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Browsing all articles tagged with fairies.

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
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Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers. Please read with caution if you’ve yet to finish the book. This is the thing about fairy tales: You have to live through them, before you get to happily ever after. That ever after has to be earned, and not everyone makes it that far. There are stories […]

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Graham Austin-King Interview

Graham Austin-King Interview 

Graham Austin-King is the author of the The Riven Wyrde Saga. This trilogy follows the fates of a people whose land is invaded by two forces. One they have known about for a long while, but never before has such a large scale invasion been launched, and another they have no knowledge of except for […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction

Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction 

We’re going to talk about faeries. For the purposes of both my sanity and authenticity, leave any and all notions of Disney’s Tinker Bell at the door. Tinker Bell is a pretty fiction dreamed up in order to invite little girls to dress in frilly gowns that glitter and sparkle in the sun. Faeries are […]

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Elements of Fantasy: Brownies

Elements of Fantasy: Brownies 

Hidden in the forgotten rooms of a house and in cluttered corners are little supernatural children who perform chores in exchange for food and treats. Even though they are personable and happy on their good days, they are considered to be evil spirits called brownies. Brownies aren’t just the girls who knock on your door […]

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Sídhe in Fantasy: From Gaelic Origins, To The Modern Market

Sídhe in Fantasy: From Gaelic Origins, To The Modern Market 

Recently on Fantasy-Faction, Janie wrote an excellent article on some of the origins behind faeries in mythology. This piece will both go a little further back, and a little farther forward: I’m going to talk about fae in a less conventional sense in regards to modern SFF, as well as exploring their origins in Gaelic […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Four: A History of the Fae

Faeries and Folklore – Part Four: A History of the Fae 

In this final part of our exploration of the fae, it seems appropriate to take a look at not only the varied and expansive wealth of literature and that features fae, or any recognisable incarnation of them, but also a more comprehensive look at their time line. We’ve briefly explored the evolution of the fae, […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

Last time we looked at how faeries have evolved, through some of their integral folklore as well as the genre as a whole. Some changes have been marked, others more subtle. The same goes for the faeries who constantly bask in the spotlight, one way or another; famous or infamous in folklore and stories written […]

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The Fair Folk edited by Marvin Kaye

The Fair Folk edited by Marvin Kaye
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I have no doubt that those of you reading this have a fair sized book collection and can admit to owning at least a few novels on your shelves that, perhaps, are coated in a thick layer of dust. These poor little guys have generally been purchased on a whim while just “taking a look” […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Two: The Evolution of Fae

Faeries and Folklore – Part Two: The Evolution of Fae 

Last time we looked at the faeries as a whole, a genus. But to really get to grips with the fae and just who and what they are, we need to be more specific, we need to go deeper. If we arm ourselves with Purkiss’ list (refreshed below) we can begin to look at some […]

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Elements of Fantasy: Fairies

Elements of Fantasy: Fairies 

The types of spirits known as fairies exceeded the number of ways the word was spelled. Fairy godmothers were given human dimensions, oftentimes without wings. Tinkerbell was tiny with dragonfly qualities. Puck was mischievous and emotional. At a first glance, fairies lacked a particular identity. Many people adamantly believed in fairies. In Scotland, land developers […]

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The Battle of Science and Magic – Part One: Particles and Pixie Dust

The Battle of Science and Magic – Part One: Particles and Pixie Dust 

For a long time we have separated magic and science, drawing a line between fantasy and science fiction, associating magic with the past – usually a pre-industrial society – and seeing certain man-made inventions as the bane of magic, portraying science as the destroyer of dreams. This position is understandable. If magic represents the unknown, […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Mythical Creatures

Monthly Short Story Winner: Mythical Creatures 

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a great leap day. The Fantasy-Faction Anthology Contest is now in full swing!  The amount of entries coming in is amazing! If you were thinking about entering a short story, don’t worry there is still plenty of time. The contest closes on June 30th. But, if you were thinking […]

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