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Dark Fairies

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We all know about fairies—they're usually helpful, ethereal creatures in children's stories and Walt Disney films, flitting about doing good, right?

Wrong!

In ancient times, the concept of fairies was rather different. They were the often-dangerous embodiment of the land, dark and unpredictable spirits ...

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Overview

We all know about fairies—they're usually helpful, ethereal creatures in children's stories and Walt Disney films, flitting about doing good, right?

Wrong!

In ancient times, the concept of fairies was rather different. They were the often-dangerous embodiment of the land, dark and unpredictable spirits that watched Humanity with a jaundiced and hostile eye. And, according to conventional folk wisdom, they were to be feared rather than trusted. Indeed, in their original form, many of our "fairy tales" read more like late-night horror stories.

Dr. Bob Curran investigates the folkloric roots of the fairy kind, tracing their origins from the sprites and maenads of Classical times to the sanitized versions of the English Victorians. Among other aspects, he examines the connections in the Christian mind between the fairy kind and demons; the links between fairies and ancient, pagan gods; and the often-strained relations between fairies and humans across the ages.

This is not a book for those who believe that fairies are friendly, kindly creatures. With the growing and anticipated interest in fairies—particularly given the forthcoming Disney film Wings, starring Miley Cyrus—Dark Fairies is a timely and valuable new title.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601631107
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 526,172
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bob Curran was born in County Down, Northern Ireland. After leaving school, he held down a number of jobs and travelled extensively. He now works as a writer and broadcaster, as well as in an advisory capacity for a number of governmental organizations with regard to culture and education. He is the author of numerous books for New Page Books, including Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, and Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms. He currently lives in the north of Ireland with his wife and young family. He appears frequently on Coast to Coast AM and other radio programs.


Ian Daniels has illustrated book covers for Marion Zimmer Bradley, Orson Scott Card, and Poul Anderson. His illustration book projects for New Page Books include Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, Dragonlore, and Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    Another hit

    I am continually impressed by Dr. Curran's work & it seems there is always another book to anticipate. Dark Fairies, like his previous works, is extremely readable, well researched & interesting. I am glad to see that editing has once again become a priority for New Page Books, my only criticism of previous works was an excessive amount of typos & misspellings. Anyone interested in fairies, monsters, and eerie creatures of the world will be pleased by this book which Dr. Curran manages to keep quite readable for the general public while putting quite a bit of academic research into it. I have already pre-ordered "Man-made Monsters," the next book to be released by Dr. Bob Curran.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    good book

    this was a great book once you read it you should get some one too get it for you it is imaginative to read.

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