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Eight Writers Who Most Inspired Me by Seth Mullins, author of The Edge of the Known Trilogy

Eight Writers Who Most Inspired Me


The writers who most inspired me offered a sort of spiritual comfort that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Their creations shone a light on creative processes that ran deeper even than the craft of writing itself.

What, exactly, is an artistic vision? How does one cultivate it? And how does one learn to live with it? These luminaries all provided valuable pieces to the existential puzzle.

Stephen R. Donaldson wove tales that might be occurring on some alternate world or might be happening within the world that we call the ‘real’. Discovering “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant”, at age eleven, I knew what I had to do with my life.

Jack Kerouac captures the essence of living moments as well as anyone who has ever written. I continually strive for that kind of immediacy in my own work.

Charles Bukowski taught me the power of transparency. Writers are often encouraged to ‘trust their first thoughts’. Bukowski had the guts to follow through and set those thoughts down on the page. I received many lessons in courage from him.

Jane Roberts introduced me to ‘Seth’ – and my perception of reality was richer and more meaningful forever thereafter. The potency and wisdom of these words speaks for itself – addressing the deeper, more discerning part of ourselves that knows. 

Arthur Rimbaud taught me that language has a secret power that’s not dependent upon its logical meaning; magic is real, and words can be an effective way of evoking it. Some of his poems read like waking dreams.

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote with a kind of vivid, piercing eloquence that his imitators were never able to match. Courage, loyalty, laughter in the face of uncertainty, belief in the human spirit in the face of war and chaos… these are eternal themes, as his continued popularity proves.

Robert E. Howard introduced me to the world of gritty pulp fiction a la Weird Tales – fiction that immerses you in an intense narrative wherein very little is taboo. I’ve read my own prose aloud, to ensure that I’ve got the ‘voice’ right, ever since seeing Howard (portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio) doing so in “The Whole Wide World”.

Frank Herbert – Somewhere during my teens, Herbert demonstrated to me that philosophy and mysticism can be most strongly conveyed through the medium of an absorbing story. This has been a living part of my internal blueprint ever since.


Title: What Casts the Shadow

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 240

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness…

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing – one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss – begins.

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Title: Trust in the Unseen

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 234

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“We’d all thrown our fates to the wind, trusting in the unknown – in the Unseen, as our EP so proudly proclaimed – and that leap had thus far landed us in a place where we couldn’t even grope our way forward in the dark anymore.”

Brandon Chane was beginning to realize that discovering his voice was only the first step of the journey. Now he must somehow learn to trust the depths from which it comes, and the unknown horizons that it may sweep him away to, even as every part of his personal world seems to be falling apart.

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Trust in the Unseen is available at Amazon.

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Humanity's Way ForwardTitle: Humanity’s Way Forward

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 246

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“The echoes of those scars can clearly be heard in Edge of the Known’s music. But one can also discern, quite distinctly, that other inexplicable thing that is within us all, the undying flame that transcends our wounds and sufferings…” Brandon Chane had always seen life through the eyes of an outcast, a misfit, a young man at odds with the world and with himself. Now they’re calling him a wounded healer; a shamanic Pied Piper for the throngs of alienated youth; a thief of fire. He wonders if he and his band can escape the claims that the world has suddenly laid upon them. But what about the cherished dream that he’s struggled so desperately to fulfill, the dream that finally seems to be coming to fruition?”

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Humanity’s Way Forward is available at Amazon.

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Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him throughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon.

Seth has lived in Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and (currently) Vermont.

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