Spirituality exists in every work of fiction in some form or other, but most often manifests as divinity. Gods and goddesses never seem to go out of fashion. Why do authors turn to a god or pantheon of gods to articulate this spiritual urge? And out of all the pantheons, the Norse gods in particular certainly seem to be enjoying a revival.

We have not one but TWO authors joining us to talk about this incredible mythology, the nature of gods and the roles we require them to inhabit in our fiction. What relevance do these stories have in the 21st century?

Mentioned in this episode:

  • The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris
  • Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price
  • The Norse Edda(s)
  • The Last Kingdom
  • Alien
  • Skyrim
  • Hades (the game)

Genevieve Gornichec earned her degree in history from The Ohio State University, but she got as close to majoring in Vikings as she possibly could, and her study of the Norse myths and Icelandic sagas became her writing inspiration. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. The Witch’s Heart is her debut novel.

Hannah M Long is a Canadian writer who loves history, hiking, and exploring the world. She inhabits a ramshackle cabin in the wilds of Muskoka, Ontario, where she writes books and tames squirrels. However, she can often be spotted snooping about European museums or wandering the Alps with her husband. Hannah is the author of numerous books, including Hall of Smoke and Temple of No God. She also writes fantasy set in the 18th century, Edwardian period, and science fiction.