Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

This word, now used only metaphorically, originally meant a kind of Enchantment employed to confuse the sense of sight, often to make a person or a place supernaturally attractive in spite of actual decrepitude. Spells of this kind are often cast by Femmes Fatales, after the fashion of those featured in Maker of Shadows (1938) by Jack Mann (E. Charles Vivian) and "Glamour" (1939) by Seabury Quinn. [BS]

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.