Hellebore 2: Get Yours!

Issue #2 of Hellebore is out in the wilds. Get your copy here (and order the first issue, too). Jam-packed full of magic and lore. My piece is on fairies as ‘the wild gods of the land’ — of course I namecheck Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Graham Joyce’s Some Kind of…

It’s a Bear

In the midst of a delightful discussion about Midsommar on pal Carol’s FB wall, a few memories have bubbled up. One of them is the gas station we always stopped at on the drive up to our cabin in Kaleva. It was a long drive and we knew every turn of it. I always knew my…

#FolkloreThursday: #storytime by Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band

If like me you have not been able to catch the live version of Joanne Harris’ #storytime, you’ll be glad to know that this CD captures the experience rather well (I suspect). Music, song and story blend together to create a magical experience with the freshness of a live performance. Folktale aficionados will find Harris’…

#FolkloreThursday & Freebie

Hey, I’m a guest host over at the #FolkloreThursday twitter account today from 5pm-6:30pm UK/noon-1:30pm US eastern time. I’ll be seeking out stories to share with everyone and asking questions about the lore out there. Join us! Also, today only you can get the third Hecate Sidlaw adventure for FREE! Hard-Boiled Witch: Charms O’erthrown spins…

Revisiting Anglo-Saxon Magic: #FolkloreThursday

The days are just packed! So forgive me if I offer a little repeat: my first two posts for Witches & Pagans as ‘History Witch’ dealt with Anglo-Saxon traditions of magic and healing. Just the thing for the #FolkloreThursday madness. Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Magic, Part 1 Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Magic, Part 2 Check out all…

Sounding Out! Podcast #54: The Sound of Magic

Originally posted on Sounding Out!:
Each of the essays in this month’s “Medieval Sound” forum focuses on sound as it, according to Steve Goodman’s essay “The Ontology of Vibrational Force,” in The Sound Studies Reader, “comes to the rescue of thought rather than the inverse, forcing it to vibrate, loosening up its organized or petrified body (70).…

Louhi at @FolkloreThursday

My introduction to Louhi, witch of the north in The Kalevala, appears at @FolkloreThursday today. Folk familiar with my work know that she appears in my stories in Dream Book which were inspired by Finnish mythology in both The Kalevala and The Kanteletar. Some helpful links: The best translation of The Kalevala; the only English…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie: Hard Boiled Witch 3

I’m running with the idea! Get the third Hard Boiled Witch story for free today as part of the Folklore Thursday fun. They’re getting a lot of good buzz. Drop over on Twitter to catch the madness and bring your giants, witches and fae. Hard-Boiled Witch: Charms O’erthrown Hecate Sidlaw finds herself in a wild…

Re-Imagining the Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are over. If you weren’t in the UK you might not have been aware of just how transformative these two weeks were. That I’m even talking about it is evidence enough. Like many of my geek and writer friends I’ve often found myself in the position of fighting against the popular attention…

Six Sentence Sunday: The Price

Six Sentence Sunday has rolled around again: if all has gone well, I am in Dundee. After the long day of travel, I suspect I may still be in bed. Let’s hope! In the midst of packing and tying up loose ends, I was also writing (well, when am I not?). One of the things…