Fairy Tale Review Archive
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The practice of retelling fairy tales in the form of literary fiction is, if not quite hallowed, certainly established. The great Angela Carter’s revelatory 1979 story collection, “The Bloody Chamber” — a brocaded work of heady sensuality, intelligence and violence — remains the benchmark, but Kate Bernheimer’s Fairy Tale Review and the several excellent Bernheimer-edited anthologies spun off from it carry the standard forward. Those are just some of the more overt homages; Western literature owes as much to fairy tales as it does to Greek myth and the Bible.
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In Pompeii we didn’t distinguish rats
The doctor delivers the diagnosis. He tells Gulisa, ‘It could be worse.’
bifurcating like a heart would/night scatters into pieces/reassembled like a girl should/be I tug the laces/of my boots and hold the shadows
I didn’t know that girl was in my belly until the heartburn set in, acid foaming into my esophagus and escaping in a huff of steam wafting silver moonward.
Each birth came too early, the samurai’s daughter producing a peach pit with the face of a crying boy or girl.
she pickes mye foote up by the heele
dragges hir fingre padde
along myn arche
& seith unto me
thow hath a noblewoman’s foote
A poplar tree shakes its wet hair
in front of a mental hospital in Ch’ŏngyangni
Maybe the night wind is blowing—
It’s unsettling to meet people who don’t eat apples.
He made his choice. He still speaks, still lives.
He rarely spoke, and never revealed his identity or the reason for his endless trek.
Because she cannot speak, the prince views her as a favorite pet
There are wolf objects scattered throughout my house: a canis lupus Beanie Baby named Howl, a carved wooden ornament, a snowglobe with a wolf pup...
It’s a clear case of alternative facts over objective reality
Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication in The Charcoal Issue of Fairy Tale Review
“Comprachicos” … alter the physical appearance of children as one would tend a bonsai tree