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Fearsome Fairies
Fearsome Fairies

Fearsome Fairies

Haunting Tales of the Fae


British Library Hardback Classics


288 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $25.99 (US $25.99) (CA $34.99)

Publication Date: October 2022

ISBN 9780712354301

Rights: US, CA, SAM & MX

British Library Publishing (Oct 2022)

Price: $25.99


Fearsome Fairies taps into the enormous fascination with fairies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and includes cornerstone authors of the Weird genre such as Arthur Machen, M R James and Charlotte Riddell.

You see – no, you do not, but I see – such curious faces: and the people to whom they belong flit about so oddly, often at your elbow when you least expect it, and looking close into your face, as if they were searching for someone – who may be thankful, I think, if they do not find him.

There was an enormous fascination with fairies in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which popularised depictions of benevolent, butterfly-winged beings and glittering pantomime figures. But the fae have always had a more sinister side. Taking inspiration from folk tales and medieval legends, the works of weird tale and ghost story writers such as Arthur Machen, M. R. James, Angela Carter and Charlotte Riddell show that fairies, goblins and other supernatural entities could be something far more unsettling.

Delving into a frightening realm of otherworldly creatures from banshees to changelings, this new collection of stories revives and revels in the fearsome power of the fairy folk.


"A fantastic collection of stories that really explores how rich and dark fairy literature can be. . . .  A must have for fans of the fae." —A Cat, a Book, and a Cup of Tea

Author Biography

Elizabeth Dearnley is a folklorist, artist and researcher based at the University of London and the University of Wolverhampton. Her work explores fairy tales, horror and collective storytelling, and she has curated several projects including immersive 1940s Red Riding Hood retelling Big Teeth, and The Sandman for the Freud Museum, London. Her anthology Into the London Fog was published in the British Library Tales of the Weird series.