Volume 1 Number 2

MYTHOLOG

Spring 2003



Spring Issue

Welcome back to MYTHOLOG. We're extremely proud of this newest issue. We've 13 new stories and poems, including one entitled simply 13. We've rock stars, prophets, tricksters, witches, poets, dreamers, fairies, princesses, wild women, talking animals, haunted mirrors, and the infamous Gaki, if you're up to it. Native American themes and fairy tale patterns run through this issue, and we've even more fine illustrations than last time. Stay awhile, and if something in particular catches your fancy, let us know what you think for our Mail section. Now, for the reason we're here...

Baku and the Dream Catchers

What do we do with our nightmares? E.A. Gundlach's marvellous self-illustrated tale asks what would happen if something ate all our bad dreams. So sit down with a glass of cognac or a fine, weathered pipe and enjoy this Narnia-esque story of dreams and dreamcatchers.

 

Beaver Goes to a Party

People don't invite Coyote to parties, but he goes anyway. And when Coyote puts his magic together with his friend Jackalope's, Elizabeth Barrette assures us that the combined mischief makes for an uproarious party indeed!

 

Wood Woman's Music

Dark lady of the wood, dark lady of the wild, the archetype who lives somewhere within all women -- Kimberlee Rettberg speaks with her voice and illuminates her image in this lyrical, mystical poem and vibrant artwork.

 

Indian Ferry Bridge

You have to be careful what you pick up on the road. Charles Lipsig crosses urban legend with rural fairy tale in this road story about modern development and a bridge between worlds. Ready to cross over?

 

Thoughts on a Critic Who Hated Anthropomorphic Poetry

You know that in the old days, bards could ruin a man's reputation by writing a satirical poem about him? Well, Maria Nutick could revive that ancient tradition with this clear-eyed expose. Only she doesn't give us the fellow's name!

 

13

They usually don't put thirteenth floors in office buildings. Jamieson Wolf gives us very good reason in this story, but it's not what you think...

 

Appearances

Maria Cecile's microflash revision of a fairytale packs a sexy punch into a single, small point of contact.

 

The Toading

Asher Black vividly retells a traditional fairy tale from a different perspective. You'll guess the fairy tale quickly, but your guess as to the outcome of this story will almost certainly be wrong.

 

White Tiger, Golden Dragon

It's never wise to disregard a friendly warning, as Elizabeth Barrette shows us in this spooky piece, complete with lovely illustration by Amanda Burkinshaw.

 

The Warning

An incautious word or two can have unexpected results. Tim Hoke's flash fiction suggests that someone is always listening.

 

The Sky Minder

Charles Lipsig envisions an extraordinary future colored by ordinary human foibles in this beautiful sonnet.

 

The Choice

In J.R. Cain's fictional interpretation of a historical record, a realization separates brother from brother at a crossroads of perception.

 

The Bargain

In memory of recent events and the precious ones we have lost, and because of the continued appalling deaths at crowded events and venues worldwide, we offer Kimberlee Sweeney-Rettberg's timely story with mourning and appreciation. It is the tale of a modern Druid with his finger on the pulse of mass culture.

 


Back Issues

You've accessed an older back issue of MYTHOLOG. While the text of the issue is the same, the formatting has been updated to match the current design scheme. This was done for several reasons: We wanted to standardize navigation (when you are anywhere else in the site, the navigation is at the top, so we think it should remain there, regardless of where you are). We wanted to improve readability (we learned that many of the early background colors were too dark for adequate text visibility on some systems). Frankly, too, if we'd known how to do this type of page structure back then, we probably would have. If you're nostalgic for the old original appearance, or just curious, feel free to visit the original format.

 

 

 


Next issue

Next issue is coming June 1st, and we're expecting more great writing from Elizabeth Barrette, Jamieson Wolf, Asher Black, and others. Come by in the meantime whenever you need a healthy dose of myth, eh? It can't be all work. Except for our writers and artists. Be sure to get your submissions in early, and check our weblog (Mythologue) now and then for updates on needs, wants, and the meaning of life. Also, we'll keep our Mail page updated as letters come in. You do want to know what other people are saying about MYTHOLOG, right? Thanks for reading. -- Asher Black, Editor-in-Chief