The Matter of the Fae
Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
blood; Fae; faery; fantasy; future; genetic mutation; memoryteller; story; symbiosis
The Matter of the Fae is a mixed-genre short story written as a frame tale accompanied by a personal essay discussing the process of creation, discovery, and writing. The top layer story is written in second-person present tense three hundred years in the future. The protagonist goes to hear a storyteller share three stories about people's experiences with the Fae, mythological creatures who have burst into the modern world. The miniature narratives are told in subjective third-person past tense and consist of: (1) a former drug cartel member's struggle to hide from his past; (2) the unexpected consequence of a metamorphosis between a human and faery; (3) a desolate search for the home of the Fae.
Benenati, Scott, "The Matter of the Fae" (2010). Arts and Culture. 50.