We have a new feature for you here from Bad-Ass Faeries editor and author L. Jagi Lamplighter. Reposted her with her permission these post are a bit of shared wisdom from Mab, the wind elemental from her Prospero's Daughter trilogy. Mab also appears in her BAF stories "Of Plunder and Soul" from Bad-Ass Faeries: Just Plain Bad and the "On Rocky Ground", which will appear in the upcoming Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental. These posts originally appear at www.ljagilamplighter.com.
Mab Boreal here. You know me—the Northeast Wind who works for Prospero Inc. as a company gumshoe.
It has come to my attention that you humans are woefully uninformed about the dangers of the supernatural world. You walk around all day, taking absolutely no precautions. Some of you are so crazy, you even go looking for trouble.
Well, I’m here to tell you: Don’t do that!
In the hopes of saving even one of you from an elf-related death—or worse—I am going to post a page of my journal every week.
Read. Pay attention. And maybe you’ll live.
This just in: Mustardseed, V.P. of Prospero, Inc. Priority Contracts, asked for some info on Tsukumogami. Apparently, these supernatural perps have been causing some trouble for Prospero Inc. employees in our Kyoto branch. So, I’m gonna start with them.
Description: When Japanese household objects—such as mirrors, umbrellas, etc.—make it to their 100th birthday, they wake up and become animate.
Where To Find It: Japan
Frequency: As common as one hundred year old items.
Danger Level: Various. If you want to stay alive, don’t get near ‘em.
Mab’s Eye View: The people of Japan have known about this phenomenon since the 10th Century, and yet they do not destroy all their old objects. Are they crazy? Are they begging for trouble?
Let me tell you. In the next few weeks, I'll tell ya about various tsukumogami, and I'll share some hair-raising tales that will make you shy away from antiques ever after!
Yes, I know, it has been unconsciounably long, but the good news is that work has again begun on the next Bad-Ass Faeries anthology. If you have submitted, you should be hearing from us soon.
L. Jagi Lamplighter
Lee C. Hillman