by Brandie Minchew
"If Music be the food of love, play on..."
January's issue is about celebration and song. The following stories give us glimpses of celebrations in far off lands - some joyous, some wild and willful, and some which are dark as nightmares...
'Beltaine Dance' by Stevie Marie Bush
A poem to celebrate the Festival of Fertility, Beltane, also known as May Day.
'Dark Dancers' by Debra 'Twilight' Kraus
Short story: fantasy/vampire
At the Mabon Festival, Vampires and Sprites give the humans a shock.
'Goblins in the Shadows' by Christopher R. Regan
Short Story: fantasy
In the land of Crystalmist, springtime festivities take wild and willful forms, and events in one spring gave rise to legend.
'Rites of Passage' by Peter J. Larrivee
Short Story: fantasy
Darren the thief is unwittingly chosen to participate in a forbidden ritual that could take his very soul.
'Samhain Dreaming' by Lucy Fletcher
Short story: fantasy, modern
Samhain, the pagan New Year, and also Halloween. A Gathering is disturbed by unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.
'The Seven Day Festival' by Emily Bisset
Story, unfinished: fantasy, modern
Kaylis'h, on a journey with her father and her beloved, is given a task that must be completed for her to regain her life - complete the Seven Day Festival.
'Under a Full Moon' by Kerri Grogan
Short Story: fantasy, modern
A young boy sneaks away to the Full Moon Festival, unbeknownst to his family.
'Words of a Dream - Chapter 1' by Martha Elizabeth Cundiff
Series, unfinished: fantasy
Princess Erilia, jewel of Anavielcia, attends the Festival of Blossoms and slips away from her guards, to find a different festival beyond the city walls.
Thank you to everyone who recommended stories this month, even those that didn't make the final cut. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them and we just wish we'd had room to include them all.
||Brandie Minchew is a starry-eyed believer in fairy tales, world peace, and justice for all.
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