These resources are published texts unless marked as something different, such as a website or documentary. Folklore and sightings are very important but are not always verified, so they are on a separate page which you can access here. I will provide links to works legally available online. As with the media index I plan to make this as comprehensive as possible.
Convergence era (2012-present)
As the timelines converge and we accelerate towards ascension, and a merging with fairyland, we live in a golden age of information about fairies and other esoteric phenomena. Not only are the publications getting more frequent and detailed but the public is becoming more aware, willing to take in information beyond mainstream media and academia. People are coming out of the closet about their true nature whether that be starseed, fae, vampire, dragon, headmate vessel, psychic, pagan etc. After 2016 the Great Awakening starts to be fueled by the leonine and disruptive American president Donald Trump and a failing deep state whose desperate plans inevitably backfire and get people more curious. The current period is particularly heavy on grimoires.
- Beyond Faery, by John T. Cruse (Release date Nov. 2020, on preorder at Llewellyn)
- A New Dictionary of Fairies: A 21st Century Exploration of Celtic and Related Western European Fairies, by Morgan Daimler (2020)
- Faery, by John T. Cruse and Morgan Daimler (2020)
- The Lore of Old Elfland, by Linda Raedisch (2019)
- Pagan Portals series, by Morgan Daimler (2019): This includes Fairy Witchcraft: A Neopagan's Guide to the Celtic Fairy Faith (2014), The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens (2014), Fairy Queens: Meeting The Queens Of The Otherworld (2019), Raven Goddess: Going Deeper with the Morrigan (Due to be released in October 2020) and Living Fairy: Fairy Witchcraft and Star Worship (Due to be released in December 2020). This series is about paganism and fae magic mainly concerning the entities in Celtic legend.
- Youkai series, by Matthew Meyer (2019): Includes The Book of the Hakutaku (2019) The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits (2015) and The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (2012). These books showcase different types of Japanese youkai and the legends and magic surrounding them.
- The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects, by Carolyn Turgeon (2018)
- Mermaid Tales, by William R. Mistele (2018): Tales of what it is like to be an incarnate merperson.
- Travelling the Fairy Path, by Morgan Daimler (2018)
- Jinn Sorcery, by Rain al-Alim (2018): Jinn magic.
- Fairies: A Dangerous History, by Richard Sugg (2018): Focusing on the unseelie court.
- Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits: 'Small Gods' at the Margins of Christendom (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic) (2018, 1st ed.): A textbook about Christians trying to marginalize spirits and being outwitted. Academic a.k.a. probably nominally skeptical of their existence (I would have to get a copy myself to know for sure).
- The 2014-2017 Fairy Census, by the Fairy Investigation Society (2017): A collection of anonymous accounts of fairy interactions. The census is ongoing if you have encounters to share.
- Fairies, Pookas and Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm, by Varla Ventura (2017)
- The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects, by Carolyn Turgeon (2017)
- Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk, by Morgan Daimler (2017)
- Fairycraft: Following The Path Of Fairy Witchcraft, by Morgan Daimler (2016): Pagan fae magic.
- Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church, by Richard Firth Green (2016)
- The Lost Lands, by Lucy Cavendish (2014): Concerned with not only Avalon, but also Atlantis and Lemuria.
- The Magick of Faeries, by Cassandra Eason (2013): Fae magic
- Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop And Other Practical Advice In Our Campaign Against the Fairy Kingdom, by Reginald Bakeley (2013): Practical advice on defense against troublesome fairies.
- Elves and Fairies, by Kris Hirschmann (2013): Elves and fairies, especially in media.
- The Folklore Of Faeries, Elves & Little People – A Study In A Cultural Phenomenon, by Gary V. Varner (2012): A cross-cultural study on fairies.
- Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits & Elementals, by Ted Andrews (2012)
- Mermaids, Sylphs, Gnomes and Salamanders: Dialogues With the Kings and Queens of Nature, by William R. Mistele (2012)
- Faery Craft, by Emily Carding (2012): Fae magic.
- British Fairies, by John T. Cruse (2012)
- The Faerie Queens: A Collection of Essays Exploring the Myths, Magic and Mythology of the Faerie Queens, by Sorita d'Este (editor), David Rankine (contributor) and Emily Carding (contributor) (2012)
- Running with the Fairies: Towards a Transpersonal Anthropology of Religion, by Dennis Gaffin (2012): An anthropologist studies a group of people in Ireland who believe themselves to be incarnate fae. Rare.
- The Otherworld: Music & Song from Irish Tradition, anonymous (2012): A work on fairy music which includes two CDs!
Quiet Awakening era (1993-2011)
This period starts around when the beta wave of indigo ray bearers start to awaken, but strictly starts in the year of "Eternal September". This period is notable for the popularization of the internet, which is the basic meaning of "Eternal September", a term from Usenet about the time when the waves of internet newbies became unstoppable. An uptick in fantasy from the Lord of the Rings movies may have led to a minor uptick in interest about fairies. This period is when books from a pagan perspective start to become published more. There are also many academic treatises and works on specified topics such as the black dog.
- The Book of Faery Magic, by Serene Conneeley and Lucy Cavendish (2011): Fae magic.
- The Sidhe: Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld, by John Matthews (2011)
- Mermaid Magic: Connecting With the Energy of the Ocean and the Healing Power of Water, by Serene Conneeley and Lucy Cavendish (2011): Mer magic.
- Fairies at Work and Play, by Geoffrey Hodson (2011)
- Fairies in Medieval Romance, by James Wade (2011): A study on the subject of fairies in medieval belief. Rare.
- How to See Fairies: Discover your Psychic Power in Six Weeks, by Ramsey Dukes (2011): Unlock your psychic abilities and see fairies for yourself.
- The Significant Other: A Literary History of Elves, by Jenni Bergman (2011)
- The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films, by Jack Zipes (2011): Concerning fairy tales in film, including the early days. Rare.
- Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay: A Case Study in Local Folklore, by David Waldron and Christopher Reede (2010): An analysis of a famous incident involving a black dog going on a rampage in 1577.
- Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context, by Karen Louise Jolly (2009)
- The Fairy Bible, by Teresa Moorey (2008)
- Forty Years with the Fairies: Volume One of Daphne Charter’s Collected Fairy Manuscripts, by Daphne Charters (2008): A Theosophical publication which apparently includes interviews with fairies.
- Hildur Queen of the Elves, and Other Icelandic Legends, by J.M. Bedell (2007)
- Fairies 101, by Doreen Virtue (2007): A short guide to fairies and creating a beneficial relationship with them.
- Elves, Wights and Trolls: Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry, by Kveldurf Gundarsson (2007)
- Our Faerie Best: from the Pages of Fate Magazine, anonymous (2007): An obscure collection of fairy essays from Fate Magazine.
- Lore Of The Land: A Guide To Englands Legends From Spring Heeled Jack To The Witche, by Jennifer Westwood (2006): An anthology of English legends which includes fairies.
- Faeries & Folklore of the British Isles, by Elizabeth Andrews (2006): Features ornate illustrations.
- Fairies, Fractious Women, and the Old Faith: Fairylore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture, by Regina Buccol (2006)
- Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic, by Emma Wilby (2005): Extolls a theory that fairies were witches' familiars.
- Explore Phantom Black Dogs, by Robert Trubshaw (2005): A study of the black dog which includes essays by many scholars.
- The Travellers Guide to Fairy Sites: The Landscape and Folklore of Fairyland in England, Wales and Scotland, by Janet Bord (2004)
- Elves in Anglo-Saxon England: Matters of Belief, Health, Gender and Identity, by Alaric (submitted in 2004, published in book format in 2007): A Ph.D. thesis about elves going back to Anglo-Saxon times.
- Healing with the Fairies, by Doreen Virtue (2004)
- Meeting the Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland, by Eddie Lenihan and Carolyn Eve Green (2004): An Irish folklore collection which includes modern real-life encounters with fairies.
- Fairy Lore: A Handbook, by D.L. Ashliman (2004)
- A Complete Guide to Faeries & Magical Beings, by Cassandra Eason (2002): A decent primer on fairies and their history and influence with humans.
- The Book of Faeries, by Francis Melville (2002): A guide to dozens of fairy races and individuals, fully illustrated in a charming primitivist style.
- The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex, by Brian Walsh (2002): A discussion of Robert Kirk's famous treatise which includes the original text.
- Scottish Fairy Belief, by Lizanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan (2001): A detailed guide to Scottish fair folk.
- Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature, by Nicola Bown (2001)
- At the Bottom of the Garden: a dark history of fairies, hobgoblins, and other troublesome things, by Diane Purkiss (2000): An academic study on the darkness and fear that can be associated with fairies.
- The Cooper’s Wife is Missing: The Trials of Bridget Cleary, by Joan Hoff and Marian Yeates (2000): A data-filled analysis of the Bridget Cleary changeling mystery.
- Real Fairies: True Accounts of Meetings with Nature Spirits, by David Tame (1999): Fairy encounter reports.
- The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story, by Angela Bourke (1999): A scholarly interpretation of the murder of Bridget Cleary.
- Black Shuck: The Ghost Dog of Eastern England, by Martin Newell (1999): A short account of the East Anglian ghost dog.
- Celtic Faery Shamanism, by Catrin James (1998): Fairy reportings.
- Fairies - Real Encounters with Little People, by Michael O'Mara (1997)
- The Secret Life of Nature: Living in Harmony With the Hidden World of Nature Spirits from Fairies to Quarks, by Peter Tompkins (1997)
- Shaman of Oberstdorf: Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the Phantoms of the Night: A memoir of a fairy witch living in the alps.
- The Good People: new fairylore essays, by Peter Narvaez (1997): A well-attested collection of essays.
- Victorian Fairy Painting, by Jeremy Maas et alii (1997): Victorian fairy culture, including fairy theatre notably.
- Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns and Goblins: An Encylopedia, by Carol Rose (1996): An encyclopedia.
- The Grail Tradition, by John Matthews (1996)
- Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition, by Cora Anderson (1994): A book by a pagan in the fairy tradition.
- The Arthurian Tradition, by John Matthews (1994)
The People of the Mounds, by L. MacDonald (1993): Comes from an old magazine called Dalriada which I haven't managed to find any website or archives for.
Cracking of the Matrix (1967-1992)
The Summer of Love was a special year. The counterculture brought newfound interest in esotericism and was the takeoff point for popularized New-Age thought, first pioneered by Helena Blavatsky in the late 19th century. The very first starseeds were awakening at this time. Moreover, the first otherkin started to organize and would eventually congregate online. A lot of the authors are from traditional fairy haunts such as Ireland and are stepping up to exalt their traditional culture, as exploring cultural roots was in.
- The Fairy Belief and Official Religion in Ireland, by D. O Giollain (1991)
- Strange Terrain: The Fairy World in Newfoundland, by Barbara Rieti (1991)
- The Case of the Cottingley Fairies, by Joe Cooper (1990): A book on cracking the mystery of the Cottingley Fairies incident.
- Fairies and witches at the boundary of south-eastern and central Europe, by Éva Pócs (1989): Very rare and valuable.
- In Search of Biddy Early, by Edmund Lenihan (1987): About a famous fairy doctor.
- The Banshee: the Irish Supernatural Death Messenger, by Patricia Lysaght (1986): An extremely in-depth look at the Irish banshee.
- Mystery Animals of Britain and Ireland, by Graham McEwan (1986): Cryptozoology which includes fae-like beings.
- Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain, by Jennifer Westwood (1985): A guide to supernatural locations around Britain which has been said to be outshined by her newer guide Lore of the Land.
- Goodwin Wharton, by J. Kent Clark (1984): An amusing book based on happenings in the 16th century concerning an aristocrat, a con artist and fairies which were recorded in a diary.
- Fairies at Work and Play, by Geoffrey Hodson (1982): Theosopical work describing fairies.
- The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Traditions, by David J. Hufford (1982)
- The Irish Leprechaun’s Kingdom, by Peter Haining (1981): A catalogue of Irish supernatural creatures.
- Abbey Lubbers, Banshees & Boggarts: A Who's Who of Fairies, by K. M. Briggs (writer) and Yvonne Gilbert (illustrator) (1979)
- The Vanishing People: Fairy Lore and Legends, by K. M. Briggs (1978)
- A Dictionary of Fairies, by K. M. Briggs (1977)
- The Real World of Fairies: A true first person account, by Dora Van-Gelder (1977): A theosophical report on fairies.
- Field Guide to the Little People, by Nancy Arrowsmith (1977): An encyclopedia.
- Hobgoblin and Sweet Puck: Fairy Names & Natures, by Gillian Edwards (1974): An etymology guide to fairy names.
- The Middle Kingdom: The Faerie World of Ireland, by Dermot mac Manus (1973): An account of fairy life in Ireland.
- The Erotic World of Faery, by Maureen Duffy (1972): Of course it came out in the seventies.
- The Fairies in Tradition and Literature, by K. M. Briggs (1967)
Later Victorian to Mid-century (1850-1968)
Interest in fairies was kept elevated by a slowly rekindling value for nature. The early 20th century harbored a flowering of rigorous esoteric and non-materialist research with notable figures such as Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune, with spiritualism and the prominence of Helena Blavatsky going a bit earlier. However, the postwar Mid-century period was a bit of a lull, with the exception of work by K. M. Briggs.
- Pictures of Fairies: The Cottingley Photographs, by Edward L. Gardner (1966): A work on the Cottlingey fairies event arguing for it.
- The Gnome Manuscript, from the Richel-Eldermans collection (translated by Wilmar Taal) (Publication date Sep. 2020, on preorder at Llewellyn): It is unknown how old this text is by us right now, but could be as old as the Renaissance potentially. The original language is Dutch.
- Sea Enchantress: The Tale of the Mermaid and Her Kin, by Glen Benwell and Arthur Waugh (1961): Rare.
- Seeing Fairies, by Marjorie T. Johnson and Alasdair Alpin MacGregor (c. 1955): A compilation of reports on fairy sightings in modern times. Inspired the modern Fairy Census by the Fairy Investigation Society.
- The Personnel of Fairyland: A Short Account of the Fairy People of Great Britain for Those Who Tell Stories to Children, illustrated by Jane Moore (1953)
- British Fairy Origins: The Genesis and Development of Fairy Legends in British Tradition, by Lewis Spence (1946): The author evaluates theories regarding the fairy phenomenon and concludes that they are related to the dead.
- The Elizabethen Fairies, by M.W. Latham (1931)
- The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle (1922): Doyle's interpretation of the Cottingley Fairies event.
- The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries, by W. Y. Evans-Wentz (1911, republished in 1973): Managed to become published by Oxford University Press. Argues for the existence of fairies and contains a collection of reported sightings.
- The sources and analogues of A Midsummer-night’s dream, by Frank Sidgwick (1908): An Edwardian analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Celtic Twilight, by William Butler Yeats (1893, 1902)
- Highland Superstitions: Connected with the Druids, Fairies, Witchcraft, Second-sight, and Hallowe’en, by Alexander MacGregor (1901)
- The Science of Fairy Tales: An Inquiry into Fairy Mythology, by Edwin Sidney Hartland (1890)
- The Testimony of Tradition, by David MacRitchie (1890): Argues that fairies are an older human race.
- Shakespeare’s Puck, by William Bell (1882)
Romantic period and early Victorian (1774-1850)
With Romanticism came medievalism, the apparent apotheosis of Shakespeare and a boom of interest in Celtic and Norse mythology. This naturally brought people to fairies. However, the general public could still be very utilitarian and not really give a hoot about nature.
- Letters of Demonology and Witchcraft, by Sir Walter Scott (1840): Especially letters V and VI for fairy folklore.
- The Fairy Mythology, by Thomas Keightley (1833)
- Fairy tales, now first collected: to which are prefixed two dissertations: 1. On pygmies. 2. On Fairies, by Joseph Ritson (1831)
Early-modern Scholarship (1475-1773)
This covers the time period between when Leonardo da Vinci painted or helped paint The Baptism of Christ as a pupil down to the year before the publishing of The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe, which puts a start to the Romantic period. The Renaissance is the earlier period when alchemy took off, as well as when many grimoires were penned out such as the Picatrix. There are an estimated 100,000 alchemical treatises, including the work of Paracelsus with elementals. This body of literature may still harbor many great secrets, as they were heavy on cryptography to hide their powerful knowledge. The later period is called the Age of Reason and ushered in rationalism, which would heavily impede society's relationship with nature and the fair folk.
- The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies, by Robert Kirk (1691): The legendary Age of Reason-era treatise by the minister and Gaelic scholar Robert Kirk, who is said to have been spirited away to fairyland himself.
- Daemonologie, by King James I of England (1597): Yes, this is the same King James famous for sponsoring the King James Version bible. Yes, he wrote it. Mostly about black magic but does touch upon fairies, specifically about how they are ravaging the land.
- The Book of Oberon, by various authors (16th century): A grimoire acquired by the Folger Shakespeare Library. Elizabethan fae magic.
- Liber de Nymphis, sylphis, pygmaeis et salamandris et de caeteris spiritibus, by Paracelsus (1566): The foundational renaissance-era alchemical treatise on elementals.
Ongoing Journals and Magazines
- Arthuriana (Started in 1979): A quarterly journal published by the North American branch of the International Arthurian Society.
- Journal of the International Arthurian Society (JIAS) (Started in 2013): The annual journal of the stated Arthurian scholarly body.
- The Source Field Investigations, by David Wilcock (2011): A landmark book in the field of spiritual science, showcasing the sort of research that was rigorous but considered inconvenient to the establishment. Goes over tau and sigma space.
- Barddas: A Collection of Original Documents, Illustrative of the Theology, Wisdom, and Usages of the Bardo-Druidic System of the Isle of Britain, by John Matthews (2004): A useful resource for practicing druids.
- Ley Lines, by Brian Sullivan (2000)
- Celtic Oracles: A New System for Spritual Growth and Divination, by Rosemarie Anderson (1998): A Celtic divination system that involves gods, goddesses and fairies.
- The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God, by Rupert Sheldrake (1991): And anything by Rupert Sheldrake for that matter. A biologist that doesn't give allegiance to materialism, he has been working for decades to reveal the truth about nature and our primal connection to it. Nature is your mother, and this book is about discovering that.
- The Carmina Gadelica, by Alexander Carmichael (1900): Gaelic prayers, incantations, folklore songs, history etc. gathered in the later Victorian period.
- Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (1985) and Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic (1987): Many practitioners' go-to books for earth magic. Maybe with a bit of work, though, you can receive such wisdom directly from Merlin, or Thoth.
- Celtic Mythology and Religion, by Alexander MacBain (1885): A Victorian era treatise on the Celts and their beliefs and practices. A new edition was edited by Tarl Warwick in 2019.