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Dear Reader,

We at Haunted Waters Press have always had a strong connection to water. It is present in our writing in one form or another either literally or just below the surface. From the thundering downpours of Nebraska to the rain showers of Washington, from the Platte to the Columbia to the Charles, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the many waters in between, all of these have made an impression on us as individuals and as writers. But only recently have we learned the true nature of the impact of water on our lives and on our words.

In the spring of 2001, a family took up residence along the banks of the Shenandoah River. We played along her shores, caught frogs and fish, and skipped stones on her surface. We battled her when she rose and mourned for her when she fell. We made memories. We discovered words in the shallows and stories in the depths.

Then not long ago we suffered a loss. A loss so great that we found ourselves hiding from the world, hiding from the pain, hiding from her. Her that held the memories, the words, and the stories. Her banks too steep or her waters too swift, we turned away from her. We turned away from our words and the stories formed from the memories. Time passed as we stood still. But then we heard her calling. We tried to ignore her, but her voice haunted us until we answered. When we returned she was waiting. We carved a new spot along her banks and a bench from a fallen tree. It was here where we rested. It was here where we healed. Eventually, it was here where we found our words again.

We believe that just as water is essential to all life on Earth, so too is it to the written word. When the banks are too steep or the current too swift, we return to the water. Here we will find our words in the shallows or floating on the tide and from the depths a story will surely rise.

Best regards,

Susan Warren Utley

Savannah Renée Spidalieri

Editors, Haunted Waters Press

Haunted Waters Press was born from the need to immerse ourselves in words and stories. We embarked on this journey with a penciled list of goals and a loose timeline that served as a business plan. The fifth issue of our literary journal, From the Depths, paid tribute to A Life Less Ordinary, the very idea that inspired the creation of Haunted Waters Press.


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