Narwhals

Monodon Monoceros: one tooth, one horn. Or one toothed unicorn. Narwhals are dappled grey whales that live in the Arctic, wielding nine-foot-long tusks. Their remote, icy habitat has shrouded them in mystery for centuries, weaving them into myth and legend. Growing...
Written and Illustrated By Charles Vess   Come closer and listen well, for I have a tale to tell. For far longer than even I can remember Father Christmas has always lived in his warm, sprawling house set close by a...
Photography by Steve Parke Model: Crystal Chandler

Amulet

In the village where they lived everyone knew there was only one way for whomever went to meet the beast in the woods to stay safe. Wear an amulet around your neck, and when he comes upon you he will...
Illustrated by Guinevere von Sneeden On the craggy west coast of Ireland in the 16th century, between the sloping green and misty valleys on one side and the crashing waves of the wild Atlantic on the other, nestled the barony...
Illustration by Guinevere von Sneeden • You can lace your own corset without assistance. • You wear corsets. • When your friends order cocktails, you prefer a neat whiskey—or champagne if you’re feeling feisty. • You believe music sounds best when played on...
Photography by Natalia Le Fay Follow Natalia Le Fay on Instagram @natalia_lefay. The Lost Queen by Simon & Schuster was published in September, 2018. Read more about Signe at signepike.com. Read Carolyn Turgeon's, EIC of Faerie Magazine, interview with Signe Pike. A chill...
Father loved me better than my sisters. That sounds desirable, yes? To be best loved, to be the one desired? The dresses he gave me were golden as the sun, luminescent as the moon, bright as the stars. They weighed more...
I. An expedition More scientists than sirens, the mermaids gather specimens with the stalking skill of anglerfish. They catalogue all evidence in an abyssopelagic lab, sterile in the steam from deep sea vents. Tube-worms witness their collections grow and inquiries unfold: how cloth and air might...
Garden Ice I was alone when the cold began. Ice fell onto the gar-den like rain, only it was a pale green, so pale you had to look carefully or it would be invisible. Everywhere it fell the world turned...
In the land of the Sand Riders, where women go veiled from top to toe, there lived a young man who dreamed of love. But he was too young to think of marriage, and according to the customs of...