Journal of Mythic Arts — Summer 2007 Issue — Endicott Studio

Editors: Terri Windling
and Midori Snyder
Assistant editor: Jamie Bluth
Book Reviewers: Kathleen Chen,
Heinz Insu Fenkl,Elizabeth Genco,
and Helen Pilinovsky

Art on this page:
Meg by James Graham
Tapping the Dream Tree by Charles Vess
Her Peacock Feathers by Kelly Louise Judd
Masquerade by Brian Froud
Illustration by John Bauer
Young Man by Botticelli
Illustration by Adrienne Ségur
Emerge by Gregory Spalenka
Elf Cap by Julia Jeffrey

Letter from the Editor’s Desk
“Welcome to our Young Adult Mythic Fiction issue . .”

The Reading Room: Fiction

Going Ironside
by Holly Black,
illustrated by Theo Black
“We thought it would be easy. Just go Ironside and come back with babies . . .”

Bittersweet
by Steve Berman
“What if the gingerbread boy wasn’t a victim? What if he was a lure. . .?”

The Mountain King and His Sky Bride
by O.R. Melling
“She tumbled from the sky like a falling star, trailing fiery dust behind her. . . .”

La Serenissima
by Catherynne M. Valente
“Know, Uliva Tradonico, that alone between the copper canals, your Father’s Fool loved you. . . .”

Cassie Says
by Gwenda Bond
“Hel’s way of seeing isn’t exactly like mine. He relies more on outside symbols, on the weather, on feelings. I traffic in sudden, detailed visions. . . .”

The Guardian of the Egg
by Christopher Barzak
“When the tree started growing out of her head, it was springtime. . . .”

Cooling
by Elizabeth Genco
illustrated by Leland Purvis
“Nobody, but nobody, keeps me from my fire. They can only postpone it for a little while. . . .”

The Princess and the Ghost
by Jessie Suk Roy
“She knows her own story from start to finish, and knows exactly what happened to make it all go wrong . . .”

Thief of Dreams
by Will Shetterly
“The servant said, ‘Only you will know your dream. You must seek it yourself.’ . . .”

The Man Who Owned the Moon
by Celia Bell
“There once lived, in a city by the sea, an old man who owned the moon and kept it in little glass jar. . . .”

Jack Straw
by Midori Snyder
“He looked like a scarecrow, old corn stalks tied together and dressed like a man. . . .”

The Shape of Things
by Ellen Steiber
“Ever since we met, we’ve played this game. It’s called The Shape of Things, and what you do is try to see the shapes hidden inside . . .”

Red Rock
by Terri Windling
“We’ll go to Red Rock, Pippa, he said. Listen. I got a plan. . . .”

The Reading Room: Articles

A Million Little Mermaids
by Virginia Borges
“Despite the Disney movie’s initial ‘girl power’ image, the message underneath is anything but feminist . . .”

The Orphaned Hero
by Terri Windling
“Frodo, Harry Potter, Lirael, White Jenna: they all spring from the mythic archetype of the Orphaned Hero . . .”

The Writing Room

Geraldine McCaughrean’s
The White Darkness

by Colleen Mondor
“Plucky teenagers are practically required in YA novels but crushes on dead legendary explorers. . .?”

Mythic Fiction for Young Adults
by Julie Bartel
“The strength of mythic fiction lies in the metaphorical foundations of the story. . .”

Spells of Enchantment
by Helen Pilinovsky
Once upon a time. These words are an incantation, the beginning of a spell of enchantment. . .”

The Gallery

Magic x Four
art by Kelly Louise Judd (USA), Julia Jeffrey (Scotland), Lisa Linnéa (Sweden), and Natalia Pierandrei (Italy)

The Crossroads

A Few Things About Ants
by Jeffrey Ford
“She unscrewed the cap, tilted the tube, and out onto the marble top of the coffee table in the living room spilled about 99 dead ants and one that was barely alive. . . .”

The Coffeehouse: Poetry

Female Comic Book Superheroes
by Jeannine Hall Gailey

The Selkie Wife’s Daughter
by Jeannine Hall Gailey

A Cuban Cinderella
by Margarita Engle

The Headless Horseman of Cuba
by Margarita Engle

The Blue Girl
by Margarita Engle

Boys and Girls Together
by Neil Gaiman

Hansel and Gretel Duet
by Nan Fry

Brother and Sister Duet
by Terri Windling and Barth Anderson

Baba Yaga Duet
by Midori Snyder and Taiko Haessler

From the Archives

Pamela Dean’s The Secret Country
article by Eve Sweetser

A Kent Childhood
memoir by Bill Lewis

The Green Children
story by Kevin Brockmeier

Silver and Gold
story by Emma Bull

Wolf’s Heart
story by Tappan King