Deerskin, by Robin McKinley
I just finished rereading Deerskin by Robin McKinley. It’s a retelling of Donkeyskin/All Kinds Of Fur, but I should include a *TRIGGER WARNING* on the book for rape, incest and PTSD. (although the rape/incest is fade to black, it is a major role in the book) The basic gist of All Kinds Of Fur, is that king is married to the most beautiful woman in the world, who dies, but not before making...
Sleep Paralysis an Explanation for Certain Demons?
A few years ago I woke up unable to breathe, as if a heavy weight were on my chest. My first thought was We better put that cat back on a diet and I went to push him off, only to find that my arms couldn’t move. I opened my eyes. There was no cat. I couldn’t move. I struggled to no avail. I couldn’t even scream. I tried to get to the phone less than a foot away from my head, to...
Another dark version of the animal skin shape-shifter motif is the Skin-walker. I’m not very familiar with the Skin walker legend, (or indeed, Native American legends in general), so I thought I’d reblog this informative post about it. anxiety-anxieties: Skin-walker In some Native American legends, a skin-walker is a person with the supernatural ability to turn into any...
Werewolves, and the use of skins in shapeshifting
Darker uses of skins by shape-shifters show up in tales of skin-walkers and werewolves. This post will be primarily on the later (the title should probably have given that away). The modern depiction of the werewolf could be defined as a shape-shifter with these three elements: 1) it is created by the bite of another werewolf, 2) controlled by the moon, 3) especially (perhaps only) vulnerable to...
For reals this time. I’ll be using this blog as a personal exercise to keep my research skill up to snuff.
Fuck Yeah Fairy Tales: NBC Orders Brothers... →
fuckyeahfairytales: Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel auteur David Greenwalt’s next TV show is going to be Grimm (yes, with a capital G). NBC has just greenlit a pilot for the Greenwalt-produced Grimm, a fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist…. I’ll actually be back and write those posts I said I’d write...
Shapeshifters' Skins Part 1
The idea that a shapeshifter requires a special skin in order to change shows up in a lot myths. Some, such as selkies and swan-maidens take their skin off when they turn into humans and must put the skin back on in order to return to their true form (seals and swans, respectively). Others, such as skinwalkers and werewolves (in some lore) are humans who must put a skin on in order to transform...
So I’m thinking about my plans for this blog, and so far I’ve able to come up with several ideas for kinds of posts. 1. Posts about myths/motifs that show up in many different cultures. Especially if there is a suspected reason for why this is the case. 2. Posts about specific myths or mythological creatures. 3. Comments about media (books etc) either non-fiction or fiction...