The happily ever after is never the end. The curtain doesn’t fall once love is recognized or evil is vanquished. Credits don’t roll once the giant is slain or the big bad wolf is boiled alive. Wicked stepsisters, malevolent rulers, and hideous creatures still have lives after their sinister roles play out; heroes, lovers, and dreamers often find their victories lead to more troubles.
Within these pages are more than seventy continuations, retellings, and eldritch stories that explore the dark forests, magical castles, and hideous creatures After the Happily Ever After.
Here is the awesome cover for the upcoming After the Happily Ever After (AHEA) anthology by Transmundane Press, to be released December 15. This massive anthology transforms well-known fables into darker, more fantastical tales. I’m quite pleased that my story “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” has been selected to be part of this anthology. The Wolf and three little (bullying) pigs feature in my fable transformation merging Disney and Grimm worlds. While it’s a fantasy story, the horror writer in me couldn’t help but include a Grimm ending. Here is a teaser:
A thin spray squirted out of the speaker, covering Wolf in a malodorous mist.
“Arrgh, pigsty stink.” He moved out of sight of the camera and spat.
“I gave you fair warning. Leave before we take it up a notch.”
“Little pig, little pig, please let me in.”
“Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.” Laugher burst out of the speakers, Fifer and Fiddler’s laughter joining their brother’s.
Three for one. Wolf licked his snout. He grimaced and spat, the taste of pigsty flaring anew in his mouth.
“That’s enough. Release Mr. D., or I will tear your house down.”
“I’d like to see you try,” Fifer said. “You should enlist reinforcements stronger and scarier than you.”
“Yeah, like a poodle,” one of the brothers said.
Wolf nuzzled the camera. “I am going to tear this house down even if I have to huff and puff.”
“Hard to do with emphysema, Old Man,” Practical said.
“Tra la la la la la,” the brothers chanted.
“We’ll see what you have to say when I pig out on bacon tonight.”
Check out Kickstarter for some cool rewards relating to this project.