"Strange Dreams" is a book which will help you understand the Other World of the fairies, vampires and witches from fairy tales. A world which is likely far stranger than you ever imagined. To do this "Strange Dreams" will explain the magical creatures in folklore as characters with personalities, motivations and backgrounds (not just as encyclopedic entries as most books do) by providing information on;
The common character traits of Fairies as well as the backgrounds people believed vampires and fairies had.
The relationship between witches and the magical world and the motivations which drove many people in lore to become good or evil witches.
Examples of fairy tales I've analyzed to understand the fairies, magic and spirit world in these stories.
The Other World of European folklore, from the Lands of the Dead, to the philosophical spirit journeys people undertook to understand the nature of the world.
Why I wrote "Strange Dreams"
As a child growing up in Yupik villages I heard a lot of folktales from people who still respected them. So as a folklorist I quickly came to realize that most of the books on fairy tales I was reading missed an important point about these stories.
People used to believe in the witches, vampires and fairies in these stories. They were afraid that a wolf might take human form in order to eat them, they really did hope that a fairy would come and bless them so they could escape their ordinary life. Further in ancient times many leaders would take spirit journeys, entering the realm of fairies in order to understand the nature of humanity and the universe. So once upon a time whole societies would base their philosophies and activities on their belief in fairies, deities, spirits and similar beings. So fairy tales are not abstract morality tales, they are stories filled with the spirits people feared and credited with controlling fate which is why the word fairy at it's origin means in essence 'those who control fate.
Because of this people thought a lot about and discussed fairy tales as stories filled with real beings, beings people needed to avoid or get on the good side of. So fairies and vampires were assigned personalities, given goals even if these aren't overtly stated in fairy tales.
So while there have been a lot of writers inspired by fairy tales most people either don't fully understand folktales or adapt the same stories every other writer has, even though there are millions of stories to choose from. Because of this writers haven't even begun to scratch the surface of everything that's possible. I'm hoping to introduce you to some of these possibilities with this book.
If this Kickstarter campaign is successful I'll send a rough draft of "Strange Dreams" to all my backers who got the book soon after the Kickstarter campaign finishes. This way you can provide me with feedback on what you'd like to see and what would be helpful to you so that I can insure that you get the book you need.
For one dollar I'll send you a PDF of a quick guide to some of the strangest and most important concepts about fairies, witches, vampires, and the spirit world.
For $5 I'll send you a short ebook on "How to Create Fairy Characters"
In addition to the book "Strange Dreams" I'm also working on books about Japanese Fairy Tales, the Fairy Tales of the Eurasian Steppes, and a book on European Folk life. At the $50 backer level I'll send you a rough draft of each of these books in order to let you get a leg up on the ideas in each of these.
I'm also working on two notebooks which will include prompts and inspiration to help get writers write about fairies and the spirit world which I'll be sending out to anyone who supports me with $80
At $100 I'll sent you a sketch/notebook filled with sketches I've made of the spirit world and a lot of personal notes on it.
Risks and challenges
I've finished most of this book already. The only real challenge is making certain you as my backers get what you need from and enjoy the book which is why I'm going to send out the rough draft to get feedback from you. This way I can make the book what you want.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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