The Origins of Halloween and its Traditions
 

Origins of Halloween

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Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #6: Our Round One Winner
 

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #6

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Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore – SPFBO #6 Semi-Finals Review
 

Where Shadows Lie

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The Museum of Magical Miniatures: Gallery One

The Museum of Magical Miniatures: Gallery One 

With museums and art galleries across the world closed to the public, now seems like a good time to introduce a little virtual museum created just for Fantasy-Faction. Presenting: The Museum of Magical Miniatures! A museum of the mythical, the weird, and the fantastical. In Gallery One we have three miniatures from three different continents. […]

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House Spirits to Keep You Company

House Spirits to Keep You Company 

Well, friends, there’s no sugarcoating this; we’re in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has ripped through the world and has overturned how we live. Some of us cling to normality while others thrive in the digital workspaces, but one thing is painfully clear. Sometimes we just need to escape. But where can we go, […]

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A Walk Among the Trees: A Look at Forests in Myth and Media

A Walk Among the Trees: A Look at Forests in Myth and Media 

Forests have always been places of enchantment, haunted by outlaws, gods, angry ghosts and ferocious monsters. Walk a while with me. The wind sings through the leaves. Birds squabble in their nests and animals great and small slink through the underbrush. Trees older than cities slumber peacefully in hidden glades. Time moves to different rhythms […]

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Unicorn Mirror: A Compendium of Unicorn Lore

Unicorn Mirror: A Compendium of Unicorn Lore 

Introduction: The Ethereal Glimpsing of a Unicorn “The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were […]

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Hell: An Exploration

Hell: An Exploration 

The nature of the afterlife has fascinated and terrified humanity for tens of thousands of years. What, if anything, waits for us after death? Is there more than one place to go? And what happens if you end up in the wrong place? Mythology tells us that there are many destinations for the wicked or […]

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This Dreaming Isle edited by Dan Coxon – An Anthology by Unsung Stories

This Dreaming Isle edited by Dan Coxon – An Anthology by Unsung Stories
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This Dreaming Isle by Unsung Stories is a collection of supernatural short stories by different authors inspired by British folklore, British history and the British landscape. Not quite one thing or another, it wanders back and forth across the shadowy borderland between urban fantasy, gothic horror and grown-up fairy-tales. Dreaming is the operative word here, […]

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Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side

Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side 

Peter Haynes’ debut novel The Willow by Your Side has just been published by Unsung Stories. It is a haunting exploration of British folklore, mythology and landscape set after World War I, and follows the journey of a boy into the magical woods to find his missing sister. Peter Haynes was kind enough to speak […]

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Paternus: Wrath of Gods by Dyrk Ashton

Paternus: Wrath of Gods by Dyrk Ashton
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Stephen Hawking meets the Dalai Lama. (And they agree on everything about the universe.) In my review of Paternus: Rise of Gods, I mentioned my first impression was it felt like an urban fantasy; though neither it nor Paternus: Wrath of Gods belong to that genre. In the end, I compared Rise of Gods to American Gods […]

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The Many Faces of The Headless Horseman

The Many Faces of The Headless Horseman 

One of the most prominent creatures in both Western and European folktales is the headless horseman and can be dated as far back as the mediaeval times within Celtic folklore. Still, the most popular feature of this legendary phantom is from the prominent American folktale that originated near Tarrytown, New York, in a quiet village […]

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A Streak of White Hair: Fantasy or Reality?

A Streak of White Hair: Fantasy or Reality? 

I was recently reading a fantasy romance novel where the main character pushed himself to the limits of his magical abilities and nearly died. Afterward, he was left with a streak of white in his long black hair (if you don’t mind spoilers, this is the book). I’ve seen this before many times in fantasy, […]

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A Fantasy Geek’s Guide to YouTube: Mythology

A Fantasy Geek’s Guide to YouTube: Mythology 

YouTube is an app, a website and a cultural phenomenon. It’s also a vast and only partially explored wilderness full of content that ranges from dynamic to dire. Whatever your interests are, there’s probably at least one channel out there for you. But managing to dig out the channels that cater to your own SFF […]

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Trees in Fantasy – Part One: Trees as Symbols

Trees in Fantasy – Part One: Trees as Symbols 

Magic in fantasy, myth and legend usually occurs as a natural phenomenon, with its own place in the world of the story outside of what is created by mankind and civilisation. The connection between magic and nature has been a common theme in fantastical tales since the earliest days of storytelling. Trees, both individually and […]

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