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Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer. She is also the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She thinks it is incredibly unfair that she must work for a living rather than being able to read all day. In her next life, she would like to be a library cat.

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[Every writer has her favorite stories. One of mine is "Sophie and Zoe at the End of the World," which I was honored to have published in The Future Fire. I was even more surprised, and pleased, when I saw that the story had been illustrated -- complete with cover art! -- by Robin Kaplan.

[As part of the tenth anniversary celebration of The Future Fire, plans are under way to release an anthology of the zine's best stories. Contributors have been invited to participate in interviews and contests, write flash fiction sequels to their stories, and so on. There's even a micro fiction contest centered around the theme of "ten."

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Today, 31 July, marks to first Polytheistic Day of Protest and Remembrance. This Day was established to honor the numerous ancient and sacred sites threatened, or even destroyed, by Daesh. As the official website notes:

This is not a Syrian issue. This is not a Muslim issue. This is a world issue. It is a human issue. Daesh is purposely targeting memory. They’re targeting their history, and their own physical connection with their polytheistic ancestors. It is done to demoralize, terrorize, and desecrate.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_feximal.jpgTitle: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
Publisher: Samhain
Author: KJ Charles
Pages: 303 pp
Price: $4.99

Victorian England. The masses delude themselves into believing that they live in a world of science and rationality. A few know better. They know that there is a world beneath the world, a place of ghosts and monsters and mad occultists and strange spirits. These few — among them Simon Feximal and Robert Caldwell — struggle to defend the innocent (living and dead) against those who would exploit them, abuse them, and utterly destroy them ….

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Title: The Hell You Say (Book Three in the Adrien English Mysteries)
Publisher: Just Joshin
Author: Josh Lanyon
Pages: 259 pp
Price: $13.99 (paperback) / $6.99 (ebook)

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Back in 2013, I wrote a column on self-publishing. In the year and a half since, I have read quite a few more self-published and small press books. And, I am happy announce, I just released my first story collection, A Witch Among Wolves and Other Pagan Tales, through Asphodel Press. Based on my own experience, I have a few more suggestions. 

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While my reading is eclectic, I probably read more paranormal romance and urban fantasy than any other genres. I love the mix of adventure, magic, menace, heroism, and romance. For a long time, I focused on books with female protagonists or heterosexual couples, preferably of an alternative religious persuasion; give me a badass witch with a sword and I'm happy. Only recently have I discovered the literary subculture that is M/M paranormal romance.

I totally blame KJ Charles.

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  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    Cool, thanks!
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Urban fantasy stuff, I have some favorites I can recommend. If you don't mind anime I recommend Kyo Kara Maoh on and

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A few days ago, I learned that one of the devotional anthologies published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina had been pirated. Digital copies of Guardian of the Road: A Devotional Anthology in Honor Hermes were being offered -- without BA's consent or knowledge -- through an occult website in exchange for a "donation." The proprietor of the site boasted that he legally purchased the books from Amazon, then converted them into .pdfs to give to anyone who wanted them. And he was open to suggestions as to other books which should be made available through his "catalog."

I immediately emailed the proprietor, identified myself as the editor-in-chief of BA, and ordered him to cease and desist, and remove Guardian of the Road from his site. He responded relatively quickly with a note that the book had been taken down. He then followed that up with a rude demand that I prove that I was, in fact, who I said I was. I put on my Snark Hat, asked if he would prefer my birth certificate or my social security card, and then advised him to take down the entire site immediately, as word of his illegal actions were spreading quickly through the Pagan community. (Us Pagan and polytheist and magickal authors? Yeah, we talk to each other.)

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  • Jön Upsal's Gardener
    Jön Upsal's Gardener says #
    For once, Gus and I agree wholeheartedly on something. Well done indeed.
  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    Well done.
  • Soli
    Soli says #
    I suspect there may be a certain type of gallows humor for someone stealing something created in honor of a patron of thieves.

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