Folktales. Fairy stories. Myths and legends. These are the stuff of human life, as changeable from one generation to the next as the humans who tell and re-tell them. Each retelling, each re-imagining breathes new life and new strength into a story, and new life into those who hear it.
These 28 poems by Bram Stoker Award-nominated poet JoSelle Vanderhooft explore, change and dissect several of the stories that have enthralled and inspired humans for centuries. Within these pages, a hungry Little Red Riding Hood stalks a callow young wolf. The frog prince meditates on the eternal battle of the sexes. Helen of Troy is unveiled as a museum exhibit. A heroic prince sacrifices himself to a dragon to appease his people, and a young girl sacrifices her hands to protect her beloved father from the Devil. Melancholy, triumphant, harrowing and sometimes darkly sexy, these twice-told tales honor the stories of the past by molding them into the stories of the future.