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Myths & Delusions • Editorial • October 2013

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What are the boundaries of fantasy?

I personally believe that fantasy encompasses all fiction—not just horror, but science fiction, too, and mysteries (consider how reality has to bend for a crime to be neatly solved!) It even encompasses so-called realism. The lands of swords and spells and magic quests occupy just one island in the archipelago of fantastic literature.

Our second issue contains poems and stories that might at first glance seem devoid of the otherworldly. And yet they all partake. I leave it to you to discover how.

Back in 2006 I edited and published a short-lived two-volume anthology series called MYTHIC. I wanted to produce something not far removed from an elegant literary journal in its presentation, with an openly speculative bent and layout that put poems and stories on equal footing. I found the format liberating in a way I haven’t always felt when assembling the print version of Mythic Delirium. The option to match and contrast prose and verse allows me a wider range than I have when working with fiction or poetry alone.

The new Mythic Delirium, as you might guess, is patterned after MYTHIC. Because it’s a journal of the fantastic, or speculative writing, or scientifiction, or whatever you want to call it, I still see those readers as my primary audience, especially if they’re looking for stuff out of kilter from the norm. Yet the genre being how it is, it’s likely you’re going to hear much more about the stories from news and review venues than you will the poems. Nonetheless, as far as I’m concerned, every issue is all of a piece, the poems just as important to the balance. Miss the science fiction, fantasy or horror in the prose? Odds are you’ll find it in the verse. And vice versa.

This marks the second and last issue of “Mythic Delirium Zero” that I assembled before the summer launch. I can’t tell you what the next issue will bring, because I’m still reading submissions for it. But by the end of October, I’ll know.

In the meantime, the print edition has yet to take a final bow. Simultaneous with the assembly of this issue, I’m putting together print issue No. 29, featuring poems by Ada Hoffmann, Deborah P Kolodji, Kurt Newton, Jenna Le, Sonya Taaffe and more. And our last print issue, No. 30, will contain a special retrospective that you don’t want to miss.

And last on this list, but hardly least: if you haven’t checked out our page acknowledging the supporters of the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter, please click here and have a look. I can’t thank them enough for their generosity.

 

—Mike Allen, Roanoke, Va., September 2013

 

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