Over at Tor.com, Randee Dawn has written an article about shopping in Faerie. Well, in fantasy literature, anyway, which is almost the same thing. I mention this because a section of Ms. Dawn's essay deals with the night market in Avernus, which appears in my most recent novel, The Iron Dragon's Mother.
I will not give away any of the article, but I will mention the fact that that section was inspired by the night market of Split, Croatia. Marianne and I were staying in a room just inside the Silver Gate of Diocletian's Palace and the night market was just outside the city walls. And I am here to tell you that it had all the magic of a carnival at night. Wonderful and tacky at one and the same time.
You can find the article here. Or just wander through the Tor.com website, which has many stories and articles of interest including my story, "The Star-Bear," which just went up a week or so ago.
Above; If you've never read Christina Rosetti's Goblin Market, you really should. She denied the sexual subtext that seems so obvious to us, but just try reading it aloud and make up your own mind. Not in front of children or teenagers, though. They'll start snickering.