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New Myths of the Feminine Divine

by Cynthia Joyce Clay   available as an e-book and a paperback


A Collection of Romance, Fantasy, SF, and Myth


  • The Three Fates are down to only One Fate, and does She need some help!
  • Aliens in a ceramic spaceship ruin Patricia¬ís love life.
  • A man-eating ogress wins her prince through her fine culinary skills.
  • A theater professor travels back in time to find Shakespeare was just a spear-carrier.
  • A soldier saves her city by laying down her sword.
  • A singer curses a city of fairies for their murderous xenophobia.
  • Geneticists and shamans pool their talents to make a demi-goddess to save the dying environment.

Review: Heather Wardell,


    New Myths of the Feminine Divine" is a collection of fourteen short stories, all with a female main character. The stories are diverse, ranging from comedic to very literary and serious, but are tied together by their common focus on the feminine perspective.
    ...Clay has an extensive vocabulary and is able to craft very interesting images. One of my favorites comes in the story, "The Rental," in which the main character is described as "a gangly woman who frequented a really bad beautician." ...The two best parts of the collection were the introduction and the story, "The Ice Box of Vengeance." The introduction discusses science fiction and fantasy literature, drawing distinctions between the two genres on their subject matter as well as on how men and women tend to view and write them. "The Ice Box of Vengeance" made me laugh out loud. The story of a broken-down fridge and the curse it puts onits inattentive owner is interesting and darkly humorous.

Reader Review: Mallory Anne-Marie Haws


    "New Myths of the Feminine Divine" is a collection of fourteen stories from the pen of accomplished author Cynthia Joyce Clay (author of "Zollocco" and "Romance of the Unicorn").

    This book is worth purchasing and reading even if it contained only the wonderfully cogent Introduction, in which author Clay discusses the status (and meaning behind) the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and myth, from a perspective of gender identity. Beautifully written, and clearly thought-provoking, this is one "Introduction" that must not be skipped over or avoided!

    Ms. Clay's view is that myth is transformative and depictive: that is, myth-including fantasy and science fiction-tell us, show us, illustrate for us, what happens when we evolve, when we mature, or conversely, when we regress. The point of myth is to bring us to an understanding of our nature and of our evolution as individuals (and species). Ms. Clay mentions that she writes what she would like to read, and I think this wise advice for any writer as well.

    I think my favourite "myth" story in this collection is the incredibly beautiful "Crayon Tree." Words fail me to describe the impact of this story. Additional choices for me would be "The Rental," and "The Aurora Mask," and of course "The Icebox of Vengeance." Yet every story is a delight, every "myth" so worth the reading. My personal advice to readers of this collection is: don't rush, don't make haste. Sit with the book-read one story and one story only at a setting-then set the book gently aside (or close your Kindle) and think, ponder, meditate on what you have just read. Let the individual story speak to you first, before you try to speak back to it.

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