|Back Cover for Folk Tales of the Sea People, July 2014|
Not all tales have a happy ending. Indeed, not all tales are even conventional. These are Folk Tales of the Sea People, who sang their stories long before we learned to spin our own
Preface and Introduction
In which a modern-day professor comments on the fact science has proved that mermaids to not exist, and Cadogan Browne introduces his compilation with insistence that they do.
Halywn, or A Pinch of Salt
A tale of Selkie-folk in a saltless sea, set upon by a terrible creature--and what they do to defeat him.
A Havsrå's Fortune
The story of a lonely Havsrå, gifted with the ability to see into the future, but cursed that no Human man shall ever remember her face.
Yam and the Octopus
A simple story about a nosy boy and a grumpy octopus.
In which Glyndwr the Vain learns not to be vain, through rather awful means. (Do note the warning at the beginning of this one).
The Clam Keeper and the Sailor
A story of a Siren and a Human, who meet upon the surface of the sea.
A Pearl for Your Daughter
A cautionary tale about a spoilt young Mermaid.
How Helle Found the Monster
In which a curious Selkie seeks to discover the source of the sea's warmth
The Gentleman Traveller
The tale of a frog-legged, dish-headed and very gentlemanly traveller in search of the ultimate sea-cucumber
The Woman on the Pier
A dramatic tale about a Näkki, an accident, and the troubles that follow.
Three Brothers and a Draug
A story about three identical Siren brothers, who must defeat a wicked Draug.
A Dragon in the Sea
The story of an outcast and angry Dragon, and the Siren girl and Selkie boy who try to help him.
The Wily Old Glashtyn
In which a pretty young Mermaid seeks the help of a wily old Glashtyn to win the heart of a prince.
A Raft on the Lagoon
A tale of Mermaids, Humans, Draugs and not-so-accidental death...
Six Silly Sisters
In which three Siren sisters meet three Human sisters, make a discovery, and prove just how silly people can be.
The Fish Who Grew Legs
A tale of a Fish who wished to be a Nereid, and how he fared.
Fresh Water and Salt Water
The story of a salt water-dwelling Siren, who fell in love with a fresh water-dwelling Nereid.
That's sixteen stories in all, more than the ten I set out to write!
With regards to the image at the top of this post, it counts towards my goal of creating 52 paintings in a year. It's a simple image, painted with the idea of creating a 'back cover' for this story collection. Unfortunately I managed to bend the paper before I had a chance to scan it, argh!