Fairy Tales: and Other Fanciful Short Stories

Fairy Tales: and Other Fanciful Short Stories

by E. W. Farnsworth


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E. W. Farnsworth’s unorthodox, often quirky, fairy tales range from folkloric and fanciful to satirical and bizarre, deriving from many sources. Lorelei and Hansel and Gretel for Real take traditional German tales as points of departure for contemporary retellings. Hugging Proteus, Hera’s Right and Song of Prometheus Unchained derive from Greek myths but have unique voices. The Ark of Time revisits Egyptian mythology from a plausible science fiction perspective. The Chess Master derives from Chinese Dao and Indian chess traditions as well as the fictional tone of Hermann Hesse. Tales of pixies, leprechauns and trolls transform the traditionally received English, Irish and Norwegian folklore. Games for Love in Dragonton borrows its structure, with apologies, from Edmund Spenser’s Shepherds Calendar.

As in the original versions of Nordic tales, complexity and a dark, menacing edge characterize Farnsworth’s thought-provoking, irony-laden stories. Valley of the Giants posits that contemporary media reshapes our views of traditional stories. Magical songs, art and films rival four-leaf clovers, curative flowers, magical swords and spells.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945967290
Publisher: Zimbell House Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

E. W. Farnsworth lives and writes in Arizona. Over two hundred of his short stories were published at a variety of venues from London to Hong Kong from 2014 through 2016.
Published in 2015 were his collected Arizona westerns Desert Sun, Red Blood, his global mystery/thriller about combating cryptocurrency crimes Bitcoin Fandango, his John Fulghum Mysteries about a hard-boiled Boston detective and Engaging Rachel, an Anderson romance/thriller, the latter two by Zimbell House Publishing LLC.
Published by Zimbell House in 2016 were Farnsworth's Pirate Tales, John Fulghum Mysteries, Volume II, Baro Xaimos: A Novel of the Gypsy Holocaust, The Black Marble Griffon and Other Disturbing Tales, Among Waterfowl and Other Entertainments and Fantasy, Myth and Fairy Tales.
Published by Audio Arcadia in England in 2016 was DarkFire at the Edge of Time, Farnsworth's collection of visionary science fiction stories. Farnsworth's Desert Sun, Red Blood, Volume II, The Secret Adventures of Agents Salamander and Crow and Dead Cat Bounce, an Inspector Allhoff novel, have been contracted for publication by Pro Se Productions, which will also publish his series of three Al Katana superhero novels in 2017 and 2018.
E. W. Farnsworth is now working on an epic poem, The Voyage of the Spaceship Arcturus, about the future of humankind when humans, avatars and artificial intelligences must work together to instantiate a second Eden after the Chaos Wars bring an end to life on Earth.
For updates, please see www.ewfarnsworth.com.

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Table of Contents

Valley of the Giants


Games for Love in Dragonton

Pixie Hill

Troll Hide

The Leprechaun’s Bride

Hansel and Gretel for Real

Hugging Proteus

Hera’s Right

Song of Prometheus Unchained

The Ark of Time

The Chess Master

About the Author

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