Myth of the Week

Rusalka (Slavic)

Chances are you know óf the Rusalka albeit not by this name or even identified as a Slavic myth! She is an evil water nymph usually represented as a beautiful young woman who appears in or around pools, small lakes and other waterways. She will tempt young farmers or fishermen to come and enter the water with her and then drown them.

Their providence is somewhat of a mystery, but connaisseurs seem to agree on the idea that they came from young women who drowned themselves after being jilted by a lover. 

Rusalka are usually represented as young, scantilly clad women with an extremely pale, almost translucent skin and green, glowing eyes. They are most dangerous in the first weeks of June. Sallant detail: in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine it was forbidden to swim during this week and the Rusalka week (early June) was still celebrated in Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine when the spirits are ritually banished, right up until the 1930's.


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    European Ghost Project is Back!!

    Yes people,

    I've decided to reboot the European Ghost Literary Project!

    To my surprise, the good people of Squarespace kept my site on ice and, since it's still here, I can just pick up where I left off. Unfortunately, Google was not so kind and so I need to work some IT-magic to get it really up and running again, but I'll get there before the year is out!

    So, where are we today? Well, some of our translators decided not to hang around and so, with a courteous 'adieu' I wish them all the best in their future endeavours. And although they were irreplaceable we do need translators, so I'll be looking for those in the meantime.

    I have recontacted the contributors and found both Philip Casey from Ireland and Ian Stephen from the Scottish Isles willing to continue to support the project. So their will continue to be available online. A big and grateful Thank-You for both of them!

    And so, with a skeleton crew of translators and two contributors we look into the future with hope and gratefulness in our hearts and eyes.

    But most of all, we are nothing without you, our readers. So spread the word, copy a link here and there, tweet, post on Facebook or your social platform of choice. Let us know what you think of the stories and maybe, one day, post one of your own.

    See you next time.



    Header renewed!


    for those of you wondering who these guys are at the top, here's the list:

    First is Boruta in the cellars of the King's castle at Leszny. He is a Polish demon associated with everything negative in terms of hunting and forests. For some reason he is always depicted as a leprechaun on top of a wine barrel.

    Second is the Phoenix, from Greek mythology, rising from the ashes as a bird of flames.

    Third is the wolves pursuing the Sun and Moon, as taken from Norse mythology. It represents one of the key stages of the Ragnarok or Final Faith of the Gods.

    Fourth and last is, of course, Achilles dragging the lifeless body of Hector back to his camp. This scene is one of the most famous and important stages in the Troy War of Homer's Illiad.

    We hope you will enjoy!



    We have now reached Portugal!

    After a few weeks interval in which we pondered the future of the project, we are now back at full steam! After a marketing campaign aimed at the Portugese literary societies, we are pleased to announce we have reached a great deal of people in Portugal and are anxiously awaiting their submissions!

    We'd like to thank anybody who made this possible and who have stuck with us in the past months to make this project such a succes!

    Keep writing and be well, everybody!



    New Story In: Tuttabazza meets the Devil by Luca Bonelli!

    We are very pleased to announce that a new story has been added to our project! The Italian writer Luca Bonelli has taken the time to turn one of the myths of his local region into a beautiful story of love lost forever, we hope you will all enjoy!