Our last issue of 2009, December, tosses out a shout-out to folktales told against the cold with a lineup of more traditional fantasy fiction and poetry. If our folktales are a little more modern, well, that’s par for the course.
C.S.E. Cooney’s “Oak Park Eris” dips into the everyday problems of a middle-aged witch — in the suburbs of Chicago; Mari Ness reimagines an old fairytale with “Rumpled Skin”; and Autumn Canter narrates the impact of magic on one woman, one family, and one mid-20th century town.
Our poets this month — Megan Arkenberg, Michael Meyerhofer, Jennifer Jerome, and Marcie Lynn Tentchoff — all tackle traditional fairytale material with a modern sensibility: reimagining, recasting, and reconsidering those oldest winter stories.
Ideomancer’s observing the winter as well: we’ll be closed to submissions until March 1, working away on a new website, new material, and some new features in time for spring. From all of us here, have a wonderful winter, and enjoy the December issue!