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.

Pole Stars and Rolling Cheese

It’s the the darkest night of all the year, so all of us here at Unsettling Wonder are wishing you all the warmth and light and hope of the season. Whether it’s the bright memory of Hanukkah or the Advent glow of Christmas, or just the clear starlight of a winter night, here’s to you finding it and cherishing in the days and weeks and new year ahead.

It’s been a little quiet round the website lately, of course. Because what happened is this: we went with Sister Fox to get a particularly festive cheese, and no sooner did we open the fridge then the cheese jumped out and started rolling, down the hall and out the door and off along the road, and if we don’t run and catch it now the mice will have nothing to eat for the winter.

We’ll be back in the new year to tell you more about that perfidious, mischievous, one dares to say insidious cheese. For now, you should read this haunting new fairy tale by our folklore editor Katherine Langrish, about starlight and snowlight and true love—some of the best unsettling wonders we wish for you all.


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