go back to the dark

January 5, 2020

Where do fairies come from? From the dark. To find the origins of fairies, we must go back to the dark — dark of our own past, dark of the world’s past.

Diane Purkiss
At The Bottom Of The Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, and Other Troublesome Things

no human habitations…

June 19, 2016

night

Human nature seems to abhor a blank space on a map. Where there are no human habitations, no towns, where villages dwindle into farms and farms into woods, mapping stops. Then the imagination rushes to fill the woods with something other than blank darkness: nymphs, satyrs, elves, gnomes, pixies, fairies. Now that we have mapped every inch of our planet, our remaining blank spaces lie among the stars. Unable, like our forebears to tolerate space uninhabited, we have made with our minds a new legion of bright and shining beings to fill the gaps left by our ignorance. Aliens are our fairies, and they behave just like the fairies of our ancestors.

Diane Purkiss
At The Bottom Of The Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, and Other Troublesome Things