Literary Matters: Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland novels

Twisted fairy tales, revisions and reversions of old legends and mythologies, turning everyday life inside out and at odd angles to itself, bringing Old Magic into a Today World–it’s all the province of names like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett–and Catherynne M. Valente. As with those authors, Valente has already established cross-media ties; notably, songs by . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland novels

Revisiting the Visible McKillip

If a reader reads a fairytale once and never picks it up again, need has been satisfied. If a reader willingly reads a fairytale nineteen times, even in that many different versions, I think it’s because the need for that particular tale hasn’t been resolved, deep in the place where imagination and symbols, emotions and . . . → Read More: Revisiting the Visible McKillip

A Triple Howl

They’re dancing high and they’re dancing low / The King of the Sidhe will not let you go / And you follow them round… into the mound of the faeries… — Coyote Run’s “Finnean’s Dance”

There’s been a bit of a stir in the Green Man Pub of late; one of our staffers keeps talking . . . → Read More: A Triple Howl