- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Pagan Writers Press (15 October 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984680004
- ISBN-13: 978-0984680009
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
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Pagan Writers Presents Samhain Paperback – Import, 15 Oct 2011
Samhain marks the end of summer and the preparation for winter. To many, Samhain is merely Halloween, but to Pagans, it is a day when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, and we can reconnect with our beloved deceased. Samhain is a joyful celebration where we invite the spirits of our loved ones into our homes to remember and honor them. Pagan Writers Presents Samhain is a collection of articles, poetry, and short stories. Forty Pagan writers have come together to express how we celebrate the holiday, to share their thoughts and feelings, and to entertain with stories that take place on or around the last week of October. Leave your broom by the door and join us at the hearth as we tell you about the Sabbat known as Samhain. Pagan Writers Presents Samhain is the first anthology in the Pagan Writers Press Sabbat collection. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology further the mission of the Pagan Writers Community, an organization that seeks to edu?cate, inspire, and pro?mote artists, authors, blog?gers, musi?cians, poets, and writers who follow alternative-faith spiritual and religious paths.
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Articles : 5 STARS
The Poetry sections I loved! Elements by Julienne Lee got me from the very beginning, it was a gorgeous homage to mother nature in all the elements. Cordelia Deeter's Whispers was another favorite even though more solemn, yet hopeful. Piona Hutton's poem staid within me the longest really bringing me to the state of appreciation for the season.
Poetry : 5 STARS
The Short Stories were great, of course with any short stories they leave you wanting more when they are good and most of them I would have not mind at all reading more of! From celebrating Samhain in a hollowed asteroid in the future (Webs by Marlene Dotterer) to ghost haunting to gain justice for unpunished crimes.
Here are reviews on three Short Stories from the book, don't miss my Interviews with the authors on Sunday 27th, Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th of November!
Webs, A Future Samhain by Marlene Dotterer
Sandy works in a hollowed out asteroid that had been converted to a miniature Earth, with forest and farm land hovering in space. She can feel spirits, but what she can't feel is the presence of Gaia, mother earth in The Carson. But Samhain is coming and as everyone takes to celebrating it's good to remember what lead them here.
I loved the idea of nature based religion taking hold of humanity and the idea of having an asteroid colony where they try to create new life that can be sentient on its own.
Evening Out by Rosa Sophia
Betty Lou got fired and staying cooped up at home isn't her idea of a good time so a walk in the cold and cloudy evening with a friend sounds like a great idea. As they pass the graveyard talking about how their personal lives are experiencing draught they spot a girl, a familiar looking girl sitting on a gravestone. There's something odd about the girls the way she talks, acts and the fact that she's dressed quite poorly for such cold weather. It is a month later that they meet Jennifer again as their car breaks down and they are forced to cut through the graveyard as they witness a brutal assault and escaped the two men guilty of it. Who were the attackers, why did the attack the man and just how does Jennifer know them?
Loved Rosa Sophia's writing, it was like talking with a friend, and as the mystery grows you get a nice feeling of eeriness without the thread. I liked it a lot!
Sorrows End by Stephen B. Pearl
He's lost her. She's lost him. A dead spouse drives both Richard and Sally to seek the lay lines of the forest nearby to ask the god and goddess to unite them with their loved ones for just one day. What they receive is a chance meeting with each other, not having seen each other in ages they remember old feelings and talk of the lost loved ones, freeing them from being bound to linger with them.
You can't go wrong with a love story with two broken hearts, finding each other to mend and heal, and take another chance on love. I definitely wanted to read more of this. I bet a whole book could have come out of this and it would have been great!
I'll be reading this book again before next Samhain, you can be sure of that!
Absolutely worth all the 5 Stars I'm giving it!
That being said, I still loved it. It's a collection of articles, rituals, poems and short stories. I know 3 of the contributors from Facebook. There's our beloved Mrs. B of Confessions of a Soccer Mom who writes out a great article on making your own runes using nothing more than Pumpkin seeds and a marker. I just bought pumpkins on sale yesterday, I think I'll have to try this one. Anyone want a set?
Angelique Mroczka of The Balanced Witch and The Pagan Writers Community leads us through a guided meditation appropriate for this season.
And Kallan Kennedy of The Secret Life of the American Working Witch who shares with us a Samhain Chant called "Homage to My Ancestors."
It's like a collection of blog entries all tied together. There is a lot of writing about ancestors and altars, and an altar for ancestors. There are recipes, family traditions, ancient traditions. And as I mentioned before, poems and stories that feed off all of that. Definitely an entertaining read, and only 109 pages, so it's fast as well.
All profit on this book goes into the coin purse of The Pagan Writers Community - which seeks to help, inspire and promote artists of alternative faiths. Considering I can only think of 2 publishers that work with pagan material, this is a needed program.