It becomes harder and harder to find children unattended and their band of half humans/ half changelings
is decimated by accident and choice.
Basing his debut novel on the old European myth of changelings
, Keith Donohue offers a magical, heartbreaking, and beautifully written story about growing up and losing one's childhood innocence.
The treatment of changelings adds a sinister aspect to this particular superstition.
He was firmly convinced of the existence of fairies, claiming to have seen them himself, so he also believed in changelings.
Clearly, many disabled children, perhaps autistic or with Down's Syndrome, were once presumed to be changelings.
As Thomas observes, the early modern belief in fairy changelings also provided an explanation for mental defects in children (732); in addition, see Eberly.
Fairies and the Folklore of Disability: Changelings, Hybrids, and the Solitary Fairy.
His short stories, frequently on the conflict between humans and their machines, are collected in Robots and Changelings
(1958), Gods and Golems (1973), Early del Rey (2 v.
The text's explanation that "Peasants in medieval England believed that fairies kidnapped newborns and replaced them with fussy and often sickly babies known as changelings
," is perhaps more prosaic, but the terrifying speed with which a crying baby turns into a hideous fanged monster makes the point well enough.
HARVEST OF CHANGELINGS
offers up a fast-paced, moving story line packed with powerful characterization and swift action and will delight any collection strong in science fiction and fantasy.
Legends of children being stolen and replaced with changelings
are the basis for Donohue's engrossing and compelling fantasy.
are usually hidden in asylums, but Annalise leads a charmed life in upper crust London society.
The myth of the changeling
child brings to mind the poet Yeats who imagined how fairies might lure children away from their homes and families when he wrote "The Stolen Child": "Come away O human child