Short story: ‘Back The Way You Came’ (Rural horror / Southern Gothic)

Back the Way you Came My cousin Erwin is one of the best people I know.  Erwin is also nuttier than a squirrel cellar. I don’t know all the details, and it’s none of my business, but Erwin never had much of a childhood.  He never talked much, and he sported shiners from time to … Continue reading Short story: ‘Back The Way You Came’ (Rural horror / Southern Gothic)

Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part 2: The Volsungasaga in summary [story and video]

The tale of Sigurd the Volsung is one of the most important central narratives of pagan Germanic literature and continues to strongly influence the fantasy genre to this day, but translations are often gross oversimplifications or written in difficult and inaccessible language. Here, our hero presents a summary in her own words that she hopes … Continue reading Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part 2: The Volsungasaga in summary [story and video]

Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part One: Who Were the First Heathens? [video plus transcript]

Westu hal, all my spear-Danes, and welcome to Gretchen Ruins Heathenry! For our first installment, we’re going to--apropriately--begin at the beginning and deal with one of my very favorite questions:  Who were the very first Heathens? To answer that question, we’re gonna have to go back, way back, back into time, so far back that … Continue reading Gretchen Ruins Heathenry, Part One: Who Were the First Heathens?