Not every story has a Hollywood ending. Sometimes the dark envelops the light.
Writer on Demand Vol. 4: Grim, Fair e-Tales includes four stories:
“Suburban Legend” (approximately 6,400 words) rips from the headlines and twists the classic tale of a suburban husband accused of murdering his beautiful wife. This story originally appeared in “Imaginary Friends,” edited by John Marco and Martin H. Greenburg (DAW Books. Inc. 2008).
“Artists Only” (approximately 3,500 words) tells the tale of a little girl who goes unwillingly with her brother to the local traveling carnival, tires of the garish distractions, and becomes lost. This story originally appeared in compact disc format in “Carnival/Circus,” edited by Jean Rabe (Lone Wolf Productions 2004).
“Stew” (approximately 3,900 words) deals with a boy who decides it is right to go to war, but later regrets his decision. This story originally appeared in “Civil War Fantastic,” edited by Martin H. Greenberg (DAW Books, Inc. 2000) and was later reprinted in “Stalking the Wild Hare,” edited by John Helfers, Chris Pierson, Marc Tassin, and Jean Rabe (Walkabout Publishing 2010).
“Grok” (approximately 4,000 words) is a the story of the mud-man of the local Renaissance Faire. It originally appeared, appropriately enough, in “Renaissance Faire,” edited by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe (DAW Books, Inc. 2005).