Tales Of Woe and Wonder
Tales of Woe and Wonder collects nine fantasy stories from Jeff Chapman. There are new fantasy stories and fairy tales as well as classic fairy tales retold. You’ll find a mix of fairy tale wonder and tragic woe, ranging from a young boy’s first brush with the harsh realities of war in “A Gift from over the Sea” to a miraculous bridge in “The Master and the Miller’s Daughter” to a young girl’s encounter with a witch’s insidious spells in “Esme’s Amulet.”
- “A Gift from over the Sea” originally appeared in Everyday Fiction.
- “The Princess and the Vampire” originally appeared in The Midnight Diner, Volume 3.
- “The Fletcher’s Daughter” originally appeared in Residential Aliens.
- “The Hand with the Knife” originally appeared in Mindflights.
- “Why the Squonk Weeps” originally appeared in Digital Dragon Magazine.
- “A Mother’s Gift” originally appeared in Silver Blade Magazine.
- “Under the Bridge” originally appeared in Apollo’s Lyre.
- “The Master and the Miller’s Daughter” originally appeared in Residential Aliens.
- “Esme’s Amulet” originally appeared in Golden Visions Magazine.
Short-story anthology, fantasy for teen readers and older.
“Tales of Woe and Wonder” is an excellent title for this collection of short stories. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I dove in, but I’m glad I did. There’s darkness here — as there was in the old fairy tales — but also much wonder.
Sometimes I stopped to re-read a sentence or a phrase, enjoying the way the words sounded, how they fit one another. Enjoying the actual writing in a novel is a rare thing for me these days, so when I encounter it, I share it with the world.
I highly recommend this book.
— Keanan Brand (at GoodReads.com)
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