Welcome to the Summer Solstice 2018 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer!

There are lots of debuts!

In Poetry, Katherine Heigh looks to Northern European lore for “(Almost) Magic,” while Ashley Dioses calls on the “Fae of Forests.” Ngo Binh Anh Khoa makes her debut with the Greek-themed “The Fall of Icarus,” as does Clay F. Johnson in his debut, “Finding Hecate.” Max Vitelli looks to the land between the rivers for “Gilgamesh at Enkidu’s Deathbed,” while Louise Wilford calls on the “Goddess” herself. Jennifer Lothrigel makes her debut with “Hymn to Ceres,” while Denise Dumars draws on the indigenous spirituality of the Maya in “Ix Chel and the Rabbit.” Hayley Stone and Eric Pinder also make their debuts with “Lament From the Ruin Mounds” and “The Marathoner,” respectively. Deborah L. Davitt and Alexandra Seidel also draw on Greek myth in their respective poems, “Mother” and “The New Prometheus.” In “Ode to the Gorgon,” K.A. Opperman finds beauty in the monstrous, while Amanda Artemisia Forrester examines Norse myth in “Of Creation.” Laura Hannevold makes her debut with the Egyptian-themed “On the Riverbank,” while Larry D. Thacker’s mystical debut is “So full of light sparkle, this dark mattered formulae.” Robyn Alezanders returns to EHS with “Solace in the Groves,” as does Juleigh Howard-Hobson with her “Sonnet to Freya.” Samson Stormcrow Hayes makes his debut with the LA-based “Summer Solstice Outside the Mount Wilson Observatory,” while Gerri Leen returns to EHS with “Two Long Tails.”

In Fiction, Wondra Vanian makes her debut with the Great Rite-inspired “Lamora’s Initiation.” [Note: adult, erotic content.] Laila Amado makes her first appearance in EHS with the Greek myth-based “Lost and Found,” while Shannon Connor Winward returns with the Orpheus and Eurydice-themed “She Is.”

In Essays, J.D. deHart offers suggestions for “Mythology in the Classroom.”

In Interviews, we sit down with Alura Rose, creator of the Fairy Tale runes; and Kele Lampe, author of the Caitin Ross paranormal mystery series.

Finally, Reviews! Bettina Thiessen looks at Lucya Starza’s Every Day Magic, while Robert Scott delves into Divination: By Rod, Birds, and Fingers. Erin Lale looks at three different titles: Odin: Meeting the Norse Allfather; The Return of Odin; and The First Books of Urglaawe Myths. Last, Caroline Morin examines Jhenah Telyndru’s book on the Welsh Goddess, Rhiannon.

As always, comments and questions are welcome. And enjoy the issue!

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