About

Benton Rooks

Benton "Ben" Rooks

Ben and Sol are a collaborative writing team - creating fiction inspired by nature, mythology, fantasy, alternative history, and the metaphysical. They explore stories involving the paranormal and unexplained as a means respecting life's mysteries. They love books of all kinds and maintain a passion for the infinite search of knowledge.

sarah lopes

Sarah "Sol" Lopes


Ashley Mortimer on the Mother of Witchcraft
10
Aug

Ashley Mortimer on the Mother of Witchcraft

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Ashely Mortimer, a trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation, and a speaker on the history of Paganism and modern Witchcraft. Ashley collaborated with Gerald…
Way of the Wyrd
25
Jun

Way of the Wyrd

Way of the Wyrd The world is holy. Nature is holy. The body is holy. Sexuality is holy. The imagination is holy. Divinity is immanent in nature; it is within you as…
Medieval Spirits: An Interview with Claude Lecouteux
7
Jun

Medieval Spirits: An Interview with Claude Lecouteux

Thanks to Inner Traditions, we were recently able to conduct a rare english language interview with the amazing French medieval scholar, Claude Lecouteux. Ben & Sol: Many sources which have never appeared…

Why We Write

It has been demonstrated by many artists and scholars that storytelling can be a method of self healing and a means of understanding each person’s own central archetype. Shamans, gnostics, and seers of the ancient world have been known to engage with the spirit world by recognizing patterns and archetypes within themselves and their tribes. From being in communication with the spirits directly, they have learned to heal themselves and others energetically, to understand the root of illness, as well as understand or experience other worlds outside of our own directly, without mediation. This type of archaic animistic world view was common in the past and has become reanimated in all sorts of media in the West in the neopagan and archaic revival. If approached with respect, storytelling and scholarly study is one way of accessing the knowledge that the visionary plant world is latent with.

Endorsements

Wow. Amazing, mind-bending stuff. It is as if the shamanism of the Upper Amazon is being shattered like a mirror, filtered through an alien imagination, and reassembled in another dimension.
Stephan V. Beyer

Stephan V. Beyer

This exactly what needs to happen. Really smart authors and artist with visions (I speak both metaphorically and literally) need to engage both sacred plants and the technical scholarship on the gnostic, esoteric, and mystical in order to create a new emergent mythology, a new world, a new planetary future. It comes as no surprise that Benton Rooks is engaging in this magical ritual of the YUGAVERSE in the only public space where it is now allowed: in the secret gnosis of popular culture.
Jeffrey K. Kripal

Jeffrey K. Kripal

The Xenark Trilogy reads like William Gibson crossed with Gene Wolfe. It is a galactic romp through dimensions both etheric and cyberspheric, glittering with cosmic powers clashing over possession of multiple worlds. Reading him is a bit like being dazzled by a magic show made purely out of light.
John David Ebert

John David Ebert

The YUGAVERSE effectively mythologizes dark shaman themes with the creation of the matter wizard protagonist Abaraiis' a traveler of both time and innerspace. Benton Rooks has created something that is gorgeous to behold on the visual level, while also being distinctly forward thinking in experimental aesthetics, which he uses to make the most out of the non-linear storytelling techniques employed in the first issue. This epic story is a must read for lovers of fantasy and sci-fi alike.
Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock