To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts.
This week’s theme is traditional folklore about selkies. I used various bits and pieces in Coral, but there are some parts of the stories that fit into a modern world a bit differently. Finn’s pelt disguises itself as a leather jacket, for example, instead of a sealskin, and there are some other bits of mythology lurking around edges of the story, as well.
Today’s link comes from Orkneyjar, a website dedicated to the preserving, exploring and documenting the ancient history, folklore and traditions of Orkney, a group of islands lying off the northern tip of Scotland.
Check out about The Selkie Folk to learn exactly what a selkie is, and read some traditional folk tales and historical accounts.
If you want to learn more about folktales and legends, there are all sorts of resources online. Here’s a good summary on a teacher resources website.