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Urban Green Man: An Archetype of Renewal Kindle Edition
31 vibrant original stories and poems ripe with magic of new beginnings...
Urban Green Man is an anthology of urban and contemporary short literature inspired by the mythology of the Green Man.
With an introduction by Charles de Lint, Urban Green Man features works by an international cast of authors: Satyros Phil Brucato, Gary Budgen, Suzanne Church, Karlene Tura Clark, Karen Danylak, Michael J. DeLuca, Eileen Donaldson, Sarina Dorie, dvsduncan, Susan Forest, Kim Goldberg, Alyxandra Harvey, Michael Healy, Rhiannon Held, Miriah Hetherington, Susan MacGregor, Michael J. Martineck, Randy McCharles, Billie Milholland, Heather M. O'Connor, Goldeen Ogawa, Celeste A. Peters, Mark Russell Reed, Martin Rose, Eric James Stone, Peter Storey, Calie Voorhis, Maaja Wentz, Sandra Wickham, Eileen Wiedbrauk, and Nu Yang.
Each work follows the theme of renewal surrounding the mythology of the Green Man.
The Green Man Mythology...
The mystical face of the Green Man can be found on churches and other buildings throughout northern Europe. It is believed that the the Green Man mythology developed independently in various cultures and is a remnant of ancient pagan beliefs. The human face, hidden in the green foliage, shows a longing for the natural world and reminds us that we are dependent on a healthy planet not only for physical sustenance, but for our mental health as well.
Psychologist Carl Jung once suggested that an archetype will reappear in a new form to redress imbalances in society exactly when it is needed. Perhaps the Green Man is rising yet again just in time to help us cultivate a harmonious and sustainable relationship with Nature.
Urban Green Man is available in all ebook formats, and in print.
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About the Author
Adria Laycraft is a member of IFWA and graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop. She works as a freelance editor and writer. Her stories have been published in Tesseracts 16, Neo-opsis, On-Spec Magazine and James Gunn’s Ad Astra.
Janice Blaine is a professional commercial artist. Throughout her career she has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from pre-production animation to design & illustration of children’s books. She was recently nominated for an Aurora Award.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00FZ6EYVU
- Publisher : EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (November 30, 2013)
- Publication date : November 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1778 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 227 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,620,665 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #5,442 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #8,209 in Fantasy Anthologies
- #13,892 in Mythology & Folk Tales (Kindle Store)
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Some of my favorites are: “Buried in the Green” by Heather M. O’Connor, in part because it reminded me of the Joan Aiken stories I grew up reading: a little macabre, a bit wistful, wryly humorous; Nu Yang’s “The Ring of Life” which movingly deals with aging, death, memory, and the passing of tradition; “Neither Slumber Nor Sleep” by Kim Goldberg, quite possibly the funniest golem story ever told; “Abandon All …” by Goldeen Ogawa for its sublime paradigm shift; and Satyros Phil Brucato’s splendid “Johnny Serious” for how it starts: “Once, there was a boy with a hole in his heart. All the joy ran out of that hole, and all the sadness of the world seeped in…” and for every word and image through to the end of that story.
Other contributions I appreciated for the wealth of lore or fact they contained: “Waking the Holly Kin” by Eileen Donaldson and “Green Man She Restless” by Billie Milholland, for example. There are love stories as well as tales of terror and horror. If these stories do their work, they will act like the snakes that licked the ears of Menelaus so clean that ever afterward he could understand the speech of animals: attuning readers to the voice of Green Man, the song of Green Woman. What story will you hear?
Top reviews from other countries
This excellent collection of (mostly) short stories explores what happens when the Green Man comes to the city (which is by definition alien to his nature). Some of the tales are humorous, others dark, but almost all are of a very high quality and even those which miss the mark are not bad – there are no ‘stinkers’ here. Highly recommended for fantasy lovers, especially those with an environmental bent, although the stories don’t beat you over the head with climate change doomsday scenarios.