Lost and Found: The Orphaned Hero (Continued)

by Terri Windling Illustration by C. R. Robinson But let’s speak now of readers who bring to these tales an experience that is all too germane — for we still have orphans in the world; there are still foundlings left at hospital doors; and some of us have been foster kids,or adopted, or otherwise abandoned […]

In Praise of the Cook (Continued)

Archimboldo, "Autumn" For me, the Russian woodwitch Baba Yaga is the most powerful of the ambiguous and transformative cooks in the fairy tale tradition. She straddles the threshold between life and death, between the promise of change and the imminent threat of destruction, between learning to cook a meal or become the meal. This is […]

The Story of the Werewolf (Continued)

by Kit Whitfield Films tend to found less complex mythic traditions than books, not because they’re a lesser art form, but mostly because they’re shorter: there simply isn’t space to put in the complications and details that adaptations thrive on. Films that succeed in creating their own followings, such as The Wicker Man(no monsters there, […]

A Million Little Mermaids

by Virginia Borges I am a member of The Little Mermaid generation of girls. When the Disney movie premiered in 1989, I was smitten; it was the first movie I ever saw in a theater. I loved Ariel, the spunky red–headed heroine, and Sebastian, her singing–crab sidekick. When I went home, I made myself a […]

The Story of the Werewolf

by Kit Whitfield The literary werewolf is something of an orphan. Unlike the other great monsters of the Western traditions, there is no seminal work to cast its grand shadow over the form: no Dracula, no Frankenstein, no book–that–started–it–all. Books have been written, some of them very good, but none has acquired the stature in […]

Vision and Dream: The Art of Marja Lee Kruÿt 3

*Click on the images to see larger versions I’ve always been interested in dreams,"says Marja. "And in myth, mysticism, and symbolism. Through the useof color, line, the symbolic nature of garments, objects, patterns, flowers,I attempt to create pictures that work on many levels, marrying this realitywith other levels of realities, of dream and intuition. Painting, […]

On Tolkien and Fairy Stories

by Terri Windling "The Mirror of Galadriel" by Alan Lee, ©1991 "I propose to speak about fairy–stories," begins a famous essay by J. R. R. Tolkien; and I can do no better than toecho the good professor’s words today. I propose to speak about fairy–stories, and why these stories mattered to Tolkien. And why such […]

Journal of Mythic Arts — Farewell Issue 2008 Issue — Endicott Studio

Editors: Terri Windling and Midori SnyderAssistant editor: Jamie BluthBook Reviewers: Kathleen Howard and Elizabeth Genco Art on this page:Star Quilt by Jeanie TomanekEtching by Filippo Morghan, 1730–1808Small Wolf with Forest by Holly RobertsHomage to Shell Guides by Clive Hicks–JenkinsThe Swan Princess by Mikhail VrubelThe Goods and Chattels Man by Rima Staines Letter from the Editor’s […]

My Shadow

by Kate Bernheimer Once upon a time, I came into the world without breathing. As my mother tells the story, suddenly a window shade opened, all on its own; a golden light spread over the room, and I breathed. There was a huge sigh of relief, but then everything darkened. A shadow covered the room. […]