Steve Wiley, Author

Steve is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. This is his first book. He has an undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten from DePaul University. Steve once passionately kissed a bronze seahorse in the middle of Buckingham Fountain. You can email Steve at, or visit thewileymancan on Instagram.  

Chris Cihon, Illustrator

Chris is an artist who studied at Columbia College Chicago. He is a Chicago native and has lived here all his life. Chris’s paintings have been showcased in many local galleries and beyond. When he feels like it, he travels elsewhere to find inspiration. You can reach him at, or visit _ccihon on Instagram.


Jen McDonald, Editor

Jen is an editor, writer, teacher, dancer, chef, traveler, and lover of hedgehog videos. Before opening her own editing shop, she worked for The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and other publications, and in 2012-13 she was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In addition to editing, she's currently an adjunct faculty member in the Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago’s Graham School. She lives in Chicago, off the Red Line, not far from the Green Mill, and takes her Manhattans up.

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Sean Lenhart, Audiobook Narrator

Sean is a graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory Of Performing Arts with a degree in musical theatre. He is happy to have a thriving stage career in Pittsburgh, working with Stage 62, Front Porch Theatricals, The Pittsburgh Opera, Food For Groundlings, Resonance Works Opera, The Pittsburgh Savoyards, Undercroft Opera, Microscopic Opera, Greensburg Civic Theater, South Park Theater, and the South Hills Players.  When he’s not on stage, Sean works from his home studio as a Voice Actor, with many audio books available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. 

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Works Cited

The cover for this book was based on a mural in N. Ireland you can see here ( in examples.  I'm not sure if that mural still exists, and I can't find any information on the artist, but thank you, whoever you are.  

Allingham, William. “The Fairies.” In Irish Songs and Poems. London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1901.

Corgan, Billy. Tonight, Tonight. On Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Smashing Pumpkins. © 1995 by Virgin.

Gurnon, Emily. “Ice from Michigan Ave. Building Falls, Kills Man.” Chicago Tribune, March 1, 1994.

Joyce, James. Finnegans Wake. London: Faber and Faber, 1939.

Loerzel, Robert. "The Story of Dunning, a Tomb for the Living."  Curious City, April 30, 2013.

Matheny, Keith. "Weather Quirk Makes Chicago Skyline Mirage over Lake Michigan." Detroit Free Press, May 7, 2015.

Ocasek, Ric. Magic. On Heartbeat City. The Cars. © 1984 by Elektra.

Schneider, Ben. The Birds are Singing at Night. On A Walk in the Woods. Lord Huron. © 2015 by Varese Sarabande.

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Other Comedies, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Borders Classics, 2007.

And of course Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Cock o' the North, Wind in the Willows, Hans Christian Andersen (especially for the wind), and anyone else I forgot...