August 25, 2011

Supernatural Fairy Tales Anthology

The Cover:

I’m very excited about the cover and wanted to give a big THANK YOU to the creative team of Liz Shipe & Perry Heideman of Reconstructing Grimm for the image. Art director, Liz Shipe, and photographer, Perry Heideman, along with many volunteers, recreate fairy tale scenes in urban settings. They do amazing work and have produced scenes from Snow White, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, Wizard of Oz, and more. The photos from their latest project, Beauty and the Beast, have been posted to their blog, and you can also check out their work in an upcoming issue of Faerie Magazine.

The Anthology:

When I first started this blog, about 5 years ago, I used it as a means of inspiration. I challenged myself at the beginning of the month having to pick a classic fairy tale and a supernatural element, and I had until the end of the month to write a short story (sometimes a poem) and then post it to the blog. (Except for His Soul Inspiration which was written for and published in Enchanted Conversation.)  For the last couple of years, I’ve changed directions and have been more focused on novels, so I pulled these short stories from the blog and organized them. I realized that over the years I had written 23 short stories. I’m happy with most of them, but then there were a few that went into the “outdated” or “yikes” pile. What was left easily fell into two categories: light and dark (some being darkish – lol.) And from those two groups, I realized most of my favorites were in the darker pile.

I ended up with 9 favorite stories that will be included in my anthology, Supernatural Fairy Tales. These short stories are not retellings of the original tales but were inspired by them. They are paranormal themed stories about vampires, ghosts, mermaids, witches, and more, in genres ranging from romance to thriller. And fair warning: they don’t always have a happy ending -  bwahaha…

The anthology should be available in Ebook by Oct 1, 2011 for only .99 cents. If you would like a review copy, just email and we can talk about the details.

An Excerpt:

Next week, I will post one of the short stories from the anthology. I’m just not sure which one. Below are all the titles with the story inspirations. Which one sounds interesting to you?

If You Feed a Wolf – Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This is one of favorites because it was experimental. I just let myself free to write without a real plan. As far as what I took from the original story: it reminded me of how I feel in dreams - so some of the things that happen in this story are taken from my actual dreams (I keep a dream journal).

The Vampire’s New Suit – Inspired by The Emperor’s New Suit. I just like this one because it's fun -I bet you can't guess the two elements here - lol.

Blueberry Eyes – I'm not going to say which fairy tale this one was inspired by because it kind of gives away the ending. 

The Gift – Inspired by The Ghost of Christmas Past from "A Christmas Carol." This one was one of my favorites because I wrote the entire story backwards - line by line - It was my daughter's idea because I was stuck. I also like it because it is my first and only western - and it has a touch of steampunk and ghosts.

If it weren’t for Bad Luck – Inspired by Rumpelstiltskin. You see, I have this theory about luck...

Muse – (Also published in The Inferno under the title What You Know.) Inspired by Prince Ariel from "The Fairy Tales of Madame D'Aulnoy." I had to do a lot of research on birds for this one. One of my darker pieces.

His Soul Inspiration – (Originally published in Enchanted Conversation ) Inspired by The Little Mermaid, this is my last supernatural fairy tale short... to date.

Quiet on the Nightingale (Also published in AllRomance eBooks Newsletter)  Inspired by Jorinda and Joringel.  A little sexy but mostly fun.

Forbidden Beach – (Also published in Silverthorn Press) Inspired by Thumbelina, this short story is probably the truest to the fantasy genre of my stories and also the creepiest.  

cover image: copyright © 2011 by Liz Shipe & Perry Heideman All rights reserved


abuckley23 said...

I like your blog in general, lots of interesting posts and I'm a big fairy tale geek :) I'm currently writing a series of fairytales which I occasionaly post to my site at Please feel free to take a look :)

Dorlana said...

Hi abuckley! Nice to meet another fairy tale geek - I'm on my way to check out your blog. Thanks for stopping by.