Editor’s Address

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
                                              J.R.R. Tolkien

Roads go ever on and on. Roads, paths, and lives are a mystery when we start on them. All we ever see of them is from the perspective of where we are on them and maybe a little ahead, maybe a little behind us, but in the ordinary course of existence, we really don’t see much of where we have been or where we are going. This is the reason why it is best to take whatever comes our way, or whatever we happen upon, with an open, loving heart, but also with clear eyes, as well as a clear mind. For, “all that is gold does not glitter” yet some that wander really are lost. This openness of heart and clarity of vision along our own journeys, is where the spirit of true adventure among an ever changing life, thrives.

Fall, also, brings the spirit of change: leaves turn, grass browns, weather cools. Yet, it also brings the fullness of the fruit of our labors in the harvest. While all nature takes its timely decay, the mind naturally drifts towards the end of things, recoiling a little, in temporal fear of the ultimate unknown. Thus it is fitting that in this season we have children going to school to learn about the largeness of life as well as the celebrations of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Halloween being the celebration of mimicking and satirizing the fear of death and spiritual horrors, and Thanksgiving being the celebration of all things given to us in bounty by the magnanimity of God almighty.  

This issue hopes to bring to mind in its various articles all of these things. We certainly hope you like it. You can check out all our new articles our writers generously submitted in our Something New menu option, or check out previously published and forgotten gems in our Something Old menu option. We have expanded our ideas a lot in this issue and our menu, though a bit crowded, reflects this. We are working on making room for everything and want to thank you all for your patience, but in the the meantime there are options that are sure to please almost anyone. Also, later on this season, we will be introducing a cultural blog to our repertoire so keep an eye open for that, when it hits. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow us if you like what you see and want to stay updated with our ongoing expansions, if you want, or just keep perusing at your leisure. The path is yours, to wander, and “Wonder”, as you wish.

-The Editor

In the spirit of Autumn and Halloween, go to our article, Horror’s Release, to see our explanation of the Horror genre and its rightful place in literature at large as well as here at Wonder Magazine.