Mucking about in the Archives this afternoon resulted in a nice look at how a folk motif can change over time. Take the matter of a Gruagach…
We reviewed a double CD set of Robin Williamson’s Four Gruagach Tales. As our reviewer says, ‘Some may be asking ‘What, pray tell, is a gruagach?’ In many . . . → Read More: The Gruagagh
A crwth is a very odd Welsh instrument indeed. Think of it as a fiddle that went seriously weird as you can see from this description:
[T]he crwth is a medieval bowed lyre and ranks as one of Wales’ most exotic traditional instruments. It has six strings tuned g g’ c’ c d’ d” and . . . → Read More: Cass Meurig and Nial Cain: Deuawd
Oh, the tale I was going to tell? It concerns the Rat Fiddlers…
The staff is engaged in a discussion to name the group that the Rat Fiddlers are thinking of putting together — medieval music with small pipes, hurdy gurdy, and fiddles.
Who are these Rat Fiddlers, you ask? And why haven’t I heard . . . → Read More: Rat Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)
Three titles by masters of the genre! Now available as e-books, three titles by masters of the genre Neil Gaiman and Jack Ketchum: “Snow, Glass, Apples” and “Murder Mysteries” by Gaiman, and “Transformed Mouse” by Ketchum. Originally published as extremely limited collectible editions, these books are now available in a beautiful and affordable . . . → Read More: Biting Dog Press: new digital publications (Press Release)
I don’t really need to comment on our first offering as our reviewer did a far better job of doing so than I ever could. ‘I don’t think I’m alone in thinking of “dark fantasy” as a sort of combination of urban fantasy and horror: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, and less pleasant creatures confronting more . . . → Read More: Words: Stories and Scripts
Tim Powers’ first collection of short fiction in over half a decade, The Bible Repairman and Other Stories is a potent six-story collection that plays effortlessly with many of the author’s favorite themes. Zhlubby, burned-out protagonists, mysterious women, magical rituals that intrude on everyday life – these are familiar to anyone who’s read and enjoyed . . . → Read More: Tim Powers: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories
Four very different novels are offered up for your consideration this outing.
Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is a tale of what happens when happily ever after turns out not be quite all that it should be. The Magician King is his terrific follow-up to this 2009 novel and you can look for our review of . . . → Read More: Words: Four Very Different Novels
Over a few pints of Guinness, I asked Zina what her favorite Jane Yolen tale was and why so. Here’s her answer:
I’ve so many favorite Yolen stories and I am so grateful to her for them all, but I suppose that right now my favorite is ‘Briar Rose’, her re-telling of Sleeping Beauty within . . . → Read More: Zina Lee on Jane Yolen