Fairies superficially claim good press as inherently beneficent beauties. They also have their dark back-stories and evil sides. Not being born all-bad or all-good in fact inspires their modified designations “bad fairies” and “good fairies.”
Yet a third descriptive possibility involves congenital evil. Intrinsic evil indeed is the option that readers find in the fantasy, horror, and supernatural literature by Caerleon-born Welshman Arthur Llewelyn Jones (March 3, 1863 – Dec. 15, 1947) under the pseudonym Arthur Machen. The last-mentioned interpretation prevails in the fantasy horror thriller film, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, released in 2010 through the creative collaboration of four of the Welsh author’s worldwide admirers:
• Mark Johnson;
• Stephen Jones;
• Troy Nixey;
• Guillermo del Toro.