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Scheherezade’s Bequest updated guidelines
Issue Three of Demeter's Spicebox
Scheherezade's Bequest Vol. 1 Issue 1
Silver Hands - press release
The Gray Fox Epistles: Wild Tales By Mail
Call for Submissions: Issue Three of Demeter's Spicebox
Welcome (back) to CdF
Two Conferences of Folk Belief & the Supernatural
Our latest media reviews, interviews, and essays.
Away With The Fairies

Away With The Fairies

From woodland glades to rocky hills, Fairies come in many sizes and types. The Spriggans, Pixies, Piskies, Sidhe (pronounced “shee”), Good Folk and Fae suffer a welter of differing reports. Some say they are not to be trusted, others that they never lie. Some are tall others tiny. Some bestow great riches and others steal

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Clockwork Phoenix 4 - review

Clockwork Phoenix 4 – review

I am a huge fan of anthologies, and for me, the mark of a good anthology is that every piece should not please every reader. This sounds counter intuitive, but especially when courting the genres of science fiction and fantasy, this method shows that the editor understands that each of these genres have many facets, and each facet has its own set of fans.

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The Twelfth Stone - review

The Twelfth Stone – review

The purpose of fairy tales, it can be argued, was to teach lessons to children and communities in order to help them to understand the world and assimilate to a society. Whether or not we agree with the lessons taught by older fairy tales and their interpretations is often up for debate. But it is truly something to read a fairy tale that teaches lessons appropriate for citizens of this century, while still allowing readers to delve into a world far beyond their own.

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Men of Mother’s and of Mine: Redeeming the Inner Masculine in a Finnish Folktale

Men of Mother’s and of Mine: Redeeming the Inner Masculine in a Finnish Folktale

Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who had nine sons, but no daughters… This interpretation of the wonderful Finnish folktale The Girl Who Sought Her Nine Brothers is based on the copyrighted version found in Tales from a Finnish Tupa, by James Cloyd Bowman and Margery Bianco, first published in 1936 and now published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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On Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights - review

On Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights – review

The writing is smart and effective–no academicese found here. Wrapping tales within tales within explanations, Warner stylistically imitates her subject while also making it possible for the reader to draw his own connections between these storytelling patterns and other Western literature. Slowly, the literary Berlin-wall between Eastern/Oriental literature and all that came from the west is deconstructed.

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Onyx and Opal Boil the Sea by Kevin Tseng

Onyx and Opal Boil the Sea by Kevin Tseng

Kevin Austin Tseng used to weigh 220 pounds in the 6th grade. This may sound crazy, but he lost that weight because of a fairy tale, one his father told to him at night. Now, he believes that fairy tales can change lives.

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