Here we are again, or rather, here I am, once more the sole editor at Mythic Circle. No doubt MC #29 would have been out sooner had Maria Tatham been able to help me again. Under the circumstances I won’t apologize for being late. In fact, now that my sabbatical is over and my workload is not likely to decrease, I suspect that an annual issue coming out in July might be the most reasonable thing to aim for.
We are happy to bring you another fine selection of stories, poems and illustrations. With us for the first time are John Kuhn, Pat Esden, Ryder Miller, Geoffrey Reiter, and Kate Reilly, whose stories and poems explore mythopoeic meanings and insights in fresh and moving ways.
Also, some old friends are returning: S. Dornan with a new take on a creation myth; Joe Christopher and Berrien Henderson with further exploration of Graeco-Roman mythology and its Renaissance interpretations. Dag Rossman gives us another glimpse into Scandinavian mythology, in a story to which Sharon Rossman has contributed an illustration. Likewise returning are JA Howe and M. Tatham, achieving new heights and depths in their stories this time around.
Bonnie Callahan, with the cover illustration, and her vibrant depictions from “Keji” and “Rhapsody,” adds a dimension to the issue, as does Tim Callahan with his dynamic evocation of bardic warfare in “He Who Sang the Song,” and Jef Murray with his haunting portrayal of Jo Gjendes’s grave. We hope that you enjoy MC #29, and we invite your comments, most of all constructive criticism designed to help these writers improve their craft and advance their careers.
- Gwenyth E. Hood, Marshall University