Fairy tale enthusiasts of all kinds, rejoice. The highly anticipated fourth issue of Enchanted Conversation is live online. It continues their ongoing project of reimagining fairy tales through weird, beautiful, troubling, or hilarious retellings.
If you’re not familiar with this wonderful online journal, take the time now. Each issue so far has centred around a specific tale, and Issue 4 considers Hansel and Gretel. Each retelling seems to have a different voice and a different perspective; the editorial staff have outdone themselves this time bringing together a tightly unified, well-written, but diverse issue. Ever wonder what wicked witches watch on reality TV? Or what happens to your mind when you live in a house made of gingerbread? Here’s your chance to find out.
This issue is particularly memorable for me, because it features a story from Paradoxes regular Eric, who also happens to be my brother. He doesn’t mind admitting that The White Bird is his first published fiction, but probably won’t tell you that it’s also his first attempt at publishing fiction. It’s a tale that haunts your heart with hope, even while taking away what you thought were your reasons for hope—to give you new ones.
I’ll be posting a full review of Issue 4 next week, but get a head start on the readings, form your own opinions, and enter the enchanted conversation.
Good Sabbath, everyone.