We craft and tell stories because we’ve stood on the uncertain edge between the waking world and our imagination, between enchantment and fear. And we remember other stories that help us build our own stories, scraps of lumber and fragments of narrative we gather together to make stories for ourselves.

Publication: ‘Fairy Brides’ Volume 1, Issue 3

The new issue of Unsettling Wonder is now available. On the topic of ‘Fairy Brides’, this issue is strange and angular, taking some unexpected turns along lesser-known paths of folk and fairy lore.

We’ve got a striking blend of old and new, with original fiction from Lisa Tuttle and A. L. Loveday, artwork by Fionnuala Cook and Eleanor Bennett, as well as classic folktales from Matthew Arnold and Lafcadio Hearn. The cover illustration was once again drawn by the marvellous Laura Rae.

You can buy it here, in print and e-book. And the table of contents runs thusly:

UNSETTLING WONDER 1:3

Dear Reader
From the Editors

Thresholds : Betrothed
Fionnuala Cook

The Romance of the Milky Way
Translated by Lafcadio Hearn

The Grey Queen’s Gown
A. L. Loveday

I’d never seen one of them from the sea. Granny said I have, said they look like every other seal when I look to the waters, but I wouldn’t have seen one on the land. ‘Why not?’ I asked. ‘Ask your ma,’ she said. So I did.

The Forsaken Merman
Matthew Arnold

Fairy Brides (and Bridegrooms)
Katherine Langrish

On Selkie-Folk
W. Triall Dennison

Well, it happened one day that the goodman of Wastness was down on the ebb (that portion of the shore left dry at low water), when he saw at a little distance a number of selkie folk on a flat rock.

The Feather Dress
Lisa Tuttle

It was a garment between shift and cloak made entirely of feathers, all of them as fresh and perfect as if still in the body of a living bird.

Hibernation and Trust
Eleanor Bennett

Fairy Bride Cover


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