Khairete! Em Hotep! Salaam!

Welcome to the Spring Equinox 2015 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer!

This issue, we are shaking things up a bit. First, a new look! Let us know what you think. Second, readers are invited to vote for their favorite poem, short story, or essay in this issue. The winner will have his/her/hir choice of one of Jennifer Lawrence’s excellent publications: her poetry collection Listening For Their Voices, the Celtic myth-inspired urban fantasy Black Pinions, or the music-infused Fire on the Mountain.

In Poetry, Steven Klepetar brings us a trio of poems centered around the Greek Sphinx: “Across the Azure Sea,” “On the Road to Thebes,” and “The Woman Who Spoke in Riddles.” Ellen Denton makes her EHS debut with “Apollo of Perdition,” while Shannon Connor Winward brings us “Arachne Pending” and “Atlas, Unhinged.” Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD, returns to EHS is “Death and the Healer” and “Love Bites,” while Alexandra Seidel evokes the Trickster in “Poem for a God of Lies” and the sharp-toothed Fenris in “Wolf Fabric.” JD deHart takes us back to ancient Egypt with “The Sand Gods,” while Heddy Johannesen calls out the changing of the season in “Spring Ritual.” Anna Sykora’s “Thanatos [here invoked as our raging love of destruction]” links the primal powers of Greek mythology with our own innate desires, while Sarah Sadie turns to Norse myth in “Wayland’s Song.” Finally, Hillary Lyon evokes ancient themes in the modern world in “To Eurydice in Dallas.”

In Fiction, Gary D Aker returns to EHS with “The First Night of the World,” while Ed Ahern brings us the paranormal “Looking Forward To It.” J Simpson makes his EHS debut with horror-themed “The Rocks, They Glow in the Moonlight,” while Gerri Leen crosses pantheons to unite “Sisters Under the Skin.”

In Essays, Erin Lale writes about how important it is to “Honor the Creators,” as contemplates “Words That Heathens Should Not Use as Insults.” Jolene Dawe offers the first in a new semi-regular feature “Thoughts On …,” in which she examines Immanion Press‘ new Bringing Race to the Table. Finally, Shauna Aura Knight tackles Arthurian myth and the Grail Legend in “The Wounded King.”

In Interviews, we sit down for a quick chat with Ceallaigh S MacCath, author of numerous short stories and poems, as well as the novelette, Grandmother Mælkevejen’s Belly; and Diana Rajchel, author of the new Divorcing a Real Witch.

Finally, in Reviews, Jennifer Lawrence tackles On Divination by Galina Krasskova, Pagan Portals: The Morrigan by Morgan Daimler, and Singing With Blackbirds: The Survival of Primal Celtic Shamanism in Later-Folk Traditions by Stuart A Harris-Logan. Erin Lale delves into Behaving as If the God in All Life Mattered by Machaelle Small Wright, Religion Laid Bear by Alan Leddon, and The Spaewife by David L Burkhead. EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan delves into A Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles, while Bettina Thießen examines The Garden Rules by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Jolene Dawe offers her review of Invocations and Other Love Songs by Christine Berger, while Juli D Revezzo tackles Shadows of Serenity by Marsha Moore.

Vote for your favorite piece, leave your thoughts in the comments sections, and please consider submitting yourself! And, as always, enjoy!

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