A folklore education does start to go to one’s head after a while. I’ve soaked up so many fairy tales, ballads, legends, myths, and so on that it’s hardly surprising I should try my hand at that venerable sub-branch of fantasy, the retelling.
Not everything in here is a strict retelling as such. Some are better categorized as mashups, or sequels, or just me picking a fight with my source. But all of them are based on a specific, pre-existing story, which is why I group them here.
Ballads and Folksongs
- “The Twa Corbies”
Understanding the language of birds isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
- “What Still Abides”
He died at harvest, and rose again spring.
- “Mad Maudlin”
Even the experienced nurses didn’t want to deal with her.
- “Salt Feels No Pain”
She did not mourn the cities in their fates, for they were full of wicked men.
- “The Gospel of Nachash”
The bekhorim were made from air, and their spirits were more subtle than that of man.
- “The Princess and the . . .”
Sixty years on, I’m amazed at what they’ve done to the truth.
Fairy tales, with a darker twist
- Monstrous Beauty
An ebook collection of the following seven stories:
- “The Wood, the Bridge, the House”
She has come this way many times before.
- “Shadows’ Bride”
Their laughter is the silence of empty rooms, the hush of dust lying decades thick.
- “Kiss of Life”
In faraway lands, the tale is a romantic one.
- “Tower in Moonlight”
The hart leads them far into the woods.
- “The Snow-White Heart”
“Cut out her heart and bring it to me,” the queen said, and so the huntsman did.
She stands out like a rose, red-black as venous blood.
- “Waiting for Beauty”
He wakes before dawn to prepare her breakfast.
- “For the Fairest”
For the fairest, the inscription read . . . .
- “The Wives of Paris”
They offered him a beautiful woman, power over men, victory in war.
- “Daughter of Necessity”
The strands thrum faintly beneath her fingertips, like the strings of a lyre.
- “Silence, Before the Horn”
In the end, we all chose sleep.
- “The Waking of Angantyr”
She was lucky to have made it this far.