Folklore Snippets: Omamori, Pocket-Sized Luck

It's been a while since we've had a good look at some folklore, isn't it? Under the spotlight today is a Japanese cultural and religious object - the omamori - which is a surprisingly common item of stock sold by our favourite occult tradesman: Peggy straightened her notes. “Honestly, Jack, you're never prepared. You never…Read more Folklore Snippets: Omamori, Pocket-Sized Luck

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Folklore Snippets: Phoenix, Firebird Without the Fire

Peggy's face lit up. I don't think she gets enough opportunity to show off all that knowledge she stores up from being around books all day. “Well, the phoenix is a mythical regenerating bird that is said to live forever. Or rather, it begets a new phoenix from the remains of the old, sort of…Read more Folklore Snippets: Phoenix, Firebird Without the Fire

Folklore Snippets: Kelpie, the Wild Water-Horse

(Warning! Spoilers ahead for Episode 14 of the Jack Hansard series.) It's been a while since I've done one of these Folklore Snippets, but I suppose Hansard hasn't run into many beasties lately – or at least, no beasties inspired by our own, real world folklore. Hansard's adventures have begun to take a darker turn,…Read more Folklore Snippets: Kelpie, the Wild Water-Horse

Folklore Snippets: Huldra, the Seductive Troll

Last week's Episode 8: Black Market featured a couple of interesting new beasties to choose from for this snippet. On the one hand you have Devin Tracey, the charming Irish siren; on the other you have the alluring female huldra. And as I suspect you are least likely to have heard of huldra, she will…Read more Folklore Snippets: Huldra, the Seductive Troll

Folklore Snippets: The Shellycoat, a Sprite with a Sense of Style

  In the latest episode of the Jack Hansard series, Ang and Jack run into a river-dwelling creature going by the name of Shellycoat. The reason such sprites are given this name should be immediately clear: they wear a rattling coat of shells over their body. Now, I admit I had some trouble tracking down…Read more Folklore Snippets: The Shellycoat, a Sprite with a Sense of Style

Folklore Snippets: Witchcraft

In the most recent installment of the Jack Hansard series (Episode 6: Cockermouth), Jack doesn't encounter any new beasties, but he does spend his time hawking occult amulets and magic potions. And seeing as he did business with a witch in Episode 5, it seems fitting that today's Folklore Snippet should be on the subject…Read more Folklore Snippets: Witchcraft

Folklore Snippets: Sticks and Stones, Trolls and Bones

If you missed it, Episode 5 of the Hansard series went live as usual yesterday. There were so many folkloric elements to this story that I almost found it hard to pick a focus for today's Folklore Snippet: Jack encounters a witch, a troll, and gives us an idea of the supernatural properties of iron.…Read more Folklore Snippets: Sticks and Stones, Trolls and Bones