I have published the eighth issue of my online myth magazine Journey
to the Sea [http://journeytothesea.com/]
. This issue includes an
article by society member Jason Fisher on Alan Garner's *The
Weirdstone of Brisingamen*, as well as an article on Batman that draws
on the 2004 Mythopoeic Award winner for General Myth and Fantasy
Studies (*The Myth of the American Superhero* by John Shelton Lawrence
and Robert Jewett).
Shiva, Lord of the Dance
Statues depicting Shiva as *Nataraja*, "Lord of the Dance," portray a
sense of balance, motion, and sheer beauty to all who view them. Laura
explores the ways they express narratives to those who can read the
symbols and allusions.
Northern Mythological Traditions in *The Weirdstone of Brisingamen*
Jason looks at how Alan Garner, a lesser-known fantasy author,
incorporates northern mythological and folkloric elements into an
fantasy adventure set in his home county of Cheshire.
Batman: Dark Knight, Dark Myth
Dave looks at the depictions of Batman in the works of Frank Miller
and Alan Miller from the 1980s. These two have been instrumental in
the development of the dark and morally ambiguous tone associated with