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Posted 29 June 2017 - 01:10 AM

Hello!

 

As I'm sure many of you are doing, I'm writing in a world where spirits, ghosts, and supernatural beings all exist and play active roles in the story. My story is also very international, and as a result I'm trying to use area-accurate beings in my story (for instance, you'd not find a kappa in Mexico; they'd only exist in Japan. However, you'd still find kelpies in Scotland, and nøkker in Scandinavia). 

 

There are some beings that are more internationally well-known than others (see the kappa and kelpie mentioned above) but some were not quite as blessed by Regina George's or G(a)linda's popularity. Are there any stories out there you feel should get more attention? The more I know, the more I'm inspired, and I'm sure many of you are the same, so I hope we get lots of sharing!



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:20 AM

Personally, I've been thinking about using some Celtic mythology elements in stories. Haven't really explored it yet, but there are a lot of great tales in the Irish canon at least.



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 04:09 PM

Personally, I've been thinking about using some Celtic mythology elements in stories. Haven't really explored it yet, but there are a lot of great tales in the Irish canon at least.

 

I recently learned of the Irish legend of Abhartach, which I found fascinating. The story is of one man, but I've played with the idea of there being more like him who use his name as a label for themselves. There is, alternatively the idea of him getting free of his current burial site and wreaking havoc again. I'm not sure which would be best, but I'm very fond of this story and would like to use it somehow!



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 09:27 AM

Cool. That sounds like a great project.



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 06:47 PM

I'm gonna revive this thread and say I'd love to read more about supernatural creatures from mythology that isn't Celtic, Greek, Roman, etc.
 
Filipino mythology is at the top of my wish list. :)

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 07:27 PM

I’d love to read something with Filipino mythology. Makes me want to ask my buddies if they know any stories :) I was always a fan of Egyptian and Greek mythology myself. Tons of that in the market though.

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:50 AM

I’d love to read something with Filipino mythology. Makes me want to ask my buddies if they know any stories :) I was always a fan of Egyptian and Greek mythology myself. Tons of that in the market though.

 

I haven't seen much Egyptian out in the book market. At least in YA. From what I've seen on #MSWL and agent submission guidelines, there's a big push for speculative fiction based on non-European mythology. During this month's Twitter pitching contests, two heavily-requested manuscripts were Korean- and Chinese-inspired fantasies. A third was a Mongolian-inspired fantasy. And lately there was a seven-figure sale for what I believe is a West African fantasy. It also sold movie rights.

 

But also-- Who wants to read more about cryptids? :D


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