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.
An animated feature film from Oscar nominated Tomm Moore, SONG OF THE SEA tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse — the last Seal-child — who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. SONG OF THE SEA features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny, Lucy O’Connell, Liam Hourican and Kevin Swierszsz. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.
I really enjoyed The Secret of Kells, which took plain old 2D animation in this age of visually stunning big budget movies from Pixar and Disney, and turned it something that let the art tell a complex story in and of itself. It’s full of allusions to history and mythology, like the obvious, the Book of Kells itself (there’s some more comparison with the movie in this video), but there are all sorts of other little bits like Pangur Ban, the cat named after a 9th century Irish monk’s poem about his cat, or Crom Cruach, the monster with roots in Celtic mythology. There are some plot holes–Finn would be horrified at part of the ending. Devon wouldn’t understand why he couldn’t understand why Finn couldn’t appreciate the beauty and the craftsmanship and Finn would be upset at even a moment’s loss between loved ones. And he flat out refuses to watch Song of the Sea. Not until he finds his mom.
But selkie sensibilities aside, The Song of the Sea looks just as stylized and gorgeous, in its own way. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s the last selkie link! Thanks for joining me for the month–we now return you to my usual posts about writing, my latest projects, and whatever else catches my attention. (Spoiler alert–I’ve been watching a lot of science videos on Youtube lately…) I may do a similar sort of themed links for my next book in July, Changeling, although maybe not seven links a week. What do you think?