Fairy Tale Retellings

The Brothers Grimm spent a lot of time gathering tales from Europe during their lives and then publishing what they collected. Others did, too. These stories were told around fireplaces or to children at bedtime and were passed from one generation to the next. Traditional stories are lots of fun because they’re familiar. They can also become tired. We aim to solve that problem this week at the Cafe.

Universally acknowledged by the regulars here a few weeks ago as one of the fun parts of the Cafe, our monthly confabulations this time take a classic turn. On special this week is each author’s take on a fairytale. Some may be obscure (there might even be a new one in there somewhere) and others will have that creeping sense of being cautionary. There will be sex, food, death, and certainly a villain or two.

So we present our versions of fairytales for you to enjoy. Don’t get hung up on which tale it is, but see if you can spot what we’re saying about the times we live in.

We take no responsibility, however, for last minute kisses from princes. And if you take a bite from that apple the witch is offering you, you’re on your own.

“Piper” by Jack Campbell, Jr.
Curse of the Elves” by Sara Lundberg
“Clowning Around” by Larry Jenkins
“Cindy” by August Baker
“Dawn’s Curse” by Amanda Jaquays
“Just Right” by R.L. Naquin
“Charming” by Kevin Wohler
“The Maiden’s Heart” by Aspen Junge
“Broken Contract” by Jason Arnett
“The Waves Greet Us Home” by Ashley Poland

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