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Verity Holloway is the author of Pseudotooth (Unsung Stories, March 2017), Beauty Secrets of The Martyrs, and The Mighty Healer (Pen & Sword, 2016). Follow her on Twitter and http://verityholloway.com for more on art, history, folklore, and bad medicine.

To be led astray, Peter Pan style, by a fairy – ‘pixie led’ – is an old fear from isolated