Category Archives: British

Iron Constitutions

I’ve been looking a bit into witches, and I latched onto one physical trait the Russian Baba Yaga is sometimes said to have, which is iron teeth. Such teeth seem to be associated with witches in general in Slavic lore. … Continue reading

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Ariel View

I’ve looked at quite a bit of fairy lore over the years, but one character I hadn’t really addressed is Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, largely because I hadn’t read it. I recently did so, and I also found out that … Continue reading

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wisp

The term “Will o’ the Wisp” refers to a sort of light that appears over swamps and marshes, caused by photon emissions from gases. Or at least that’s the scientific explanation. There’s a lot of folklore devoted to these weird … Continue reading

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Give Me Pasta Power as Fast as You Can

Okay, nobody at all expressed interest in my reviewing individual Super Mario Bros. Super Show episodes, but I felt like doing it anyway, so here are thoughts on the first four. Each one has both a cartoon and a live-action … Continue reading

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Wizards’ Work

Once & Future, by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – Written by a queer couple and published under the imprint of mystery and thriller author James Patterson, this combines the King Arthur myth with science fiction, LGBT themes, and … Continue reading

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A Time to Hop

I can’t say I do much for Easter as an adult, but I definitely have memories of hunting for eggs in my childhood. I remember going to church services as well, but I’m generally a defender of secular aspects of … Continue reading

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Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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But Aquaman, You Cannot Marry a Woman Without Gills!

Aquaman – I can’t say I know too much about the character, aside from that he’s the butt of a lot of jokes for his clean-cut persona and seemingly useless powers. From what I’ve read, the comics have addressed that … Continue reading

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Black Dogs Matter

From looking up the Barghest, a mythical black dog that made an appearance in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, I found that there are a whole lot of ghostly black dogs in the folklore of the British Isles, as well … Continue reading

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Sidhe Bop

I’ve been reading a lot recently, but a bit sporadically. There are some library books I want to finish before starting on anything I own. I’m pretty anxious to read more of The Lost Tales of Oz, but I kind … Continue reading

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