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Now here's a concept: mythology you can lick. Or possibly philately you can slay, fear or make small votive offerings to.

Leading fantasy author Neil Gaiman and longtime collaborator Dave McKean have teamed on a new set of Royal Mail stamps, celebrating a bestiary of creatures from the realm of British legend.

On sale now, the six stamps depict such mainstays of folklore as dragons, pixies, mermaids, giants, unicorns and fairies. McKean's characteristically gorgeous illustrations are matched by six pieces of Gaiman's characteristically fine, unsettling prose, provided in a presentation pack or available to read here .

Head here for the finer details, before stamps themselves go the way of the unicorn's horn in this internet age...