We’re here to add a dollop of mermaid glamour to it by letting you know that The Mermaid Handbook, the oceanic and curvaceous follow-up to The Faerie Handbook, is now available for pre-order on the Faerie Magazine site and wherever else books are sold! The book will be published by HarperCollins on May 15, just in time for a glittering, magical, be-finned summer, and we couldn’t be more excited! If you order from us, your book will come with a bookplate signed by Faerie Magazine editor in chief and mermaid expert Carolyn Turgeon, who authored the book (which comes wrapped in plastic to protect the shiny foil cover, can’t be signed inside) and is also, as it happens, a certified graduate of Weeki Wachee’s mermaid camp.

Here’s the cover, with a photo you might recognize from photographer Emma McEvoy (whose Iceland mermaid shots were featured in our winter 2014 issue and also in the NY Times piece about Faerie Magazine from December 2015) (the tail is from our friends at Finfolk Productions):

Mermaid Handbook

Isn’t that the loveliest mermaid handbook cover you’ve seen?

Here’s a bit more about the book:

Answer the enchanting siren call of the mermaid with this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and intricately designed one-of-a-kind lifestyle compendium from the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine and author of The Faerie Handbook and globally published novel Mermaid, packed with lore, legends, facts and trivia, beautiful illustrations, and numerous step-by-step projects and recipes.

Divided into four sections—Fashion and Beauty; Arts and Culture; Real Mermaids and Where to Find Them; and Food, Entertaining and Stories of the Sea—The Mermaid Handbook is a unique and sumptuous compilation filled with creative ideas for decorating and living inspired by these beauties from the deep. Learn to make a sailor’s valentine; a mermaid comb and crown; and a pearl and sequin paillette necklace. There are recipes for mermaid-themed poke bowls, aquatic-themed honey gingerbread cookies, and the official cocktail of the 1960s-era mermaid attraction Aquarama.

Folklore expert Carolyn Turgeon also includes profiles of true modern mermaids, tail makers, and mermaid bars; visits mermaid attractions like Weeki Wachee Springs; and provides tips on getting beachy mermaid hair and creating an alluring eye. This collector’s item also includes an inset image on the front cover; ornate metallic blue foil patterning on the front, spine, and back; blue stained edges; a satin bookmark, and quality paper.

And here are a few sneak peeks from inside:

In the meantime, if you have mermaids on the brain, which we always do, you can order a signed copy of Carolyn’s 2011 novel Mermaid from our store, as well as a PDF of our special mermaid issue from winter 2013, also available for free on our Faerie Mag app! And if you just go faeriemag.com and type in “mermaid” all kinds of other mermaidly wonders (earrings and rings and hair pins and spoons and pens and cuffs!) will wink up at you and possibly change your life. ALSO: use code BACKISSUE50 for 50% off all back issues!

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