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"If we lose touch with mythology, with ancient stories and songs and ways of doing things, we lose our humanity. We become as superficial as an Internet search or a television comedy. We'll end up looking back on our past with as little comprehension as most people today have of Egyptian hieroglyphics, or the meaning of Stonehenge."--novelist Phillip DePoy, 2007


Background Information

I thank all of you for your interest in my work, your kind reviews and comments over the years. I also thank those of you who stopped by my AuthorsDen site 980,000 times! And thanks to all of you who have purchased my books or checked them out from the library. The fact that you have read my books is perhaps the biggest thrill yet.

I have been interviewed twice on the local CBS affiliate in Sacramento about my new books and architectural symbolism. You can see the interviews at gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/7332584-author-gary-r-varner/ and gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/7600242-sacramento-symbolism/

The second appearance was a two hour live broadcast conducting a walking tour of Sacramento's old buildings and to discuss the architectural symbolism present on them. It was great fun!

New projects this year included a cultural history of Ethiopia and new additions to the Hidden in Plain Site series--all fully illustrated. My new book on the folklore of faeries is now available on kindle and in paperback.

Two other projects just completed are Portals to Other Realms: Cup-Marked Stones and Prehistoric Rock Carvings. This is an analysis of this strange rock art design found around the world dating back possibly 700,000 years. No one knows why they were made or why they appear on every continent. The introduction was written by Vyacheslav Mizin, a member of the Russian Geographical Society and an expert on ancient sites in Russia. Fully illustrated.

The second is Remembrances of the Dead--Graveyard Art & Symbolism which discusses the symbolism found in many pre-twentieth century grave stones, the meanings behind the symbols and a bit about the stone carvers. The book is illustrated with over 70 photographs taken in Nova Scotia, Maine, Massachusetts, Kentucky, South Carolina and California.

New for 2015 is my just released Monsters in Stone-Kentucky's Gargoyles, Grotesques and Green Men, available now in a Kindle edition and paperback from Amazon.com and your local bookshop.

Please visit my Bookstore at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/gary_varner

You can read my articles on Acedemia.edu here http://independent.academia.edu/GaryVarner

Publication History:


Essays in Contemporary Paganism 2000 [Out of Print}
Water of life Water of Death: The Folklore and Mythology of Sacred Waters 2004 [Note: This book is out of print. A second edition is now available as Water from the Sacred Well: Further Explorations in the Folklore and Myth of Sacred Water availble in both print and Kindle editions]
Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone 2004
The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Nature 2006
Strangely Wrought Creatures of Life & Death: Ancient Symbolism in European and American Architecture 2006
The Dark Wind: Witches and the Concept of Evil 2007 in print and Kindle editions
Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings Around the World - A Study in Comparative Mythology 2007
Mysteries of Native American Myth and Religion 2007
The Gods of Man: Gods of Nature - God of War 2007
Maria Lionza: An Indigenous Goddess of Venezuela 2007
The Use & History of Amulets, Charms and Talismans 2008 in print and Kindle editions
Gargoyles, Grotesques & Green Men: Ancient Symbolism in European and American Architecture 2008 in print and Kindle editions
The Owens Valley Paiute - A Cultural History 2009 in print and Kindle editions
Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning, and Mythology of Holy Wells & Waters - has been reissued in a 2nd edition August 2009 by Algora Publishing
Ancient Footprints - Cultural Diffusion in Pre-Columbian America 2010 in print and Kindle editions
Charles G. Leland - The Man & the Myth, 2nd edition 2010 in print and Kindle editions
Magic, Witchcraft, Pagans & Christians: A Study in the Suppression of Belief and the Rise of Christianity 2010 in print and Kindle editions
Ghosts, Spirits & the Afterworld in Native American Folklore and Religion 2010 in both prinet and Kindle editions
Water from the Sacred Well (Kindle edition 2010, print edition 2011)
The Sword and Dagger in Myth & Legend (2nd edition 2011 in both paper and Kindle)
Hecate the Witches' Goddess first published in 2008 is availble in a new revised 2011 edition from Kindle and Amazon.com
Hidden in Plain Site I - Sacramento and Hidden in Plain Site II - Pittsburgh are new 2012 offerings available in both Kindle editions and paperback
Ethiopia - A Cultural History of An Ancient Land (2012) available both in Kindle and paperback editions
The Folklore of Faeries, Elves & Little People - A Study of a Cultural Phenomenon (2012) now in Kindle and paperback editions
Portals to Other Realms: Cup-Marked Stones and Prehistoric Rock Carvings (2012) Kindle and paperback
Remembrances of the Dead - Graveyard Art & Symbolism (2013) now in a Kindle edition and paperback
The Ancient Religion and Beliefs of Ethiopia (2014)
Monsters in Stone: Kentucky's Gargoyles, Grotesques and Green Men (2015)

Visit Folklore, History & The Study of MythVisit Folklore, History & The Study of Myth


                                                                                                 
Accomplishments

Gary has been listed in successive editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World and is a member of the American Folklore Society.

His books have been purchased by over 3100 university and public libraries around the world, including the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the British Museum Research Library and the Eastern California Museum.

Varner's articles and books have been referenced or cited in dozens of publications and websites, including:

1) “The Unveiling of the sacred in Eliade’s Men and Stones” by Ali Shehzad Zaidi, Humanities Department, State University of New York at Canton in neohelicon, Vol. 36, Number 1/June 2009 published by Akadėmiai Kiadó and Springer Science+Business Media
2) Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley by Georgiana C. Kotarski (Paperback - Jun 1, 2006) John F. Blair, Publisher
3) Robert Koch and the Study of Anthrax (Uncharted, Unexplored, and Unexplained) by Kathleen Tracy (Library Binding - Sep 2004) Mitchell Lane Publishers (September 2004)
4) Beings - Webster's Specialty Crossword Puzzles, Volume 2: The Enthusiast's Edition (Paperback) ICON Group International, Inc. (May 5, 2009)
5) Mystical Places and Marvelous Meals: A Travel Cookbook (Paperback) by Sara Nieves-Grafals (Author), Al Getz (Contributor) iUniverse, Inc. (December 13, 2005)
6) Treat or Trick? Halloween in a Globalising World by Hugh O'Donnell Cambridge Scholars Publishing (February 1, 2009)
7) “Nix”, New World Encyclopedia, http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Nix
8) “Externsteine” in Atlas Obscura http://atlasobscura.com/places/externsteine
9) The Green Man Biography, Links, Resources http://www.egreenway.com/meditation/greenman.htm
10) Myths, Legends, and Sacred Stories http://www.nativetreesociety.org/myths/index_myths.htm
11) Robin Hood “Under the Greenwood Tree”: Peasants’ Revolt and the Making of a Medieval Legend by Danielle Sabatka HIST 495: Independent Research Dr. Martha Rampton 1 May 2008 http://www.pacificu.edu/as/history/students/sabatka.pdf
12) Venezuela's Maria Lionza ... 16th century native girl, born to an Indian chief http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=77241
13) Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend by Mark Jenkins (A National Geographic publication)
14) Trials of the Moon: Reopening the Case for Historical Witchcraft. A critique of Ronald Hutton's The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ben Whitmore (October 2010)
15) Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature by Osprey Orielle Lake

Additional Information

Five new books include the Second edition of Charles G. Leland,a new book about ancient contacts between the indigenous cultures of the Americas and other lands, "Ancient Footprints: Cultural Diffusion in Pre-Columbian America," and "Ghosts, Spirits & the Afterlife in Native American Folklore and Religion" as well as "Magic, Witchcraft, Pagans & Christians: A Study in the Suppression of Belief and the Rise of Christianity" are now available at Amazon.com and other retailers. "Water from the Sacred Well" is now available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paper editions. The new series on architectural symbolism, "Hidden in Plain Site" has two new titles now available. Hidden in Plain Site-Sacramento and Hidden in Plain Site-Pittsburgh.

Gary's other books include The Mythic Forest, The Green Man and the Spirit of Nature which is a global analysis of the Green Man tradition in folklore from the Old World to the New. It is also a book about the folklore and mythology of tree and forest lore and contains many never before published photos of the Green Man in Wales, Ireland, England and across the United States. A must for those interested in nature lore and the Green Man archetype. He has also released a book on the ancient symbolism found in European and American architecture called "Gargoyles, Grotesques & Green Men: Ancient Symbolism in European and American Architecture." Illustrated with dozens of photographs of gargoyles, grotesques and other creatures and symbols, this book is a must for anyone interested in symbolism, folklore and architectural history. It is an area many find fascinating but also an area with almost no serious study devoted to it.

For those of you who like to enjoy nature and hiking please visit my etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BluegrassWoodArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu) for handmade hiking and walking sticks. Adult and child's sizes available.

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