John’s Books


Here’s a list of my own publications on fairy lore, if you’d like further detailed sources for much of the discussion on this blog:

British Fairies, Green Magic Publishing, 2017: this is a themed study of fairies, examining issues such as clothing, homes, commerce, changelings and curses.


Victorian Fairy Verse- An Annotated Anthology, Amazon/KDP, 2019:  the Victorian era saw a peak of popular interest in fairies- in art, literature, popular entertainments and in children’s books. Whilst there are several studies that examine Victorian fairy painting, that have been none that are devoted to the fairy poetry of the era. This book showcases the richness and complexity of this genre of nineteenth century verse.The book contains an introduction to the subject, followed by a brief survey of fairy poetry from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries- writers such as Drayton, Herrick and Blake. The fairy verse of the nineteenth century is then surveyed in themed chapters, which examine good and bad fairies, mermaids, Irish fairy verse, North American poetry and the twentieth century legacy of these writings. Each chapter includes a brief introduction, biographies of the poets and notes and discussion on each of the poems.Over eighty poets are included, from well-known names such as Ruskin, Tennyson and Rossetti to a host of much less well-known fairy writers.


Fayerie- Fairies and Fairyland in Tudor and Stuart Verse: Amazon/KDP, 2020.  This volume complements Victorian Fairy Verse.  As well as a selection of Tudor and Stuart verse, supported by notes, the text considers the background to ideas found in this poetry through an examination of medieval fairy belief.  This is followed with a detailed study of how fairies and fairyland are presented in the poetry and plays of the period.  As wide a range of authors have been drawn upon to give a thorough picture of Faery in the literature of the period.


Fairy Ballads & Rhymes: Amazon/KDP, 2020–  Britain is rich in its heritage of traditional ballads, most of which date from the seventeenth century or earlier. Around twenty of these ballads take fairies and fairyland as their theme. Accordingly, these songs are valuable sources of information on late medieval and early modern fairy beliefs. This book provides an overview of fairy lore in the ballads, accompanied by edited texts for all the key lyrics, supplemented by notes. In addition, British traditional rhymes dealing with fairy-lore are collected together, along with a selection of verses and songs ascribed to the fairies themselves. These texts are often overlooked as a body of literature in their own right, but this book takes the opportunity to focus upon them and what they can tell us about human and faery society.  Fairy Ballads is available as an e-book (£7.00) or as a paperback (£9.95).

Faery: A Guide to the Lore, Magic and World of the Good FolkLlewellyn Worldwide,  April 2020: this comprehensive book is both a folkloric resource and guide to residing near our magical neighbours. Faery dives deep into the rich cultural traditions of the British Isles and provides practical advice based on local legends and real encounters, revealing the symbiotic relationship between humans and fairies and inviting you to explore the magic, habits, and culture of the Good Folk. You’ll discover how to find fairies, how they act with them and what precautions you should take when working with them. 

Forthcoming titles include:

  • Beyond Faery (Llewellyn) which examines mermaids, goblins, kelpies, black dogs, hags and many other faery beasts; and (in preparation);
  • The Fairy Economy; and,
  • On the Borders of Faery.

As well as these folkore and literary guides, I’ve also written some fairy fiction, the titles of which include: