Little Red Riding Hood has never been one of my favorite fairy tales. When I was a small kid, I much preferred the stories of the princesses with the beautiful dresses (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty) or the tales of the girls who went out on adventures and rescued their brothers or princes (East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon, The Seven Swans, though calling “weaving together nettle shirts” an adventure of any sort is probably a bit much). Little Red Riding Hood had a bright red hood, but that was about it for the clothing, and then a wolf ate her, and then someone else shot the wolf. Not really my sort of story.
As a grownup, I could appreciate the warning in the tale from Perrault and the Grimms. But appreciating the warning didn’t necessarily make me value the tale all that much.
Still, something about the story nagged at me – enough that I’ve ended up using it as inspiration for a poem or short story or two. This is the latest, The Wolf, up at Daily Science Fiction today. Enjoy!
My schedule for Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon:
DC: TV vs Film
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 13:00 – 13:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Is Literary Escapism Good for Kids
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 17:00 – 17:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)
Once Upon a Time: Modern Fairy Tales
16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:00 – 15:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
The Shapes in Water: Aquatic Myths and Monsters
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)
Beyond this, I plan to be rolling around the con and hanging out at the bar. (Bars?)
So as I’ve discussed on Twitter, this summer turned out to be unexpectedly financially painful thanks to a combined number of expensive things all happening at once – various home repairs, an upcoming trip to Europe and Worldcon that is partly non-refundable, and my electric trike – one of the major joys of my life, and also, my chief source of transportation and what allows me to live independently – getting stolen.
(Fun fact – the thief took off with the trike, but not the lithium battery, so not only am I out the trike, the thief isn’t getting to enjoy the electric/motorized part either.)
Anyway, as a result of all this, I realized that I really do need to increase my writing income a bit, so I’ve gone ahead and gotten a Ko-Fi and a Patreon. Links are on the side. Absolutely no worries if you can’t/aren’t interested. Hope you continue to enjoy my work!
A small story, about the kiss of true love and other enchantments, Breaking the Enchantment, now up at Daily Science Fiction.
And now, it’s live on the web: my short story The Girl and the House, aka what happens when a little writer reads far far far too many Gothic novels back in high school. Years later, you have this.
Double publication day for me, with two stories now available for purchase. They’ll both be up on the web eventually, but I thought people might want an early look.
First up, “Gorilla in the Streets,” in Diabolical Plots, Year Five, with stories from me, Beth Cato, Nin Harris and more, available from Amazon and Kobo. This story is one of my personal favorites – it deals with some accessibility issues, but also, and this is very important, it’s about a gorilla.
Second, “The Girl and the House, in Nightmare, my personal response to reading waaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too many of those Gothic novels featuring, well, a Girl and a House. My ending is just a touch darker than some of those novels. The individual issue can be purchased here, but I strongly recommend subscribing to Nightmare if you’re into horror at all – it’s a much better deal than buying individual issues. If like me you’re toting along a Samsung Galaxy, the Weightless Books subscription seemed to be the easiest format.
Another small fairy tale from me up at Daily Science Fiction today, where I ask the all important question:
What happened to everyone attached to the Golden Goose after its owner married the princess?
Read it here.