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About Jan Stinchcomb
Jan Stinchcomb is the author of THE KELPING (Unnerving), THE BLOOD TRAIL (Red Bird Chapbooks) and FIND THE GIRL (Main Street Rag). Her short stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Wigleaf, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Atticus Review, Gamut Magazine, Jellyfish Review, Necessary Fiction, and PANK online. A Pushcart nominee, she is featured in Best Microfiction 2020 and The Best Small Fictions 2018. She lives in Southern California with her family.
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Titles By Jan Stinchcomb
The strange little girls are orphans and changelings, suburban princesses, housewives, nuns and monsters. They are quirky and sweet, terrifying and heartbreaking. All of them a little lost, brimming with their own uniqueness.
In this strange little book of nineteen tales, Lotte goes swimming with her new fishy friends, Rin is freshly dug up, D'arcy strikes a bargain with the midnight mailman and Adelaide enters the mysterious House of Infinite Diversions. Our girls must fasten their bonnets and straighten their skirts to battle otherworldly dangers and challenging circumstances, internal struggles and doubts – and maybe find out who they really are.
Edited by Camilla Bruce and Liv Lingborn.
Table of Contents:
Fairy Tale Ending by Terra LeMay
Deep Down by Tim Jeffreys
The Cottage of Curiosities by Annie Neugebauer
Black Flower Butterfly by Rich Hawkins
Beehive Heart by Angela Rega
Annabelle’s Sleepover by Jan Stinchcomb
Bones in Boxes by Frances Pauli
Marco Polo by Calypso Kane
Teeth Bite Harder in the Dark by Sierra July
Sisters in the Art of Dying by Megan Neumann
The Empty Birdcage by L. Lark
Cedar Lake by Ekaterina Sedia
Pinhole by Tantra Bensko
From Strangers by Ephiny Gale
D’arcy Gray and the Midnight Mailman by Ian MacAllister-McDonald
Pretty Jennie Greenteeth by Leife Shallcross
Where Summer Ends by Colette Aburime
We Have Always Lived in the Subdivision by Karen Munro
House of Infinite Diversions by Aliya Whiteley
But after the festival Craig’s world turns upside down. Something starts growing on his skin. His son tells him a story about a sinister mermaid who lives in the attic of the local history museum. And his beautiful wife, Penelope, can no longer hide her dark connection to the sea.
As Craig grapples with his own secrets and misdeeds, he finally understands the woman he married and the plans she has for him.
As long as there are children in the world, there will be fairy tales.
Since the dawn of time, parents have passed down legends and stories to their children, and parents will probably continue telling these stories until the end of time.
Of course, the fairy tales of tomorrow won't be the same stories of today. What will these tales of the future be like?
Well, there will be dragons, though they may be robotic dragons created to capture a “princess” in a war-torn world. There will obviously be queens, witches, and frog princes, though not like any you've seen before. And of course, as with any fairy tale, there will be magic and mayhem galore.
Forget happily ever after... This is Happily Never After - where dystopian science fiction meets the fairy tales of days gone by.