Most-Wanted Monsters is thrilled to be one of more than 1500 blogs taking part in the 2012 A -Z Blogging Challenge - 26 opportunities to help you survive a paranormal apocalypse. Don't let our epic monster limericks fool you - the lore we share about the beasties featured in each daily post could literally save your life. Know them before they GET you!
FAERIESTo catch a faery, you need not sleuthJust look to our lore for all your proofThey'll steal and biteStart a whimsical fightBut in the end, shall always tell the truth
Cinderella's fairy godmother, Thumbelina, Tinkerbell, the tooth fairy - pop culture has created a legion of wing-bearing, good-will-doing faerie folk. But the truth is (and a faery can never lie) these wee beasties have a habit of going bad...for no apparent reason.
We're not kidding. Faeries can either help humans - or harm them, ranging in everything from biting, to an all and out magical war.
But, you protest, they don't look scary... Depends on your angle. Much like the elven clan, female faeries are often depicted as young humans, most times with wings and piercing green eyes. They're said to live close to nature, appearing as elements of the natural world. They're the wee folk, the people of the peace...
...until they snap. Then it's time to hold on to your babies and batten down the hatches. These mischievous creatures are seasoned thieves.
Think about that the next time you put your tooth under a pillow.
SURVIVAL TIP: Lady Cottington thought she had it all figured out, trapping faeries between the pages of a diary that soon became the infamous Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. Sure it sold millions, but we'd advise a more...humane approach. Arm yourself with rowan and herbs, or take a page out of a Melissa Marr novel and surround yourself with iron.
Like the elves, faeries have a darker side. Does it frighten you? Tell us why (or why not) in the comments below and you could win an e-copy of SPIRITED, an anthology of 13 haunting stories.