Heavy Metal Faeries
By Scott M. Sandridge
The Fey love music. Okay, okay, they love all forms of art (well, most of them), but they love music. It’s as much a part of the Fey as the Fey are a part of nature. From ancient to modern, every genre you can think of, the Fey are a part of it. They play it, dance to it, revel in it, and some are even birthed by it.
And Heavy Metal is no exception. Indeed, Metal has spawned the most interesting Fey around. The following are just a few examples of the faeries currently known as the Heavy Metal Faeries:
Headbanger: A cross between a troll and satyr, this big horn-headed lug has a very thick skull, and he’s not afraid to use it to bash through brick walls. He loves the drums.
Nymphosiren: She’s hot, she can sing (or scream), and can kill you with sex. She’s also pretty good with knives and guns.
Axer: Don’t assume this music-loving Sidhe is frail. His guitar can slice off your head with ease.
Base Boy: He might look cute with his fluffy ears, but he can bash you into goo with his spiked club tail. He also plays a mean base.
Gratuitii: Creatures of various sizes and shapes, often female gender (but not always), they have a tendency to pop up from out of nowhere to then strip down to their birthday suits and start dancing for no discernible reason. And as quickly as they arrive, they disappear. On rare occasions, they have been known to get violent, but the majority of the time they’re just too drugged out to bother.
But are these faeries Seelie, Unseelie, or something else? Ask any two among them, and you’ll get five different answers. In many ways they have transcended the stifling ancient labels that have long plagued their ancestors, even to the point of creating their own culture and language outside the two common Courts. And as far as they’re concerned, they’re the only cool Fey around. All the rest of their kin just plain suck.
They also throw the wildest parties. Just sayin.’ 😉
A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court
A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court
About the Editor: Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.
Book Synopsis Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.
Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.
But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.
Stories Included in Tales of the Seelie Court:
“Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown
“Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker
“Taggers” by Christine Morgan
“Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian
“The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long
“Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau
“Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm.
“Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming
“Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps
“Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison
“I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black
“The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen.
“The Last Mission” by Cindy Koepp.
“The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous”
by Matthew A. Timmins.
“The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern.
“Keys” by Michael M. Jones
“Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge
“Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin
“The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle
Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!
Book Synopsis Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.
Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.
But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.
Stories included in Tales of the Unseelie Court:
“In Plain Sight” by Rebecca Leo
“The Wunderhorn” by David Turnbull
“Treehouse” by Kim Smith
“I’ll Watch Over You” by Angeline Trevena
“The Enemy of my Enemy” by Deedee Davies.
“Maestro” by Nicholas Paschall
“Prey of the Boggart” by Rony Blechman.
“Fear of Little Men” by Mike Pieloor..
“Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” by Carmen Tudor..
“Gifts” by Michael Shimek..
“Djinn and Tonic” by S. Clayton Rhodes
“The Bet” by Jodi Ralston…
“The Fool and his Money” by Nick Bryan
“The Yielding” by J. A. Ironside.
“The Tamer of Beasts” by Doug Blakeslee..
“The Last Sword of Barrow Thorns” by Matthew A. Timmins
“The Rose and the Dragon” by Steven S. Long
“The Brothers Doran” by John A. McColley
“Wonderland” by Stephanie Jessop
Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!
Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court
Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court