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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    Several planes of existence vs. a lowly monster

    Searching through countless myths and legends, we've been stricken by the sheer difference in the number of myths that the respective countries display. Whereas for example, the Norse mythology, have created enormous parallel universes where gods and demi-gods reside where they fight their battles or intermarry, others only have a limited number of ghosts or monsters living in trees or under rocks, looking after nature or people. We sit and wonder how come some of these peoples created such elaborate mythologies whereas others only needed a fitting explanation for natural phenomena.

    If anyone could give us some explanation to why this is, we would be very grateful.

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    This week's story: the Goat Riders of Belgium!

    As the first stories are pouring in, we are proud to present the latest addition to our project. It's the legendary Goat Riders of Belgium. Terrorizing the Belgian Kempen region in the late 18th century, a true witch hunt ensued which brought many innocent people to the gallows. To this day there are rumours that they had sold their souls to the devil and that the actual members of the gang were never executed.
    This is just one of the many, many myths and legends that surround European culture and that we are trying to bring to the fore. We hope you will enjoy this story as much as you did the ones about the mythical Land of Youth (Irish) or the Blind Woman of Barvas.

    Soon we'll have more stories, featuring myths you may have never heard of, so check back regularly!


    New stories in!

    We have now officially published the first few stories for the European Ghost Literary Project. Containing myths from the Scottish Isles and Ireland, we are proud to present fully functional PDF downloads for all to enjoy!

    We have also added a Contributors Page where we will frequently feature new authors as they send in their submissions! Check back regularly or subscribe to our newsletter to find out more!



    We're looking for writers!

    Yes, we're still looking for writers to join the European Ghost Literary Project. So if you know any local legend, myth or fairy tale and just know you can turn it into a well-written story for people to enjoy, then sign up now! On the left you will find the contact form where you can leave your details and we will contact you as soon as possible. And who knows, you might find your story published in an international collection! Do it today!


    Happy new year!!

    Well, with the fireworks popping outside and several good snacks on the table, we wish you all a very happy and productive 2010!

    That 2010 may bring us a wider audience, more stories to publish, more positive reactions from the public and maybe the actual book to put on our shelves!

    Above all, we wish you all good health and lots of luck in the new year!