Khairete! Em Hotep! Salaam!

Welcome to the Spring Equinox 2014 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer! Appropriately for this season of new beginnings and (re)birth, quite a few authors are making their EHS debut in this issue.

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“Spring” by Alphonse Mucha (1896).

In Poetry, two famous Greek myths are the subject of Michael Routery’s “Anguish of the Minotaur” and Hillary Lyon’s “Bellerophon Upon Pegasus: Riding West.” Romany Rivers makes her EHS debut with prayers for a Celtic and Welsh Goddess, respectively, in “Brigid Invocation” and “Cerridwen Invocation.” Brigid is also the subject of Literata’s two poems, “Churn” and “Kindle the Fire.” Slave Nano makes his first appearance in EHS with the seasonally-appropriate “The Eye of the Hare,” while Chastity Heather King’s debut focuses on a fearsome figure in “Fenrir’s Pain.” Uche Ogbuje draws upon Egyptian mythology for “Fixity (Or Hathor’s Hairpin).” Gemma Files’ haunting “For Every Purpose” sees things from Loki’s point of view, while  Shirl Sazynski takes an intimate look at the relationship between Frigg and Odin with “Northern Pastoral.” In her first EHS appearance, Rebecca Gomezrueda speaks for Persephone in “The Queen,” while Steven Wittenberg Gordon MD draws upon Irish folklore in “The Ride of the Dullahan.” John Grey turns to Roman myth for “To Diana From a Tiny Forest Creature,” while Rebecca Bailey’s first appearance here draws upon Robert Graves for “Valediction of the White Goddess.” Penelope Friday celebrates the season with “Waking the Earth,” while Alicia Cole wonders “What Nephthys Has Collected.”

In Fiction, Sylvia Kelso makes her EHS debut with the Morrigan-centric “Crow.” Melissa Embry — also making her debut — tells a tragic tale of love and deceit in “Two Black Birds.” Finally, Gerri Leen focuses on Hawaiian mythology and history in “Fire Goes Where It Will.”

In Essays, Erin Lale discusses how modern Pagans and polytheists might go about “Celebrating Mother’s Day.” Lale also tackles a divisive topic in “The Quadrenes and the Quintarians: What a Fantasy Novel Can Teach the Heathen Community.” Heddy Johannesen offers a guided meditation to the Underworld in “Death and the Maiden.” Sally Nemesis ( in her first ever professional publication) examines the world through the eyes of another in “Pathway to Hare.” John Mainer continues his series with the second part of “Relationship-Based Heathenry: Ethics and Practices,” while Tahni J Nikitins returns with the third in her Bindings series, “Gentlest,” this time focusing on Sigyn.

In Interviews, Erzabet Bishop sits down with talented singer/songwriter Wendy Rule for a discussion of music, symbolism, and ice cream.

In Reviews, Karen Yun-Lutz looks at Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path by Shauna Aura Knight. P Sufenas Virius Lupus delves into the poetry collection Fieldstones: New Shoots From Stony Soil by Hearthstone, while Melia Suez examines Immortal Muse by Stephen Leigh. Jolene Dawe tackles both A Winter Knight’s Vigil by Shauna Aura Knight and the anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul. TJ O’Hare offers a review of Reaching Rose by SM Johnson, while Bev Martinez digs into three new books: A Magical Life by Taylor Ellwood, The Bifrost Bridge by James Bradley Clarke, and The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison.

As always, any comments or questions are welcome. And, as always, enjoy!

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