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Six (free!) Dark Fantasy Novellas for Halloween from

1. Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss

A dark fantasy about a kitchen girl obsessed with fairy tales, who, upon discovering a ragged woman outside the castle during a storm, takes her in–certain she’s a princess in disguise.

2. The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr

A dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women. Her father blames her when one of her sisters is one of the taken.

3. These Deathless Bones by Cassandra Khaw

A horror tale about the Witch Bride, second wife of a King, and the discord between her and her young stepson.

4. Among the Thorns by Veronica Schanoes

A dark fantasy taking place in seventeenth century Germany, about a young woman who is intent on avenging the brutal murder of her peddler father many years earlier, by a vagabond with a magic fiddle.

5. Men Who Wish to Drown by Elizabeth Fama

A deathbed letter from a great-grandfather to his great-grandson –a parable of regret.

6. Triquetra by Kirstyn McDermott

A dark fantasy novelette about the fraught relationship between Snow White and her stepmother after Snow White marries the prince and has her own child.

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Published by Rosalind White

I am a first-year PhD student at Royal Holloway looking at gender & emotions in the science & literature of the nineteenth-century. My research looks at how natural history in many ways dwelt within the feminine sphere of Victorian culture. And charts a more intimate, personal exploration of natural history that examines the lives of its practitioners beyond the impact of conventional watersheds.

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