Revised May 1, 2002; August 31, 2007; August 27, 2008; April 20, 2013; and September 5, 2016.
Copyright 1998-2016 by John W. Allen.

Mushroom John's Tales of the Shrooms

The Ultimate Shroom Guide to Magic Mushrooms



Allen, J. W. 1997. Magic Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Psilly Publications and RaverBooks, Seattle, Washington. 12 color photos.

Allen, J. W. 1998. Magic Mushrooms of the Hawaiian Islands. Psilly Publications and RaverBooks. Seattle, Washington. Color Photos.

Allen, J. W. 1997. María Sabina: Saint Mother of the Mushrooms. Psilly Publications and RaverBooks. Seattle, Washington. Out of print.

Allen, J. W. 1997. Teonanácatl: Ancient and Shamanic Mushroom Names of Mesoamerica and Other Regions of the World. Psilly Publications and RaverBooks. Seattle, Washington. Out of Print.

Allen, J. W. 1999. Magic Mushrooms of Australia and New Zealand. Copyright 1999 by John W. Allen and Erowid. (Online Hard Copy at

Allen, J. W. 2000 [1979-1981]. Safe-Pik Mushroom Identification Guide. Publishers: Frank and Cheeri Rinaldo. Reprinted 2000 by John W. Allen and Erowid. Introduction by Andrew Weil. 80 Colored photographs. (Online hard copy at

Allen, J. W. 2000. Mushroom Pioneers: R. Gordon Wasson, Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Timothy Francis Leary and Others. Psilly Publications and RaverBooks. Seattle, Washington. Over 90 Photographs. 188 pages CD-ROM).

Allen, John W. 2006. Mushroom John in Hawaii. Shroomtalk Magazine vol.1 (3):6-7, 10.

Allen, John W. 2007. Fresh Mushrooms: A tour of the world's largest producer of Magic Mushrooms. Heads Magazine vol. 7(5):32-36. Online.

Allen, John W. 2009. Sex, Mushrooms and Rock and Roll. Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies vol. VIII(1-2):1-66. Exotic Forays. Seattle, Washington. Winter.

Allen, J. W. 2013. Teonanácatl: A Bibliography of Entheogenic Mushrooms. Forward by Jonathan Ott. 300 pages, 3000 references, 2306 annotations, more than 10,000 cross-references and 1600 large color photographs with Thumbnails. CD-ROM.

Allen, John W. 2014. Divine Mushrooms and Fungi. Editor: Beverly Potter. Ronin Publishers, Oakland. 224 Pages. 214 colored photographs and about 10 black and white. November 2014.
This is a good publication on my personal discoveries in the field of ethnomycology, however, the editor at Ronin Publishers failed as I was promised, to edit the final draft which caused damage to the academic value of this publication. There were 186 typos and numerous pixelated photos in the book. The Table of Contents does not link to the chapters described and the Index is also out of order as well. Yet this is a very informative book. A review of Divine Mushrooms and Fungi by Britt Bunyard is posted at

Allen, John W. 2015. Sexy Sacred 'Shrooms. Ronin Publishers, Oakland, California. 214 Pages. 104 colored images
This book is a short biography of John W. Allen which describes how he became interested in entheogenic plants and their aphrodisiacal effects on humans and animals in erotic tones. This study is a revised version of John W. Allen's, "Sex, Mushrooms and Rock and Roll." Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies vol. 8:1-65. Winter 2009-2010. It presents a historical hypothesis through text, erotic art, historical images and liberty cap photos and a first-hand personal of his first voyage on 55 liberty cap (i>Psilocybe semilanceata mushrooms in 1970 that led him to where is today.

Allen, John W. (2016). "San Isidro de Labrador, Psilocybe cubensis." Research Gate. 11 Pages. July 27, 2016.
A brief introductory to the use of Psilocybe cubensis as a ludibly used species of psilocybian fungi amongst tourist populations in Mexico and rare use by indigenous peoples. Author's note: In 2015, Dr. Gastón Guzmán of the Instituto de Ecologia in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico noted that Psilocybe subcubensis is the same species as Psilocybe cubensis. This is the result of recent DNA ITS Sequencing. This chapter was removed from the book Divine Mushrooms and Fungi by the Editor.

Allen, J. W. and J. Arthur. 2004. Ethnomycology and Distribution of the Psilocybian Mushrooms. In: Metzner, Ralph (Editor, with Diane Conn Darling). Teonanácatl: Sacred Mushroom of Vision. Four Trees Press. Green Earth Foundation. El Verano, California. 297 pages. See pages 49-66. Reprinted one year later in 2005 as Sacred Mushrooms of Visions: Teonanácatl. Park Street Press. Rochester, Vermont.

Allen, J. W. and J. Gartz. 1997. Magic Mushrooms in Some Third World Countries. Psilly Publications and RaverBooks. Seattle, Washington. First Published in Lyttle, Thomas (Ed.) Psychedelics Reimagined. 2004.

Allen, J. W. and J. Gartz. 2000. Psilocybian Mushroom Cultivation: A Brief History Regarding the Contemporary Cultivation, Marketing and Use of Psilocybian Fungi. Psilly Publications and RaverBooks. Seattle, Washington. With 1 photographs. Winter-Spring year 2000-2001. 188 photos. 200 pages. CD-ROM.

Allen, J. W., Gartz, J., Sihanonth, P. and F. C. Suarez. 2009. The occurrence, use and detection of psilocine, psilocybine and baeocystine in Psilocybe villarrealiae from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies vol. VIII(1-2):67-74. Exotic Forays. Seattle, Washington. Winter.

Allen, J. W., Gartz, J., Sihanonth, P. and D. Molter. 2009. The Occurrence, Recreational Use, Cultivation and Chemistry of Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata, a new bluing species (Agaricales) from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred mushroom Studies vol. VIII(1-2):75-86. Exotic Forays. Seattle, Washington.

Borovička, Jan., Rockefeller, A. and Peter G. Werner. 2012. Psilocybe allenii--a new bluing species from the Pacific Coast, USA. Czech Mycol. vol. 64(2):181–195.

Enos, L. 1973. A Key to the North American Psilocybe Mushroom. Youniverse Press. Lemon Grove California.

Estrada, A. 1976. Maria Sabina: Her Life, Her Chants. An Autobiography. Ross-Erikson. California.

Friedman, S. A. 1987. Celebrating the Wild Mushroom. Dodd, Mead and Co. New York.

Furst, P. T. 1986. Psychedelic Fungi. Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs. Chelsea House Publishing. New York.

Gartz, J. 1997-98. Magic Mushrooms Around the World: A Scientific Journey Across Cultures and Time. The case for Challenging Research and Value Systems. Translated from the German language masterpiece "Narremschwammer" by C. Taake.

Guzmán, Gastón., Allen, John W. and Jochen Gartz. 2000. A worldwide geographical distribution of the neurotropic fungi, analysis and discussion. Anali dei Civ. Mus. Rovereto vol. 14:189-270.

Guzmán, Gastón., Allen, John W. and Prakitsin Sihanonth. 2006. Distribution of the Hallucinogenic Mushroom Psilocybe antioquensis Guzmán et al. (Agaricomycetideae) in Colombia, Mexico and Cambodia. International Journal for Medicinal Mushrooms vol. 8(1):85-89.

Hofmann, A. 1980. LSD My Problem Child. McGraw-Hill. New York.

Leary, T. 1968 High Priest. University Press. World. New York.

Leary, T. 1983. Flashbacks: A Personal and Cultural History of an Era. J. P. Tarcher Inc. Los Angeles.

Letcher, Andy. 2007. Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom. ECCO. An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. New York.

Lincoff, G. and D. H. Mitchell (Eds.). 1980. Toxic and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms. Van Nostrand Reinhold. New York.

McKenna, T. 1993. Food of the Gods: The Search for The Original Tree of Life. Bantam Books. New York.

Menser, G. 1977 [1991]. Hallucinogenic and Poisonous Mushroom Field Guide. And/or Press. Berkeley, California. Re-issued as Magikal Mushroom Handbook. Homestead Book Co. Seattle, Washington.

Ott, J. 1976 [1979]. Hallucinogenic Plants of North America. Wingbow press. Berkeley, California.

Ott, J. 1993. Pharmacotheon: Entheogenic Drugs, Their Plant Sources and History. (see pp273-319. Natural Products Co. Kennewick, Washington.

Ott, J. and J. Bigwood (Eds.). 1978. Teonanacatl: Hallucinogenic Mushrooms of North America. Madrona Press. Seattle, Washington.

Reidlinger, T. J. (ed.). 1990. The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson. Dioscorides Press. Portland, Oregon.

Rumack, B. and E. Saltzman (Eds.). 1978. Mushroom Poisoning: Diagnosis and Treatment. CRC Press. West Palm Beach, Florida.

Rumack, Barry and David G. Spoerke. 1994. Handbook of Mushroom Poisoning: Diagnosis and Treatment. CRC Press. Boca Raton, Ann Arbor, London, Tokyo. 464 Pages.

Sanford, J. 1966. In Search of the Magic Mushroom. Clarkson N. Porter. New York.

Schultes, R. E. 1978. Hallucinogenic Plants. A Golden Garden Guide. Golden Press. New York.

Schultes, R. E. and A. Hofmann. Plants of the Gods. McGraw-Hill Book Co. New York.

Stafford, P. 1992. Psychedelic Encyclopedia. J. P. Tarcher, Inc. Los Angeles.

Stafford, Peter. 2003. Magic Mushrooms. Ronin Publishing. Oakland, California.

Stamets, P. 1978. Psilocybe Mushrooms and Their Allies. Homestead Book Co. Seattle, Washington.

Stamets, P. 1996. A Field Guide to Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World. Ten Speed Press. Berkeley, California.

Wasson, R. G. 1957. Seeking the Magic Mushroom. Life Magazine. Time-Warner, Henry and Clair Boothe Luce. May 13.

Wasson, R. G. 1980. The Wondrous Mushroom: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica. McGraw-Hill Book Co. New York.

Weil, A. 1972. The Natural Mind: A New Way of Looking at Drugs and the Higher Consciousness. Houghton Mifflin. Boston, Ma.

Weil, A. 1980. Marriage of the Sun and Moon. Houghton Mifflin. Boston, Ma.

Weninger, J. 2012. Psychoactive Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Outskirts Press. Parker, Colorado. Paperback: 158 pages. Color photographs. July 16. Also a black & white edition as well.