MONSTER OF THE MONTH: FAERIES

To celebrate spring, we've decided to devote this month to examining the Fair Folk.  We're looking at faeries, the legends that surround them, and how they might give us insight into strange encounters with unusual entities that continue to happen today.  From brownies to bogies, these beings are known to bring both weal and woe to humanity; often based off of how they are treated.  Our 'good neighbors' can be anywhere, residing in lonely mushroom-ringed hills and even our own homes; so make sure to set out a small meal tonight for any helpful household spirits, but don't do them the dishonor of thanking them out loud.  If you're worried about the harmful effects of elf-shot, then you may want to bring a few items made of iron as we go looking for faeries in our own gardens, and beyond.

FEATURED ARTIST: CHRIS NICHOLS

Chris Nichols is a creator of kid’s books, comics, and illustrations. He fills his work with influences taken from skateboarding, his daughter, fantasy fiction, sci-fi, and heavy metal music. Over the past 2 years Chris has focused on authoring, illustrating, and self publishing seven children's picture books: A Compendium of Creatures A to Z, 9 Little Wizards, Freya's Friends Search for the Golden Peaches, Adventurers Abilities A to Z, Dance, Unicorn. Dance!, Counting Cryptids, and upcoming Freya's Friends Dream Ship.

 

 

BOOK of the MONTH: FAERIES: DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION by BRIAN FROUD and ALAN LEE

This iconic book on faeries first saw print in 1978, and has been reprinted periodically in the years since.  Its influence on a generation of fey-loving forteans can't be overstated--this is one of the first books on the Good Folk that we read personally as children, and we still dust it off and bring it out to thumb through on rainy days.  It perfectly captures the capricious nature of faeries in both its art and the stories that surround them.  Faeries is a wonderful resource for any folklorist, and if you haven't yet read it, Froud and Lee's illustrations alone makes it worth purchasing.

 

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