By Crysa Leflar
Guest Blogger and Stellar Four reader
Growing up with Disney’s version of fairytales, I’ve always found that I sympathized with the villains more than with the helpless princesses. I’ve often recreated the stories in my head to fit my ideal of the villain (or villain-ness) being the “good guy”, or at least less evil.
Cinderella was a schizophrenic who locked herself in the attic and talked to rodents. Her “evil” stepmother was just trying to give her things to do in an attempt to root her into reality.
Even Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” wasn’t that bad. She fell for King Triton and he shunned her because she didn’t fit the stereotypical version of beauty (But damn that woman/octopus could put on lipstick.) so when his daughter came to her and asked for her help so she could be with the man she loved, of course Ursula helped, and why shouldn’t she get something out of it?
With this anthology of re-imagined fairy tales, I was able to delve deeper into these thoughts and flesh out one of my own ideas about the truth behind the polish. This collection focused on the original fairy tales, not the Disney versions, so they were darker to begin with and the writers took them even further into darkness, deeper into the realm of the bizarre.
“Death to the Brothers Grimm” features different perspectives on such fairy tales as “Cinderella” and “Rumplestiltskin”. My contribution, “On the Wall”, was drawn from “Snow White” and focuses on the mirror and the evil queen:
“She is still alive?” Mikkel clenched his fists and wished, not for the first time, that he had something to throw, some way of venting his frustration.
“Now Mikkel, my love, she should be dead, I am trying.” The Queen knelt before the mirror, her eyes wide and wet with tears.
“Trying?” He growled and glared at her. “You have done nothing but dance around it!”
“I’m sorry Mikkel.” The queen sobbed.
“Your Huntsman lied to you and let the girl go. You’ve tried suffocating her with bodice laces, poisoning her with a comb, yet still she lives.” He pushed his fingers roughly through his hair, wanting nothing more than to wrap them around the Queen’s pretty little throat.
“It’s not my fault Mikkel, I swear.” She whimpered. His lip curled as he sneered; he shook his head and forced himself to relax. “I know.” He said softly. “But I am beginning to think that you do not want me to be freed.” He sighed heavily and closed his eyes, he silently counted to three before he forced out a tear.
“Mikkel, my love.” The queen reached up, placing her palms against the mirror, covering his feet. “It’s not true. There is nothing that I want more.” He opened his eyes and shuddered as a thrill rushed through him to see the lofty queen on her knees before him. “Then kill her.” Mikkel knelt down and reached out as if to stroke her cheek. “Finish it my fairest and we will finally be together. Flesh to flesh and soul to soul.”Interested? Death to the Brothers Grimm is available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook editions.
One lucky commenter will win a paperback copy of the anthology! (It’s pretty!) So leave a comment and tell us about your favorite fairy tale.
[One more note from the editor: Have something you'd like to share? Send us an email here. Stellar Four readers are some the most clever, sweetest, and creative people we know and we'd love to hear about what you're up to.]