Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Although these terms are notoriously hard to define and classification is difficult, I would struggle to describe this as a “folk horror” collection. Neon lights will be delivered in 2-4 weeks, as they are made in small batches and shipped separately from other items.

The Dampness is Spreading' by Emma Glass, based on 'The Fairy Midwife', was harrowing in its portrayal of motherhood and despair. Some might find the style McBride uses here overwrought ('she's trying too hard' is something that I can imagine some might say), but it worked very well for me.This is not one for those of you who don't like stories about demons, and it's very heavy on childbirth and miscarriage.

Among the best stories are those which let the original material speak for itself, albeit in a changed context. This collection includes an introduction by Carolyne Larrington who is an author and professor of medieval literature at Oxford University.I just kept getting very annoyed with what I couldn't stop thinking about as ungrammatical sentences (either missing commas, or a sentence that really should have been more than one sentence). This is 100% personal but I find it very hard to read about stories in which a person cheats on their sibling with that sibling's partner, which therefore made it hard for me to enjoy this particular story. I enjoyed this collection, especially the stories, where bad men are put to a gruesome end, richly deserved.

I also liked that at the end of the collection there were the original stories which had inspired these retellings.Meanwhile Emma Glass’s ‘The Dampness Is Spreading’ approaches the tale of the fairy midwife by turning it into the story of an exhausted hospital worker haunted by grim thoughts, leaving us unsure what is real – much like her novel Rest and Be Thankful. A collection of re-interpreted ancient folk tales, from the British isles— Cornwall, Wales, Fens, Yorkshire etc—written by contemporary authors. The daughter of a Trinidadian father and an Irish mother, Rosheen leaves Killarney in the 60s to seek her luck on a farm in Norfolk. Daisy Johnson starts off this story by telling us that she is asked to do a retelling of The Green Children of Woolpit and then she starts to see this woman who maybe resembles the girl from that original story only now a grownup. I did not really connect with McBride's story, but otherwise loved the rest, particularly Snaith, Glass, Booth and Johnson's offerings.

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