Monday, February 3, 2014

Mythical Monday (35)

It seems there are many books based on or influenced by Myths and Mythological Beings.

There are so many different Mythology and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in.  The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.

I’ve invited authors to share briefly the Mythological being or Myth that influenced their character(s) or story, or what their character(s) are based on influencing their books.  Hosting here, one author and being or myth per week.

This week we have:
Fantasy author Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Talking of Redcaps.

“Her eyes snapped open. The clawed hands returned, pinning her down, and her vision filled with wizened faces beneath brown caps that deepened to crimson as her blood flowed and the redcaps feasted.” –The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale

I’ve come to tell you another tale, to caution you against another fae.

Who am I to do so? Danielle Ackley-McPhail, one of the chroniclers of the Bad-Ass Faeries, (

With some fae, respect will serve you well, that and perhaps some passing knowledge of the ways to protect yourself. With others, I can only entreat you to avoidance. The redcap is such a one; also called by the names dunter or powrie, though redcap speaks more boldly of their nature. Murderous fae are these ilk.

They are solitary creatures. In an effort to avoid competition, or to set their victims at ease? Either is a valid argument. According to legend they bear the appearance of wizen old men easily mistaken for tramps or hobos…or the ancient equivalent anyway. Not much mention is made of their clothes, other than their hobnail boots and signature red caps, and the fact they carry an iron pike (so don’t for a moment think cold iron will keep you safe). They are known to lurk in the ruins of old castles. There they are said to wait for weary travelers looking for a place to rest their heads at night. Woe to those who bunk down in the realm of a redcap for they won’t rise again. These fae must ever keep their caps red.

Simple enough, no? Too simple indeed for the redcap…

By murder they reach this end, killing the unwary and soaking said caps in their blood. It is believed should the hats ever dry out it is the death of the redcap.

This is what the legends say…but can we ever know? Not hardly. For it is also said that none ever survive an encounter with a redcap. Perhaps yes…perhaps no…

The Redcaps’ Queen tells another tale. Suzanne, an outcast princess of the faerie realm faced death at the hands of these vicious fae. She would tell you of their black, shark-like eyes and razor-sharp teeth and nails. She would tell you of their blood-thirsty ways, only able to do so for being rescued by Lance Cosain, her Halfling lover.

A triumph, you say? Perhaps, but only a temporary one. See, blood…it forms a bond, and redcaps have a reputation to uphold. Or perhaps to silence, else how would they come by their prey if we are successful in warning the mortal realm?

But all is not as it seems, and legend is rarely the full of the truth. What happens when a redcap meets its end? What truths have remained hidden by the mists of time? And can anyone ever be the same with blood on their hands?

Seek the answers in the pages of The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale


To learn more about The Redcaps’ Queen please visit

You can read an excerpt at

Author Bio:
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books.

Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's DreamsTomorrow's MemoriesToday’s PromiseThe Halfling’s Court: and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is also the author of the solo science fiction collection, A Legacy of Stars, the non-fiction writers guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In An Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

She is a member of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers, the New Jersey Authors Network, and Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats.

In her down time she concocts her own cookie recipes (Spirited Delights), gets crafty, and makes costume horns. All the spaces in between are filled with reading…lots of reading!

If you want to know more about what fun I had with Irish myth I invite you to check out the Eternal Cycle trilogy or The Bad-Ass Faerie Tale series. Free excerpts of each book can be found on my website:
Yesterday's Dreams
Tomorrow's Memories
Today's Promise’sPromise-EX.pdf
The Halfling's Court
The Redcaps' Queen

Find Danielle Ackley-McPhail:
Blogs: http://lit_handyman.livejournal.comhttp://damcphail.livejournal.com
Amazon author page

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Danielle also has Science Fiction books. Find her whole book list on Amazon and any book selling site.


  1. There was some book i read that had redcaps but which

    1. Thanks for reading.

      I'm not sure. I haven't come across another one, beyond my own. I'm sure they are out there, but redcaps are one of the seldom used fae, it seems. Not as glamorous as the Sidhe or the fae, and certainly not pretty.

      They were certainly fun to write though...likely in good part because there aren't a lot of them out there in literature :)

      If you happen to remember what book you're thinking of, please do share!

    2. Oh, I don't know Blodeuedd. But there doesn't seem to be many of them. Thank you for stopping!

  2. Okay, this is a totally different take on redcaps. Usually they are pretty mindless killing machines. :) LOVE that cover. I know a few derby gals that might find this interesting. Great post!

    1. Melissa (B&T) Oh I have to agree. I'm curious to read this one. :) The derby gals caught my attention. :) Thank you!

    2. Melissa (MWIWAP)

      The Redcaps' Queen is the sequel to The Halflng's Court, one of the books you received through the Athena's Daughters kickstarter, just FYI :)

  3. Thanks, Melissa.

    Most of the details I quoted are actually from the myths and legends. I've played a little fast and loose with it in the actual novel, though. I love to interpret and extrapolate my mythology :)

    They are still pretty much killing machines...sadistic ones. Very narrow focused.

    Thanks, that's one of my favorite covers. When I did research for the book I observed an actual derby team and they ended up getting written into the book. It was a blast! I still keep in touch with them and get invited to the bouts.

    I am told that the derby parts are some of the best parts of the book.

    Thanks for reading. I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

    If you do reviews I could arrange a review copy. PDF ebook or print. you can email me at greenfirephoenix @ aol . com.



  4. Great post! I've only come across Redcaps once or twice, so looking forward to reading more! And love the cover! Derby Girls are pretty fierce themselves, so can't wait to read Suzanne's tale!

    1. Alexia, Thank you for visiting. So glad you enjoyed the post. :) I'm so curious about the book now. :D

  5. Thanks for reading, Alexia. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    I had a lot of fun with this book. It is the sequel to the Halfling's Court and the redcaps first appear there, but here I really got to play with them and the mythology.

    As for the, do I wish my knees weren't already shot! I would so be on a team right now. When I did research for the book I observed an actual team, the Jerzey Derby Brigade ( and had such a blast with them they were literally written into the book.

    Believe me, they fit right in this Bad-Ass Faerie Tale! And it gave me another interesting angle to utilized the redcaps which you'll have to read about ;)



  6. Great post Danielle. I didn't know much about redcaps. Sounds like you had a lot of fun playing with that.

    1. Hi Donna.

      Thanks for reading. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

      I did have a LOT of fun with this book and the redcaps. There were just so many interesting twists and turns that presented themselves.



    2. Donna Cook, so glad you enjoyed the post. :) Thank you for visiting!

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  8. oh yes the Redcaps, I also ead a book with them but they're not featured a lot so it's always really intriguing. thanks for the post and the book discovery.

    1. Melliane, you are so welcome. :) Glad we could share a new book with you. I look forward to getting this one and trying it out. :)

    2. Hi Melliane,

      Thank you for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun with The Redcaps' Queen. I'd love to know what you think if you get a chance to check it out.


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