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Amanda - The darkness in the day

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Morning everyone :)

For those of you who don't know me I'm Alison or Ali or Raen, pretty obviously a big fan of urban fantasy, and writing... clearly. I'm not hugely organised (I used to be, but then Uni taught me how to procrastinate) but I'm hoping to put up prompts with optimistic regularity.

The first prompt I'm going with is one of the great staples of fantasy- the Changeling. A human child stolen away by faeries who often leave a replacement in the child's place- except I'm going to broaden the theme to make it any human taken by faeries- you can decide how and where and who. Like Tam Lin, but urbanised.

Come away, O human child
To the waters and wild
With a faery hand in hand
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand


The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats, also sung by Loreena McKinnett. A line from which inspired the name of this community, so it's only fitting.

Tithe be Holly Black is the first example of a modern day changeling story I can think of- and its sequel Ironside. Set in New York, very cool :D

A Piece of Flesh by Adam Stemple is a short story, same topic, fantastic because who doesn't like a protagonist with questionable mental stability?

Just a little pimping there. Anyone else know any good ones?

Comments

The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue.
Changling by Delia Sherman. (Her story "CATNYP" features the same characters and is found in the anthology The Faery Reel.)
Shadows in the Darkness by Elaine Cunningham.