Volume 1 Number 1


Winter 2002

Premier Issue

This is the first issue of MYTHOLOG. We've stories and poems of a 'mythical' sort to delight and enchant you. We've illustrations by Kimberlee Rettberg and Amanda Burkinshaw. Come in and enjoy.



Very short fiction by Tim Hoke. This urban fairy tale has a Fortean feel, and reminds one of the gremlins and foo fighters of WWII fighter pilots.


Jack Stoneleg

A blend of history, geography, and fairy tale, Charles Lipsig creates a folk hero with an unexpected story.



Blowing the dust off a tattered grimoire, Jamieson Wolf conjures a story that promises to raise the hairs back of your neck.



A quatrain by Maria Nutick. Just as the bard Taliesin, exists since the beginning and will live until Doomsday, so the timeless image for which this anapestic verse is titled, runs away with the imagination.


Twin Towers

Some of the best metered poetry is ornate with changes in the meter... with dactyls and trochees... flecks of life and its passing that are part of the fingerprint of the poem. Touching an event that seems to require a certain formality to avoid falling into the cliched school of bad holocaust literature, in which writers expect that the socially-understood context of their poems should generate enough emotion that the structure of their work shouldn't matter, Michelle Erica Green's poem stands quite well without such supports.


Carpe Diem

Maria Nutick dishes up a dark tale of life near death and loss of mind.



What's buried deep sometimes comes up in the loveliest ways. Em Wycedee's iridescent fiction glows like a lightstruck pearl.


The Fall

Do the clothes make the man? Asher Black discovers a parchment that offers a serpentine answer to this age-old question.


Ring of Iona

It was on the island of Iona, off the West coast of Scotland, according to the Book of Deer, that St. Columba established the great monstery and center of learning among the Celtish Scots and Picts that would lead to the island's designation as the "cradle of Christianity in the Western Highlands." Earlier still, the pre-Celts considered it a ‘thin place’, a place where the veils between worlds thinned. It was a place of standing stones and oak groves. This poem by Kimberlee Rettberg has something of that feel to it.


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.





We've had the work of two fine illustrators this issue: Kimberlee Rettberg and Amanda Burkinshaw. If you'd like to do illustrations for our stories and poems, email us with a link to samples of your work.


Join our Staff

We could use a good Copy Editor, Proofers, Graphics Design People, a Promotions person, an Advertising person, and a Fund Raiser. If you're interested, read about it.


Mythopoeic Society Awards

The Mythopoeic Society is currently accepting nominations for the 2002 Mythopoeic Awards. For more information, see mythsoc.org. Thanks to Matthew Winslow, Discussion Group Secretary and Web Master at the Mythopoeic Society, for this Public Service Announcement.


Next Issue

We've already started receiving stories and poems for next issue (March 1st, 2003). There's another wonderful story by Tim Hoke, for instance, that we can't wait for you to see. If you've something odd, idiosyncratic, or even just plain 'normal', why not look at our submission guidelines (left) and send it in?