Welcome to the Autumn Equinox 2015 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer! In honor of the season, “Astrologer Observing the Equinox” by Domenicus van Wijnen (late 17th century).
First, congratulations to Alura Rose. She was selected by the readers of EHS for penning their favorite contribution to the Summer Solstice 2015 issue, the poem “Morrigan.” As such, she will have her choice of the devotional and fiction anthologies published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Next, on to our current issue! In Poetry, Lynette Mejia makes her debut with “Anchorite,” while Evelyn deShane has two new poems to offer: “As Promised, From the Deck (Your Fortune)” and “At Stake.” Steven Klepetar returns to EHS with two works drawn from Hellenic mythology, e.g., “Chryseis” and “Smintheus.” “Daughter” and “On the Road” by Janine Canan also drawn upon ancient Greece, while Cynthia Anderson looks across the Mediterranean for inspiration in “Egypt Among Beets.” Matthew Wilson, on the other hand, looks northward for his “Fire of the Lightning God” by Matthew Wilson, while Phylinda Moore makes her EHS debut with “Hot Spot.” Madison, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Sarah Sadie wonders “How to Become Queen of the Underworld,” while Kailey Tedesco invites us to “Join the Coven of Her.” Yuan Changming returns to EHS with “Mamikoola,” while Deborah Guzzi sings of “Virgos in Valhalla.” Finally, Alexis Child makes her debut with “What Killed Aleister Crowley?”
In Fiction, EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan offers up the cinematically-inspired “Moon-Mad,” while Literata Hurley offers an ecological take on a classic Norse tale in “The Story of Sif.”
In the Interview section, we sit down with Chastity Heather King to discuss her new short story collection, Bloody Gods.
In Essays, Erin Lale writes of an ancient Norse practice and its modern application in “Weregild, or There Is No Absolution in Heathenry.” EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan offers a short instructional piece for crafty Pagans in “Portable Shrines: A Brief Tutorial.”
Finally, in Reviews, Erin Lale takes an in-depth look at American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement by Jennifer Snook. She and Melia Brokaw also independently review Breaking the Mother Goose Code: How a Fairy-Tale Character Fooled the World for Three Hundred Years by Jeri Studebaker. Lale also digs into Honoring Sigyn by Galina Krasskova. Bettina Thiessen returns to EHS with an examination of Journey to the Dark Goddess: How to Return to Your Soul by Jane Meredith, while EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan delves into the urban fantasy novella One Wilde Night by Jenn Stark. Juli D Revezzo looks at Pagan Portals: The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens by Morgan Daimler, while Alaina Zipp digs into The Shamanic Handbook of Sacred Tools and Ceremonies by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free and Flavia Kate Peters. Finally, Jolene Dawe offers her perspective on Vocal Magick: The User Friendly Guide to Your Most Adaptable Ritual Tool by Bill Duvendack.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, let us know. And enjoy!