Communion shades


EVANS LANSING SMITH is Chair and Core Faculty of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica. This is his 11th book, but first novel – a coming of age story of a group of young writers living in London and Dublin in the 1970s


 This book is the first of a trilogy, entitled Voices From the Well. Each of the three novels focuses on the unfolding dynamic of a sequence of relationships, and the emotional and spiritual growth they catalyze. Set in London, Dublin, Athens, and the East Coast, this first book is a moving portrait of two young poets struggling to find their voices, to recover from family trauma, and to make sense of the creative turmoil of the 1960s.





 I have never read such a precise and competent description of the mind of someone constantly on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. Seth’s poetry elevates his fear of the abyss to the level of art. This is a wonderful contribution to both psychological literature and poetry.



The Wisdom of the Psyche, Routledge, 2016


 Communion Shades is a tour de force in the bildungsroman genre.



with Charles Asher, of the novel, Simon’s Crossing


 Communion Shades is a poetic, lyrical, mythical and magical journey into shades of a past haunted by love, framed by many voices, and enriched by an alchemical weaving of destinies. This novel embeds the reader in the texture of psychic growth that is heartbreakingly rejuvenating: it is an initiation into the survival of youth.



The Sleuth and the Goddess: Hestia, Artemis, Athena and Aphrodite in Women’s Detective Fiction, Routledge, 2016