersive reading experience.

The use of these different media serves to underline the book’s central message: that the Amanita muscaria mushroom is not just a demonized mushroom, but she is a teacher that played a central role in human evolution and experience. Reading my book will offer you a significant edge that is of vital importance when using this wonderful mushroom, for both normal users and those that wish to explore the shamanic side.

Martijn Benders – Amanita Muscaria, The Book of the Empress – available in all bookshops 24th of May 2023.

The book can be pre-ordered here for dutch or flemish people

There is an amazon pocket version for international audiences.

If you prefer the hardcopy, full colour version I can send you one with Fedex
for 60 dollars. Go to my contact page for that option.

About the author

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. Critics such as Komrij and Gerbrandy have hailed him as one of the greatest talents of his time. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English and focuses on the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international platform of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.


There exists a considerable group of leftist individuals who vigorously opposed the prevailing coronavirus narrative, including some of the world’s leading philosophers, such as Agamben and Kacem. However, this stance was heavily censored and vilified by what is referred to as ‘neocon-left’ or ‘woke-left’, as something associated solely with what they deem ‘far-right’. In my book, I discuss the reasons behind these actions, the underlying motives, and how this is emblematic of a new form of fascism aimed at seizing power permanently.

The middle section of the book is dedicated to poetry. It features a beautiful selection of poems from the Mediterranean region, by poets from Turkey and Greece, who have been imprisoned and tortured by the regime.

The final part of my book is a manifesto against literary nihilism, as manifested in the Literature Fund. It reveals how this fund is dominated by a group of Christians and ‘wokies’, which is undesirable in a free society.

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress is an exceptional work that sets a new benchmark in the realm of mycophilosophy. While one might be tempted to classify the book within the domain of Art History, such a categorization would fail to capture its true essence. 

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress – De Kaneelfabriek, 2023

You don’t have time to read this, but that’s because you are no longer human. If anything remained of the original person within you, the old mycelia of childhood, you would learn a great deal from this book. In fact, its magical knowledge might become your most valuable possession. This is a book about human imagination and how it fell into the iron grip of transdimensional cockroaches. Additionally, it offers magical tips to significantly improve your life and time acceleration. M.H.H. Benders also takes a light-hearted yet scathing look at the entirety of Dutch literature. What more could you want?