A short story or folk tale, often with a specific moral outcome intended to instruct the audience.
Stories either created or strongly influenced by oral traditions. The plots often feature stark conflicts between good and evil, with magic and luck determining the usually happy endings.
A type of story that includes elements of magic in plot, setting, or theme. The story's main characters may or may not enter the fantasy world from the real world.
Literary works, most often prose narrative, that are imaginative rather than factual.
First coined in 1846 by William John Thoms, a British antiquarian. Folklore can be divided into its two component words, folk and lore. Folklore is thus all the lore shared by a particular folk.
A traditional prose narrative that conveys a story originating in popular culture, typically circulated and preserved orally.
An artistic style characterized by melodrama, terror, madness, and irony. Southern Gothic, a specific type of the Gothic, is unique to American literature and includes elements of the "grotesque," deeply flawed and repulsive characters or situations.
A type of book that, in the visual style of comics, presents its fully developed story in panels of juxtaposed text and illustration.