The Monkey Girl

by Midori Snyder Illustration by Edmund Dulac When I was a girl reading fairy tales, I appreciated those courageous maidens tromping off in iron shoes or flying on the back of the west wind to find their future husbands where they, imprisoned by trolls or cannibal mothers, waited to be rescued. I admired those young […]

From the Editor’s Desk 9

From the Editor’s Desk “Stories are medicine. I have been taken with stories sinceI heard my first. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act, anything — we need only listen.” —Clarissa Pinkola Estes Winter 2006 Dear Reader, Welcome to the Winter 2006 edition of the Journal of Mythic Arts, […]

Cassie Says (Continued) 2

by Gwenda Bond Hel and I are on the way home after school. "Hel, I need a favor," I say. I already asked for one, why not make it two? "I haven’t come up with any big bright idea for how to decode our powers and make the visions go away, sis. Sorry," he says. […]

Jack Straw (Continued)

by Midori Snyder I stayed in bed another five days and then went back to school. I had five days of lying in my bed to think over whathad happened. Oh, I was happy to be alive, to be waking up each day and watching the sun shine through my windows, lighting up the whitedaisies […]

Godfather Death (Continued)

by Terri Windling Midori Snyder is a writer who has worked with the folklore of death in a variety of ways, particularly in her elegiac novel Hannah’s Garden and her children’s story "Jack Straw." Currently at work on a fairy tale novel in which Death is a major protagonist, she’s been contemplating death figures, and […]

Godfather Death (Continued) 2

by Terri Windling In contemporary fiction, a number of writers have drawn from death folklore and folk tales, creating stories and characters that are both memorable and thought—provoking. The Farthest Shore, the third book in Ursula K. Le Guin’s excellent "Earthsea" series, is an extraordinary meditation on death and how we confront it in our […]

The Arabian Nights:The Tale of the Puzzle of the Tales

by Gregory Frost The Arabian Nights If someone says those three words to you, what do you think of? Aladdin and his Magical Lamp, either in the flesh or in Disneyesque celluloid with an overly garrulous genie? Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, perhaps, complete with the cave that only reveals itself in response to […]