Source: The Atlantic
Most of the stories we remember hearing as young children avoid content that is gruesome or unsettling. But some writers feel that it’s healthier to share stories with a more frightening side.
Source: National Geographic
Almost half a millennium ago in the New World, Spanish explorers heard tales of a land filled with gold and treasure. Soon, the myth of El Dorado was born. Read this article to learn the truth behind the myth. Did El Dorado really exist?
Source: The Conversation
There’s definitely one of the tales of the Brothers Grimm that you’ve never heard, because it was developed using artificial intelligence after analyzing their works. Find out what that’s all about and why stories about princesses and shepherds still capture us.
Source: The Tudor Society
Mark Twain’s tale about the young Prince Edward may be fiction, but Edward’s true story is even stranger. Crowned king at age 9, he faced the plotting and scheming of his power-hungry uncles.
Source: The Conversation
Are the tales of King Arthur based in fact? TL;DR: Probably not, but they’re a lot of fun!
Source: Khan Academy
Learn about an Aztec legend by getting an up-close look at a terrifying statue.
Vampire stories began way before Dracula. Find out about the real-life afflictions that made people believe frightening tales.
Source: The Kennedy Center
Once upon a time, fairy tales weren’t for children. They weren’t even written down. Read this history to learn how much fairy tales—even the ones with which we’re most familiar—have changed over time. Be sure to follow the links to older versions of the tales, and find out for yourself!
Source: The Portalist
Where do fairy tales and legends come from? At least one well-known tale is rooted in a real historic event.
Source: Exquisite Terror
In this interview, fairy tale author Jack Zipes discusses why fairy tales matter, who their audience is, and how they influence the horror genre.
If tales of superheroes serve to inspire us and reflect what we value, they should represent all of us. Hear from the director and cast of the blockbuster movie.
Source: Psychology Today
Explore the plot and significance of a popular Greek myth.
One of the best-known Norse myths about the end of the universe may have originated in a real-world ancient catastrophe.
Stories about superheroes go back long before the creation of comic books. Read about some early heroes whose stories are hundreds or thousands of years old.
Source: Big Think
The source of many bizarre tales, this area of the Atlantic Ocean has claimed a surprising number of ships and planes. But it’s not sea monsters or extraterrestrials causing the chaos.
What makes for a great story? Find out from the pros.
Source: ColorQ World
Just as many cultures have a version of the Cinderella story, similarities in myths and legends appear around the world.
What happens when someone born poor is raised in wealth, and vice versa? Read about how the lives of two Japanese men shed light on how we succeed, or don’t.
Source: The Guardian
Some of the stories you loved best when you were younger probably concerned wishes. Why are wish tales so popular?
The legend of King Arthur, the hero who saved Britain, may not be true, but it has inspired people for more than 1,000 years. Read an article about what we know of Arthur tales, accompanied by a video summing up the most famous stories.