Just a short quote from Dracula (1897) that I rarely hear mentioned and haunts me to this day. Jonathan Harker’s love for Mina is so complete, he would willingly become one of the undead to stay by her side. THAT is the love story so often dropped from adaptations of this classic horror novel.
Chapter 22, Jonathan Harker’s Journal.
“To one thing I have made up my mind: if we find out that Mina must be a vampire in the end, then she shall not go into that unknown and terrible land alone. I suppose it is thus that in old time once vamprie meant many. Just as their hideous bodies could only rest in sacred earth, so the holiest love was the recruiting sergeant for their gastly ranks.”
In Scottish, Irish, Manx and Gaelic mythology the goddess of winter is known as the the Cailleach, Beira or the Cailleach Bheur, which means old woman or hag.
via Winter Folklore: Traditions and Customs of the Cailleach Bheur — Under the influence!
Llyn Cowlyd is a long and narrow lake in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. According to legend and tradition there were three mythical beasts associated with it; the water horse, the water bull and the Owl of Cowlyd. This work will briefly discuss the myths associated with each of them.
via Welsh Folklore: The Mythical Beasts of Llyn Cowlyd — Under the influence!
In reality the idea of humans being insect-like in any way may seem absurd except in our dreams. But what if when we return from the dream to the waking world we find evidence that there may indeed be some basis for the idea we actually existed in our dream – what then?
via Japanese Folktales: The Dream of Akinosuke – Ants, Dreaming Humans and the Butterfly Soul — Under the influence!
Presented below is a retelling of a ghostly story that tells of the terrifying experience of Humphrey Dobson on his way home one night.
via Ghostlore: The Night Humphrey Dobson Had A Fright — Under the influence!
Some people say the gods know little of humans and care little. One of the gods heard this and was stung by the criticism. He decided he would send his son to live with people to complete his education to learn what he could about humans. He would then return and teach the gods the knowledge he had acquired.
via Japanese Folktales: The Tale of Rai-Taro, Son of Thunder — Under the influence!
The Vita Merlini, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth tells of the horrifying effect of war trauma on the individual and their families even one as famous and powerful as Merlin. After the Battle of Camlann, Arthur had been taken to Avalon and Britain split into many small kingdoms that fought among themselves. Merlin ruled over the South Welsh giving laws to the people and foretelling the future.
via The Arthurian Realm: The Madness of Merlin — Under the influence!