This page is a directory of interesting, useful, thought provoking or simply entertaining or attractive sites I have come across. it’s like a links page, but better (perhaps) because you have the benefit of my prejudiced assessments of the sites and blogs in question. It’s a work in progress, of course: as I find other pages I like, I’ll add them, and if you want to make a recommendation, please send an email (self publicists welcome!). So, to start:
Fae folk: the world of fae (http://faefolk.weebly.com/resources.html). I like this site, which is written by Cassandra Lobiesk. It’s a sort of online ‘fairylore college’ for those who’d like to devote some time to study, possibly within the framework of a timetabled course so that you’re made to do things by certain dates- and so are more likely to finish(!). The home page starts with a statement very close to my heart: “The faery realm is a thing of beauty- but the faery realm is also a thing of monstrous proportions.” Cassandra hammers this home in Lesson 1 (1), under the heading of ‘Misconceptions’: she tells us the scary truth- bluntly:
“Right. Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, there are faeries that look like cute, tiny creatures with wings. Yes, they appear all throughout literature, artwork, music, and movies as cute, tiny creatures with wings. Now listen here, ’cause I’m only going to say this statement once. Faeries are probably the most frightening creatures anyone will ever encounter in legends and folklore.”
Cassandra throughout her lessons is clear that fairies are both alluring and deadly. This honesty about their ambivalent nature is refreshing; the fairies in my story The elder queen are just the same. The lessons are informative and interesting- she draws on traditional folklore texts and on recent fiction. There’s also a good resources page which confirms that Cassandra herself has done her homework.
Living liminally- lairbhan.blogspot.com- the blog of fairylore author Morgan Daimler and full of fascinating and informative posts. Well worth following.
Fairyfolklorist (faeryfolklorist.blogspot.com/) This is a most excellently researched blog, active since 2009 and, as a result, packed with valuable information. It is the mission of the author to tour Britain, investigating spots linked to fairylore: as s/he states “(I am a) Faery Folklore enthusiast living in the deepest depths of Northumberland, seeking the truth behind fairy stories, and tracking down the places at the heart of them.” Each entry, therefore, cites a fairy tale and then discusses the site as it is today with plentiful illustrations. It is plainly a labour of love and, as a mere beginner with my blog, it makes me quite jealous! Cannot be too highly recommended.
Fairyist (http://www.fairyist.com/) This is the web site of the Fairy Investigation Society and, as you might anticipate, it is packed with excellent discussion, a gazetteer of fairy locales, fairy tales, fairy gifts, an art gallery, reviews of fairy films and, even, a fairy census.
Carolyn Emerick (http://www.carolynemerick.com/) Carolyn is a researcher on folklore, myth and history generally, but she has a great interest in fairies and has written a number of articles on the subject, including ‘When brownies turn bad,’ ‘Ten reasons fairies are scary’ and ‘Nature spirits- elves and fairies of the forest.’ Generally, therefore, a wealth a solidly researched material.
Dark Dorset (they have both a website: http://www.darkdorset.co.uk/ and a blog: http://darkdorset.blogspot.co.uk/) A fantastically useful and interesting site with loads of information, not just on the local pixie folk but on all aspects of the county’s folklore, customs and social and cultural history. There’s a gazetteer for visitors and lots of other recommendations. Highly recommended; lots to explore!
The secret life of fairies (https://secretlifeoffairies.wordpress.com/about/). A blog by Maggie Hamilton, a writer and former editor, with some informative posts and some very nice photos.
Brian Froud (www.worldoffroud.com/)-because I like his pictures, for reasons I’ve discussed in a blog posting. This is his personal page, though you’ll find his illustrations all over the web.
Tales of faerie (http://talesoffaerie.blogspot.co.uk/) As the name may suggest, it’s mainly a blog about fairytales, but a search on the page will reveal a good supply of faery related articles, information and stories, plus some useful links.
Strange history (http://www.strangehistory.net/) Dr Beachcombing’s bizarre history blog- a collection of articles on the outlandish, anomalous and curious over the last 5000 years. A selection of interesting fairies pieces, but lots, lots more and useful links too.
Ancient origins (http://www.ancient-origins.net/) The site offers a very wide range of information on ancient cultures of the world but there’s some interesting fairy related articles across the different pages if you conduct a search. Generally fascinating and very nicely produced.
Mystical World (http://www.mystical-www.co.uk/) This promises that the unexplained will be explained. There are some bits and pieces of fairy lore scattered across the different subject areas they examine.
Hannah Titania (http://www.hannahtitania.com/index.html) Why? Because she’s beautiful and, better still, she plays the harp to seals. See her amazing pictures! Marvel at her dresses!
Fairies World (http://www.fairiesworld.com/) A huge selection of art and other gifts plus assorted information pages. Produced by Myrea Pettit, who also has a blog of her own. I encountered the art of Remy-Laurent Kraft on Myrea’s site- as illustrated by his rather scary clown fairy above.
Real fairies (http://realfairies.net/) A source of information, via podcasts, a shop and a forum for exchanging views and information.