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William (acknud) | 0 comments Bram Stoker Award winner for short fiction 1998

http://www.flashfictiononline.com/f20...

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message 2: by Tressa (last edited May 27, 2009 06:37PM) (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments I love it. I can see why it won a Bram Stoker. Had no idea it would have such a sweet ending.

I found this animated "The Dead Boy at Your Window"! It's fantastic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfkiAS...


message 3: by William (new)

William (acknud) | 0 comments Tressa wrote: "I love it. I can see why it won a Bram Stoker. Had no idea it would have such a sweet ending.

I found this animated "The Dead Boy at Your Window"! It's fantastic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=..."


That was a freaky animation! Weird French accent too!




message 4: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Thanks for the short story. I like short stories but so many are written every year it's daunting digging through them to find a treasure.

I pictured a cherubic, rosy-cheeked British boy reading this story.


message 5: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (ielfling) Oh, lovely, thanks William. The essay about fairy tales that the story links to is very cool also:
http://www.flashfictiononline.com/c20...


message 6: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Thanks, Danielle. I love fairy tales and have started collecting them for Lucas (5-year-old son). He seems to enjoy them too, but so many are about abuse, neglect, kidnapping, murder, even cannibalism (Hansel and Gretel).

I was reading Snow White to him and was curious about how the book would deal with the hunter who was supposed to take her into the forest and cut out her heart. In this version the hunter mentioned he was supposed to kill her and take her heart back to the queen, but he didn't and instead took the heart of a cow back. I don't know what Lucas thought about that.


message 7: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (ielfling) My nearly 3 yr old is really into fairy tales at the moment too, and the one that gets me is Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I mean, this little ringletted chick just WALTZS into their house, scarfs down their breakfast, breaks furniture and then goes to sleep - what's she expecting?! A return invitation??

But yes - we're discussing stepmothers this month over on the Folklore & Fairytales board and I had been reading so many Cinderella retellings, with their mean stepmothers, that I forgot how plain crazy-mean the Snow White stepmother was. Not only homicidal due to jealousy of her stepdaughter's looks, but wanting to eat her heart as well. I mean. Really.


message 8: by Anna (new)

Anna (stregamari) | 252 comments Tressa wrote: "I love it. I can see why it won a Bram Stoker. Had no idea it would have such a sweet ending.

I found this animated "The Dead Boy at Your Window"! It's fantastic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=..."


that was eerie!


message 9: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments I showed it to my son one day, and he asked to see it again yesterday. He sits and is mesmerized by it. Am I a bad mommy, lol?

It's such a surprisingly beautiful story.


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