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Mystic Ink Publishing is an independent publisher focusing on works of a spiritual, shamanic, new age, or transcendent nature as well as dramatic works of Phantastic Fiction © in the paranormal genres of magical realism, horror, supernatural thrillers, and science fiction.
 
A young carpenter falls in love with the village beauty. She, however, has set her sights on a dashing army captain who's the son of the wealthy local squire. Meanwhile, a beautiful and virtuous young woman preacher arrives in the village. What happens to these people and the strange twists and turns that their lives take are described in the rest of the book. Adam Bede was George Eliot's first published novel. Published in 1859, the book has remained a firm favorite with readers and academi ...
 
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Here is a second talk from legendary comic Jonathan Winters titled "I'd Rather Be Writing" from the 1986 Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Jonathan was a regular at the SBWC and he was a dedicated writer. He sat in on the humor workshop formerly run by Ian Bernard of Laugh In fame, now run by Ernie Witham and he attended Poetry Workshops with the u…
 
Journey back two hundred and fifty years, into a long forgotten world, where nature speaks through plants, and song pours forth from cascading waterfalls as breathtakingly as a church choir sings Ave Maria. A place where the rhythm of a feathered rattle is believed to bring you closer to your creator. A world where mysticism and innate spirituality…
 
Nicholas Meyer is an American writer and director, known for his best-selling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and for directing the films Time After Time, two of the Star Trek feature films, the 1983 television film The Day After, and the 1999 HBO original film Vendetta. Meyer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for th…
 
Scott Berg gave a great keynote talk about writing the biography of Goldwyn when it first came out at the 1989 Santa Barbara Writers Conference. After graduating from Princeton University in 1971, Berg expanded his senior thesis on editor Maxwell Perkins into a full-length biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978), which won a National Book A…
 
PICAFLOR is the sequel to SPIRIT MATTERS, a San Diego Book Award winner and an Award-Winning Finalist in the National Best Book Awards. PICAFLOR chronicles the two decades since of Matthew (Mateo) J. Pallamary’s adventures in SPIRIT MATTERS through the mountains, deserts, and jungles of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of sham…
 
Dominick John Dunne (October 29, 1925 – August 26, 2009) was an American writer, investigative journalist, and producer. He began his career in film and television as a producer of the pioneering gay film The Boys in the Band (1970) and as the producer of the award-winning drug film The Panic in Needle Park (1971). He turned to writing in the early…
 
Joe Wambaugh, Jr. is a best-selling American writer known for his fictional and nonfictional accounts of police work in the United States. Several of his early novels were set in Los Angeles, and its surroundings, and featured Los Angeles police officers as protagonists. He has been nominated for four Edgar Awards (winning three), and was named a G…
 
Christina Crawford (born June 11, 1939) is an American author and actress, best known for her 1978 memoir, Mommie Dearest, her account of growing up with her adoptive mother, film star Joan Crawford. Christina Crawford was born in Los Angeles, California in 1939, to an unmarried teen. According to her personal interview with Larry King, her father …
 
John Saul, an American author of suspense and horror novels spoke at the 1988 Santa Barbara Writers Conference . Most of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List. Prior to the start of his bestselling thriller career, Saul had around 10 books published under pen names, the first of which he wrote in one weekend after unexpecte…
 
Author, editor, and shamanic explorer Matthew Pallamary has been searching the globe for answers on the truth about reality. In the latter half, he discussed his studies of shamanism and visionary experience and working with plant medicines like ayahuasca. Shamans have traditionally offered a bridge between the spirit and physical world, and could …
 
Hal Kanter started out writing variety shows and revues for television in the early 1950s. He turned to screenwriting in the mid-1950s, specializing in comedies (he wrote for Bob Hope and Martin & Lewis) but also turning out dramas such as The Rose Tattoo and Let's Make Love. He directed a few movies, and although they met with success and acclaim,…
 
Charles Schulz the creator of Peanuts and all the unforgettable characters he created was a regular at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and was known to everyone by his nickname "Sparky". He loved writers, writing, and the creative process, and spent the whole week at the conference for many years. Aside from showing support for all the regular…
 
PICAFLOR is the sequel to the award winning SPIRIT MATTERS that chronicles the two decades since of Matthew (Mateo) J. Pallamary’s adventures throughout the mountains, deserts, and jungles of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism. PICAFLOR begins in the jungle where Spirit Matters ended which is the same place where SP…
 
Here is an inspiring talk at the 1985 Santa Barbara Writers Conference by Nicholas Meyer, known for his best-selling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and for directing the films Time After Time, two of the Star Trek feature films, the 1983 television film The Day After, and the 1999 HBO original film Vendetta. Meyer was nominated for an Academy A…
 
As a bookend to the fictional account of first time Ayahuasca drinkers based on over two decades of observed experience from the Award-Winning n0thing, this excerpt gives an account of their integration the morning after their ceremony. In this sequel to DreamLand , science, technology, psychology, neurochemistry, and cutting edge brain research co…
 
The beloved Santa Barbara Writers Conference which is responsible for fostering many best selling writers will celebrate its 50TH birthday in June of 2022 and it would not exist at all if not for the inimitable Barnaby Conrad, artist, best selling author, nightclub proprietor, bullfighter, boxer, and American Vice Consul to Seville, Málaga, and Bar…
 
This is a fictional account of first time Ayahuasca drinkers based on over two decades of observed experience and is an excerpt from the Award-Winning n0thing, titled after Jordan (n0thing) Gilbert, a top tier international eSports champion along with another real life co-star, renowned psychologist Dr. Stanley Krippner. In this sequel to DreamLand…
 
A regular at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara resident Sue Grafton was the author of the "alphabet series" ("A" Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California which was modeled after Santa Barbara. The daughter of detective novelist C. W. Grafton, she said the …
 
In the 21st century we find ourselves living in a paradoxical technological age where we are all connected with near instantaneous text and video communication as well as access to a vast storehouse of information both good and bad that spans the globe. In spite of this abundance of data, many of us spend our time alone on social media watching cat…
 
LOST IN TRANSLATION Many indigenous cultures worldwide, particularly the Apache of North America and the aborigines in Australia, which are the least technological of human cultures, we find the most intimate relationship between land and human language. In this context language is inseparable from song and story and songs and stories in turn, are …
 
Ashleigh Brilliant is an author and syndicated cartoonist born in London, UK, and living in Santa Barbara, California. He is best known for his Pot-Shots, single-panel illustrations with one-line humorous remarks, which began syndication in the United States of America in 1975. Brilliant became a naturalized American citizen in 1969. During the "Su…
 
THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND Elemental spirits are universally revered in shamanistic cultures and one of the most respected among them is the Wind, an invisible force that can be harnessed as well as storm out of control, leaving death and destruction in its wake. The fact that it is capable of delivering so much power, yet has no substance, …
 
Harlan Ellison (May 27, 1934 – June 28, 2018) was remembered for his prolific and influential work in New Wave speculative fiction, and for his outspoken, combative personality. Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho, described Ellison as "the only living organism I know whose natural habitat is hot water". His published works include more than 1,700 s…
 
The people in our lives mirror our different aspects and sub-personalities, providing us with reflections of our inner world and the outer world is a reflection of the inner, much of which is shadow, good and bad. Some of the reflections can be beautiful, but many are undesirable and denied. This circular diagram from Robert McKee’s Story provides …
 
In this keynote talk from the 1984 Santa Barbara Writers Conference, workshop leader Cork Millner interviews legendary actress Anne Francis who was known for her role in the science fiction film Forbidden Planet and for starring in the television series Honey West from 1965–1966, which was the first TV series with a female detective character's nam…
 
Elmore (Dutch) Leonard was a talented novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but he went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which were adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Swag, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, …
 
Legendary comic Jonathan Winters was a welcome regular at the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference and in spite of his massive success as an actor and a comic, Jonathan was a serious writer. He sat in on the humor workshop formerly run by Ian Bernard of Laugh In fame, now run by Ernie Witham and he attended Poetry Workshops with the utmost serio…
 
Based in the near future, n0thing is the long awaited sequel to DreamLand, written by Pallamary and the late legendary DJ Ken Reeth. In DreamLand, the creators of computer generated dreaming hoped to conquer the stigma of death so people could die in vivid, pre-programmed dreams until the dream of DreamLand was shattered by the profit-seeking backe…
 
Dennis Lynds was a generous, thoughtful, and prolific by every sense of the word writer that most writers only dream about becoming and was a mainstay at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference for many years along with Ray Bradbury, Charles M. (Sparky) Schulz, and many other artistic and literary lights. Dennis was so prolific, he wrote under multipl…
 
The Stranger was singer-songwriter Billy Joel's fifth studio album, and it remains his best-selling non-compilation album, ranked number 70 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In the opening lines of the title track of the same name Joel tells us that, "We all have a face that we hide away forever and we take them out an…
 
Prior to his massive success with Roots Alex Haley was another unknown struggling writer until the Santa Barbara Writers Conference founder Barnaby Conrad connected him with the right people and became responsible for getting Alex published. Barnaby was a bestseller at the age of twenty nine for his novel Matador and he bought a bar in San Francisc…
 
In The Psychology of the Transference Jung articulated a shamanic perspective where he describes therapist and patient as sharing a single soul between them that has the quality of a deceptive guide that embodies the native American archetype of coyote the trickster. Jung called this guide that shares virtually identical qualities with Mother Ayahu…
 
Legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury inspired thousands of writers with his opening keynote speeches at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference which he kicked off from its humble beginnings in 1972 for 37 years until his passing. This talk is from 1983 which was the 11th year of the conference. Ray was a pillar of the conference and I was bl…
 
Forty Dissolution I spent the next two months assimilating all the new information that flooded into me after my psychospiritual death and rebirth. The knowledge gained in my spiral through Hell left me humbled, with a deep respect for the power of the plants and their ability to catalyze profound transformation. After my night of darkness I steere…
 
As discussed earlier, by paying attention we can cultivate witness consciousness and discover the meaning of the expression, "Where your attention goes, there your energy goes," which comes from our self-created focal point that is responsible for our thoughts and actions. Hear it here - https://bit.ly/centerpallamary Learn more from the author at …
 
HOW THE COSMIC MOTHER AND FATHER GIVE BIRTH Gurdjieff stated that pure knowledge cannot be transmitted, but by being expressed in symbols it is covered by them as by a veil, but for those who desire and who know how to look this veil becomes transparent. Regardless of the multiple forms of verbal expression throughout the world, geometry is solid, …
 
In a shaman's world view, everything is energy, and for them the word spirit and energy have the exact same meaning. If you look at things from this perspective, how do plants, animals, and insects communicate with us and each other? On an olfactory level, plants call out to us from a distance by their varied aromas that form the basis for many sce…
 
Biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake is best known for his hypothesis of morphic fields and morphic resonance that leads to a vision of a living developing universe with its own inherent memory. Over the course of fifteen years of research on plant development he came to the conclusion that for understanding the development of plants, their morpho…
 
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