Welcome to the Winter Solstice 2013 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer!
In honor of the season, we present this classic image of Frau Holle. Goddess? Demigoddess? Anima Loci? Fae? Spirit of Winter? All or none of the above? I cannot answer that — I can only say that I have become quite interested in her lately.
In Poetry, Stephen Klepetar draws upon Greek mythology for three pieces: “Briseis,” “Charon,” and “Hestia.” Three authors make their EHS debut this issue: Holly Day with “Caipora,” Audrey Stormy Haney with “The Crone,” and David W Landrum with “Hephaestus.” In two mer-inspired pieces, Alicia Cole sings of “La Sirène,” while Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD, delves into Celtic lore for “The Legend of the Moruadh.” Waning Moon makes his EHS debut with “A Lusty Invocation to Pan,” while Deborah Walker draws upon Hindu cosmogony in “Ocean of Milk.” Noemi Martinez makes her debut in these pages with “reminders,” while Gemma Files brings EHS our first Etruscan-inspired piece with “She Who Stops.” Uche Ogbuji offers the experimental, colorful “Trueing to Near Year.” Finally, Penelope Friday offers humorous and heartfelt “Yuletide Blessings.”
In Fiction, it’s all new! Literata offers us the meditative “Brigid: Tales,” while Kit Taylor makes her EHS debut with a modern retelling of the Greek myth “Erysichthon.” David W Landrum makes his (other) debut with the romantic time travel tale “How Great Our Joy.” Amergin O’Kai makes his first appearance in these pages with the Frau Holle-centered “Clean Sweep,” as does Lucas Zarrilli with the Norse-inspired “Thor’s Hammer.”
In Essays, Shirl Sazynski reflects back on an unexpected theophany in “Eye of the Storm: How I Met Loki.” John Mainer brings us the first part of a series on “Relationship-Based Heathenry: Ethics and Practices,” while Tahni J Nikitins continues her series with “Bindings II: Dear Brother.” Finally, Heddy Johannesen discusses the oft-misunderstood “Sedna: The Inuit Sea Goddess.”
In Interview, we sit down with Jolene Dawe, author of Treasures of the Deep and The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte and Other Stories.
In Reviews, Melia Suez and her son dig into An Army of Frogs by Trevor Pryce and Sanford Greene, while VE Duncan checks out Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough. Belle diMonte tackles Morgan Llywelyn’s The Greener Shore, as well as three cds from Nox Arcana: Blood of the Dragon, Grimm Tales, and Winter’s Knight. EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan checks out the Wiccan romance/murder mystery If Wishes Were Horses by Joey W Hill, while Dana Wright examines The Spirit Keeper by KB Laugheed.
Enjoy! And, as always, email us with any questions or comments.