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Welcome to the Summer Solstice 2017 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer!

There are quite a few debuts in our Poetry section. Amelia Gorman opens with the Greek-inspired “3000 Daughters of Ocean,” followed by Deborah Guzzi’s haunting “The Breaking of the Waters.” “The Drowsing God” marks Deborah Davitt’s debut (following her interview last issue), as does “Eleionomae” by Neva Bryan. Avalon Graves appears here for the first time with “The Elements,” as does Kate Garrett with the Welsh-inspired “Feathers, petals, fur, bone.” Jennifer Lawrence turns to (proto)-Hindu lore with “For Agni,” while Colleen Anderson offers an elemental take on cosmogenesis with “Geomystica.” “Honoring Ys” marks Deborah J Brannon’s EHS debut, while Beate Sigriddaughter returns with “If There Were Other Lives.” The Hindu tradition also inspired Kerri-Leigh Grady in her first EHS appearance in “Jai Jai,” while a famous Collier painting inspired KA Opperman’s “Lilith.” Hillary Lyon turns to Greek lore for “Medusa in Her Mirror,” as do Deborah Guzzi in “Missed,” Steven Klepetar in “Narcissus,” and Gerri Leen in “Pomegranates and Ashes.” The mournful “The Popaeg Dirge” highlights Robyn Alezanders’ return to EHS, while Charlotte Ozment first appears with “Quetzalcoatl in a Cowboy Hat.” The Celtic-inspired “The Sionan” by Uche Ogbuji is followed by “Spirit Bottle” by Colleen Anderson, and Jessica Jo Horowitz’ debut, “Split.” The haunting “teenage ghosts” by Evelyn Deshane is followed by Paul Brookes’ experimental “tha may ask thee sen/At the Finish” which tells the same tale in both old and contemporary English. Finally, we round out the section with Kyla Lee Ward’s debut, the Etruscan-inspired “Vanth: A Myth Derived.”

Next up, Fiction! The sweetly romantic “Bonfire Night” by JA Grier (her first appearance in EHS), is followed by Brenda Noiseux’ “Languid Solstice” (also a first!). Next is the primal “Lupercalia” by H Pueyo (another debut!), followed by Ed Ahern’s return in which he draws upon Oglala lore for “Wooing Wohpe.”

The Essay section is graced by the alchemical thoughts of Gary D Aker in “Eight Minutes to Reach the Sun?” 

Our Interviews section includes digital sit-downs with Kathy Crabbe, artist, astrologer, and spiritual counselor; Math Jones, poet and songwriter, and creator of eaglespit; Lorna Smithers, author of the Brythonic- and eco-based, The Broken Cauldron; and Jhenah Telyndru, editor, author, and creator of The Avalonian Oracle.

Finally, Reviews! Rex Butters digs into The Broken Cauldron by Lorna Smithers, while EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan looks at Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford and PS I Spook You by SE Harmon. Hayley Arrington and Evelyn Deshane both offer their thoughts on The Madness and the Magic by Sheena Cundy, while Erin Lale looks at Neolithic Shamanism by Raven Kaldera and Galina Krasskova, and The Secret Life of Lady Liberty by Robert Hieronymus and Laura E Cortner. Finally, Evelyn Deshane rounds out the issue with their analysis of Pagan Portals: By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root by Melusine Draco.

As always, feel free to leave any thoughts or comments or questions. And, enjoy!

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Khairete! Salaam! Em hotep!

Welcome to the Winter Solstice 2016 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer! In honor of the season, here is “Pythagoreans Celebrate the Sunrise” by Fyodor Bronnikov.

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In Poetry, Hayley Arrington makes her EHS debut with “Antlered Mother” and the regal “Brigantia,” while Evelyn deShane looks to Greek lore for their “Artemis and Orion.” Jennifer Lawrence draws on three different world mythologies for her poems — “The Cailleach’s Season” (Gaelic), “Kingly” (Celtic), and “Väinämöinen Sings” (Finnish) — while Kim Malinowski makes her debut with the haunting “Chor-Hani.” Steven Klepetar returns to EHS with “Horses of the Sun,” while Cynthia Anderson offers the seasonally-appropriate “Krampus.” Lynette Mejia turns to Hellenic mythology for her triptych “Leda / Medusa / Persephone,” while Heddy Johannessen explains the “Lessons From the Goddess.” Angelica Fuse makes her debut with “Lunatic Moon,” while Sally Nemesis draws on British tradition for “Misrule at Yule.” Greek mythology also inspires both Neile Graham and Sandi Leibowitz in “Persephone Crosses the Styx” and “Psyche’s Lamp,” respectively. Brendan McBreen writes of the “Sacrifice” demanded by the Muses in his debut work, while John W. Sexton sings of the beautiful “Sappho and the Woman of Starlight.” Nick Carter and Adele Gardner both return to EHS with “Spanning Years” and “Spell For a Friend,” respectively, while Ashley Dioses turns to Roman mythology and celestial lore for “Venus.” Finally, Liz Tetu makes his debut with “Whitchman,” as does Robert Beveridge with “Wild Huntress.”

In Fiction, Gary D. Aker returns to EHS with the eco-mythological “New Servant of the Hive.” Allister Nelson debuts with the Greek-inspired “Prometheion,” which explores what happened after Prometheus left Olympus with that stalk of flame. Gerri Leen also looks to Hellenic lore for her modern take on an old tale in “Sepulchre for the Stolen” (note: adult content).

In Interviews, we sit down for a Fast Five with Deborah Davitt, author of the magical alternate history series, The Edda-Earth Saga.

Finally, Reviews! Evelyn deShane delves into Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts, and Fairycraft: Following the Path of Fairy Witchcraft  by Morgan Daimler. Erin Lale looks at the The Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic by Claude Lecouteux; Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers; and When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide by Jay Weller. The Goddess in America: The Divine Feminine in Cultural Context, edited by Trevor Greenfield, is reviewed by Caroline Moran, while Shannon Connor Winward examines the poetry collection, Listening For Their Voices by Jennifer Lawrence. And Juli D. Revezzo digs into Witch’s Moonstone Locket by Marsha A. Moore.

As always, enjoy!

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Welcome to the Summer Solstice 2016 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer! In honor of the season, “Midsummer” by Albert Moore.

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In Poetry, Tahni J Nikitins returns to EHS with the Loki-centric “April Fools” and “For Beltane,” while Clint Wastling makes his EHS debut with the haunting “Avebury.” Steven Klepetar offers us three works based on Norse mythology: “Balder Rises,” “The Dreaming Norns,” and “Loki Invents the Net.” Hillary Lyon looks south to Greece for the inspiration behind “Charon’s Exchange,” as does Samson Hayes with his EHS debut, “Demeter’s Song.” “The Faerie Knoll” by Dan Stride marks his debut, as well, while Jennifer Lawrence returns with “Golden Delicious” and the Celtic-inspired “Keening.” Lauren Messenger turns to Egypt for the inspiration for her poem “Heqat,” while Kyle Opperman looks to Rome in the gothic “Invocation of Diana.” Two works based on the myths of the north come to us courtesy of Erin Lale in “The Knot of Odin” and Gloria Steele-Hatten in her EHS debut, “Odinson.” Three other debuts are “Pyrrha” by Neile Graham, the underworld-themed “Remembering to Eat” by Amelia Gorman, and “Sister Owl” by John W Sexton. Finally, Allison Leigh Lilly returns to EHS with “Wishing Well.”

In Fiction, Sylvia Kelso looks to the mysterious land of Kush for her high adventure tale, “The Horses of Buhen,” while Hillary Lyon brings ancient Goddesses into the modern world with “Yard Sale of the Fates.”

In Essays, Gary D Aker offers “Sowelu: A Sermon on the Old Gods,” while Gerri Leen digs into pop culture and cinema in “Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice — How Did They Do?”

In Interviews, we sit down with Alicia Cole, author and founder of Priestess and Hierophant Press; Nina Kossman, artist and editor of Gods and Mortals; and Galina Krasskova, artist and author of Nine for Odin.

Finally, in Reviews we look at Bone Swans by CSE Cooney, The Riddle of the Sands by Geoffrey Knight, and We are traveling in dark at tremendous speeds by Sarah Sadie (all reviewed by EHS editor Rebecca Buchanan). Erin Lale delves into The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance by Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Domino by Kia Heavey, and Pagan Planet edited by Nimue Brown. TJ O’Hare examines Enochian Wars: Armageddon Unleashed by Julius Palumbo and Planet of the Magi by Erin Lale. And, last but not least, Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible’s Harlot Queen by Lesley Hazleton is reviewed by Tahni J Nikitins.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to post them or email the editor at lyradora@yahoo.com. And, as always, enjoy!