In this issue, we welcome back some previous authors, namely Dag Rossman, with a continuation on the adventures of Faragrim the Draug, and Ryder Miller, with his modern warrior-errant. October Williams and David Sparenberg also return with more variations on their poetic themes. Again, Tim and Bonnie Callahan offer their superb talents for the cover and illustrations, adding texture and imaginative depth to the issue.
With us for the first time are storytellers Eric Kregel, Erin Avery, Fred Hilary, and Joe Krauss, as well as poets Joshua Drake, Roger Echo-Hawk, and D. S. Martin. Their themes range through time and space, in contemporary and jurisdictions, and in the links between them. (What are dreams and visions for?) And because your editor believes that debate and discussion can take place in fiction and poetry as easily as in essay form, I present, with Ryder Miller’s kind permission, an exploratory sequel to his story, “The Purple Crusade,” with its questions about the nature of honor in modern as opposed to medieval warfare. Perhaps we will have more commentary on such issues or more stories on these themes.
- Gwenyth E. Hood, Marshall University