Open letter to Merlin Sheldrake

Open letter to Merlin Sheldrake

Dear Merlin Sheldrake,

I wanted to reach out and express my deep appreciation for you and your family. Your work in biology has been truly groundbreaking and has helped to push the field forward into a new phase of understanding.

I am currently working on a book that aims to restore the history of mushrooms to humanity. I believe that this is a crucial task, as mushrooms have played a vital role in many aspects of human life, yet they have often been overlooked and undervalued. My research has led me to learn more about your work on the subject, and I must say that it has been incredibly enlightening and inspiring.

When in 2020 I first heard the call of Amanita Muscaria and started to consume this sacred mushroom I felt very strongly that it wanted me to tell its true story. Later this year I will publish that as the book SHHHHHHHHHROOM.

Your insights into the interconnectedness of life and the role that fungi play in ecosystems has opened my eyes to the true complexity and beauty of the natural world. Your work has also helped me to understand the importance of preserving and protecting these vital organisms.

I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done and to let you know that your contributions have not gone unnoticed. I believe that your work will continue to inspire and educate people for generations to come.

I am known as a poet, so my book will contain a lot of mushroom poetry as well. My latest collection Poetry to Read in the Dark is available for free, should you also be interested to read poetry:

Poetry to Read in the Dark (2022) (1652 downloads)

Oh yeah – if you are ever in the Netherlands I would be honored to meet you and host you, or to arrange
a symposium about mushrooms. Drop me a line, and I will send you a paper copy of SHHHHHHHHROOM
to read. And once again, thank you for your beautiful work!

Sincerely, Martijn Benders

Nobelpreis für Deutschland

Treffpunkt feiner Geiste

M.H.H. Benders ist ein anerkannter Dichter seiner Generation, ein Schüler der universellen Myzelien, Amanita Sage und Mykophilosoph. Er hat siebenundzwanzig Bücher geschrieben, die letzten in der Kaneelfabriek.

Momentan arbeitet er an dem zweiten Band der SHHHHHHROOM-Reihe, Bücher über Pilze, und der Microdose Bible, einem Aktivierungsplan zur Wiederherstellung Ihrer wahren Identität, der nächstes Jahr erscheinen soll. Bleiben Sie dran!

Aber das Große Ziel von Benders ist es, in Deutschland Erfolg zu haben. Er hat die Dynamik und Vielfalt der deutschen literarischen Szene erkannt und ist bereit, sich darauf einzulassen und seinen Beitrag zu leisten. Mit seinem einzigartigen literarischen Stil und seiner unermüdlichen Arbeitsmoral ist er entschlossen, ein neues Kapitel in der deutschen Literaturgeschichte zu schreiben.


“Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress” is an exceptional work that establishes a benchmark in the realm of mycophilosophy. While one could perhaps categorize the book within the domain of Art History, such a classification would fail to do justice to its true essence. Primarily, this captivating text explores the evolution of humankind, making it a standout in its field.

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

“‘Waarover de Piranha droomt in de Limonadesloot’ stands as a philosophical exploration into the human faculty of imagination. It probes the intriguing notion that imagination, rather than offering solutions to our problems, might in fact be their origin. This thought-provoking work is set to be available in English and German by the close of 2023.