Urban Green Man: An Archetype of Renewal

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Urban Green Man: An Archetype of Renewal

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9781770530386: Urban Green Man: An Archetype of Renewal

The stories in this anthology are ripe with magic of new beginnings and will change the way you look at life, forever.
Psychologist Carl Jung once suggested that an archetype will reappear in a new form to redress imbalances in society exactly when it is needed. Perhaps the Green Man is rising yet again just in time to help us cultivate a harmonious and sustainable relationship with Nature.
Your imagination will run wild.
The vibrant stories presented in this anthology are all new and original.
With an introduction by Charles de Lint The Urban Green Man is a large anthology of urban and contemporary short literature; from an international cast of authors.
Every story follows the theme of renewal surrounding the mythology of the Green Man.
The mystical face of the Green Man can be found on churches and other buildings throughout northern Europe. It is believed that the the Green Man mythology developed independently in various cultures and is a remnant of ancient pagan beliefs. The human face, hidden in the green foliage, shows a longing for the natural world and reminds us that we are dependent on a healthy planet not only for physical sustenance, but for our mental health as well.
Today's Green Man is no longer a forgotten mythology relegated to garden statuary. It is as relevant today as it was in ancient times, and these stories will remind you of the myths' importance.

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About the Author:

Adria laycraft is a grateful member of IFWA and a proud survivor of the six-week Odyssey Writers Workshop. She works as a freelancer and ghostwriter, and is the co-editor of an Urban Green Man anthology and author of Be a Freelance Writer Now. Adria lives in Calgary with her husband and son, where she invests far too much time and money into her garden.
Janice Blaine is a professional commercial artist. Throughout her career she has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from pre-production animation to design & illustration of children's books. She was recently nominated for an Aurora Award.

From Publishers Weekly:

This thoughtful collection of 31 stories and poems—with an introduction by acclaimed fantasist Charles de Lint—updates the Green Man myth for a far less green world. Here the legendary spirit of raw life force and protector of the forest takes on diverse roles, from nurturer to avenger and from lover to nemesis. In Susan J. MacGregor's Evergreen and dvsduncan's The Green Square, those who defy the Green Man's needs are swiftly and painfully punished. In Sap and Blood by Martin Rose and Breath Stirs in the Husk by Eileen Wiedbrauk, desperate souls call on the forest spirit for help, with mixed results. Goldeen Ogawa's Abandon All and Sarina Dorie's The Forest Lord force human characters to come to terms with the power of nature itself, while the Green Man finds ways to adapt to us in Gary Budgen's Mr. Green and Michael J. Martineck's Greener Pastures. Most of the stories are short, more thought and image than plot. Pagan readers and urban fantasy fans, especially young adults, will enjoy this look at timeless themes of balance and wildness. (Mar.)

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