We are both pleased and a little melancholy to offer you the Farewell Issue of the Journal of Mythic Arts. We hope you will enjoy the truly wonderful articles: Ruth Padel's reflection on the mythology of the British Forest; Janni Simner's journey to Iceland to experience first hand the landscapes of the sagas; Terri Windling's thoughtful observations on Home and Hearth in the world's folklore; Kit Whitfield's biting analysis on Werewolves (sorry couldn't resist the pun); Colleen Mondor's insightful (and oh so chilly) look at heroic impulse in the most frozen landscapes of the north; and finally, my own article on the controversial Swan Maidens.
You will find also find in this issue three short stories: a wry and satiric "A Short Encyclopedia of the Lunar Seas" by Ekaterina Sedia; a tale of compassion and a fallen angel, "Emilio's Tale," by Bruce McAllister; and an old tale re-worked in tango tempo, "The Red Shoes," by Genevieve Valentine. In the art gallery, Terri put together a mosaic of images from forty of the Endicott Studio's contributing artists -- can you guess their identity from their work? And for the first time, we have a gorgeous short film/poetry project, created by Howard Gayton, reading his poems with photographs from Stu Jenks.
And the poems...I have to say there was an astonishing out pouring from so many superb poets and we couldn't say no to anyone; all the poems we received were extraordinary. So we've published them all, and the result is a hearty list of twenty-nine poems from thirteen poets.
Once again, we hope you enjoy this final issue -- and a heart-felt thanks to all the wonderful readers, contributors, artists and authors, techies and angels, copy-editors and reviewers who have helped create the wealth of art and literature that graces the pages of the Endicott Studio's Journal of Mythic Arts.