Welcome to the September 2011 episode of the Broad Pod, featuring Fairy Tales for Grown Ups. Join L.C. Hu, writer, artist, and all around geek, as she hosts this episode.
Dragons and magical beasts, peasants and princesses, heroes and tricksters—fairy tales are some of the first stories many of us hear as children; is it any surprise that they continue to inspire us into adulthood? This month brings us five new interpretations of the fairy story, as varied and wonderful as the tales that enchanted us as children.
Catherine Lundoff tells us of Vadija the Merry, whose laugh inspires a talespinner to begin a life-changing journey. Shauna Roberts gives us a science fiction retelling of the old tale Maid on the Shore. Theresa Crater leads us down beneath the Tor to meet the fae, as we follow a young woman's initiation to become a priestess. Vonnie Winslow Crist spins us a tale about a young man who makes a deal involving death, deceit, and devotion with a swan maiden. And Trisha Woolridge enchants us with the story of a young woman wandering her uncle's manor, who discovers a curious portrait in a dusty side room.
So sit back, and let yourself be swept away by these five fantastic fairy stories.