The Mermaid Handbook

7 Apr

So I have not updated this site in many, many moons, and for a while my life became less mermaidly in general, but now that has all changed and my true nature has once again asserted itself.

I have written a Mermaid Handbook:


Actually, THE Mermaid Handbook, which you can pre-order here and get it with a bookplate signed by yours truly, or anywhere else where books are sold. It comes out from HarperCollins on May 15! And it follows The Faerie Handbook, which came out in November.

Here is a description:

Answer the enchanting siren call of the mermaid with this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and intricately designed one-of-a-kind lifestyle compendium from the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine and author of The Faerie Handbook and globally published novel Mermaid, packed with lore, legends, facts and trivia, beautiful illustrations, and numerous step-by-step projects and recipes.

Divided into four sections—Fashion and Beauty; Arts and Culture; Real Mermaids and Where to Find Them; and Food, Entertaining and Stories of the Sea—The Mermaid Handbook is a unique and sumptuous compilation filled with creative ideas for decorating and living inspired by these beauties from the deep. Learn to make a sailor’s valentine; a mermaid comb and crown; and a pearl and sequin paillette necklace. There are recipes for mermaid-themed poke bowls, aquatic-themed honey gingerbread cookies, and the official cocktail of the 1960s-era mermaid attraction Aquarama.

Folklore expert Carolyn Turgeon also includes profiles of true modern mermaids, tail makers, and mermaid bars; visits mermaid attractions like Weeki Wachee Springs; and provides tips on getting beachy mermaid hair and creating an alluring eye. This collector’s item also includes an inset image on the front cover; ornate metallic blue foil patterning on the front, spine, and back; blue stained edges; a satin bookmark, and quality paper.

You might recognize the Emma McEvoy image on the cover (with tail from Finfolk Productions), which was featured in a past issue of Faerie Magazine as well as in the NY Times profile of Faerie Magazine (which I edit) from 2015:

Here’s a little video flip-through I did after getting the first advance copy!


Anyway, to celebrate the publication we are ALSO doing a mermaid-themed summer issue of Faerie Magazine to accompany the book, with a cover from Cheryl Walsh. Here’s the sneak preview from the back cover of the current spring Tolkien-themed issue:


The mermaid issue will be out in June, and will also feature recipes and tutorials and beauty and all manner of art and lore! You can subscribe starting with the mermaid issue here, or pre-order a single copy here. Also, if your own mermaidliness has led you to have a mermaid business of some sort, you might want to consider advertising in the issue; to find out more you can email

Anyway, more to come, but I wanted to let you know about all this glimmering mermaid wondrousness in the works!

8 Responses to “The Mermaid Handbook”

  1. Carolyn Woods April 7, 2018 at 11:12 AM #

    Awesome!!! Congrats! I just had a dream this morning of meeting up with fellow Merfolk and woke to find this in my email!😍 Carolyn

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. johan kokkedee April 9, 2018 at 10:29 AM #

    how much koste that book in euro,s

  3. Maira June 13, 2018 at 6:13 PM #

    Right here is the right website for everyone who would like to understand this topic.
    You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need
    to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that’s been discussed for decades.
    Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

  4. Cherie January 5, 2019 at 8:24 AM #

    I just received the beautiful Mermaid Handbook – ordered from eBay before I realized I could order from this site- and it is everything that you would ever want to know about mermaid lore. The illustrations are really lovely and I want to make some of the recipes and projects shown. (Everything about the sea excites me!) This book is proudly displayed in my seashore – themed attic art studio, and looks quite at home there. I can only wish that the author will write another beautiful book about mermaids!

  5. Katie March 10, 2019 at 8:01 PM #

    This book has made me incredibly happy.Thank you for honouring the mythic and for not just writing text but appealing to our spirits and senses,all parts of our brain by including pictures and creative things.More should do so.What a relief from our highly ordered hyperational world this book is.I thank you a thousand times.

  6. Kay Anderson July 9, 2019 at 5:28 PM #

    Now is your time since Disney just announced that the New movie Little Mermaid will have a young Black woman as Ariel.

  7. Rene Calvo August 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM #

    Hello Carolyn

    I love what you do and I wanted to share my mermaid music video with you. I hope you like it.



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