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    “Hansel & Me” Short Story by Jenny Bitner

      Sweet, plainspoken, cynical as only a child who’s been let down by adults can be, Jenny Bitner’s “Hansel & Me” updates an old fairy tale as a fanciful and occasionally feverish yarn: Two step-siblings wander through a forest known to be the home of a cannibalistic witch. Hungry, cold, abandoned by their sybarite parents, […]

By Jenny Bitner, September 6, 2013

"Your mother is what my mother, who is now dead, would call a floozy or a two-bit whore. My father is crazy about fucking her. They send us outside to play and don’t call us until after dark, and if we come home early, the door is locked. I am afraid that they have sent us here to be eaten by the witch."

Sweet, plainspoken, cynical as only a child who's been let down by adults can be, Jenny Bitner's "Hansel & Me" updates an old fairy tale as a fanciful and occasionally feverish yarn.

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Left: "Trail of Breadcrumbs," by Adam Myers

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“Hansel & Me” Short Story by Jenny Bitner

  Sweet, plainspoken, cynical as only a child who’s been let down by adults can be, Jenny Bitner’s “Hansel & Me” updates an old fairy tale as a fanciful and occasionally feverish yarn: Two step-siblings wander through a forest known to be the home of a cannibalistic witch. Hungry, cold, abandoned by their sybarite parents, […]

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Goblins from the Dustbin: The Art of Gail Trunick

Whimsical … crafty … creepy … “not traditionally pretty”: Mixed-media sculptor Gail Trunick assembles her uniquely affecting creations from the detritus of the world, finding humanoid shapes and stories in life’s neglected corners. One might consider her work at once a conjuring act — summoning goblins from the dustbin — and a type of zoölogical […]

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“Under the Porch” Short Story by Julia Patt

  By turns eerie and poignant, “Under the Porch” is an oddly sentimental fable of eight young lives marked by the briefest encounter with strangeness and terror. Yet when seen over the span of decades, the supernatural horror at the heart of Julia Patt’s fine telling ends up being almost beside the point. — Editor. […]

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Four poems from “Ruins of a Glittering Palace”, By Maw Shein Win, Art by Mark Dutcher

  San Francisco Bay Area poet Maw Shein Win arranges perceptions in fragments, like the pieces of a broken mirror — or perhaps, and not so jagged, like droplets. Each distinct but reflecting some greater whole, each filled with its own silence and implication — compelling absences for readers to populate. The following four poems […]

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SUBJECT: Dragon Bones: Artwork by Philip Myers

  “Dear Charles; The codices become more exciting every day. This one should be of special interest to you in that it fits in with some of your previous theories. Apparent translation is as follows … ” So begins a scholarly missive from a researcher at work in the reaches of Patagonia. “SUBJECT: Dragon Bones” […]

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Ministry of Presence

By Leah Erickson In the mornings the wind would blow the ash in from the east. It would settle in soft drifts and mounds almost up to the windowsills of the old folk’s home. Malika began each day by lining up the residents in their wheelchairs at the windows facing west. They would never know […]

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Relaunch?!

Welcome to the relaunch of The-Fabulist.org! We’re thrilled to debut this new home for fables, yarns, tales and fantastical art, after many a long month of hacking away at cascading stylesheets and relatively esoteric HTML. Glitches? We got ‘em! There are still some glitches we’re ironing out, so thanks for your patience! Consider this the […]

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He Knew

by Nora Boydston (Inspired by a strange little fragment from Grimm, Nora Boydston’s “He Knew” plumbs the deep forest of European fairy tales to reveal an unsettling parable of love, loss, and what the modern reader may identify as abuse. Regarding his striking image of the rose-bearing changeling, Fabulist house artist Adam Myers notes: “I’ve […]

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Spoons

By Michael Plemmons “Spoons” is an odd and poignant little yarn about an affectionate old dog that’s been in the family since the Civil War. Writing in a naturalistic, conversational style, author Michael Plemmons follows this preposterous canine on a cross-country voyage that tests limits of love and memory. Fabulist house artist Adam Myers describes his four images for […]

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Remembrance of Things Past

It has been years since I last made this journey. I am slower and more easily tired. My footfall is not as sure as it used to be, but nor is it as bitter, as sad, as resigned. Up the slope, near the edge of the rock, they stand along the ridge. Waiting, without conversation, silhouetted against the late-afternoon sky.