The Bear Prince (and other fantasy folktales) is a collection of three folktales from a fictional universe. When small magics are real, what stories do parents tell their children at night? What tales do storytellers spin, so their listeners will toss them a few coins? Come, and find out...
In "The Bear Prince," being kind-hearted brings rewards, but being sensible brings greater ones. "The Princess and the Sheep's Wool" implies the priorities of royalty, when magic potions are a real threat. Meanwhile, "The Jewel of Moon and Starlight" is a tale of vanquishing an evil dragon with cleverness, bravery, and compassion. An Afterword provides adults with thoughts on the fictional culture that could spawn these stories, but they can be read to children as easily as any traditional fairy tale.
About the Author
Elizabeth McCoy's fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #7, in the "Best In Show" anthology by Sofawolf*, and in the fanzine "Pawprints" (published by Conrad Wong & T. Jordan Peacock). Her tabletop RPG writing is published by Steve Jackson Games. As her author bios in SJ Games' material continually state, she lives in the Frozen Wastelands of New England, with a spouse, child, and assorted cats. She hopes that her work will be enjoyed, and is always a bit awkward about referring to herself in the third person. *Best in Show has been re-published as: "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Fiction!" (Fred Patten, ed.)