A Chimerical World: Guest Post with Carmen Tudor

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Today we have a guest post from Carmen Tudor.  

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My tale “Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” from A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court came about in part from my love of regional folklore, and in part from a year-long class I’d recently completed in Myths and Symbols. Although we never studied Scottish mythology in depth, the class introduced me to the Middle English poem “The Pearl,” which had an enormous influence on my story.

The poem was studied concurrently with Steinbeck’s novella of the same name, and opened up a new world of weaving the literal with the metaphorical, and also of creating an underworld of connotation through interpretation. While my character Lila is represented as a bean nighe (a creature very similar to the well known bean sidhe, or banshee), her true position in the story is that of deceased woman, or the entity that haunts both Alastair and his daughter Maggie.

The recurring, keening figure of Lila, and her connection to the wild Perthshire landscape, is, however, secondary to her haunting of Alastair: the bean nighe is present only to signal death’s approach.

As Maggie’s implied illness deteriorates, Lila’s visitations (whether real or imagined by Alastair) are used as an allegory to stir up the reader’s sense of foreboding and dread. The rushing waters of the river underscore the passage of the life cycle and the imminent death of one of the characters. The weather, the landscape and even the evocative colours of red, black and green are all used to paint a picture that hints at what is to come. The white, of course, of Maggie’s pearl references indicates impending chaos.

The trick is always to put these elements together without the story becoming trite, or forming one big “symbolic” cliché. I don’t know if I got it right. I know that when I read “The Pearl” (poem) and came across a father’s search for his fairy child, or pearl maiden (deceased child), my sense of empathy and sadness for a parent’s loss was heightened and stirred great imagery within me that led to a desire to recreate a similar theme in a modern setting. The language of the poem was beautifully inaccessible, but by using such strong symbolism as the pearl, the journey and the very detailed setting of an Edenesque garden, the anonymous 14th-century author was able to transcend language limitations and barriers and still deliver a tale of astonishing clarity. In my own story I am more interested in creating a piece that might interest a few readers. The attempted use of symbolism and allegory is merely there for my own amusement. Whether it reaches the reader or goes unnoticed isn’t really important; the story as it stands is fairly straightforward and is definitely only meant to provide an entertaining read for lovers of fantasy and horror.

On a final note, those interested in legends and myths of the UK, and folklore in general, should be encouraged to broaden their reading of this fascinating area. Scotland in particular has a wonderful and extensive history of superb and enduring stories. Whether you’re interested in study or simply enjoying some chilling tales, I’d recommend starting with what interests you most. For me, it’s ghosts and things that wander through the night. Let your imagination take you where it will. Enjoy the ride and remember that next time you read a scary tale or even a bland piece of prose perhaps its lines are littered with more than first meets the eye.

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Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO

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Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC

A Chimerical World Blog Tour

   Editor: Scott Sandridge

Featured Books

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court

May 18 to 25, 2014

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ScottSandridgeAbout the Editor: Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

 

 

 

TalesoftheSeelieCourt1200X800Book Synopsis Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.

But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.

 

 

 

Stories Included in Tales of the Seelie Court:

“Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown

“Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker

“Taggers” by Christine Morgan

“Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian

“The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long

“Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau

“Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm.

“Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming

“Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps

“Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison

“I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black

“The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen.

“The Last Mission” by Cindy Koepp.

“The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous”

by Matthew A. Timmins.

“The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern.

“Keys” by Michael M. Jones

“Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge

“Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin

“The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

TalesoftheUnseelieCourt_Cover1200X800Book Synopsis Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.

But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.

Stories included in Tales of the Unseelie Court:

 

“In Plain Sight” by Rebecca Leo

“The Wunderhorn” by David Turnbull

“Treehouse” by Kim Smith

“I’ll Watch Over You” by Angeline Trevena

“The Enemy of my Enemy” by Deedee Davies.

“Maestro” by Nicholas Paschall

“Prey of the Boggart” by Rony Blechman.

“Fear of Little Men” by Mike Pieloor..

“Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” by Carmen Tudor..

“Gifts” by Michael Shimek..

“Djinn and Tonic” by S. Clayton Rhodes

“The Bet” by Jodi Ralston…

“The Fool and his Money” by Nick Bryan

“The Yielding” by J. A. Ironside.

“The Tamer of Beasts” by Doug Blakeslee..

“The Last Sword of Barrow Thorns” by Matthew A. Timmins

“The Rose and the Dragon” by Steven S. Long

“The Brothers Doran” by John A. McColley

“Wonderland” by Stephanie Jessop

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

Editor Links:

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Facebook:

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Website/Blog:

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Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5772749-scott-sandridge

 

Tour Schedule and Activities

5/18    Jorie Loves a Story                                        Review

5/20    Deal Sharing Aunt                                         Guest Post

5/21    Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author              Guest Post

5/21    Vampires, Witches, and Me, Oh My!           Guest Post

5/21   Beauty in Ruins                                              Guest Post

5/21    The Bird’s Word                                             Interview

5/21    Book in the Bag                                              Interview

5/22    Bee’s Knees Reviews                                      Guest Post

5/22    Spellbindings                                                 Promo/Spotlight

5/22    I Smell Sheep                                                 Guest Post

5/23    The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies            Guest Post

5/24    Heroic Fantasy Writers                                     Review

5/24    Sheila Deeth Blog                                            Guest Post

5/25    Come Selahway With Me                                Interview

 

Tour Page URL:

http://www.tomorrowcomesmedia.com/a-chimerical-world-anthologies-virtual-tour/

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Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO

Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC