A popular phenomenon in the modern era, sightings of mermaids have been recorded throughout ancient history, appearing in times of trouble and disaster. These elusive creatures exist powerfully in imaginative literature and have become a source of inspiration for artists throughout the world. This delightful history is illustrated primarily by stunning fantasy work from contemporary artists.
Russ Thorne (author) is a freelance journalist who contributes to print titles including the Independent, I and the London Evening Standard along with various magazines and websites. His previous books include The Magical History of Unicorns, and titles exploring fantasy art, tattoos, zombies, vampires and the Day of the Dead. Tera Lynn Childs (foreword) is the RITA-award-winning young adult author of the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also wrote the City Chicks sweet chick lit romance series and co-wrote the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.