So if you were dropped in as the protagonist in a paranormal romance isekai, which would you rather deal with? Vampires or fox spirits? Continue reading
Okay, one of the nifty things about mermaids is how many different versions there are in myths across the world; from things that are more like simian sharks to haunters of sacred wells. Continue reading
I managed to snag Foxfire 3 out of a local library. It has a significant section on ginseng in the Appalachians, both hunting it wild and growing it. Continue reading
So, let’s talk allergies.
Allergies are interesting and often underused in fiction. Continue reading
Poke any supposed collections of folklore you pick up. Poke them hard, and see if they quote sources, Continue reading
One common tack in urban fantasy is to assume All Myths Are True; or at least that all folkloric critters are real and may attack the locals, show up in your occult investigator’s office, or prank-order pizzas to bury his driveway. Continue reading
If you plan to write stories based off folklore, rather than Hollywood’s take on monsters or things dreamed up out of your own head, you’re going to need to do research. I say that with all due sympathy and plenty of empathy, Continue reading
If you dig into the past, you can herd the flocks of the sea, or spin straw into gold.
The second is the easiest to demonstrate in the modern era. Continue reading
If you have undead in your world, how do they work?
Don’t count undead out of an SF setting. Continue reading
Japanese Demon Lore: Oni from Ancient Times to the Present, by Noriko T. Reider. I’m going to give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s a decently written academic work, but for someone who wants oni lore along the lines of “where do they live and what do they do?” instead of a literary analysis Continue reading