I get this question a lot. Why faeries, and not vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, ect? What made you write about the fey?
Faeries, the real fey, have always fascinated me. And by real fey, I don’t mean the glittery winged Tinkerbelles, or the cute flower fairies of children’s books. I mean the fey of old, the proud, ancient creatures who stole infants and poisoned cattle and led humans off the path to starve in the woods. I mean the fey of the Grimm Brothers faery tales, or the Erlkoing ballad, or even A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Faeries have been largely sanitized by Disney and children’s stories, and it is only recently that they are beginning to make a comeback as what they always were; dangerous, capricious creatures who view humans as either playthings or light snacks.
Another reason faeries are so fascinating is that there are so many of them. Unlike vampires or werewolves, were there is just the one creature, the variety of different fey is staggering. Sidhe and phoukas, goblins and redcaps, trolls and spriggans and bogies and nixies. And every one of them has their own myths, their own legends. Whatever type of creature you need—evil, savage, benevolent, mischievous—there is a faery somewhere that fits that description.
But perhaps the most intriguing part about faeries is that they could be anywhere, right under our noses, and we wouldn’t know. Faery glamour allows them to be invisible to human eyes, unless they want to be seen, of course. Have you ever gotten the sensation that you’re being watched? Or you’ve seen something move out of the corner of your eye, but when you turn around there’s nothing? You might have caught the attention of the fey. In fact, they could be watching you right now, unseen and invisible, waiting for that perfect time to stri—
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