Khairete! Em Hotep! Salaam!

Welcome to the Winter Solstice 2015 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer!

In honor of the season: a schematic of the Neolithic-era Goseck Circle. On the Winter Solstice, the sun rises and sets between two pairs of stones, as indicated by the yellow lines. [Image courtesy of wikimedia commons.]

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Our Poetry section this issue opens with the Norse-inspired “After the War” by Matthew Wilson, followed by Ronald Terry’s haunting “Creation Myth.” Robyn Alezander returns to EHS with “Evermore,” while Kai Coggin draws upon Greek mythology for “Everything Silver.” Nick Carter makes his EHS debut with “The Fallen,” while Trickster myths serve as the inspiration for JD deHart in “From Canyon to Chrysalis.” The Valkyries take center stage in Debbie Guzzi’s “Glamour in the Gloaming,” followed by Gerri Leen’s darkly appealing “Hecate’s Domain.” Steven Klepetar offers three poems drawn from ancient Greece and the ancient North: “Horse Gods,” “Whispering Ravens,” and “The Wolf Who Would Eat the Sun.” Evelyn deShane describes a witch’s ideal home in “Interior Design,” while Lady Spiderwitch sings of the “Moon Children.” “The Priestesses of Bast” dance in AJ Huffman’s poem, while Hecate and an ancient, magical memory takes center stage, respectively, in Alexis Child’s “Queen of Ghosts” and “Remember You Were There.” Finally, “Three” Goddesses are celebrated in Lynette Mejia’s work, while the Goddess is graced with “Wings of Enchantment” in Sally Nemesis’ poem.

Our Fiction section includes two installments, both cautionary tales. From EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan comes “The Piper of Rats,” while Juli D Revezzo offers the horror tale “True Devotion.”

In Interviews, we catch up with Jolene Dawe, author of The Faerie Queen of Spencer’s Butte; and sit down for the first time with Beth Wodandis, author of Assuming the Mantle and Water From the Well.

Finally, in Reviews we have Erin Lale’s examination of Beyond Reason by Heather Freysdottir, Foul Is Fair by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins, and Of Ice and Magic by Hugh P Long. Shannon Connor Winward offers her thoughts on Earth Mother by Ellen Jackson and Leo and Diane Dillon, while Jolene Dawe digs into The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin. Finally, EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan looks at Ilona Anrews’ Magic Mourns, the first volume in Kate Baray’s Spirelli Paranormal Investigations series, and the prequel novella to RL Naquist’s Undercover Gorgon series.

Please feel free to post any comments or questions, or email us at lyradora@yahoo.com. And, as always, enjoy!

 

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