By Faerie Light: Tales of the Fair Folk (paperback)
And best come inside before dark falls.
IT'LL SOON BE DARK
Eighteen dark faerie tales lie within these pages.
Like the originals, they are. Like those that came before, those that warned of the darkness. Not like modern tales, no. No happy endings in sight.
These stories are all new (not re-tellings of old tales) and inspired from folklore from all around the world. They are filled with equal measures of fright and fancy.
You see, the fey are different from you and me. They don’t think like us. They don't take kindly to our definitions and ideals. They are more than just the tricksters of legend. They are complicated. And they are everywhere and in wide variety. Call them fairies, spirits, yokai, peri—you will never forget them. We are insignificant in the face of that uncaring, alien intelligence. Until we catch their eye, that is.
And now, we’re unleashing that overwhelming tide of fae on you. To be clear, we aren’t trying to teach you anything—we just want to play with your head for a bit.
Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year (vol. 6): By Faerie Light is "a charming anthology of dark fantasy tales about faeries. A few stories, such as the fine one by Andrew Penn Romine, verge on horror."
Nerds on Earth: "Each story is distinct in style, tone, and content. They vary from outright love stories to tragedies to combinations of the two, and there's more than a few that are macabre and horrific. Deals are struck with unexpected consequences and fulfillments. Dreams are realized only to prove themselves as nightmares. Twists abound, and more than a few of the stories are open ended enough to suggest that the tale is far from over."
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