Unspun: A Collection of Tattered Fairy Tales

Ruth Nickle

Whatever happened to “happily ever after”? Heroes search for happiness, villains plot revenge, and nothing is as easy as it once seemed. Gretel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, an orphan girl questions Rumpelstiltskin’s legacy, a monster cat searches for a child to eat, and the pied piper realizes stealing a hundred and thirty children may not have been his smartest idea.Fairy tales have endured for centuries even though—or perhaps because—their conclusions are often more unsettling than satisfying. In Unspun, eleven storytellers come together to challenge and explore a few of those classic tales. Unexpected twists are sure to provoke both thought and laughter. Gorgeous illustrations by Ruth Nickle accompany each piece.Stories in the Anthology:“Heart of a Thief” by Chris Cutler (Jack and the Beanstalk)“Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter” by Ruth Nickle (Rumpelstiltskin)“Tsar Vislav, Tsarina Vislav, and the Firebird” by Sarah Chow (Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf)“Tatterhood and the Prince’s Hand” by Katherine Cowley (Tatterhood)“The Little Mermaid” by PJ Switzer (The Little Mermaid)“Ásthildur and the Yule Cat” by Sarah Blake Johnson (The Yule Cat)“Perfectly Real” by Robin Prehn (The Princess and the Pea)“The Pied Piper’s Revenge” by Scott Cowley (The Pied Piper)“Ethical Will” by Kaki Olsen (The Nutcracker)“Breadcrumbs” by Jeanna Mason Stay (Hansel and Gretel)“Spring’s Revenge” by Anika Arrington (Snow White)

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 298 pages

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