How Fairies Brought Toadstools into High Art

We don’t notice toadstools in our high-tech modern life. We hardly ever see them, except on pizza or in a quiche. However, if we go to draw a fairy in our ...
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The Real-Life Damage of Changeling Lore

A lot of Changeling lore focuses on the perspective of the parent: the frightening, unspeakable thought that the child they’re caring for may not be their own, and the strange, complicated ...
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Bad Fairy Case File #304: The Xana

OFFENSES: Enchantment, theft, kidnapping DESCRIPTION: Small, beautiful, long blonde hair,  ALIAS: Inxana, Anjana PROVENANCE: Asturian Mythology  The Xana is a beautiful fairy said to dwell wherever pure bodies of water flow, ...
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World of Warcraft: Sprites in Mists of Pandaria

Sha Tainted Sprites Deep in one of the most remote places of Pandaria a mysterious race of sprites have a little sylvan kingdom. It is a stretch of enchanted wilderness full of crystal pools ...
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In Search of Krampus

Several years ago my wife Laurie (who is infinitely hipper than I), turned me on to a devil that prances about at Christmas whipping naughty children with a birch branch. I ...
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Western Press Gets North Korean “Unicorn” Completely Wrong

Qing Dynasty Qilin North Korea found itself in the news last week for nothing that had to do with politics. Following a press release from KNCA... ...
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Where Do Fairy Rings Come From?

Perfect circles of mushrooms... Round, odd patches of dead lawn... Extra-bright green rings of growth in the grass... Centuries-old folklore ...
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For the Love of Gnome

Gnomes are often depicted as jovial little men wearing red hats and a wide belt. The iconic red gnome cap is a folklore detail that originates from ancient Mediterranean fisherman tradition. ...
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