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!