Folklore Reading List

I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of books, websites and articles for those curious souls who are interested in folklore and mythology. I will continue to update the list as I discover new treasures, and am happy to take suggestions.

'The Daydream' - Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Recommended Websites

Folklore Thursday
The Willow Web
The Witch, The Weird and The Wonderful
Open Graves, Open Minds
Folklore Fun
Icy Sedgwick's Blog
Australian Fairy Tale Society
Tofugu's Yokai Series
Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts - University of Pittsburgh

Links on this Website

The following posts on this website have a selection of links, info, art and resources about:

Japanese Folklore
Yokai in Folklore and Art 
Folklore in Art.
Folk and Fairy Tales.
Cats in Folklore and Art.
Occult Studies

'Young Man Reading' - Octavian Smigelschi, 1892.

A Small Selection of Articles from around the Web

Phillip Pullman Why we believe in magic
How Fairy Tales Invite Childen to Think
Are the Stories Found in Folklore, Legend & Mythology Still Relevant?
The Persistence of Myth
The Gods and Spirits and Totoros of Miyazaki's Fantasy Worlds
Two Hundred Years of Blue
What is Shinto? A Shinto Priest Explains
Aboriginal Knowledge and Modern Science
Aboriginal Folklore Could be Oldest Accurate Oral History in the World
200-year-old Almanac of Sacred Charms and Folk Remedies Offers Insight into History of Magic in Australia

'Girl Reading' - Charles Edward Perugini

Recommended Books


A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe - Dee Dee Chainey
The Secret Language of Birds - Adele Nozedar
The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore - Micahel Dylan Foster
Kaibyo: Supernatural Cats of Japan - Zac Davisson
Yokai Attack by Hiroko Yoda & Matt Alt.
Yurei Attack - Hiroko Yoda & Matt Alt
Japan Supernatural - Art Gallery of NSW
Something Wicked From Japan: Ghosts, Demons and Yokai in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces
Maypoles, Martyrs & Mayhem - Quentin Cooper and Paul Sullivan
Once Upon a Time in Japan - Roger Pulvers and Juliet Winters
The Magpie and the Wardrobe: A Curiosity of Magic, Folklore and Spells - Sam McKechnie
The Secret Lore of the Cat - Fred Gettings
The Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales - Kevin Crossley-Holland
Mythos - Stephen Fry
Heroes - Stephen Fry
The Complete World of Greek Mythology - Richard Buxton
The Illustrated Age of Fable - Thomas Bulfinch
Harry Potter: A History of Magic (British Library)
The Enchanted World Series - Time Life Books
Japanese Folktales - Yei Theodora Ozaki
The Boy Who Drew Cats and Other Japanese Fairy Tales - Lafcadio Hearn and Others
Persephone - Sally Pomme Clayton (Picture Book)
Chinese Children's Favourite Stories - Mingmei Yip
Cornish Tales - Eric Quayle & Michael Foreman
Star Myths: Tales of the Constellations - Marianne McDonald
Buddha at Bedtime - Dharmachari Nagaraja
Andrew Lang's Coloured Fairy Books
The Orchard Book of The Unicorn and Other Magical Animals - Margaret Mayo & Jane Ray
The Mythic Bestiary: Illustrated Guide to the World's Most Fantastical Creatures - Tony Allan
Dragons: A Natural History - Dr. Karl Shuker
Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses - R. J. Stewart
The Adventures of Odysseus - Neil Philip
Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings - Neil Philip
Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths - Lucy Coats and Anthony Lewis
Folklore Thursday's Recommended Book List

Jessie Wilcox Smith

Fiction Inspired by Folklore and Mythology

Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
Circe - Madeline Miller
Beauty in Thorns - Kate Forsyth
Witch Light - Susan Fletcher
Quicksilver - Stephanie Spinner
Quiver - Stephanie Spinner
Psyche in a Dress - Francesca Lia Block

Happy Reading!

Some more art for booklovers below.

Trinity College Library, Dublin.

Colin Thompson
Trinity College Library, Dublin
'The Bookworm's Table' - Claude Raguet Hirst, 1890.

Trinity College Dublin, Long Reading Room.