Fairy Tales Gone Darkly!

Fairy tales…

Good ones?

Are suppose to be dark.

And because they are…

[via howstuffworks] 10 Fairy Tales That Were Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid

If you grew up watching classic Disney movies such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Cinderella,” or reading the Little Golden Book version of “Pinocchio,” you’re probably accustomed to thinking of fairy tales as wholesome entertainment for young children.

That’s why it may come as a shock to watch “Snow White” again as an adult and realize that it’s a bit macabre. For example, when the jealous queen orders the huntsman to kill Snow White, she demands that he bring back the girl’s heart in a jewel box as evidence of his violent deed. And that’s just the relatively sanitized, Disney-fied version. In the early 19th-century version published by the German brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, the queen wants to devour Snow White’s lungs and liver .

The original versions of most of these fantasy stories are filled with plot twists that belong in a modern slasher film. In part, that’s because fairy tales didn’t start out as children’s stories, but rather as tawdry folktales that grownups told for entertainment after the kids went to bed.

When the Grimms published their first edition of “Nursery and Household Tales” in two volumes in 1812 and 1815, they aimed it at adults [sources: New Yorker, Meslow]. Only after disappointing sales did they decide to tone down the material and make it suitable for kids. The tales mostly came from friends and relatives, which the brothers significantly revised. Many were variations of French fairy tales already written by people like Charles Perrault.

But even after the authors sanitized them, they didn’t totally eliminate the scary stuff. That’s because fairy tales were intended not just to entertain children, but also to educate them about the consequences of evil deeds . Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, for one, argued that the creepy stuff helps children to grow emotionally, by allowing them to grapple with fears that are a part of growing up.

Here are 10 fairy tales that are far more disturbing than you realized as a kid.

10: Pinocchio

When you think back to the 1940 Disney version of “Pinocchio,” you probably remember the puppet’s nose growing to indicate fibs, and his cute little pal Jiminy Cricket, who sings the movie’s memorable song “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

But as Time magazine critic Richard Corliss notes: “The movie also taught moral lessons in the most useful way, by scaring the poop out of the little ones.” The script emphasizes, for example, the dangers of running away from home and falling into the clutches of an evil adult. As kidnapper Stromboli tells Pinocchio, “When you grow too old, you will make good firewood.” But the film’s source material, an 1883 story by Carlo Collodi, is even more disturbing. When Pinocchio is teased about his wooden head by his cricket companion, the enraged puppet throws a hammer and kills him….

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Forget Disney and try to go out and find you a REAL fairy tale.

One, that although the ending maybe “happy”…

It takes some macabre twists in order to get there.

And that my friends?

Is what makes these fairy tales of old so delightfully delicious!

Penny Willan

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The little niche book that would, will become the little niche book that could!

Penny Willan and the Well

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Is. Now. PUBLISHED!

And for those of you who think you might be interested enough to check it out, let me warn you…

It is every different from ANYTHING out there now.

It is very niche.

Very.

Probably stemming from the fact that is has a wide array of influencing elements.

To say I hate spiders? Understatement. To me, they are everything that is evil in this world. Everything that is dark, hairy, crawly, and fangy. What’s not to loathe? They creep me out and in real-world ways that no fictional serial slasher, like Michael Myers, ever could. Also? Not a fan of being in nature. Don’t be me wrong, I love the peace of it, I love the isolation of it, I love looking at it; there are times, like right after a nice, light rain, that I even love smelling it, but being in it? Nope. Not a fan. Too much going on out IN it, that I can’t see, nor control, and I don’t like that. (Yes, yes… I have control issues. What of it?) Plus, I walked, face-first, into a HUGE spider web one night, while out in nature years ago, and well, what can I say… It left an impression.

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Or, well, the huge spider I clutched in my hand, as I flung it from me, as I screamed into the night, once I caught it crawling on my face, trying to crawl into my mouth, to, you know, probably to eat my soul, but hey… Purely supposition on my part.

That’s a few things that I don’t like, which has influenced me. What I DO like?

I am a HUGE, old school fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy Summers (the title character on the show) was a character a girl could look up to. She wasn’t a simpering damsel wasn’t waiting to be rescued. Oh, no… SHE did the rescuing. SHE did the wooing… And she did it with style, swag and sassiness. She saved the world… A lot. Strong, fun female leads are so rare. I guess that’s why I cherish this one so much and why it stays ever so beloved, no matter the passage of time.

I adore the atmosphere found in the classic monster movies Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Mummy. That classic Gothic feel, of otherworldly darkness. A place of monsters and darkness, but told in such a way one can’t help but appreciate the romance of them.

I love original fairy tales. Not the watered down versions as told by Disney, but the original tales as told, for example, by Hans Christian Andersen. In their original form, fairy tales were cautionary in purpose. They were meant to serve as warnings for those foolish enough to embark upon life choices the majority where not in favor of. They were dark, often twisted and yet somehow, oddly enough, at the end of them? The reader was often left still OK with the result.

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I have such a blast watching horror movies, Edgar Allan Poe is the poet I am most often drawn too, I live for the thrummy beat of rock and roll, both lyrics and beat, The Monkey’s Paw still scares me in ways I cherish… I love the history channel and its documentaries, the concept of the seven deadly sins has always fascinated me, I enjoy contemplating how others view moralistic choices via philosophy and theology …I love the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, I love that feeling I get in my chest, when my heart melts after reading a good love story and I love how my pulse races when I can dive into a good book that has an epic battle, where ultimate evil and ultimate good are the two opposing foes.

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So much of who I am, so much of what I dislike and so much of what I love all played a part in the creation of my book, Penny Willan and the Well. I loved writing, though at times I never thought I would never get finished. I loved creating it, though at times I felt I was putting far too much into it that people would not pick up on.

Ultimately, I wrote this book for one person.

Me.

I wrote a book I desperately desired to read, when another could not be found.

And I enjoyed the whole, maddening process of it, every part, immensely.

It is my fervent hope, that you might as well.

Take a chance, try it out, see if you can see any of the things that I love and adore mentioned above that so influenced my while writing it and you might find this little niche book that would, will become the little niche book that could…

Find its way to your own list of things you love and adore that might one day influence you.

Who knows… and before you scoff?

Stranger things have happened.

[Source – Groundhog Day]

Physical feats of strength and power!

These gymnasts?

Sure…

Impressive feats of strength and power!

But…

In the animal world?

Humans are not the only gymnasts who can do impressive feats of strength and power!

Strength and power…

Not all have it.

But there are those who do, who use it responsibly.

And then, of course…

There are others who don’t.

Be entertained by those who don’t, come March 10th, 2015.

Penny Willan and the Well, is on its way!

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Delight of Discovery & ‘Penny Willan’… with excerpt!

What makes a good story? For me, there are a few elements that are critical.

Elements such as adventure, suspense, horror… Humor, romance, intrigue… Darkness, light and love.

Nothing makes me happier than to come across a story that takes all of my desired elements, tosses in a little Gothic noir, gives it a little shake and then lets the goodness pour out.

Thou, I must admit, when it comes to reading? Seems like that delight of discovery has been happening a little less of late.

Often at times, I find myself scanning over link after link of books on Amazon, reading the book description and leaving the site without nary a purchase. All because I am just so bored with the commonplace, the normal, the average literary fare.

I want a story, and a unique one. I’m so tired of reading stories that can be easily interchanged with another, by simply swapping character names. The current themes found in popular literature are exhausted: dystopian, new young adult, mom porn, witches and zombies—oh my!haunted well

When was the last time you read something, something new, something different…That grabbed you by the throat and didn’t let go?

When was the last time you read something that changed the way you experienced what you read…A story that stuck with you long after you read it?

If your answer, much like mine, is: “Far too long.”

Well, maybe I can help you out with that…

Penny Willan and the Well, excerpt:

No one really knows,
how the true story goes,
or where the curse had started.
But the curse is one,
forever darkening the sun,
damning the dearly departed.

Thy know no rest,
for the best,
are taken as payment for wishes,
from a magic so dark,
it fills one’s heart,
and the very soul it bewitches.

‘Tis by the old church,
that something there lurks,
deep in the wishing-well.
There something hides,
on its insides,
ready to damn you to Hell.

So drop in your penny,
whenever you’re ready,
and wish for all you could dream.
Wishes come with a price,
so please, think twice,
Envy will tear you apart till you scream.

Release date:
March 10, 2015

Looking for a new literary niche? Check out this new “Penny…” Excerpt!

The course of true love never did run smooth ~William Shakespeare

Nor, if the story is good?

Should it.

Excerpt, Penny Willan and the Well, Book of Pride:

To his feet Guy jerked,
from his brother’s grasp he worked
his body free from Beau’s strong embrace.
“Brother you’re far too late,
for though that I may hate
your conclusive view of me, I must deface.

A once idolized brother, though I may be,
when it comes to your lovely lady?
I’ll claim her love, by wish, despite of you.
For ‘tis she that I alone deserve,
and how unfair you’d once reserved
her heart, for you only has it been true.

So, through feats profaned in Hell,
‘tis your love I will dispel,
by its very hand, whom God did He throw.
For down in Hell I come a’callin,
for a love I seek to trodden,
my pride returned, by it, my token ‘twill bestow.”

“You villain.” Beau growled,
and from the ground up he prowled,
ready to fight all for his true love.
Set to battle again, was Guy,
for Beau’s acquiesce he couldn’t buy,
he’d take it through force, by jove.

And I would like to think Penny Willan and the Well turned out very well… But, you know, I wrote it, so I’m biased. I sincerely hope you are enjoying these little peeks into a very unique, original tale, unlike anything you have read as of late. This story is very niche. And if you are more the dystopian, war hero, vampire romance or mom porn type, when it comes to reading? Sorry, this definitely will not be your niche.

In fact, honestly, I am not sure there has even been a category invented that this story can fall into, and properly. But, hey… That’s me. I like forging my own path, so why not? Consider me a new niche maker!

Regardless, if this story coincides with your usual literary fair or not, I do hope these little excerpts wet your appetite for the March 10th, 2015 world-wide release date.

Stay tuned…

More excerpts to come!

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The moment draws near… With new ‘Penny Willan and the Well’ excerpt!

I enjoy reading fairy tales.

Well, maybe I should say, I enjoy reading fairy tales before they were hijacked by Disney. Not that there is anything wrong with a nice, pretty ‘Happily Ever After’ in a story, there isn’t. I like dancing mice, talking crabs and funny snowmen as much as the next person.

But with my nice HEA, I want some substance, some grit and some dark spicy flavor. What I love, when it comes to fairy tales, are the dark, tragic cautionary tales of old. Fairy tales, originally? Were meant to be scary. So scary in fact, just hearing them would strike fear in the hearts of every child who heard them, to prevent them from partaking in certain activities their parents warned them against… activities such as talking to strangers, wandering far from home, the hazards of pride and the perils of love.

I miss the days of fairy tales of old, when one was unsure of the outcome of the story. When you questioned, fretted and grew anxious about the end.

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Imagine, if you will…

Being haunted, hunted, by a magic so dark you know no escape. All of your life lay veiled, shadowed and coldly brittle, by a voracious entity who has been after you as long as you can remember. From a time born in the cusp of your childhood, and hence forever since, this evil specter has reached for you with clawed talons. It has craved you with malicious intent. Thus far, the strength of your valor has held the monster at bay, but you know it waits for the moment when the weakness of your sinful desires will release from Hell the wrath of all its abhorrent desires down upon you.

And that moment draws near.

March 10th, 2015.

Penny Willan and the Well, will be released and the fairy tale description of ode above, will not have to be imagined…

No, by you it will be experienced.

And hopefully?

Enjoyed.

Excerpt, Penny Willan and the Well, Book of Pride

The night strummed with resolve,
into the night Guy dissolved,
from his brother’s retribution he did flee.
Knowing Penny would tell
of his attack, which she befell,
his brother would enact vengeance for she.

Chanted whispers slithered through tress,
the air hissed of the coming, so pleased,
from a dark power disjointed and broken.
The Hell-well called to Guy,
with a lyrical chanting cry
of malicious dreams bespoken.

The moon was shaded red,
from blood-light the night fed,
a celebration of powers soon returned.
Wolves howled loudly, they screamed,
and their prey quickly gleamed
ill needs upon them would be churned.

The wind whispered, so cold,
and within it foretold
of the evils it was about to impart.
The air trickled with ice,
that gripped the lungs in a vise,
from the mortal ‘twas about to outsmart.

A return to fairy tales of Ode

Coming soon!

Stay tuned…

More excerpts to come.

Penny Willan and the Well, excerpt from the book of Wrath!

Excerpt from, Penny Willan and the Well:

 

Love is the most terrifying of emotions,
for it can inspire acts of devotions,
born of the heart or a dark night of a soul.
The worst of them is wrath,
which is born on the behalf
of fears just waiting to take hold.

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With love ‘tis simpler to fear,
that what you hold so dear,
but if you concede, the price might be your life.
Trust that love it will find you,
because if love is true it will bind you
forever to a treasure that’s without a price.

For ‘tis true love has the power,
which can seek and devour
an opposing strength, no matter how dark the might.
Love can break terrifying curses,
brought upon by wrath, which nurses,
pure evil brought upon by fear and avarice.

But to benefit love’s power,
one must trust in it, not cower,
believe in it and its power is yours to wield.
For no evil can withstand,
the strength of love’s high command,
when love is brandished defiant and unconcealed.

So, now the well does it wait,
for your penny with astounding hate,
though dormant, ‘tis not fully at rest.
Never doubt soon ‘twill come a time,
when another mortal’s sins will unbind,
the fetters cursed at true love’s behest.

Stay tuned…

More excerpts to come.

Release date, March 10th, 2015.

Be ready for it!