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Do Black Dogs (with burning eyes) Hate Fairies? August 19, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
Do Black Dogs (with burning eyes) Hate Fairies?

  Beach is very gradually dipping his big toe into the world of black dogs: those fearsome creatures with eyes as big as saucers burning like fire seen out and about in the British countryside. The key guide is Trubshaw’s Explore Phantom Black Dogs that has a number of fascinating essays including an introduction by  […]

The Triumph of the Dilettantes: Top Ten Fairy Books July 7, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
The Triumph of the Dilettantes: Top Ten Fairy Books

Beach has spent this summer putting together a bibliography of fairy texts. And while doing so he found himself wondering ‘what are the best of these hundreds of titles?’ The question has, in fact, been building up in him and after some reflection he has jotted down here ten books that offer the most entertaining […]

The Psyche Fairy Fake March 7, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Psyche Fairy Fake

***Dedicated to Mike Dash (who practically wrote this piece) and to Kithra*** In Beachcombing’s recent gambol through the records of false fairies, he put up the picture above and confessed that he had no idea where it had come from, though it was frequently ascribed to witches in Devon or Cornwall in his sources. For […]