Folklore

The Wily Will-o’-the-Wisp #folklore

One of my favourite faeries to use in my writing – sometimes just popping up in a story without forethought! – is the will-o’-the-wisp. Folklore Most faeries with fiery appearances and a tendency to lead night-time travellers astray are categorised as “will-o’-the-wisp”, which is why there are so many differing names for something that seems …

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Magic, Faeries and Wonder #amwriting

So, we have looked at what dark fantasy is and what types of folklore I use in my writing. Another question that frequently comes up in interviews, online chats and talking to readers via email and at book signings: What do you write about? They already know how the content is dealt with (dark fantasy) …

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Cold Ones: Yuki Onna and Tsurara Onna #folklore

I decided to do a bit of research on Japanese folklore creatures (yokai). My favourite among these, and regularly confused with each other, is Yuki Onna and Tsurara Onna. Tsurara Onna is the Icicle Woman and Yuki Onna is the Snow Woman. Enjoy! Folklore about Yuki Onna and Tsurara Onna KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of …

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The Dark Muse #Folklore

Everyone always talks about having a muse to help them with their artistic endeavours. Yeah, some muses are a little trickier with what they want out of the deal than others. Today we’re looking at the Leannan Sìth. Leannan Sìth in Folklore Survivals in Belief Among the Celts by George Henderson [1911] The forester was …

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The Goddess of Winter #folklore

I’m enchanted by the old lore of the world – especially the Celtic goddesses. The Cailleach is one of the most fascinating, powerful and terrifying of the Celtic goddesses. It is said that she is ancient. The Cailleach in Folklore Carmina Gadelica Hymns and Incantations Ortha Nan Gaidheal Volume II by Alexander Carmichael [1900] Cailleach, …

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