folklore

Games Columns

'Don't Wake the Night' Tackles Morality Better Than Any AAA Game

Inspired by Paraguayan folklore, it's a game about the intersection of community and consequences.
Cameron Kunzelman
6.4.19
occult

The Real Legend of Mongfind, the Witch-Queen Who Inspired Halloween

A direct descendent of Samhain is the spooky reason for the season.
Mary McGill
10.30.18
christmas

Screw Santa Claus and Celebrate Befana, Italy's Kidnapping Christmas Witch

Say "ciao" to the Yuletide legend who rides a broom and brings naughty kids to her cannibal husband for dinner.
Mary McGill
12.22.17
WITCHES

The Enduring Allure of Baba Yaga, an Ancient Swamp Witch Who Loves to Eat People

Baba Yaga is a fearsome character from Russian folklore who lives in a hut that walks on chicken legs, and either cannibalizes her visitors or offers them help. In recent years, she's become a sort of aspirational figure on the Internet.
Marissa Clifford
11.3.17
filmmaking

A VFX Artist Couple Shot an Amazing DIY Fantasy Film in Their Own Home

Visual effects artists Tran Ma and Miguel Ortega’s fantasy film ‘The Ningyo’ is a cinematic feat of digital and practical effects imagination.
DJ Pangburn
5.22.17
Illustrations

Illustrator Jose Mertz Revives Monsters from Japanese Mythology

Japanese mythological creatures get a second life in Jose Mertz’s artworks.
Masha (Maria) Koblyakova
4.16.17
painting

Hauntingly Beautiful Ophelia Paintings Seduce You From Beneath the Water’s Surface

Kari-Lise Alexander’s immaculately-painted ladies succumb to their watery fate.
Diana Shi
3.26.17
painting

Become One With Nature in These Flora and Fauna Paintings

A Spanish artist lead us through a tour of the natural splendor.
Diana Shi
3.4.17
Film

[Premiere] Animated Short Explores Modern Day Xenophobia Through Japanese Folklore

The Mixtape Club collaborated with an acclaimed children’s book author to bring you ‘The Snow Girl.’
Nathaniel Ainley
2.9.17
Art

Meet the Illustrator Who Puts Algae on Paper

Using algae and gouache, artist Katharine Rutter explores the self and fairy tales through imaginative illustrations.
DJ Pangburn
1.12.17
Art

Classic Fables Get a Colorful Twist in Caitlin McDonagh’s Illustrations

These gilded illustrations tell us about a playful and surreal world.
Diana Shi
1.8.17
Art

Immersive Scottish Theater Teleports People to Hell

'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' combines Celtic folklore and Kylie Minogue.
Kara Weisenstein
12.30.16
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