Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Queen of Air and Darkness

Phrase coined by A E Housman (1859-1936) in Last Poems (coll 1922) to describe a seeming Enchantress or Lamia – or perhaps merely a woman resented for her former sexual dominance – whom the male speaker feels justified in killing. Book 2 of T H White's revised The Once and Future King (1958) uses the phrase as its title, referring to Morgan Le Fay. Others apply it to the Fairy Queen, as in Poul Anderson's "The Queen of Air and Darkness" (1971 F&SF), whose alien pseudo-Faerie has sf roots (see Rationalized Fantasy). [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.