The Dark Ones: Tales and Poems of the Shadow Gods

tdo-frontcoverEdited by Gerri Leen

Price: $14.99
Publication Date: 10 November 2016
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
Dimensions: 5 x 8
Pages: 386 pp
ISBN: 978-1539711483

Kali. The Morrigan. Set. The Cailleach. Medusa. Shiva. Melinoe. Odin. Herne. Ereshkigal.

They are the Dark Ones. They are frightening and strange and wrathful and odd. Reviled, ignored, feared, and misunderstood, they are the Deities and spirits and monsters of war and disease, savage justice, cataclysm, and death. But also of painful transformation, self-reflection, and enlightenment.

Stand in awe of them. Fear them.

Then go to them.

The Dark Ones is the latest in Bibliotheca Alexandrina‘s line of genre fiction anthologies. It can be purchased in paperback through Amazon through Barnes and Noble.

All of the proceeds from The Dark Ones – as well as many of the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series – will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the ancient Gods, with a portion of the proceeds given to worthy charitable organizations in their name.  So, not only will you be getting an imaginative collection of tales – but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

ATTENTION Librarians, Teachers and Retailers: the print version of The Dark Ones will also available at reduced cost for academic institutions, lending libraries (public and private) and retailers. Check our online store, or email baeditor@gmail.com with any questions.

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Table of Contents

Dedication … 3

Introduction by Gerri Leen … 16

From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief by Rebecca Buchanan … 17

Dark Power, Power of the Dark

Dark Waters Rising by Barbara Ruth … 20

Fear of Dark Water & Other Gifts by Leni Hester … 21

Invocation of the Dark Goddess by Annie Herring … 26

To Hecate by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 28

You Who Enter Here by Gail Wawrzyniak … 30

Lullaby by James B. Nicola … 32

Reverence for the Horrific

The Woman Drowned at Sea by Steven Klepetar … 36

Dances of the Moon by Shauna Aura Knight … 37

Hekate at the Crossroads by Sandi Leibowitz … 38

Words for Brigid the Poetess by Michael Routery … 40

Tribute to Set by Melia Brokaw … 41

The Adoration by Edward Ahern … 42

Counting Bones by Heather Kohser … 43

Springtime in South Texas by Hugo Esteban Rodríguez Castañeda … 44

Infernal Divinity by A.J. Huffman … 48

Unbroken by Jennifer Lawrence … 49

Dark Mothers

The Mother of Monsters by Cecilia Dockins … 54

Our Lady of the Serpent Skirt by Pegi Eyers … 56

She Is There by Heather Kohser … 57

Red Cloud by Sheikha A. … 60

Artemis in Darkness by Reilly Falanx … 62

Dionysus’ Wet-nurse by T.J. O’Hare … 63

Warding by Sheikha A. … 64

Macha’s Race by Morgan Daimler … 66

Regina by Gloria Steele-Hatten … 70

The Madres de la Muerte by Marie C. Lecrivain … 72

Violence, War, and Eternity

Celtic Priestess by Pegi Eyers … 76

A Terrible Beauty by Jenny Blackford … 77

Iphicles, On His Brother’s Return by Rebecca Buchanan … 84

Badb by Karen Storminger … 86

The Gaelic Chieftain by Neil Slevin … 87

After Moytura by Jennifer Lawrence … 89

Tables Turned

Birds and Wires by Barbara Ruth … 92

The Siren Hears Orpheus by Sandi Leibowitz … 93

Hephaestus by David W. Landrum … 95

Good Intentions by Gerri Leen … 97

Before Eve, According to Lilith by Ruth Sabath Rosenthal … 101

A Tale to Tell by Tahni J. Nikitins … 104

Delphyne by Steven Klepetar … 118

Venetian Blinds by Barbara Ruth … 120

Snake Food by Gwendolyn Kiste … 121

Demonized for Changing Times

Eve Tempted by the Serpent by William Blake … 130

Confusion 1 by James B. Nicola … 131

Cernunnos by Lee Clark Zumpe … 132

Above and Below by James B. Nicola … 133

Headless by Janine Canan … 134

Finding Medusa by Steven Klepetar … 136

Destruction is Life

Come Kali by Shannon Connor Winward … 140

Awakening by Janine Canan … 141

Kali (Naihati, India) … 142

Triune Puja by Galina Krasskova … 143

The Destroyer of Unreality by A.J. Huffman … 146

Inanna by Taqerisenu … 147

Consorting with Ereshkigal by Jennifer Bradpiece … 149

Hel by James B. Nicola … 151

Necessary Evils by Jennifer Lawrence … 153

Transformation

Blodeuwedd by Christopher Williams … 160

Flower Face by Vonnie Winslow Crist … 161

AJE by Gloria Steele-Hatten … 163

The Girl Who Spread Her Wings by Steven Klepetar … 164

Invocation: Light Descending on Roses by Shauna Aura Knight … 166

Nine Days by Steve Klepetar … 168

Shiva Drank Poison by A.J. Huffman … 170

The Dance of the Corpses of the Slain by A.J. Huffman … 171

A Changing Woman by Lana Bella … 172

Loving the Dangerous

Ninhursag by Pegi Eyers … 176

Ninhursag by Lee Clark Zumpe … 177

Rescue by Sheikha A. … 178

Water Signs and Lullabies by Gwendolyn Kiste … 179

Spirit of the Flood by Pegi Eyers … 184

Atibon Legba by Alicia Cole … 185

Marrying Spirit: A Song for Bawon Samedi by Alicia Cole … 187

Her Seaweed Hair by Steven Klepetar … 189

A Letter to Loki by Tahni J. Nikitins … 191

Maria’s Love Letter to Veludo by Gloria Steele-Hatten … 194

A Tigress-Demon Comes to Me by T.J. O’Hare … 196

Pomegranate by Leni Hester … 198

Devotion and Abandonment

Sigyn and Loki by Lucia Žilíková … 202

The Woman, the Prisoner, the Serpent and the Bowl by Taqerisenu … 203

Sigyn Dreams by Steven Klepetar … 206

Hekate in Waiting by Tahni J. Nikitins … 209

The Gardener by Sandi Leibowitz … 211

The Lonely King by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 213

Unmasking by Sandi Leibowitz … 215

Fate, Judgment, and the Afterlife

Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti … 218

Proserpine by Steven Klepetar … 219

For Melinoe by Jennifer Lawrence … 220

Hecate, Queen of the Underworld by Heddy Johannesen … 224

For Persephone by Penn Kemp … 225

Eurydice by Steven Klepetar … 226

Lady Death by Alma Sinan … 228

otherwise known as Death by T.J. O’Hare … 233

Ammit Plays with Her Food by Emma Moser … 235

White Lady of Death by Melia Brokaw … 237

Last Journey by Jennifer Lawrence … 239

On the Way Down by Steven Klepetar … 242

Nergal and Ereshkigal by Lee Clark Zumpe … 243

Eriskegel Cries Out To Her Sister by Barbara Ruth … 245

Ironwood’s Daughter by Jennifer Lawrence … 247

Punishment, Absolution, and Reward

Urban Full Moon by Barbara Ruth … 254

The First Law by Rebecca Buchanan … 255

Huntress by Sandy Hiortdahl … 267

Absolution in Filth by Hugo Esteban Rodríguez Castañeda … 268

Arachne’s Faltered Ego by A.J. Huffman … 275

Hymn to The Erinyes I by Rebecca Buchanan … 276

Kallisto’s Gift, or, Artemis Black Bear by Reilly Falanx … 277

Medusa Speaks by T.J. O’Hare … 278

Song of Ceaseless Fury by Katherine McCormick … 279

The Old Ones

Herne by Jennifer Lawrence … 292

Erebus by David W. Landrum … 299

La Nuit by William-Adolphe Bouguereau … 302

Nyx by David W. Landrum … 303

Lilith, Mother of All Demons by T.J. O’Hare … 305

The Hanged Man by Sandi Leibowitz … 306

Wombyn, Womb-In by Gloria Steele-Hatten … 307

Chernobog, the Black God of the Western Slavs by T.J. O’Hare … 309

Pythia Speaks by Jenny Blackford … 310

Nerthus, aniconic Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess by T.J. O’Hare … 312

The Cailleach’s Kitchen by Michael Routery … 315

The road from the Holy Land by Leni Hester … 316

Vilde Chaya: Eve Beyond the Borders by Barbara Ruth … 319

Shalim, the Canaanite God of the Dusk by T.J. O’Hare … 322

Monothematic Delusion by Kilaya Ciriello … 323

Monstrously Beautiful, Beautiful Monsters

Circe Weaving by Sandi Leibowitz … 326

Lady of Drunkenness by Taqerisenu … 327

Smintheus by Steven Klepetar … 328

Prayer to Apollon II by Rebecca Buchanan … 329

Teju Jagua, The Cursed Firstborn by T.J. O’Hare … 330

Medusa’s Stare by Kris.K.G … 332

Firestone by Sheikha A. … 333

Belladonna by T.J. O’Hare … 335

Love, War, and Transformation by Gerri Leen … 337

Hymn to Melinoe IV by Rebecca Buchanan … 343

Old Bone by Sandi Leibowitz … 344

Brėkšta, Lithuanian Goddess Of Darkness And Dreams by T.J. O’Hare … 346

Gorgon Resurrection by Maggie Middleton … 347

The Viper by Stephanie Buosi … 348

The Weeknd Birds by Gloria Steele-Hatten … 352

Appendix A: Publishing Credits … 353

Appendix B: Our Contributors … 358

Appendix C: About Bibliotheca Alexandrina — Current Titles — Forthcoming Titles … 382

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