Bryony & Roses

A retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Bryony is out collecting rutabaga1 seedlings2 when she gets caught in a sudden snowstorm. Just as she is beginning to lose hope of surviving it, she and her pony3 stumble upon a wall and gates. Faintly hoping for ruins that might provide some sort of […]

Maplecroft

Recommended by Kameron Hurley here and by this metafilter thread. Also part of my Once Upon a Time 9 reading, this, to me, fits within folklore, fairy tales, and fantasy, although its gothic horror feel also makes me think it would make for a good RIP read too. Book 1 in The Borden Dispatches Lizzie […]

The Seventh Bride

Rhea is a miller’s daughter. She is fifteen. And she is engaged. Her betrothed is a lord, and she had never met him before he gave her is ring to wear. But she is only the daughter of the miller, and even though the miller may be an important man in the village, to a […]

Some kind of fairy tale

Twenty years ago Tara Martin went missing. She simply went out one day and never came home. Her boyfriend at the time was an obvious suspect. They had rowed before she disappeared. Her brother and parents have never gotten over it. They’ve moved on as best they can, Peter has a family of his own […]

The snow child - Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child

Mabel and Jack have left home and family behind and travelled to Alaska, to the edge of the world, trying to turn the wilderness into a farm that will support them. For Mabel it was an attempt to escape her grief and loss at a childless life. Their only pregnancy ended in a stillbirth. Jack […]

Donegal fairy stories - Seumas MacManus

Donegal fairy stories

I do enjoy fairy stories, of all shapes and sorts. When I was younger I read plenty of the children’s versions of the Irish myths and legends. But I don’t ever recall coming across these stories before. They aren’t the myth and legend of the Red Branch, or the Fianna, but instead are versions of […]