La volpe che amava i libri è un po’ così: contraddittorio e dolce, delicato e sferzante, straordinariamente intenso a momenti mentre, in altri sembra fermarsi a pensare insieme a noi, proprio come un amico seduto accanto al fuoco. Così scrivevo, un anno scarso da oggi, quando compilavo un’approssimata recensione del best-seller di Nicola Pesce, gentiluomo […]
The Shadow Bride is a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien included in the little-known poetry collection The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. We take a look at it today on my Patreon, alongside some possible inspiration.
In our latest October, 15th post on the basic plots of fiction we took a look at what Christopher Booker calls Dark Figures, especially in relation to the “Overcoming the Monster” trope. Today I thought we might take a closer look at an aspect I only hinted at the end of the previous article: the […]
The Dream of Akinosuke is a beautiful and heart-breaking oneiric folktale retold by Lafcadio Hearn in his Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, written during his life in Japan and published in 1904. We take a look at it today on my Patreon.
Famed Italian author Italo Calvino, an author some intellectuals fiercely insist he never wrote fantasy or science fiction way beyond the point of the ridiculous, collected and translated 200 folktales from around the Country and published them in a vastly underrated book. Among them, some tales will sound familiar and were already presented by Giambattista […]
In the Galician folktale I present you today on my Patreon, a boy goes to the Devil’s house to pay off a gambling debt and recover his soul, but falls in love with the Devil’s daughter instead. He doesn’t take it well.
At the end of September, we have taken a look at the monster as a basic plot device: the existence of great evil is revealed to us (and to the hero), and the hero sets off to vanquish it. Following that trope, we take a look at circular vs. linear patterns and at the different […]
Today on my Patreon, the post is free to read even if you’re not subscribed. We take a look at the ultimate evil Fairy Godmother, Carabosse, and her sister Magotine. Carabosse is famous for being the wicked fairy in the Sleeping Beauty ballet (stage name Maleficent, I guess) but who invented the character? Step in […]
Who says the Bible isn’t spooky? In the Book of Revelations we meet a Woman who’s running from a Dragon. Yes. The Bible has dragons. Today on my Patreon we take a look at one of the most stunning illustrations from the so-called Douce Apocalypse, a special favourite of both William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones […]
This is probably my favourite among the traditional 1001 Nights, but it’s very rarely included in anthologies and it’s far into the 577° night, so people rarely reach it. Since I think it’s spooky as hell, let me give it to you today on my Patreon.