Category Archives: fairy tales and folklore
Over at Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, Editor and Publisher Kate Wolford is holding a very special writing contest: the submissions must be inspired by one of the ten fairy tales found within her recent nonfiction collection Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales To Fall In Love With.
Kate Wolford writes: “Since Beyond the Glass Slipper was conceived, nearly a year ago, I’ve been hoping that the stories in the book would eventually inspire writers and poets. I thought long and hard about how to achieve that, and holding a contest seemed like the best way to accomplish the goal.” More…
While all the fairy tales themselves are available online from Project Gutenberg and the like, Beyond the Glass Slipper provides context for the tales, as well as research and questions posed by Wolford herself — not to mention suggested story prompts for “The Nixy,” “The Soldier and the Vampire,” “The Three Pennies,” “Fairy Gifts,” “The Loving Pair,” “The Dirty Shepherdess,” “Gifts of the Little People,” “The Blue Light,” “King Pig,” and “Kisa the Cat.”
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“Once I began to read this collection, I couldn’t stop. Just as with those secretive princesses with their silken slippers gone to shreds, I danced among these pages until dawn!”
—Terrie Leigh Relf, Illumen
“Wolves and Witches is a fabulous collection of re-imagined fairy tales. I made the mistake of starting it late one evening and couldn’t go to sleep until I had read it all. With their dark prose and evocative poetry these sisters have done the Brothers Grimm proud.”
—Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine
“Dark and delicious revenge-filled tales! I Highly Recommend this fun and small collection of short stories.”
—Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust.
“Davis and Engelhardt’s Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection is a joy, start to finish. At times eloquent, at times written in a bare-bones style, this collection of verse and prose takes familiar fairy tales and turns them into something darker, deeper, and delicious. My very heart was stolen by a cobbler with a bad leg. That’s good storytelling.”
—Mercedes M. Yardley, Author of Beautiful Sorrows
“Sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt are the female Brothers Grimm.”
—K. Allen Wood, Shock Totem
“In their collection of re-envisioned fairy tales, Wolves and Witches, Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt deliver an assortment of poetry and short fiction that entertains the ear and tickles the mind. The prose is assured, clever, and insightful, and the stories, which often experiment with perspective, dance from the page.”
—Stephen Ramey, author of Glass Animals, and editor for the Triangulation anthology series from Parsec Ink
“It’s in the details that Davis and Engelhardt get you. I don’t know if it’s love or obsession or maybe just succumbing to the spell, but what stays with me is the tenor and texture of these tales retold — whether the fabric of a dancing shoe, the hollowness of bones in the wind, or the sharp critique of stereotyped social norms. Let yourself be enchanted and enjoy.”
—Dan Campbell, Bull Spec
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Heather Talty writes on where all the fairy tales have gone:
So here is the thing about fairy tales — they’re stories, we know that, told in various forms by various people over quite a long time until they take on certain recognizable characteristics, like, say, a devious wolf, three pigs, a deadly apple. Many of these stories are part of the oral tradition, even if their forms might have changed some since people spent their time telling each other tales and recounting the history of their own people through word of mouth. Sad though it might be, we’re not much of an oral storytelling culture any more, so those stories had to have gotten to us somehow, and that how comes in the form of folklorists. These folklorists were people like The Brothers Grimm, Abjørnsen and Moe, Charles Perrault, and so on. During the 1800s, in particular, researchers and scholars all around Europe dedicated themselves to finding the old tales and making them literary, with the result that years later, we’re still telling the tales.
Consider this: the collection and distribution of oral tales was much in vogue at the time these guys were doing their thing, so it’s safe to say they weren’t the only ones going around, bothering old women to tell them stories instead of going to sleep early like they wanted to. The countryside was probably lousy with folklorists. So where are their collections? Read the rest of this entry
A review of Wolves and Witches at Twice Upon A Time. In her review, Kristina Wojtaszek writes:
“The tales are twisted– and knotted and French braided. But even more entertaining than the unexpected is the voice that carries through this book. And that is another enchantment; that two voices, those of the Sisters Grimm, can come across as one. And what a wonderful one!” Read more…
Kate Wolford discusses how she chose her Ten Neglected Tales for Beyond the Glass Slipper at On the Broomstick. Read her reasoning and see which tale almost made the cut.
“Picking the ‘right’ fairy tales for Beyond the Glass Slipper was by far one of the hardest parts of writing the book. The ten tales needed to make up an intriguing mix, be representative of a good variety of tale types, and be in public domain.” Read more…
Melissa Mead, whose awesome fairy tale fiction fills the pages of Daily Science Fiction, shares some thoughts on writing fairy tale flash fic:
Have you ever asked yourself questions like these:
- Why would a prince kiss a strange girl in a glass coffin?
- Is candy really practical as construction material?
- Does a prince who used to be a frog ever get homesick for the old lily pad?
Face it; fairy tales don’t always make sense. That’s part of what makes them such fun to rewrite. I love rewriting fairy tales. I also love writing flash fiction, short-shorts, or whatever you choose to call those little gems of story of around 1,000 words.
Fairy tales are great subjects for flash fiction because most readers already know the basics of many of them. When Daily Science Fiction offered me the chance to write a series of flash stories, fairy tales were the first thing that leapt to mind. When you want to create a story in under 1,000 words, it helps to not have to spend a lot of wordage setting the scene. If the author says “Once upon a time there was a girl with a wicked stepmother and two ugly stepsisters,” the reader will already be thinking about balls, pumpkin coaches, and glass slippers.
That’s where the author can have fun. Did the girl grow the pumpkin herself, and does she see the ball as a great marketing opportunity for her mutant produce? Does she hate dancing, and try to AVOID the ball? Are the glass slippers alien technology?
Here are some ways to twist your favorite fairy tale: Read the rest of this entry